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See detailSoftwarization of SCADA: Lightweight Statistical SDN-Agents for Anomaly Detection
Rinaldi, Giulia UL; Adamsky, Florian UL; Soua, Ridha UL et al

in 10th International Conference on Networks of the Future (NoF) (2019, October 04)

The increasing connectivity of restricted areas suchas Critical Infrastructures (CIs) raises major security concernsfor Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems,which are deployed to ... [more ▼]

The increasing connectivity of restricted areas suchas Critical Infrastructures (CIs) raises major security concernsfor Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems,which are deployed to monitor their operation. Given the impor-tance of an early anomaly detection, Intrusion Detection Systems(IDSs) are introduced in SCADA systems to detect malicious ac-tivities as early as possible. Agents or probes form the cornerstoneof any IDS by capturing network packets and extracting relevantinformation. However, IDSs are facing unprecedented challengesdue to the escalation in the number, scale and diversity of attacks.Software-Defined Network (SDN) then comes into play and canprovide the required flexibility and scalability. Building on that,we introduce Traffic Agent Controllers (TACs) that monitor SDN-enabled switches via OpenFlow. By using lightweight statisticalmetrics such as Kullback-Leibler Divergence (KLD), we are ableto detect the slightest anomalies, such as stealth port scans, evenin the presence of background traffic. The obtained metrics canalso be used to locate the anomalies with precision over 90%inside a hierarchical network topology. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimized and flexible scheduling of AGVs and process machines in Re- manufacturing 4 .0 Systems using multi-agent technology and simultaneous scheduling
Groß, Sebastian UL; Gerke, Wolfgang; Plapper, Peter UL

in Ramírez Fernández, Francisco Javier; Honrubia Escribano, Andrés (Eds.) Abstracts III International Workshop on Autonomous Remanufacturing 2019 (2019, October 02)

In remanufacturing processes the condition of the used products is unknown. This leads to many challenges which are special to the domain of remanufacturing and not known from manufacturing. One of these ... [more ▼]

In remanufacturing processes the condition of the used products is unknown. This leads to many challenges which are special to the domain of remanufacturing and not known from manufacturing. One of these challenges is the stochastic routing of products based on the unknown product conditions. This problem in particular requires a flexible scheduling and control system for the remanufacturing system as well as the intralogistics. The aim of this research is to optimize the scheduling and control of remanufacturing systems considering the flexible material transport by AGVs. Therefore the networking of all resources is organized as an embedded system treating the remanufacturing system as a cyber-physical system in the context of industry 4.0. The scheduling and control of the remanufacturing system will be achieved by a combination of multi-agent technology to deal with unexpected events and the optimization of the schedule by simultaneous scheduling of machines and AGVs. Machine scheduling and transport scheduling have been vastly studied by many researchers, but most of the works address both problems separately. However, these two problems are closely linked and influence each other. By looking at them together, it is possible to achieve an improvement in the overall schedule. In the first step of the research work, the simultaneous scheduling of machines and AGVs has been compared with the currently used sequential scheduling within a simulation study. For this purpose, benchmark instances known in the literature were used. The simulation results show the superiority of the simultaneous scheduling of machines and AGVs. [less ▲]

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See detailHandling duplicates in Dockerfiles families: Learning from experts
Oumaziz, Mohamed; Falleri, Jean-Rémy; Blanc, Xavier et al

in 35th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME) (2019, October)

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See detailHouston We Have a Law. A Model for National Regulation of Space Resources Activities.
Salmeri, Antonino UL

in Proceedings of the 70th International Astronautical Congress 2018 (2019, October)

The field of space resources activities is rapidly maturing, but we still do not have a legal regime able to cope with such development. The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space ... [more ▼]

The field of space resources activities is rapidly maturing, but we still do not have a legal regime able to cope with such development. The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space finally started to debate whether commercialization of space resources is permitted under current international space law only in 2018, and yet declaring that space resources activities are lawful is barely the start. In fact, the real challenge is how to regulate them in light of the obligations set forth in international space law, without jeopardizing their economic convenience. The present paper addresses precisely this question by presenting a draft law redacted in articles, coupled with a comprehensive explanatory note. Inter alia, the paper introduces a new “space resources activities” license and proposes a detailed authorization regime based on the grant of priority rights limited in size, number and time extension. Based on the above, the paper concludes praising the importance of domestic regulation of space resources activities, when based on the same language and spirit of the OST and coordinated through mutual recognition. [less ▲]

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See detailTrustworthiness in IoT - A Standards Gap Analysis on Security, Data Protection and Privacy
Samir Labib, Nader UL; Brust, Matthias R. UL; Danoy, Grégoire UL et al

in Samir Labib, Nader; Brust, Matthias R.; Danoy, Grégoire (Eds.) et al Trustworthiness in IoT - A Standards Gap Analysis on Security, Data Protection and Privacy (2019, October)

With the emergence of new digital trends like Internet of Things (IoT), more industry actors and technical committees pursue research in utilising such technologies as they promise a better and optimised ... [more ▼]

With the emergence of new digital trends like Internet of Things (IoT), more industry actors and technical committees pursue research in utilising such technologies as they promise a better and optimised management, improved energy efficiency and a better quality living through a wide array of value-added services. However, as sensing, actuation, communication and control become increasingly more sophisticated, such promising data-driven systems generate, process, and exchange larger amounts of security-critical and privacy-sensitive data, which makes them attractive targets of attacks. In turn this affirms the importance of trustworthiness in IoT and emphasises the need of a solid technical and regulatory foundation. The goal of this paper is to first introduce the concept of trustworthiness in IoT, its main pillars namely, security, privacy and data protection, and then analyse the state-of-the-art in research and standardisation for each of these subareas. Throughout the paper, we develop and refer to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a promising value-added service example of mobile IoT devices. The paper then presents a thorough gap analysis and concludes with recommendations for future work. [less ▲]

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See detailFlood Detection On Low Cost Orbital Hardware
Mateo-Garcia, Gonzalo; Oprea, Silviu; Smith, Lewis et al

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

Satellite imaging is a critical technology for monitoring and responding to natural disasters such as flooding. Despite the capabilities of modern satellites, there is still much to be desired from the ... [more ▼]

Satellite imaging is a critical technology for monitoring and responding to natural disasters such as flooding. Despite the capabilities of modern satellites, there is still much to be desired from the perspective of first response organisations like UNICEF. Two main challenges are rapid access to data, and the ability to automatically identify flooded regions in images. We describe a prototypical flood segmentation system, identifying cloud, water and land, that could be deployed on a constellation of small satellites, performing processing on board to reduce downlink bandwidth by 2 orders of magnitude. We target PhiSat-1, part of the FSSCAT mission, which is planned to be launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) near the start of 2020 as a proof of concept for this new technology. [less ▲]

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See detailL’UniGR-Center for Border Studies et ses outils d’analyse
Wille, Christian UL; Dethier, Perrine

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

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See detailDie Maske des Bösen : Lombroso, Fu-Manchu, Mabuse
Kohns, Oliver UL

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

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See detailGender inequalities across the life course: A societal perspective on gender differences in dementia
Leist, Anja UL; Ford, Katherine Joy UL

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

Introduction. Women are at increased risk of developing dementia, which can only partly be explained with differences in longevity, sex biology, or differences in detection/diagnosis. A promising approach ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Women are at increased risk of developing dementia, which can only partly be explained with differences in longevity, sex biology, or differences in detection/diagnosis. A promising approach at the population level is the systematic investigation of life course conditions for men and women across countries and cohorts in order to detect if schooling or work opportunities differ by gender. In the cognitive reserve framework, education and work reflect opportunities for cognitively stimulating activities, which increase cognitive reserve across the life course, and which could delay cognitive decline and the diagnosis of dementia. Method. We develop a framework for systematizing gender inequalities across different life stages and life domains, with a focus on systematic disadvantages for women that could be relevant barriers to cognitive reserve development. For the empirical analysis, we gather individual information and performance on cognitive tests from several harmonized cross-national aging surveys, i.e. the U.S. Health and Retirement Study and sister studies (SHARE, ELSA, SAGE), separated by cohort. Historical figures on gender inequalities for countries and cohorts, and their relevant timings in the life course of the older respondents, e.g. during schooling, were gathered from different sources, and merged with the individual-level data. Results. The new framework leads to testable hypotheses in both the Western and global context regarding life-course socialization and schooling and work opportunities that have been different for men and women. We will present preliminary evidence of how female (dis)advantages on different cognitive tests – memory, executive functioning – are mirroring societal gender inequalities. Discussion. We need to better understand how different life-course opportunities for men and women can create gender differences in dementia at old ages in order to identify individuals at risk today and improve conditions for future generations. [less ▲]

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See detailAuto-encoding Robot State against Sensor Spoofing Attacks
Rivera, Sean UL; Lagraa, Sofiane UL; Iannillo, Antonio Ken UL et al

in International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (2019, October)

In robotic systems, the physical world is highly coupled with cyberspace. New threats affect cyber-physical systems as they rely on several sensors to perform critical operations. The most sensitive ... [more ▼]

In robotic systems, the physical world is highly coupled with cyberspace. New threats affect cyber-physical systems as they rely on several sensors to perform critical operations. The most sensitive targets are their location systems, where spoofing attacks can force robots to behave incorrectly. In this paper, we propose a novel anomaly detection approach for sensor spoofing attacks, based on an auto-encoder architecture. After initial training, the detection algorithm works directly on the compressed data by computing the reconstruction errors. We focus on spoofing attacks on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems. We tested our anomaly detection approach against several types of spoofing attacks comparing four different compression rates for the auto-encoder. Our approach has a 99% True Positive rate and a 10% False Negative rate for the 83% compression rate. However, a compression rate of 41% could handle almost all of the same attacks while using half the data. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the value of user-generated app data to design and improve urban running environments
van Renswouw, Loes; Bogers, Sander; Lallemand, Carine UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

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See detailOn the Event-based Attack-tolerant Control: A Polytopic Representation
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Bezzaoucha, Souad (Ed.) International Conference on Automation, Control and Robots (2019, October)

In the present contribution, we present a new event-based control representation. Based on the polytopic approach, more specifically the sector nonlinear transformation, an event-based attack-tolerant ... [more ▼]

In the present contribution, we present a new event-based control representation. Based on the polytopic approach, more specifically the sector nonlinear transformation, an event-based attack-tolerant control, and scheduling co-design strategy are proposed. From the event triggering definition (sample-and-hold strategy), polytopic writing of the event-triggered feedback control is first presented and then incorporated into the system dynamics for analysis. Our goal is to present a unique model that is able to deal with the co-design problem simultaneously and that can be handled by classical control synthesis tools. The novel representation, including data deception and attack tolerant control is formulated as a BMI optimization problem ensuring both stability and some level performance requirements (L2 attenuation of the cyber-attack). [less ▲]

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See detailEFFECTS OF MULTIPLE OSCILLATOR PHASE NOISE IN PRECODING PERFORMANCE
Martinez Marrero, Liz UL; Merlano Duncan, Juan Carlos UL; Querol, Jorge UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

Satellite Precoding is a promising technique to meet the target data rates of the future high throughput satellite systems and the costs per bit as required by 5G applications and networks, but it ... [more ▼]

Satellite Precoding is a promising technique to meet the target data rates of the future high throughput satellite systems and the costs per bit as required by 5G applications and networks, but it requires strict synchronization among the transmitted waveforms, in addition to accurate channel state information. Most of the published work about this topic consider ideal oscillators, but in practice, the output of an oscillator is not a single spectral line at the nominal frequency. This paper proposes a model for the oscillator phase noise and analyzes the resulting received signal to interference plus noise ratio (SNIR) in a satellite communication system using Precoding. Simulations of a communication satellite system with a two-beam transponder and two receivers were performed to compute the effective SNIR. This work uses a simulator which also considers practical impairments such as time misalignment, errors in the channel state information, interference, thermal noise and phase noise masks for satellite oscillators. The Precoding methods used for the analysis are Zero Forcing (ZF) and Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE). The obtained results prove that there is a degradation in the performance due to the use of independent oscillators but this effect is compensated by the precoding matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailSDN-based Pseudonym-Changing Strategy for Privacy Preservation in Vehicular Networks
Boualouache, Abdelwahab UL; Soua, Ridha UL; Engel, Thomas UL

in 15th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob'19) (2019, October)

The pseudonym-changing approach is the de-factolocation privacy solution proposed by security standards toensure that drivers are not tracked during their journey. SeveralPseudonym Changing Strategies ... [more ▼]

The pseudonym-changing approach is the de-factolocation privacy solution proposed by security standards toensure that drivers are not tracked during their journey. SeveralPseudonym Changing Strategies (PCSs) have been proposed tosynchronize Pseudonym Changing Processes (PCPs) between con-nected vehicles. However, most of the existing strategies are static,rigid and do not adapt to the vehicles’ context. In this paper, weexploit the Software Defined Network (SDN) paradigm to proposea context-aware pseudonym changing strategy (SDN-PCS) whereSDN controllers orchestrate the dynamic update of the securityparameters of the PCS. Simulation results demonstrate that SDN-PCS strategy outperforms typical static PCSs to perform efficientPCPs and protect the location privacy of vehicular network users [less ▲]

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See detailUser Experience Design for E-Voting: How mental models align with security mechanisms
Zollinger, Marie-Laure UL; Distler, Verena UL; Roenne, Peter UL et al

in Electronic Voting (2019, October)

This paper presents a mobile application for vote-casting and vote-verification based on the Selene e-voting protocol and explains how it was developed and implemented using the User Experience Design ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a mobile application for vote-casting and vote-verification based on the Selene e-voting protocol and explains how it was developed and implemented using the User Experience Design process. The resulting interface was tested with 38 participants, and user experience data was collected via questionnaires and semi-structured interviews on user experience and perceived security. Results concerning the impact of displaying security mechanisms on UX were presented in a complementary paper. Here we expand on this analysis by studying the mental models revealed during the interviews and compare them with theoretical security notions. Finally, we propose a list of improvements for designs of future voting protocols. [less ▲]

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See detailP3LS : Plausible Deniability for Practical Privacy-Preserving Live Streaming
Decouchant, Jérémie UL; Boutet, Antoine; Yu, Jiangshan et al

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

Video consumption is one of the most popular Internet activities worldwide. The emergence of sharing videos directly recorded with smartphones raises important privacy concerns. In this paper we propose ... [more ▼]

Video consumption is one of the most popular Internet activities worldwide. The emergence of sharing videos directly recorded with smartphones raises important privacy concerns. In this paper we propose P3LS , the first practical privacy-preserving peer-to-peer live streaming system. To protect the privacy of its users, P3LS relies on k-anonymity when users subscribe to streams, and on plausible deniability for the dissemination of video streams. Specifically, plausible deniability during the dissemination phase ensures that an adversary is never able to distinguish a user’s stream of interest from the fake streams from a statistical analysis (i.e., using an analysis of variance). We exhaustively evaluate P3LS and show that adversaries are not able to identify the real stream of a user with very high confidence. Moreover, P3LS consumes 30% less bandwidth than the standard k-anonymity approach where nodes fully contribute to the dissemination of k streams. [less ▲]

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See detailWYLD Special Symposium: Technological Innovations in Dementia Diagnosis and Care
Leist, Anja UL

Scientific Conference (2019, October)

Researchers and entrepreneurs present technological innovations in dementia diagnosis and care, particularly through the use of wearables, apps, and novel data analysis techniques. These innovations ... [more ▼]

Researchers and entrepreneurs present technological innovations in dementia diagnosis and care, particularly through the use of wearables, apps, and novel data analysis techniques. These innovations address complex challenges of differential dementia diagnosis and ensuring high-quality and safe home and formal care. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous State and False-Data Injection Attacks Reconstruction for NonLinear Systems: an LPV Approach
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Bezzaoucha, Souad (Ed.) International Conference on Automation, Control and Robots (2019, October)

The present contribution addresses simultaneous state and actuator/sensor false-data injection attacks reconstruction for nonlinear systems. The considered actuator/sensor attacks are modeled as time ... [more ▼]

The present contribution addresses simultaneous state and actuator/sensor false-data injection attacks reconstruction for nonlinear systems. The considered actuator/sensor attacks are modeled as time-varying parameters with a multiplicative effect on the actuator input signal and the sensor output signal, respectively. Based on the sector non-linearity approach and the convex polytopic transformation, the nonlinear model is written in a Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) form, then an observer allowing both state and attack reconstruction is designed by solving an LMI optimization problem. [less ▲]

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See detailThree models of flexible talent management
Usanova, Ksenia; Geraudel, Mickaël UL; D'Armagnac, Sophie et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 30)

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See detailAn industrial study on the differences between pre-release and post-release bugs
Rwemalika, Renaud UL; Kintis, Marinos; Papadakis, Mike UL et al

in Proceedings of 35th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (2019, September 30)

Software bugs constitute a frequent and common issue of software development. To deal with this problem, modern software development methodologies introduce dedicated quality assurance procedures. At the ... [more ▼]

Software bugs constitute a frequent and common issue of software development. To deal with this problem, modern software development methodologies introduce dedicated quality assurance procedures. At the same time researchers aim at developing techniques capable of supporting the early discovery and fix of bugs. One important factor that guides such research attempts is the characteristics of software bugs and bug fixes. In this paper, we present an industrial study on the characteristics and differences between pre-release bugs, i.e. bugs detected during software development, and post-release bugs, i.e. bugs that escaped to production. Understanding such differences is of paramount importance as it will improve our understanding on the testing and debugging support that practitioners require from the research community, on the validity of the assumptions of several research techniques, and, most importantly, on the reasons why bugs escape to production. To this end, we analyze 37 industrial projects from our industrial partner and document the differences between pre-release bugs and post-release bugs. Our findings suggest that post-release bugs are more complex to fix, requiring developers to modify several source code files, written in different programming languages, and configuration files, as well. We also find that approximately 82% of the post-release bugs involve code additions and can be characterized as "omission" bugs. Finally, we conclude the paper with a discussion on the implications of our study and provide guidance to future research directions. [less ▲]

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See detailHow To Attract And Retain Talents In Not-For-Profit Organizations?
Usanova, Ksenia; Telitsina, Aleksandra; Geraudel, Mickaël UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 30)

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See detailQualitative interviewing in multilingual research
Kalocsanyiova, Erika UL; Shatnawi, Malika

Scientific Conference (2019, September 27)

A growing body of research in super-diverse societies is conducted, by necessity, in multiple languages. Multilingual research practices can play a fundamental role in empowering participants and ... [more ▼]

A growing body of research in super-diverse societies is conducted, by necessity, in multiple languages. Multilingual research practices can play a fundamental role in empowering participants and privileging their voices, especially in migration-related studies. Yet, questions of cross-language interviewing are for the most part avoided or ignored in mainstream research. This contribution seeks to bring cross-language communication back into the focus of methodological discussions. Our paper builds on multilingual interview material extracted from a two-year linguistic ethnographic research project on forced migrants’ integration trajectories in Luxembourg. It looks at interpreter-mediated research encounters, as well as interviewees’ translation and translanguaging moves. Audio recordings and field notes from collaborative data analysis sessions underpin the data for this contribution. Our examples show that there is merit in fixing our analytical gaze on the minute details of language use across different codes, as these allow for a novel inquiry into specific moments of meaning making, role performances and rapport-building in qualitative interviewing. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Discovery of Ghijsbrecht Donckere’s Perpetuum Mobile: Visual Proof of the First Barometer?
Koeleman, Floor UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 27)

Ghijsbrecht Donckere is sometimes associated with the invention of the barometer, based on two textual sources from about 1620. No visual record was known of Donckere’s instrument, which was referred to ... [more ▼]

Ghijsbrecht Donckere is sometimes associated with the invention of the barometer, based on two textual sources from about 1620. No visual record was known of Donckere’s instrument, which was referred to as a perpetuum mobile, until now. The rediscovery of a third source, and more importantly, the identification of his device on a contemporary painting, calls for a reassessment. The surroundings of the perpetual motion machine as represented in paint place this instrument at the intersection of natural philosophy and mechanical engineering. Donckere’s invention appears to be loosely based on Cornelis Drebbel’s perpetuum mobile (ca. 1607), and was commissioned by a courtly couple that was already partially informed about the hidden cause of motion of this machine. Nevertheless, the symbolic meaning of the object, rather than an understanding of its actual workings, is put on display. Donckere’s instrument is thus inextricably linked to one of the Aristotelian senses, and to concepts of astronomy and harmony, such as the primum mobile and musica universalis. Even though the textual evidence suggests that the device was at some point used to predict the weather, a reinterpretation particularly emphasizes the rhetoric of the time. The sources do not indicate that the effect of atmospheric pressure was already known. Taking these observations into account, the label of barometer does not seem applicable to Donckere’s perpetuum mobile. The newly revealed visual proof portrays the instrument instead as a collector’s item to be interpreted intellectually by an elite clientele in the early seventeenth century. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of resilience on perceived chronic stress in undergraduate psychology students
Lenz, Hannah; Steffgen, Georges UL

Poster (2019, September 26)

The purpose of this exploratory study was to analyze the relationship between academic stressors and chronic stress in undergraduate psychology students, and to identify whether resilience and/or social ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this exploratory study was to analyze the relationship between academic stressors and chronic stress in undergraduate psychology students, and to identify whether resilience and/or social support function as mediators amid this relationship. Students from the University of Luxembourg and the University of Trier (N = 152) were recruited to fill out an online questionnaire consisting of the Trier inventory of chronic stress (Schulz et al., 2004), the resilience scale (Leppert et al., 2008), the perceived social support scale (Kliem et al., 2015), and five dimensions of academic stressors (Herbst et al., 2016). Results show a positive correlation between academic stressors and chronic stress. Multiple regression analysis prove that neither gender, home university, additional occupation nor social support are significant predictors of chronic stress. Compared to academic stressors and resilience, which account for more than 56% of the variance of students’ experienced chronic stress. Furthermore, academic stressors and chronic stress are mediated by resilience but not by perceived social support. The implications of the findings are discussed in terms of their relevance for the development of intervention programs against chronic stress of undergraduate students. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time Radio Frequency Interference Detection and Mitigation with the Front-End GNSS Interference eXcisor (FENIX)
Querol Borras, Jorge UL; Perez, Adrian; Munoz-Martin, Joan Francesc et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 26)

The number of applications based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has been increasing in the last years. With its proliferation, Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI) has become one of the most ... [more ▼]

The number of applications based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has been increasing in the last years. With its proliferation, Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI) has become one of the most concerning topics on GNSS-based devices for navigation, positioning and timing, but also for Earth Observation purposes such as GNSS-Reflectometry (GNSS-R) and GNSS-Radio Occultations (GNSS-RO) due to the corruption of the received signal and the corresponding geophysical measurements. The Front-End GNSS Interference eXcisor (FENIX) mitigates the problem of RFI by providing a plug-and-play solution which, placed between the antenna and the receiver, excises virtually any kind of interference signal, as its mitigation algorithm is agnostic on the particular type of RFI. The new version of FENIX is also capable of operating with large signal bandwidths ($\sim$50 MHz) and dual-band applications (e.g. L1 + L2 or L1/E1 + L5/E5). This paper shows the performance of the system for commercial GNSS receivers and GNSS-R applications. The use of FENIX in Microwave Radiometers is also possible, but it is out of the scope of this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation von bauphysikalischen Vormessungen im Rahmen von komplexen Innendämmprojekten
Latz, Sebastian Joachim UL; Thewes, Andreas; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

in Vogel, Albert (Ed.) Bauphysiktage 2019 in Weimar - Bauphysik in Forschung und Praxis (2019, September 25)

The installation of internal insulation systems within the scope of refurbishment changes the hygrothermal behaviour of the existing masonry of a building in the long term. The internal insulation layer ... [more ▼]

The installation of internal insulation systems within the scope of refurbishment changes the hygrothermal behaviour of the existing masonry of a building in the long term. The internal insulation layer reduces the temperature of the masonry during the heating period and considerably reduces the drying potential. If the moisture content is too high due to the absorption of driving rain from the outside and moisture from the interior climate, the masonry may be permanently damaged and mould may form. The proof of function can be achieved by hygrothermal simulations. These simulations require the input of sensitive boundary conditions and different material parameters. In order to obtain precise simulation results, these input values should be validated by building physics measurements. In order to be able to better assess the simulation parameters, various physical measurements for the preparation of a field test for interior insulation systems in a conference room were carried out on behalf of the administration of the bâtiments publics at the University of Luxembourg as part of the research project "Possibilities and limitations of interior insulation in the renovation of public buildings in Luxembourg". [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance Analysis of MANET Routing Protocols in Urban VANETs
Di Maio, Antonio UL; Palattella, Maria Rita UL; Engel, Thomas UL

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (volume 11803) (2019, September 25)

Infrastructure-less communications between moving vehicles present emblematic challenges because of high node mobility and link volatility, which may harm the performances of different categories of ... [more ▼]

Infrastructure-less communications between moving vehicles present emblematic challenges because of high node mobility and link volatility, which may harm the performances of different categories of emerging vehicular applications. In order to move data between vehicles that are not in direct communication range, several distributed routing protocols have been proposed and tested in vehicular networks, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Some previous works report disagreeing claims about routing protocol performances in similar vehicular scenarios. Therefore, in this work, we evaluate the performances in terms of Packet Delivery Ratio (PDR), packet delay, frame collision rate, and signaling rate of three well-known routing protocols (AODV, DSDV, and GPSR), simulating them in a realistic Manhattan scenario. Furthermore, we evaluate the impact of typical urban obstacles (e.g. buildings) on the considered performance metrics. We observed that, in the proposed urban scenario, AODV provided the best PDR, GPSR the best packet delay, and DSDV failed to provide satisfactory performances due to signaling-induced congestion. Simulations showed that considering the shadowing effects induced by the buildings in an urban scenario drastically changes the observed performances, i.e. reduces the frame collisions, decreases the PDR, and increases the packet delay. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE MARKET SKEWNESS-RETURN RELATIONSHIP, Plenary Talk
Lehnert, Thorsten UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 25)

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See detailAuswertung eines Großdemonstrators mit außenliegender Wandtemperierung, Wärmepumpe, Eisspeicher und PTV-Hybridkollektoren
Schmidt, Christoph Wilhelm UL; Altgeld, Horst; Groß, Bodo et al

in Völker, Conrad; Kornadt, Oliver; Jentsch, Mark (Eds.) et al Schriftenreihe der Professur Bauphysik, Bauphysiktage 2019 in Weimar - Bauphysik in Forschung und Praxis (2019, September 25)

Der Beitrag ist inhaltlich dem Forschungsprojekt „Low Exergy Utilisation - Einsatz von außen-liegender Wandtemperierung bei der Gebäudesanierung - Feldtest, CO2- Wärmepumpe mit Eisspeicher“ (kurz LEXU II ... [more ▼]

Der Beitrag ist inhaltlich dem Forschungsprojekt „Low Exergy Utilisation - Einsatz von außen-liegender Wandtemperierung bei der Gebäudesanierung - Feldtest, CO2- Wärmepumpe mit Eisspeicher“ (kurz LEXU II, Förderkennzeichen 0327370Y) zugeordnet. Im Rahmen des Pro-jektes wurde ein Großdemonstrator mit außenliegender Wand- und Lufttemperierung (kurz aWT & aLT) zusammen mit einem niederexergetischen Versorgungssystem, bestehend aus Eisspeicher, Wärmepumpe und PVT-Hybridkollektoren realisiert. Zur Heizperiode 2018/19 wurde die „Feldtestanlage“ in Betrieb genommen, sodass derzeit Messdaten generiert wer-den. In dem Forschungsprojekt wird der Demonstrator über eine Heizperiode und eine Kühl-periode messtechnisch begleitet und ausgewertet. Dabei wird der Großdemonstrator und alle Komponenten umfassend messtechnisch ausgewertet (~300 Messwerte). Ziel des Beitrags ist eine Darstellung der messtechnischen Auswertung des Großdemonstra-tors über die aktuelle Heizperiode (2018/19) und die anstehende Kühlperiode (2019). Der Fo-kus der Auswertung liegt auf der Feldtestfassade der außenliegenden Wandtemperierung und adressiert die folgenden Fragestellungen: - Konnten die theoretischen Ergebnisse aus Berechnung und Simulation reproduziert werden? - Welche Heizleistungen sind über die außenliegende Wandtemperierung übertragbar? - Welches Fazit kann nach dem Betrieb der Anlage/Feldtestfläche über ca. ein Jahr ge-zogen werden? Je nach aktuellem Stand der begleitenden Simulations- und Potentialstudien können auch hier erste Ergebnisse präsentiert werden. Inhaltlich baut der Beitrag auf dem Beitrag „Außen-liegende Wand- und Lufttemperierung: Umsetzung eines Großdemonstrators“ von den Bau-physiktagen 2017 in Kaiserslautern auf. Im Anschluss an die dort beschriebene Umsetzung soll nun ein Fazit bzgl. Umsetzung, Monitoring und Simulation gezogen werden. [less ▲]

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See detailInbetriebnahme und Monitoring einer Feldtestfläche zur außenliegenden Lufttemperierung
Schmidt, Christoph Wilhelm UL; Altgeld, Horst; Groß, Bodo et al

in Völker, Conrad; Kornadt, Oliver; Jentsch, Mark (Eds.) et al Schriftenreihe der Professur Bauphysik, Bauphysiktage 2019 in Weimar - Bauphysik in Forschung und Praxis (2019, September 25)

Der Beitrag ist inhaltlich dem Forschungsprojekt „Low Exergy Utilisation - Einsatz von außen-liegender Wandtemperierung bei der Gebäudesanierung - Feldtest, CO2- Wärmepumpe mit Eisspeicher“ (kurz LEXU II ... [more ▼]

Der Beitrag ist inhaltlich dem Forschungsprojekt „Low Exergy Utilisation - Einsatz von außen-liegender Wandtemperierung bei der Gebäudesanierung - Feldtest, CO2- Wärmepumpe mit Eisspeicher“ (kurz LEXU II, Förderkennzeichen 0327370Y) zugeordnet. Im Rahmen des Pro-jektes wurde ein Großdemonstrator mit außenliegender Wand- und Lufttemperierung (kurz aWT & aLT) zusammen mit einem niederexergetischen Versorgungssystem, bestehend aus Eisspeicher, Wärmepumpe und PVT-Hybridkollektoren realisiert. Zur Heizperiode 2018/19 wurde die „Feldtestanlage“ in Betrieb genommen, sodass derzeit Messdaten generiert wer-den. In dem Forschungsprojekt wird der Demonstrator über eine Heizperiode und eine Kühl-periode messtechnisch begleitet und ausgewertet. Dabei wird der Großdemonstrator und alle Komponenten umfassend messtechnisch ausgewertet (~300 Messwerte). Ziel des Beitrags ist eine Darstellung der Grundlagen der außenliegenden Lufttemperierung, als niederexergetische und schnell regelbare Ergänzung zur außenliegenden Wandtemperie-rung. Bei der außenliegenden Lufttemperierung wird zwischen thermisch aktivierter Be-standswand und neuem Wärmedämm-Verbundsystem ein Luftspalt geschaffen, durch den Außenluft geführt und temperiert werden kann. Diese temperierte Außenluft wird dem dahin-terliegenden Raum (im Feldtest ein Büroraum mit rund 20 m² Grundfläche und zwei Arbeits-plätzen) als Frischluft zur Verfügung gestellt. Aufbauend auf den Grundlagen wird die Inbe-triebnahme der bereits umgesetzten Feldtestfläche mit möglichen Regelstrategien geschildert. Abschließend sollen erste Messergebnisse der Feldtestfläche dargestellt und diskutiert wer-den. Interessant sind hier vor allem (im Vergleich zur außenliegenden Wandtemperierung) die möglichen Zeitkonstanten und die erreichbaren Wärmeströme nach Innen (z.B. mögliche Wärmeübertragung als Kombination aus Konvektion im Luftspalt und Wärmeleitung durch die Bestandswand). Themengebiet: Energieeffiziente Gebäude & Bauphysik und Sanierung & Behaglichkeit und Raumklima [less ▲]

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See detailEarly-stage topological and technological choices for TSN-based communication architectures
Navet, Nicolas UL; Villanueva, Josetxo; Migge, Jörn

Scientific Conference (2019, September 24)

A main issue in the design of automotive communication architectures is that the most important design choices pertaining to the topology of the networks and the technologies to use (protocols, data rate ... [more ▼]

A main issue in the design of automotive communication architectures is that the most important design choices pertaining to the topology of the networks and the technologies to use (protocols, data rate, hardware) have to be made at a time when the communication requirements are not entirely known. Indeed, many functions only becomes available along the development cycle, and vehicle platforms have to support incremental evolutions of the embedded system that may not be fully foreseeable at the time design choices are made. The problem is becoming even more difficult and crucial with the introduction of dynamically evolving communication requirements requiring network re-configuration at run-time. We present how the use of synthetic data, that is data generated programmatically based on past vehicle projects and what can be foreseen for the current project, enables the designers to make such early stage choices based on quantified metrics. The proposals are applied to Groupe Renault's FACE service-oriented E/E architecture with the use of a software-implemented function we called “Topology Stress Test”. [less ▲]

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See detailMoney Laundering and Cryptocurrencies
Allegrezza, Silvia UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 24)

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See detailProceedings of the Deduktionstreffen 2019
Schon, Claudia; Steen, Alexander UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 23)

The annual meeting Deduktionstreffen is the prime activity of the Special Interest Group on Deduction Systems (FG DedSys) of the AI Section of the German Society for Informatics (GI-FBKI). It is a meeting ... [more ▼]

The annual meeting Deduktionstreffen is the prime activity of the Special Interest Group on Deduction Systems (FG DedSys) of the AI Section of the German Society for Informatics (GI-FBKI). It is a meeting with a familiar, friendly atmosphere, where everyone interested in deduction can report on their work in an informal setting. [less ▲]

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See detailBreaking Unlinkability of the ICAO 9303 Standard for e-Passports using Bisimilarity
Horne, Ross James UL; Mauw, Sjouke UL; Smith, Zachary Daniel UL et al

in Breaking Unlinkability of the ICAO 9303 Standard for e-Passports using Bisimilarity (2019, September 23)

We clear up confusion surrounding privacy claims about the ICAO 9303 standard for e-passports. The ICAO 9303 standard includes a Basic Access Control (BAC) protocol that should protect the user from being ... [more ▼]

We clear up confusion surrounding privacy claims about the ICAO 9303 standard for e-passports. The ICAO 9303 standard includes a Basic Access Control (BAC) protocol that should protect the user from being traced from one session to another. While it is well known that there are attacks on BAC, allowing an attacker to link multiple uses of the same passport, due to differences in implementation; there still remains confusion about whether there is an attack on unlinkability directly on the BAC protocol as specified in the ICAO 9303 standard. This paper clarifies the nature of the debate, and sources of potential confusion. We demonstrate that the original privacy claims made are flawed, by uncovering attacks on a strong formulation of unlinkability. We explain why the use of the bisimilarity equivalence technique is essential for uncovering our attacks. We also clarify what assumptions lead to proofs of formulations of unlinkability using weaker notions of equivalence. Furthermore, we propose a fix for BAC within the scope of the standard, and prove that it is correct, again using a state-of-the-art approach to bisimilarity. [less ▲]

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See detailBODYFITR: Robust Automatic 3D Human Body Fitting
Saint, Alexandre Fabian A UL; Shabayek, Abd El Rahman UL; Cherenkova, Kseniya UL et al

in Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) (2019, September 22)

This paper proposes BODYFITR, a fully automatic method to fit a human body model to static 3D scans with complex poses. Automatic and reliable 3D human body fitting is necessary for many applications ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes BODYFITR, a fully automatic method to fit a human body model to static 3D scans with complex poses. Automatic and reliable 3D human body fitting is necessary for many applications related to healthcare, digital ergonomics, avatar creation and security, especially in industrial contexts for large-scale product design. Existing works either make prior assumptions on the pose, require manual annotation of the data or have difficulty handling complex poses. This work addresses these limitations by providing a novel automatic fitting pipeline with carefully integrated building blocks designed for a systematic and robust approach. It is validated on the 3DBodyTex dataset, with hundreds of high-quality 3D body scans, and shown to outperform prior works in static body pose and shape estimation, qualitatively and quantitatively. The method is also applied to the creation of realistic 3D avatars from the high-quality texture scans of 3DBodyTex, further demonstrating its capabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-flow congestion-aware routing in software-defined vehicular networks
Di Maio, Antonio UL; Palattella, Maria Rita UL; Engel, Thomas UL

in 2019 IEEE 90th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2019-Fall) Proceedings (2019, September 22)

5G-enabled vehicular networks will soon allow their users to exchange safety and non-safety related information over heterogeneous communication interfaces. Routing vehicular data flows over multi-hop ... [more ▼]

5G-enabled vehicular networks will soon allow their users to exchange safety and non-safety related information over heterogeneous communication interfaces. Routing vehicular data flows over multi-hop Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications is one of the hardest challenges in vehicular networking, and it has been tackled in literature by using distributed algorithms. The distributed approach has shown significant inefficiencies in such dynamic vehicular scenarios, mainly due to poor network congestion control. To overcome the complexity of the envisioned architecture, and the inefficiency of distributed routing algorithms, we hereby propose to leverage the coordination capabilities of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to determine optimal V2V multi-hop paths and to offload traffic from the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (V2I2V) to the V2V communications, using both cellular and Wi-Fi technologies. In order to achieve this goal, we propose Multi-Flow Congestion-Aware Routing (MFCAR), a centralized routing algorithm that relies on graph theory to choose short and uncongested V2V paths. Realistic simulations prove that MFCAR outperforms well- established centralized routing algorithms (e.g. Dijkstra's) in terms of Packet Delivery Ratio (PDR), goodput and average packet delay, up to a five-fold performance gain. [less ▲]

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See detail(Im)mobilizing languages
Kalocsanyiova, Erika UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 19)

This presentation is concerned with the impact of multilingualism on forced migrants’ trajectories. It reports the findings of a two-year qualitative research project, which used ethnographic research ... [more ▼]

This presentation is concerned with the impact of multilingualism on forced migrants’ trajectories. It reports the findings of a two-year qualitative research project, which used ethnographic research methods, including narrative and go-along interviews, classroom and participant observations and linguistic analysis of interactional data. The project set out to investigate how forced migrants reflect, position, and affirm themselves – through languages – in multilingual societies. Our contribution aligns itself with the body of research that challenges hegemonic monolingual and monocultural practices (Grzymala-Kazlowska/Phillimore 2018, Van Avermaet 2009). Other major influences were Juffermans and Tavares’s (2017) research on south-north trajectories and linguistic repertoires, Stevenson’s (2014, 2017) work on language (hi)stories and Busch’s (2017) biographical explorations of Spracherleben. In this talk, the focus will be on the experiences of three men from Syria and Iraq who have obtained humanitarian protection in Luxembourg, but aspire to fulfil their integration aspirations across multiple locations and countries. A careful analysis of divergent trajectories sheds light on how experiences of linguistic inequality and/or success are imprinted on forced migrants’ repertoires and shape their understanding of (successful) integration. [less ▲]

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See detailWann kam die Grenze auf die Karte? Zur Konstruktion von Herrschaftsgebieten zwischen Reich und Frankreich in der Frühen Neuzeit
Uhrmacher, Martin UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 19)

Feste politische Grenzen, wie man sie heute kennt, die ein Staatsgebiet nach innen wie nach außen umfassend begrenzen, sind im Raum zwischen Maas und Rhein ein Produkt des späten 18. Jahrhunderts. Für ... [more ▼]

Feste politische Grenzen, wie man sie heute kennt, die ein Staatsgebiet nach innen wie nach außen umfassend begrenzen, sind im Raum zwischen Maas und Rhein ein Produkt des späten 18. Jahrhunderts. Für diese Region wird nach dem Ursprung dieser festen Grenzlinien gesucht, die heute ein selbstverständlicher Bestandteil von Karten sind. Seit dem späten 16. Jahrhundert wurden im Westen des Heiligen Römischen Reiches erstmals historische Karten publiziert und im Druck verbreitet, die unser Bild der territorialen Landschaft bis heute prägen. Ab wann aber werden solche Grenzlinien zur Darstellung territorial-räumlicher Verhältnisse verwendet? Und welche Rolle kommt ihnen bei der Konstruktion von Herrschaft im Raum zu? Diesen Fragen widmet sich der Beitrag für die Region zwischen Maas und Rhein. Sie liegt an der Schnittstelle von Germania und Romania und ist durch Einflüsse beiderseits der Sprachgrenze geprägt. [less ▲]

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See detailSize-dependent spatial magnetization profile of Manganese-Zinc ferrite nanoparticles
Bersweiler, Mathias UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 18)

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See detailInvestigation of the moment redistribution for steel concrete continuous beams
Yolacan, Taygun Firat UL; Schäfer, Markus UL

in The 14th Nordic Steel Construction Conference (2019, September 18)

This study investigates moment redistribution phenomenon for pin ended double-span steel-concrete continuous composite beams and arise a question about moment redistribution for the continuous beams ... [more ▼]

This study investigates moment redistribution phenomenon for pin ended double-span steel-concrete continuous composite beams and arise a question about moment redistribution for the continuous beams subjected to partially distributed or concentrated loading conditions. The overall objective of the study is to propose a methodology to fulfil the technical gaps adopted by Eurocode-4, which considers the redistribution for only uniformly load condition. A robust iterative algorithm is developed to obtain moment-curvature relations of the standard composite cross-sections. Flexural stiffness-curvature relations of the cross-sections are predicted through the moment-curvature relations. Flexural stiffness distribution along the composite beams is determined with curvature compatibility. Fourth order differential load-deflection equation is evaluated with finite difference solution scheme for continuous beam conditions and variable flexural stiffness along the beam length. A non-iterative incremental load-deflection algorithm is developed to calculate moment distribution in continuous beams with variable flexural stiffness. A benchmark example is solved with Eurocode- 4 provisions to validate the developed algorithms. Moment redistribution from hogging (negative) zone to sagging (positive) zone of uniformly loaded double-span continuous composite beam is illustrated considering the degree of flexural stiffness degradation in the composite medium. A question is arisen for moment redistribution in the continuous beams subjected to partially distributed or concentrated loading conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe real problem with Rawlsian reasonableness
Burks, Deven UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 17)

In The Law of Peoples, Rawls states that, if “political liberalism offers no way of proving that this specification [of reasonableness] is itself reasonable”, this is no great loss, for “it is simply ... [more ▼]

In The Law of Peoples, Rawls states that, if “political liberalism offers no way of proving that this specification [of reasonableness] is itself reasonable”, this is no great loss, for “it is simply politically reasonable to offer fair terms of cooperation to other free and equal citizens, and it is simply politically unreasonable to refuse to do so” (Rawls 1999: 87-8). While Rawls is undoubtedly right that public reason liberalism analytically requires some standard of reasonableness, it is less obvious this standard must take Rawls’s preferred form. Yet criticisms of Rawlsian “reasonableness” as “loaded” (Stout 2004: 184), “chimerical” (Young 2005: 308) or “entirely circular” (Mulhall and Swift 2003: 483) often equivocate on the meaning of reasonableness and so fall afoul of the “equivocation defense” (Freeman 2004: 2063-5). In this paper, I improve on those earlier criticisms by means of a narrow, immanent criticism whereon the two basic aspects of reasonableness – (A1) proposing and abiding by fair terms of cooperation and (A2) recognizing the “burdens of judgment” (Rawls 1996: 54-8) – may plausibly conflict: in some instances, accepting (A2) may give persons reason to disagree over the need to accept (A1). To show this, I first restate two aspects of reasonableness as a biconditional: a person is reasonable iff (A1) and (A2) obtain. I then examine whether Rawls’s burdens give reason to doubt the requirement in (A1). Insofar as the third, fourth and fifth burdens give reason to doubt just this requirement, I conclude that Rawlsian reasonableness should be reformulated. This reformulation preserves what Rawls gets right about reasonableness – namely, the burdens – but replaces the old standard with “reasonableness pluralism”, from which it follows that public reason cannot represent all the necessary conditions of political justification under circumstances of reasonable pluralism. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of reinforcement to moment resistance of composite slabs
Zhang, Qingjie UL; Schäfer, Markus UL; Kurz, Wolfgang

in The 2019 World Congress on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (ASEM19) (2019, September 17)

Composite slabs lead to slim and economic structural solutions with a low selfweight. The determination of their moment resistance follows the regulations presented in EN 1994-1-1 (2004) which are based ... [more ▼]

Composite slabs lead to slim and economic structural solutions with a low selfweight. The determination of their moment resistance follows the regulations presented in EN 1994-1-1 (2004) which are based on plastic design methods. The current version of Eurocode 4 does not consider explicitly additional reinforcement in the ribs for sagging moment resistance. However, the construction industry requires this possibility in order to provide economical and flexible design. Regarding this situation, further investigations are necessary to prove the applicability of plastic design methods. In the case of high bottom reinforcement ratio, a deep position of the plastic neutral axis occurs, and concrete compression failure may happen before most parts of the profiled steel sheeting and reinforcement yield. This leads to an overestimation of the bending resistance according to the plastic design method. A parametric study, based on approximately 290.000 different combinations of various cross-section geometries and materials, is provided to compare the plastic moment resistance with the resistance determined by strain-limited design. The results show that limitations are necessary to be enabled for the general application of plastic design methods. [less ▲]

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See detailMale vs female gamers: Testing the stereotype threat effect in video gaming
Holl, Elisabeth UL; Wagener, Gary Lee; Melzer, André UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 17)

Stereotype threat (ST), defined as the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s own group, has been demonstrated in various social contexts. Regarding video games, for example, informing ... [more ▼]

Stereotype threat (ST), defined as the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s own group, has been demonstrated in various social contexts. Regarding video games, for example, informing female participants that men would outperform women in gaming leads to gender differences in performance. To date, however, these studies have not looked into the mechanisms of this ST effect in gaming. In two lab studies (N=186), some participants were confronted with ST-related information before playing a video game. In Study 1, half of the participants read a bogus article confirming the “standard” gender stereotype (“men outperform women”). In Study 2, a reverse stereotype was presented to half of the participants (“women have outpaced men in some game genres”). In contrast to hypotheses, both studies failed to show the expected significant interaction effect of gender and ST condition on performance, although female participants confronted with the “standard” gender stereotype reported greater frustration in Study 1, for example. In sum, results indicate a complex relationship between gender, social identity, experience with the game genre, and behavior. Identifying oneself as a gamer and being experienced in a particular game genre were found to be better performance predictors than reading stereotype threatening information. [less ▲]

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See detailLe blanchiment: évolution du cadre européen et nouvelles formes numériques
Allegrezza, Silvia UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 17)

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See detailPhysical activity of children and adolescents in Luxembourg during school, physical education and leisure time: An accelerometry-based study
Eckelt, Melanie UL; Bund, Andreas UL; Hutmacher, Djenna UL et al

Poster (2019, September 13)

Objectives: Due to its great importance for development and health, the physical activity (PA) of children has become a key issue in research over the last decade. Simultaneously, the measurement of PA ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Due to its great importance for development and health, the physical activity (PA) of children has become a key issue in research over the last decade. Simultaneously, the measurement of PA has been strongly improved through the development of user-friendly and reliably working accelerometer, which allow to track PA over several consecutive days in an objective way. Although the benefits of accelerometry are well documented also for children (e.g. Hager et al., 2015), especially cross-national studies such as the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) are still using questionnaires and are focused only on overall or leisure time PA. This study as part of the PALUX project (Physical Activity of Children and Youth in Luxembourg) aims to (1) measure children's daily PA patterns using up-to-date accelerometers while (2) differentiating between PA in school, physical education and leisure time. Methods: In total, 242 children and adolescents (134 girls and 108 boys) aged from 10-18 years from 9 different schools in Luxembourg wore the ActiGraph GT3X-BT- accelerometer at the hip for a period of seven consecutive days. Total time in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) was calculated using the cut-of points from Evenson et al. (2008). Time spent in school and physical education were determined based on timetables provided by the schools. Results: Mean overall MVPA of participants over seven consecutive days was 307.6 min, with 98.4 min (32 %) during school time and 190.7 min (62 %) during leisure time. Only 16.7 min (6 %) of the school time MVPA were performed in physical education. Boys had more overall MVPA than girls (367.9 vs. 258.9 min, t(240) = 6.76, p < .01) due to significant differences in all areas considered here (schooltime: t(215) = 6.26, p < .01; leisure time: t(215) = 6.18, p < .01; physical education: t(188) = 3.07, p < .01). Children spent 25.6 min of an average physical education class of 77 min in MVPA, which is 19.71 % and thus much less than the 50 % recommended by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Sciences. Only 0.5% of the participants (1.2% of the boys and 0% of the girls) achieved this value. Discussion: Overall, 25.6 % of the children and adolescents in Luxembourg met WHO's PA guideline of at least 60 min MVPA per day, which is in line with results from other European countries. According to our data, the achieved MVPA is mainly due to leisure time activities, whereas the potential of school and physical education in providing and promoting PA has apparently not been fully exploited yet. The consistency of these findings will be examined in a second survey in 2019 [less ▲]

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See detailSocial stratification in higher education trajectories: A sequence-analytical approach
Haas, Christina UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 13)

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See detailDifferences in physical activity among children with physically active and inactive parents
Eckelt, Melanie UL; Hutmacher, Djenna UL; Steffgen, Georges UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 13)

Objectives: Parental physical activity is considered as positively related to children´s physical activity (PA; Sallis, Prochaska & Taylor, 2000). Since parents serve as role models, have the potential to ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Parental physical activity is considered as positively related to children´s physical activity (PA; Sallis, Prochaska & Taylor, 2000). Since parents serve as role models, have the potential to influence the health-related behavior and, for instance, to alter a mainly sedentary lifestyle of their children (Beets, Cardinal & Alderman, 2010), the impact of parental PA has become a key issue in research. Many studies report associations between parental PA and the PA behavior of their children, e.g., the direct involvement of the parents in activities with their children is related to increased levels of their PA (Adkins, Sherwood, Story, & Davis, 2004; Beets, Vogel, Chapman, Pitetti, & Cardinal, 2007). However, the mechanisms of parental influence are still poorly understood and besides recent studies are based on self-reported data. Therefore, this study aims to examine if parental PA is related to the subjectively and objectively measured PA of their children. Methods: 237 Luxembourgish children and adolescents (134 girls and 103 boys) aged from 10-18 years participated in the study. Via a digital questionnaire, the children indicated if their mother and father are physically active on a regular basis and if they are active together with their parents. Furthermore, the children and adolescents indicated if they are active at least 60 minutes/ day and if they own a membership in a sports club (MoMo physical activity questionnaire). Additionally, children’s PA behavior was objectively assessed by wearing an accelerometer (ActiGraph GT3X-BT) for a period of seven consecutive days. Activity was categorized as sedentary, light physical activity or moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) using age-specific thresholds. Results: A multivariate ANOVA revealed significant differences in self-reported physical activity if the mother was physically active (F (2, 166) = 5.4, p < .01). Thus, children reported subjectively higher daily activity duration (p < .05) and more activities in a regular week (p < .01). There was no impact on self-reported PA if the father was active or the children were active with their parents together. Regarding the objective data, there were no significant differences between children with active parents and children with inactive parents. If the parents were active with their children together there were significant differences (F (3, 229) = 3.2, p < .05), thus MVPA per day was higher (p < .05) and the sedentary time was lower (p < .01). Neither subjective nor objective data revealed gender-specific differences. Discussion: In contrast to other studies, only the mother seems to have an influence on the subjective PA behavior of the children. The fact, that parents being active or in a sports club does not appear to enhance the PA of the children objectively. However, the objective PA is merely affected by being active together. According to this finding, joint activities of parents and children seem to be necessary to promote children’s PA effectively. It is important to note that in our study the parental PA was rated by the children. In future studies, parents should be included via self-report questionnaires and/or accelerometer. [less ▲]

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See detailBringing Digital Oral History to Luxembourg
Lambert, Douglas UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 13)

Oral history is a field with a growing digital component and, as with other DH fields, computer-based techniques and systems have revolutionized the way we process and present content. One particular set ... [more ▼]

Oral history is a field with a growing digital component and, as with other DH fields, computer-based techniques and systems have revolutionized the way we process and present content. One particular set of activities, which I refer to as Oral History Digital Indexing (OHDI), has been important in shaping new processes and methods for organization, analysis, and curation of digital oral history. I have been directly involved with this work in the United States and am currently working in Luxembourg to explore what aspects of OHDI will be appropriate in Europe. In this presentation I will introduce the organizations, projects, and tools that have helped shape OHDI. Among these projects/products is the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, or OHMS, which has two important modes of digital indexing for oral histories. One is a transcript synchronization tool and the second an indexing tool, both of which help create multimedia webpages that connect interviews in an audio/video media player with text representations of the content. OHMS and other tools will be highlighted briefly, while emphasizing that no two systems have exactly the same features. One unifying principle behind OHDI tools is that indexing processes, i.e., creating shorter, summarizing text tied to time points in the a/v media, can and should take priority over word-for-word transcription. The indexing concept leads to multiple options for processing, analyzing, and presenting an oral history and OHDI also provides a framework for operating under the inevitable reality that not all digital processing options are feasible to pursue. [less ▲]

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See detailIncome Inequality and the Strength of the Origins-Health Gradient in 20 European Countries
Chauvel, Louis UL; Bar-Haim, Eyal UL; Leist, Anja UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 12)

Health is determined by socio-economic position not only of the individual, but also by that of their parents. The intergenerational transmission of health via parental socioeconomic status is suggested ... [more ▼]

Health is determined by socio-economic position not only of the individual, but also by that of their parents. The intergenerational transmission of health via parental socioeconomic status is suggested to vary according to contextual factors such as income inequality. Earlier studies with a comparative perspective had a limited number of countries available. This study uses 20 countries at up to five waves from the European Social Survey (2008-2016) and SWIID in order to examine the extent to which income inequality is related to the origins-health gradient. The higher the income inequality of a given country and year, the stronger the origins-health gradient. Contrary to earlier findings, this association can be fully explained by intergenerational transmission of status, i.e. education. Implications of this finding are that health is largely determined by educational attainment and associated health behaviors, giving societal context a less prominent role than earlier studies suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive equation-free multiscale modeling of metallic lattices with geometrical nonlinearity and variability
Chen, Li UL; Berke, Peter; Beex, Lars UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 12)

An equation-free concurrent multiscale framework is proposed to model 3D metallic lattice structures. The proposed equation-free multiscale method (EFMM) is effectively a generalization of the ... [more ▼]

An equation-free concurrent multiscale framework is proposed to model 3D metallic lattice structures. The proposed equation-free multiscale method (EFMM) is effectively a generalization of the quasicontinuum method [2] and relies on the use of fully-resolved domains (FRD) in which all details of the lattice micro-structure are captured, and of coarse-grained domains (CGD) in which a model reduction is performed by interpolation and summation steps. The particularity of the lattice geometrical description is that cross section variations along the lattice struts (caused by the manufacturing process) are explicitly represented by their discretization in several beam finite elements, both in the FRDs and CGDs. The interpolation step of the EFMM refers to a kinematic approximation of the lattice deformation within CGDs based on the displacement of a reduced number of material points. One of the originalities of this work is the consideration of a separate interpolation of each type of kinematic variables within the CGDs, as a function of the connectivity of the lattice beam nodes (i.e. taking the location of different cross sections into account) and their kinematical pattern. This, together with accounting for geometric nonlinearity, by the development and implementation of a 3D co-rotational beam finite element [1], are innovative contributions. Choosing the appropriate sizes of the FRDs and the CGDs for a lattice to be simulated is a trade-off because larger FRDs prevail the accuracy but compromise the efficiency while larger CGDs do the opposite. Since the required sizes of the FRDs and CGDs are generally not known a priori for specific applications, an adaptive coarse-graining strategy is developed. To be specific, the whole lattice is initially considered as a CGD. Two kinds of error indicator are proposed (e.g. the Zienkiewicz-Zhu error indicator [4, 3] and the error indicator based on the discrepancy of strain energy). The error indicator guides on: 1) introducing more material points and rearranging the interpolation for the CGDs; 2) changing the localization-prone parts of the lattice into FRDs. The adaptive EFMM is applied to metallic BCC lattices with various sizes and loading conditions. By comparing to the results of those of the direct numerical simulation (DNS), it is shown that geometrical non-linearities can be captured at a fraction of the DNS cost. [less ▲]

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See detailDigital History as Trading Zone? Reflections from a Doctoral Training Unit
van der Heijden, Tim UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 12)

This paper addresses the question how Digital History “trading zones” are being constituted in practice and how they are situated in physical working environments. The analysis is based on a case study of ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the question how Digital History “trading zones” are being constituted in practice and how they are situated in physical working environments. The analysis is based on a case study of the Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) “Digital History and Hermeneutics”, an interdisciplinary research and training programme that was established at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) of the University of Luxembourg. The DTU is designed as an interdisciplinary “trading zone”, in which thirteen doctoral candidates with different disciplinary backgrounds – from history, linguistics and philosophy to computer and information science – reflect on the epistemological and methodological challenges of doing digital history and humanities research (Fickers 2015, 2012). The paper reflects on the project’s first year, in which the doctoral researchers were introduced to various skills and methods in digital humanities as part of the so-called “DH incubation phase”. This phase included trainings in text mining, digital source criticism, database structures, data visualization, GIS analysis, tool criticism and algorithmic critique. The paper presents some of the main practical and epistemological opportunities and challenges of “thinkering”: the playful experimentation with digital tools and technologies for doing historical research. It furthermore reflects on the practical and institutional challenges of constituting an interdisciplinary trading zone, like the DTU. As such, it addresses a number of critical questions: How to build bridges between different knowledge domains in a specific research environment? How to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and to get scholars out of their disciplinary or methodological comfort zones? What is at stake in such interdisciplinary trading zones? Who are the traders – and what is being traded? The analysis is informed by studies on interdisciplinarity (Klein 2015, Deegan and McCarty 2012, Stehr and Weingart 2000), trading zones (Collins et al. 2007, Galison 1996, Kemman 2019) and communities of practice (Wenger 1998). Empirically, it draws on a series of semi-structured interviews and thirty-nine self-reflexive training reports, in which the doctoral researchers of the DTU discuss their experiences of doing digital history and hermeneutics in an interdisciplinary setting. Finally, the paper evaluates the suitability of the trading zone concept as analytical framework for studying interdisciplinary collaborations in Digital History as a field. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison between conventional Earth Observation Satellites and CubeSats; Requirements, Capabilities and Data Quality
Backes, Dietmar UL; Hassani, Saif Alislam UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 11)

From its early beginning as an educational tool in 1999, cubesats have evolved into a popular platform for technology demonstrations and scientific instruments. Ideas and innovations sparked from an ... [more ▼]

From its early beginning as an educational tool in 1999, cubesats have evolved into a popular platform for technology demonstrations and scientific instruments. Ideas and innovations sparked from an enthusiastic community led to the development of new Earth Observation (EO) technology concepts based on large constellations of satellites with high-resolution optical imagers previously considered as infeasible. Probably the most significant constellation today is deployed by Planet who are currently operating a fleet larger than 120 3U Dove satellites, which provide an imaging service with up to 3m Ground Sample Distance (GSD). The number of low-cost EO Cubesat systems is constantly increasing. However, for a number of reasons there still seems to be a reluctance to use such data for many EO applications. A better understanding of the capabilities of the current generation of small Cubesats compared to the traditional well-established bigger operational missions of high and medium resolution EO satellites is required. What are the critical capabilities and quality indicators? Due to the limited size and weight of Cubesats, critical system components, e.g. for navigation and communication, always compete with operational payloads such as optical camera/sensor systems. A functional EO system requires balanced payload, which provides adequate navigational capabilities, that match the requirements of the optical imagers (camera) deployed with the system. This study reviews the current performance and capabilities of Cubesats for optical EO and compares them to the capabilities of conventional, dedicated high and medium resolution EO systems. We summarise key performance parameters and quality indicators to evaluate the difference between the systems. An empirical study compares recent very high-resolution (VHR) imagery from big EO satellite missions with available images from Cubesats for the use case in disaster monitoring. Small and agile Nanosatellites or Cubesats already show remarkable performance. Although it is not expected that their performance and capability will match those of current bigger EO satellite missions, they are expected to provide a valuable tool for EO and remote sensing, in particular for downstream industry applications. [less ▲]

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See detailLearning-based Physical Layer Communications for Multiagent Collaboration
Mostaani, Arsham UL; Simeone, Osvaldo; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in Mostaani, Arsham; Simeone, Osvaldo; Chatzinotas, Symeon (Eds.) et al PIMRC 2019 Proceedings (2019, September 11)

Consider a collaborative task carried out by two autonomous agents that can communicate over a noisy channel. Each agent is only aware of its own state, while the accomplishment of the task depends on the ... [more ▼]

Consider a collaborative task carried out by two autonomous agents that can communicate over a noisy channel. Each agent is only aware of its own state, while the accomplishment of the task depends on the value of the joint state of both agents. As an example, both agents must simultaneously reach a certain location of the environment, while only being aware of their own positions. Assuming the presence of feedback in the form of a common reward to the agents, a conventional approach would apply separately: (\emph{i}) an off-the-shelf coding and decoding scheme in order to enhance the reliability of the communication of the state of one agent to the other; and (\emph{ii}) a standard multiagent reinforcement learning strategy to learn how to act in the resulting environment. In this work, it is argued that the performance of the collaborative task can be improved if the agents learn how to jointly communicate and act. In particular, numerical results for a baseline grid world example demonstrate that the jointly learned policy carries out compression and unequal error protection by leveraging information about the action policy. [less ▲]

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See detailInteroceptive accuracy in preschool - aged children: The Jumping Jack Paradigm (JJP)
Opdensteinen, K.; Schaan, L.; Pohl, A. et al

Poster (2019, September 11)

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See detailExamining grades, achievement test scores, and three intelligence facets within an extended I/E model
Hausen, Jennifer UL; Möller, Jens; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 10)

Domain-specific academic self-concepts (ASCs) are mental representations of one’s abilities that are specific to a particular school subject. According to the internal/external frame of reference (I/E ... [more ▼]

Domain-specific academic self-concepts (ASCs) are mental representations of one’s abilities that are specific to a particular school subject. According to the internal/external frame of reference (I/E) model, achievement influences the formation of ASCs via social and dimensional comparison processes: within one domain students not only compare their achievement with their peers (social comparison) but also with their own achievements in other domains (dimensional comparison). However, students’ intelligence as an indicator of achievement has been neglected within the I/E model framework. Yet, intelligence is known to be an important determinant of academic success and thus it can be assumed to influence the formation of academic self-concepts, too. Hence, this research examined the links between verbal, numerical, figural intelligence and domain-specific ASCs while controlling for grades and achievement test scores. We drew on N = 382 German students to analyze verbal, numerical, and figural intelligence, German and math achievement, domain-specific self-reported grades and ASCs in math, physics, German, and English. We performed structural equation modeling using Mplus 8 with grades, achievement scores and intelligence facets specified as manifest predictors and domain-specific ASCs as latent criteria. Positive within-domain relations indicating social comparison effects were found between math, physics, German, and English grade to their corresponding self-concept as well as from math achievement to math ASC. Dimensional comparison effects are implied by a positive cross-domain path between physics grade and math ASC and by negative cross-domain paths from math grade to German, physics, and English ASC. Further, a positive cross-domain relation was found between math achievement and physics ASC while a negative cross-domain path was found between German achievement and math ASC. With regard to the intelligence facets, positive paths were found between numerical intelligence and physics ASC as well as between verbal intelligence and English ASC. Our findings thus suggest numerical and verbal intelligence to be valid predictors of ASC formation in an extended I/E model beyond grades and test scores. Overall, the proposed I/E model permitted meaningful relations to be drawn between domain-specific achievement indicators and ASCs suggesting that these variables provide incremental validity. [less ▲]

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See detailImplicit attitudes and stereotypes concerning male and female ethnic minority students
Pit-Ten Cate, Ineke UL; Krischler, Mireille UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 10)

Stereotypes and attitudes influence behavior and hence contribute to the integration of students from different backgrounds. Stereotypes reflect beliefs about the members of social groups (Fiske & Taylor ... [more ▼]

Stereotypes and attitudes influence behavior and hence contribute to the integration of students from different backgrounds. Stereotypes reflect beliefs about the members of social groups (Fiske & Taylor, 1991) and are associated with expectations, which in turn effect perception and judgments (Ferguson, 2003). Person perceptions- and judgments are however also affected by evaluations of objects (Sanbonmatsu & Fazio, 1990). Based on people´s stereotypical beliefs and associated thoughts and feelings, specific behavioral intentions develop and hence both may be pivotal for the level of acceptance or rejection of others. Research shows that stigmatization based on ethnicity can provide a barrier in terms of both social integration (MENJE, 2015) and educational equity (Gabel, et al., 2009). The current study aimed to assess young peoples´ implicit attitudes and stereotypes concerning male and female students from different ethnic backgrounds (German vs. Turkish). Implicit attitudes were measured using an implicit association task (IAT; Greenwald, et al., 2003). First names were used as a proxy for the ethnic background of the student. Participants (N=98) were randomly divided in two groups, completing either an IAT-boys version or an IAT-girls version. Stereotypes, in terms of students´ academic engagement were assessed using a questionnaire (Hachfeld, et al., 2012). Mean IAT-D scores for boys and girls did not differ, t(89)=1.05, p=.30. The IAT-D score for the whole sample (M=0.33, SD=1.28) was significantly different from zero, t(90)=2.46, p=.02, d=0.26, reflecting more negative implicit attitudes toward students with Turkish roots. Participants did not express differential stereotypical beliefs regarding the students´ academic engagement based on students´ ethnic background (i.e., subscale scores were significantly lower than the mean of the scale, t(88)=6.00, p<.001, d=0.64). No correlation was found between implicit attitudes and stereotypical beliefs (r=.12, n.s.). People´s implicit attitudes in favor of students from ethnic majorities may result in differential social interactions with students from different backgrounds (less acceptance of students with ethnic minority backgrounds). The dissociation between implicit attitudes and explicit stereotypical beliefs may reflect the social sensitivity of the relationship between students´ background and educational opportunities. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal Operation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings using Mixed Integer Linear Programming
Rafii-Tabrizi, Sasan UL; Hadji-Minaglou, Jean-Régis UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 10)

This paper proposes a deterministic mixed integer linear programming model for the optimal operation of an energy system providing thermal and electrical energy for a residential and commercial nearly ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a deterministic mixed integer linear programming model for the optimal operation of an energy system providing thermal and electrical energy for a residential and commercial nearly zero energy building. The space heating and space cooling demand of the buildings is simulated using a resistive-capacitive model within a quadratic program respectively. Thermal energy for space heating, space cooling and domestic hot water is buffered in thermal energy storage systems. A dual source heat pump provides thermal energy for space heating and domestic hot water, whereas space cooling is covered by an underground ice storage. The environmental energy sources of the heat pump are ice storage or wind infrared sensitive collectors. The collectors are further used to regenerate the ice storage. Further space heating demands are covered by a combined heat and power unit, which also produces electricity. Photovoltaic panels produce electrical energy which can be stored in a battery storage system. The electrical energy system is capable of selling and buying electricity from the public power grid. A mixed integer linear programming model is developed to minimise the operation cost of the combined commercial and residential nearly zero energy building over a scheduling horizon of 24h. The developed model is tested on two typical days, which are representative for the summer and winter season. Furthermore, it is investigated how external incentives such as varying electricity prices impact the optimal scheduling of the energy system. [less ▲]

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See detailSome naturally defined star products for Kaehler manifolds
Schlichenmaier, Martin UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 10)

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See detailUnravelling the border-facade of France : a multi-level modelling of cross-border commuting
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL; Le Texier, Marion

in Caruso, Geoffrey; Gerber, Philippe; Jones, Catherine (Eds.) et al 21st European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography (ECTQG), Book of Abstracts, Mondorf-las-Bains, 5-9 septembre 2019 (2019, September 09)

Given its central position in Western Europe, France is the European country where cross-border commuting is most intense. Over 350000 residents cross the national border everyday to go to work. Cross ... [more ▼]

Given its central position in Western Europe, France is the European country where cross-border commuting is most intense. Over 350000 residents cross the national border everyday to go to work. Cross-border commuting raises a lot of concerns for planners on both side of each border, especially for provisioning transport infrastructure and local public services but also because it impacts land and housing markets, especially when salary differentials are high. While there is a lot of research about the daily functioning of specific borders (e.g. France-Switzerland or France-Luxembourg), generalization is lacking and spatial heterogeneities impede our understanding of the very determinants of cross-border commuting, such as the role of benefits differentials, transport costs and distance, or the relative availability of jobs at residential places and across the border. Further, these effects are most likely mediated differently by the socio-demographic characteristics of workers, their employment sector, and the quality of their residential environment at large. This suggests that an individual approach and a spatially detailed approach is needed, which contrasts sharply with the fact that most European-wide studies of cross-border commuting are conducted at very aggregated spatial scales (NUTS 2 or 3). [less ▲]

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See detailCentral place foraging and hunter-gatherer settlement patterns: how resource depletion influences population concentration
Sikk, Kaarel UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 09)

Settlement patterns are one of the main products of the Stone Age archaeological research. Their emergence processes can be explained by different models of settlement and mobility choices done by past ... [more ▼]

Settlement patterns are one of the main products of the Stone Age archaeological research. Their emergence processes can be explained by different models of settlement and mobility choices done by past inhabitants. In current study we explore central place foraging (CPF) model of huntergatherers as a tool for exploring formation of settlement patterns. CFP model is used for describing mobility choices of hunter-gatherer groups. It implies the groups settle at a central location and make logistic forays to surrounding areas foraging for required resources. The central location is chosen by it’s optimal position in relation to those resources and the group is willing to leave the current base location if a better alternative arises. We introduce a spatially explicit Agent-Based Model (ABM) of the CPF and explore how heterogeneous environment influences the settlement pattern formation. The motivation to move in CFP comes from changes in the environment. An important part of the change is the depletion of existing resources by the hunter-gatherers themselves. We are using the ABM model to explore how depletion process influences the dispersal of huntergatherer groups in the environment and which conditions and strategies will result in higher concentration and clustering of the population. [less ▲]

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See detailThe potential scaling of urban heat island and nitrogen dioxide with urban population: a systematic review
Wei, Yufei UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL; Lemoy, Rémi

Scientific Conference (2019, September 08)

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See detailHow does the relative spatial pattern of green within cities impact carbon uptake? A European scale analysis
Boura, Marlène Delphine Fabienne UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 06)

Cities constitute the main source of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Urban areas exhibit a variety of land use profiles and carbon metabolisms. Yet it is important to assess to what extent they can ... [more ▼]

Cities constitute the main source of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Urban areas exhibit a variety of land use profiles and carbon metabolisms. Yet it is important to assess to what extent they can cope with their own emissions. We address this issue by examining how the internal spatial organization of cities can impact the flow of anthropogenic CO2 between their major sources - human activities - ; and their main storage infrastructures, with a focus here on urban green spaces and forests. Is it better to have a dense core with a peripheric green belt? Large green patches within the core centre? Or small and fragmented green spaces? The objective of the present work is to tests whether the internal spatial organization of urban areas - in terms of green infrastructure characteristics and land use types - matters for evaluating carbon sequestration potentials within urban areas. Or whether they can simply be considered as single objects with a quantity of carbon emissions and a carbon sink capacity derived directly from aggregated land use data. We present a spatially explicit urban carbon flow model. Using land use data, an emission inventory and sequestration potentials from the vegetation we allocate a carbon budget to each spatial unit within the urban systems. Anthropogenic CO2 emissions are accounted from different land use categories using the TNO CAMS dataset. The potential of carbon sequestration by the urban forest is set using estimates from the literature. Urban carbon flows are then simulated for all Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) of European cities using the Urban Atlas 2012 database. Most studies on carbon dioxide uptake into vegetation at city or metropolitan scales estimate carbon stocks or aggregated carbon flows, while spatially explicit urban carbon flow analyses are made on spatially limited areas - i.e. neighbourhood level. Also, the homogenous land use data and emissions inventory at the continental level allows for a comparison of the different urban areas. We then compare the aggregated budget of the areas of study – commonly done in budget approaches from micro to global scale – to the spatially explicit budget. It allows us to estimate the real contribution of the urban forest to the uptake of anthropogenic emissions within the same urban ecosystem. The analysis then investigates the level of efficiency of CO2 uptake for different typology of urban areas for different carbon profiles. The efficiency is defined as the share of local emissions captured within the urban boundaries. In the future, the model will be validated using eddy covariance empirical data. [less ▲]

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See detailThe destruction of distraction? Neural mechanisms of reduced task-related analgesia with aging.
Rischer, Katharina Miriam UL; Dierolf, Angelika UL; Gonzalez-Roldan, Ana Maria et al

Poster (2019, September 06)

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See detailEquation-free multiscale modeling of metallic lattices with geometrical and material nonlinearity and variability
Chen, Li UL; Berke, Peter; Beex, Lars UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 05)

An nonlinear equation-free concurrent multiscale numerical framework, being the generalization of the quasicontinuum method [2] is proposed in this contribution to model 3D metallic lattice structures ... [more ▼]

An nonlinear equation-free concurrent multiscale numerical framework, being the generalization of the quasicontinuum method [2] is proposed in this contribution to model 3D metallic lattice structures. The proposed equation-free multiscale method (EFMM) relies on the use of fully-resolved domains (FRD) in which all of the details of the lattice micro-structure are captured, and of coarse-grained domains (CGD) in which a model reduction is performed by interpolation and summation steps. The particularity of the lattice geometry description is that cross section variations along the lattice struts (that are experimentally observed as a result of the manufacturing process) are explicitly represented by their discretization in several beam finite elements, both in the FRDs and CGDs. The interpolation step of the EFMM refers to a kinematic approximation of the lattice deformation within CGDs based on the movement of a reduced number of material points at the CGD corners. One of the originalities of this work is the consideration of a separate interpolation of each type of degrees of freedom within the CGDs, as a function of the connectivity of the lattice beam nodes (i.e. taking the location of different cross sections into account) and their kinematical pattern. This, together with accounting for plasticity, by the development and implementation of a 3D co-rotational beam finite element [1] with embedded plastic hinges [3], are unprecedented and original contributions. The EFMM is applied to metallic BCC lattices with various sizes and loading conditions. By comparing to direct numerical simulation (DNS), it is shown that both material and geometrical non-linearities can be captured at a fraction of the DNS cost (the computational time is reduced by 97.27% while introducing an error of only 3.76%). [less ▲]

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See detail“It felt wrong to me to play that way” Understanding moral decision-making in video games through focus group discussions
Holl, Elisabeth UL; Bernard, Steve; Melzer, André UL

in Nebel, Steve; Pietschmann, Daniel; Schneider, Sascha (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the Media Psychology Division (2019, September 05)

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See detailWireless Multi-group Multicast Precoding with Selective RF Energy Harvesting
Gautam, Sumit UL; Lagunas, Eva UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 05)

We present a novel framework for multi-group multicast precoding in the presence of three types of wireless users which are distributed among various multicast groups. A multi-antenna transmitter conveys ... [more ▼]

We present a novel framework for multi-group multicast precoding in the presence of three types of wireless users which are distributed among various multicast groups. A multi-antenna transmitter conveys information and/or energy to the groups of corresponding receivers using more than one multicast streams. The information specific users have conventional receiver architectures to process data, energy harvesting users collect energy using the non-linear energy harvesting module and each of the joint information decoding and energy harvesting capable user is assumed to employ the separated architecture with disparate non-linear energy harvesting and conventional information decoding units. In this context, we formulate and analyze the problem of total transmit power minimization for optimal precoder design subjected to minimum signal-to-interference-and-noise ratio and harvested energy demands at the respective users under three different scenarios. This problem is solved via semi-definite relaxation and the advantages of employing separate information and energy precoders are shown over joint and per-user information and energy precoder designs. Simulation results illustrate the benefits of proposed framework under several operating conditions and parameter values. [less ▲]

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See detailThe view from anywhere: A better orientation towards public justification?
Burks, Deven UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 05)

If reasoning proceeds from perspectives, from which perspective should one reason when pursuing the ideal of public justification (acceptability (Lister 2013) or justifiability (Vallier 2018) of statutes ... [more ▼]

If reasoning proceeds from perspectives, from which perspective should one reason when pursuing the ideal of public justification (acceptability (Lister 2013) or justifiability (Vallier 2018) of statutes or policy to different perspectives)? Although recent debate focuses on the relative merits of consensus (Quong 2011) or convergence (Gaus and Vallier 2009), public justification may require both consensus and convergence, suitably understood. Accordingly, I survey two broad orientations towards public justification: the views “from nowhere” (Nagel 1986) and “from everywhere” (Muldoon 2016). I argue that neither is adequate to socio-political complexity and privilege instead the “view from anywhere”. I first take up individually the views from nowhere and from everywhere. The former consists in the individual ideal of a neutral perspective between preferences and beliefs, attained through following an impartial procedure. In political morality, Rawls’s original position and its associated standpoints are prominent examples (Rawls 1999). Yet this view underestimates the conceptual difficulties of navigating decisions from an alien perspective and avoiding prejudging what is and is not morally relevant. The latter is an epistemic-moral social orientation which aggregates individual perspectives in collective deliberation in order to evaluate proposals via evidentiary support from different perspectives (Muldoon 2016). Such support frames “economic” bargaining between persons and groups over local, fixed-term social contracts. Though both impartial and epistemically feasible, this view likewise encounters conceptual difficulties: a.) underestimating the importance of some uniformity in bargaining and the risks of epistemic bubbles and alternative facts (Frazer 2017); b.) reifying perspectives as insulated standpoints. Consequently, a distinct orientation to public justification is needed to secure impartiality and epistemic feasibility, to build disagreement into the orientation and to allow for perspectives and their transformation. The view from anywhere does so in two ways. First, it extends McMahon’s (2009) “moral nominalism” to show how perspectives inhere in a shared use-history of prescriptive terms in evaluative judgments. Because judgments constitutive of a perspective are susceptible to extension and novel use which may be challenged by others sharing those terms, perspectives may undergo considerable negotiation. Disagreeing parties may come to agree on certain matters or to see their differences. Deliberative conversions remain possible. Second, it fosters a “social picture of reasoning” (Laden 2012) whereon reasonableness consists in issuing one another invitations to alter certain elements of one’s perspective or judgment history to reach the point where each authorizes each to speak for her on some shared concern. Public reasons are not merely accessible in form and content but via their history of mutual invitation and response. The view from anywhere thus makes more sense of public justification’s perspectival character and provides a better picture of how public justification should proceed and public reasons develop in contemporary democracies by allowing that the person may start from anywhere in the justificatory landscape and, potentially, arrive at a conclusion anywhere therein. To Rawls’s reminder to heed “where we are and whence we speak” (Rawls 2005: 382), I add that one may be and speak from anywhere, with enough time, effort and good will. [less ▲]

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See detailThe long and winding road: analysing Science and Innovation Centres, a unique policy instrument of Science Diplomacy
Epping, Elisabeth UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 05)

The aim of this paper is to empirically contribute to the study of science diplomacy and thereby introduce and analyse science and innovation centres (SIC) as a novel policy instrument in the science ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to empirically contribute to the study of science diplomacy and thereby introduce and analyse science and innovation centres (SIC) as a novel policy instrument in the science diplomacy toolbox. SIC are distinct units or satellite institutes, established by governments abroad, operating at the nexus of higher education, research, innovation and diplomacy. Based on a comparative analysis of policy documents and interview data, insights into the development of SIC in Germany and Switzerland are generated. Furthermore, the (changing) political rationales that guide their development, and hence science diplomacy in general, are distilled. By applying a policy instrumentation lens, the research 1) uncovers the development of the two SIC over time reflecting similarities and differences, 2) shows that the political rationales for SIC are changing and exceed dominant science diplomacy notions of soft power, 3) reveals that the promotion of the concept of science diplomacy reflects a certain Zeitgeist and rather than being a novelty, existing practices are relabelled as science diplomacy. [less ▲]

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See detail„Verachtet mir die Meister nicht!“ Kulturelle Botschafter in Luxemburg. Laurent Menager und Asca Rampini
Sagrillo, Damien UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 03)

Der kubanische Anthropologe Ferdinand Ortiz prägte im Jahr 1940 den Begriff der „transculturación“, welcher – grob zusammengefasst – den Übergangsprozess von einer Kultur zur anderen beschreibt. In den ... [more ▼]

Der kubanische Anthropologe Ferdinand Ortiz prägte im Jahr 1940 den Begriff der „transculturación“, welcher – grob zusammengefasst – den Übergangsprozess von einer Kultur zur anderen beschreibt. In den Neunzigerjahren hat der deutsche Philosoph Wolfgang Welsch die Idee wieder aufgenommen, den Begriff jedoch in Transkulturalität umbenannt. Was sich bei Welsch als eine Bereicherung anhört – die (unter dem luxemburgischen Begriff so genannte) Mixität verschiedener Kulturen –, liest sich bei Ortiz teilweise als Aufgabe bzw. Verlust. In meinem Vortrag geht es um die zwei luxemburgische Komponisten Laurent Menager (1835-1902) und Asca Rampini (1931-1999). Auf den ersten Blick haben beide nicht viel gemeinsam, doch hinsichtlich des oben angesprochenen Diskurses zwischen Transkulturalität und Verlust wird ein Ineinandergreifen erkennbar, das beispielhaft für andere (Blasmusik-)Komponisten regionaler Reputation sein könnte: das In-die-Vergessenheit-fallen ihrer jeweiligen Lebensleistungen, die viel mit Integration und gegenseitigen kulturellen Beeinflussungen zu tun haben. Der Fingerzeig Wagners, die Meister nicht zu vergessen, mag teilweise Abhilfe schaffen. [less ▲]

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See detailLiving up to High Expectations? Effective Enforcement of the European Pillar of Social Rights
Muñoz, Susana UL

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The recent multidimensional crisis has provided opportunities for renewal and innovation at various levels of EU law and policy making and enforcement. Against this backdrop, policy areas connected with ... [more ▼]

The recent multidimensional crisis has provided opportunities for renewal and innovation at various levels of EU law and policy making and enforcement. Against this backdrop, policy areas connected with the EU social dimension face both general and policy-specific challenges in the complex network of existing enforcement strategies and tools in the EU legal order. This paper aims to provide a critical analysis of the EPRS as a potential driver of change in this context. [less ▲]

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See detailDemand-Side-Management Potentials for Heat-Pumps in Residential Buildings
Bechtel, Steffen UL; Rafii-Tabrizi, Sasan UL; Scholzen, Frank UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September 02)

The rollout of volatile renewable energies, within the European Union creates a need for flexibility, which in turn can be solved with Demand-Side-Management. Heat pumps in single-family houses can ... [more ▼]

The rollout of volatile renewable energies, within the European Union creates a need for flexibility, which in turn can be solved with Demand-Side-Management. Heat pumps in single-family houses can contribute by adapting their consumption towards price signals, boosting the integration of renewable energies at the same time. Studies so far only focus on Nearly-Zero-Energy-Buildings neglecting the potential of buildings with lower energy standard. This paper illustrates the load shifting potential of two reference-building types by the means of thermal simulation. Therefore, a designed control unit adapts the operation times of the heat pump according to spot market price signals while simultaneously sustaining indoor comfort. The results show remarkable cost reductions achieved by load shifting for both cases. In addition, the approach of this study facilitates the projection of Demand-Side-Management potentials of whole regions. [less ▲]

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See detailINTERGENERATIONAL VALUE TRANSMISSION AND THE ROLE OF MOTIVATIONAL PROCESSES IN MIGRANT AND NON-MIGRANT FAMILIES
Albert, Isabelle UL; Barros, Stephanie; Coimbra, Susana

Scientific Conference (2019, September 01)

The intergenerational transmission of values from one generation to the next is essential for the continuity of a society as it facilitates communication between members of different generations and ... [more ▼]

The intergenerational transmission of values from one generation to the next is essential for the continuity of a society as it facilitates communication between members of different generations and within families, where shared values constitute a part of the family identity. In the context of acculturation, traditions can provide a secure base for migrants who have to adapt to a new living context. On the one hand, parents in migrant families might find it particularly important to transmit traditional values to the next generation, on the other hand offspring can be confronted with diverse value orientations in the receiving culture, and therefore special efforts might be needed to transmit traditional values. The current study is part of the larger FNR-funded IRMA project and presents a crosscultural comparison of n = 154 triads of parents and their (young) adult children from Luxembourgish native and Portuguese immigrant families in Luxembourg, as well as a subsample of Portuguese families living in Portugal. Participants from both generations filled out a standardized questionnaire assessing general value orientations, perceived value similarity as well as parental motivation to transmit respectively children’s motivation to take over parental values. Results showed that parental motivation to transmit values was particularly high in Portuguese families (in Portugal and Luxembourg), although no differences in perceived value similarity between the three subsamples occurred. Whereas parental motivation for transmission was related to the value of tradition in all three subsamples, perceived similarity between parents and their adult children was related to their selforiented values. Concerning consensus in value profiles, the role of motivational processes will be further explored, and effects of culture and migration will be discussed in an integrative framework of intergenerational relations in light of migration and ageing. [less ▲]

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See detailSymposium: INTERGENERATIONAL VALUE TRANSMISSION: THE ROLE OF MOTIVES, TRANSITIONS, AND CONTEXT
Albert, Isabelle UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September 01)

Cultural transmission refers to the transfer of knowledge, practices, values and norms through processes of socialization, enculturation and acculturation which can be intentional or implicit ... [more ▼]

Cultural transmission refers to the transfer of knowledge, practices, values and norms through processes of socialization, enculturation and acculturation which can be intentional or implicit. Intergenerational transmission occurs to a large extent within the family as primary socialization agent. Apart from that, values and norms are learnt in contact with peers and friends, in school or through media. Although the last years have seen an increased research interest in these topics, mechanisms are still unclear and open questions remain with regard to moderators of transmission. The present symposium brings together researchers from three different countries – Germany, Italy and Luxembourg – who will focus on factors that might have an impact on intergenerational value transmission at different points in the family life cycle and outside the family. First, Daniela Barni and colleagues examine the impact of relationship quality toward mothers and fathers on adolescents’ motives for internalization of moral values, thereby taking age of adolescents into account. Christian Hoellger and colleagues then focus on later points in the family life cycle. Taking into account specific life course transitions, they find differences in value transmission, which are however moderated by adult children’s gender. Third, Isabelle Albert and colleagues concentrate on intergenerational transmission of values in the context of acculturation, taking into account parental motivation to transmit values in a sample of Portuguese immigrant compared to non-immigrant families with adult children. Finally, Elke Murdock and Maria Stogianni analyze the roles of friendship patterns for the development of ethnic identity of adolescents who live in a culturally highly diverse setting, underlining the importance of experiences in individuals’ biographies in specific contexts that shape their further development. The discussion will focus on the importance of motives to transmit or take over values, context variables and transitions for intergenerational transmission of values within and outside the family. [less ▲]

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See detailMulticultural societies - and the disappearance of culture?
Murdock, Elke UL; Stogianni, Maria UL

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Vertovec (2007) describes countries with a heterogeneous population in terms of origin and migration status as super-diverse. Within these plurally composed societies the boundaries between minority and ... [more ▼]

Vertovec (2007) describes countries with a heterogeneous population in terms of origin and migration status as super-diverse. Within these plurally composed societies the boundaries between minority and majority become blurred and norms, values and symbols may be negotiated dependent on context. For people growing up in such a multicultural context it is the norm to be with people of different cultural backgrounds and language skills. Reinders (2006) has introduced the term co-culturation, as distinct from enculturation and acculturation, to describe the process of engagement with cultural diversity by both, natives and those with migration background. In a sample of adolescents growing up in multicultural Luxembourg, we highlight the interplay between migration status, friendship patterns, family relations, well-being and identity. Students (N = 85) attending a Luxembourgish secondary school participated in this questionnaire study (Mage = 16.45, SD = 1.09, 46 male, 39 female). The majority (n = 68) of the students were born in Luxembourg, 17 are natives (born to two Luxembourgish parents), 43 are second generation, 17 first generation and 6 are of mixed parentage. We assessed language competence and use, friendship patterns and family relationships. Measures also included the Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scales (BMSLSS) which assesses satisfaction with life in different domains and the Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) scale. The results indicate that friendship patterns are formed on the basis of the characteristics of the individual rather than based on the country of origin. Few statistically significant differences could be found in terms of country of origin/ migration status and various outcome measures. The results can be interpreted in the co-culturation framework. For this cohort of adolescents, culture contact is the norm and salience of cultural background appears to weaken as a result. However, the Luxembourgish language plays an important unifying role. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent load‐bearing mechanisms in headed stud shear connections in composite beams with profiled steel sheeting
Vigneri, Valentino UL; Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Lam, Dennis

in ce/papers (2019, September), 3(3-4), 231-236

The current regulations of EN1994-1-1 for headed stud shear connections in composite beams with profiled sheeting lead, for some configurations, to an over-estimation of the load-bearing capacity. Since ... [more ▼]

The current regulations of EN1994-1-1 for headed stud shear connections in composite beams with profiled sheeting lead, for some configurations, to an over-estimation of the load-bearing capacity. Since these design equations are based on empirical considerations, they are not able to capture the real mechanical behaviour of the connector and they do not consider appropriately the influence of the geometry of sheeting on the shear capacity. For this reason, the load-bearing mechanisms of the shear connection are identified in this work with the support of experimental and numerical results. According to the static system presented, the concrete rib is modelled as a system of diagonal struts acting simultaneously in combination with the stud in bending. It is observed that at 2÷4 mm slip, a ?Strut and beam? mechanism prevails where the resistance of the connector depends mostly on the plastic hinges activated in the stud and on the capacity of the diagonal strut in front of it. By increasing the slip (ca. 4÷10 mm), the surrounding concrete progressively crushes while the tensile stresses at the edge of the rib reach the tensile strength of the material. As a consequence of this loss of rotational stiffness, the bending capacity developed in the stud reduces and the upper hinges gradually moves towards the slab. At higher displacements (ca. 20÷40 mm), due to nonlinear geometric effects, high tensile forces develop in the stud and the load is carried through a ?Strut and Tie? resistance mechanism, if the embedment of the stud is sufficient. By further increasing the slip, the whole rib rotates or the failure occurs either for concrete pull-out or stud rupture. This contribution describes the sequence of the activated load-bearing mechanisms in headed stud shear connections with profiled steel sheeting at different displacements. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate Internationales und Europäisches Steuerrecht
Sinnig, Julia UL

in Taeger, Jürgen (Ed.) Tagungsband Herbstakademie 2019: Die Macht der Daten und der Algorithmen - Regulierung von IT, IoT und KI (2019, September)

Im Juni 2019 stellte die Organisation für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (OECD) das Arbeitsprogramm zur weiteren Ausarbeitung einer Anpassung des internationalen Ertragsteuerrechts an die ... [more ▼]

Im Juni 2019 stellte die Organisation für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (OECD) das Arbeitsprogramm zur weiteren Ausarbeitung einer Anpassung des internationalen Ertragsteuerrechts an die neue wirtschaftliche Realität der digitalisierten Welt vor. Auf Ebene der Europäischen Union (EU) gilt die Verabschiedung der im März 2018 von der Europäischen Kommission vorgestellten Richtlinien-Vorschläge (RL-Vorschläge) zu einer Digitalsteuer und einer sog. signifikanten digitalen Präsenz, nach intensiver Diskussion im Rat, als unwahrscheinlich. Der Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union beschäftigt sich derzeit mit der unionsrechtlichen Vereinbarkeit nationaler Sonderabgaben, die umsatzbasiert erhoben werden. Dieser Beitrag bietet einen Überblick über wesentliche Entwicklungen im internationalen und europäischen Steuerrecht bzgl. der Besteuerung digitalisierter Unternehmen. Der Beitrag knüpft an den Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Jens M. Schmittmann und der Verfasserin anlässlich der Herbstakademie 2018 in Bochum, sowie dem Vortrag der Verfasserin anlässlich der Herbstakademie 2017 in Heidelberg an. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Models to Enable Compliance Checking against the GDPR: An Experience Report
Torre, Damiano UL; Soltana, Ghanem UL; Sabetzadeh, Mehrdad UL et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE / ACM 22nd International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 19) (2019, September)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) harmonizes data privacy laws and regulations across Europe. Through the GDPR, individuals are able to better control their personal data in the face of new ... [more ▼]

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) harmonizes data privacy laws and regulations across Europe. Through the GDPR, individuals are able to better control their personal data in the face of new technological developments. While the GDPR is highly advantageous to citizens, complying with it poses major challenges for organizations that control or process personal data. Since no automated solution with broad industrial applicability currently exists for GDPR compliance checking, organizations have no choice but to perform costly manual audits to ensure compliance. In this paper, we share our experience building a UML representation of the GDPR as a first step towards the development of future automated methods for assessing compliance with the GDPR. Given that a concrete implementation of the GDPR is affected by the national laws of the EU member states, GDPR’s expanding body of case laws and other contextual information, we propose a two-tiered representation of the GDPR: a generic tier and a specialized tier. The generic tier captures the concepts and principles of the GDPR that apply to all contexts, whereas the specialized tier describes a specific tailoring of the generic tier to a given context, including the contextual variations that may impact the interpretation and application of the GDPR. We further present the challenges we faced in our modeling endeavor, the lessons we learned from it, and future directions for research. [less ▲]

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See detailValue-added models: To what extent do estimates of school effectiveness depend on the selection of covariates?
Levy, Jessica UL; Brunner, Martin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

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See detailEntwicklung und Validierung eines Kurzfragebogens zur Erfassung von sieben Facetten von Gewissenhaftigkeit
Franzen, Patrick UL; Niepel, Christoph UL; Arens, A Katrin et al

Scientific Conference (2019, September)

Die Rolle von Persönlichkeitsvariablen für den Schulerfolg rückt immer stärker in den Fokus wissenschaftlicher Untersuchungen. Insbesondere Gewissenhaftigkeit zeigt eine hohe prädiktive Validität für die ... [more ▼]

Die Rolle von Persönlichkeitsvariablen für den Schulerfolg rückt immer stärker in den Fokus wissenschaftlicher Untersuchungen. Insbesondere Gewissenhaftigkeit zeigt eine hohe prädiktive Validität für die Schulleistung (Poropat, 2009). Zur näheren Untersuchung des Konstrukts der Gewissenhaft haben MacCann, Duckworth und Roberts (2009) einen aus 68 Items bestehenden Fragebogen zur Erfassung von acht verschiedenen Facetten von Gewissenhaftigkeit im Sekundarschulalter entwickelt. Dieser ist jedoch zu umfangreich für die Verwendung in large-scale Studien, die in der pädagogischen Forschung von zunehmender Bedeutung sind. Der vorliegende Beitrag präsentiert daher die Entwicklung und Validierung einer Kurzform eines Fragebogens zur Erfassung von sieben Facetten von Gewissenhaftigkeit. Die Entwicklungsstichprobe umfasste die Schüler aller neunten Klassen in Luxemburg in 2017 (N1 = 6.325). Die Schüler beantworteten deutsche oder französische Adaptionen eines aus 59 Items und sieben Facetten bestehenden Fragebogens zu Gewissenhaftigkeit, der an das Instrument von MacCann et al. angelehnt war. Zur Entwicklung einer Kurzversion wurde ein exhaustive-search Algorithmus verwendet. Dabei sollte für jede Facette von Gewissenhaftigkeit die bestmögliche Kombination aus vier Items ausgewählt werden. Die Selektionskriterien hierfür waren Fit-Statistiken, interne Konsistenz und Messinvarianz zwischen den Sprachversionen. Der resultierende Fragebogen – bestehend aus 28 Items – wurde 2018 den Schülern aller neunten Klassen in Luxemburg vorgelegt (N2 =6.279). Für diese Validierungsstichprobe zeigte ein Modell mit sieben Faktoren von Gewissenhaftigkeit einen guten Fit (CFI = 0.93, RMSEA = 0.04). Alle Facetten hatten sehr gute Reliabilitäten (ɑs > 0.97). Außerdem fanden wir skalare Messinvarianz zwischen den Sprachversionen und zwischen beiden Geschlechtern. Weitere Validierungsschritte und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten dieses Fragebogens im schulischen Kontext werden diskutiert. Literatur MacCann, C., Duckworth, A.L., & Roberts, R.D. (2009). Empirical identification of the major facets of conscientiousness. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 451–458. Poropat, A.E. (2009). A meta-analysis of the five-factor model of personality and academic performance. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 322–338. [less ▲]

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See detailA Way Forward. Regulating New Space Activities Through Multi-Stakeholder Adaptive Governance
Salmeri, Antonino UL

in Proceedings of the XXV International Congress of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2019, September)

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See detailBridging the Gap between Requirements Modeling and Behavior-driven Development
Alferez, Mauricio UL; Pastore, Fabrizio UL; Sabetzadeh, Mehrdad UL et al

in Proceedings of 22nd IEEE / ACM International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS) (2019, September)

Acceptance criteria (AC) are implementation agnostic conditions that a system must meet to be consistent with its requirements and be accepted by its stakeholders. Each acceptance criterion is typically ... [more ▼]

Acceptance criteria (AC) are implementation agnostic conditions that a system must meet to be consistent with its requirements and be accepted by its stakeholders. Each acceptance criterion is typically expressed as a natural-language statement with a clear pass or fail outcome. Writing AC is a tedious and error-prone activity, especially when the requirements specifications evolve and there are different analysts and testing teams involved. Analysts and testers must iterate multiple times to ensure that AC are understandable and feasible, and accurately address the most important requirements and workflows of the system being developed. In many cases, analysts express requirements through models, along with natural language, typically in some variant of the UML. AC must then be derived by developers and testers from such models. In this paper, we bridge the gap between requirements models and AC by providing a UML-based modeling methodology and an automated solution to generate AC. We target AC in the form of Behavioral Specifications in the context of Behavioral-Driven Development (BDD), a widely used agile practice in many application domains. More specially we target the well-known Gherkin language to express AC, which then can be used to generate executable test cases. We evaluate our modeling methodology and AC generation solution through an industrial case study in the financial domain. Our results suggest that (1) our methodology is feasible to apply in practice, and (2) the additional modeling effort required by our methodology is outweighed by the benefits the methodology brings in terms of automated and systematic AC generation and improved model precision. [less ▲]

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See detailTime-Deconvolutive CNMF for Multichannel Blind Source Separation
Dias, Thadeu; Biscainho, Luiz Wagner; Alves Martins, Wallace UL

in Anais do XXXVII Simpósio Brasileiro de Telecomunicações e Processamento de Sinais (SBrT 2019) (2019, September)

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See detailTrends in cannabis consumption among youth in Luxembourg
Catunda, Carolina UL; van Duin, Claire UL; Heinz, Andreas UL et al

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Background: Cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal drug worldwide. Among adolescents, cannabis use is a risk factor for cognitive decline, mental illness, social problems, and the use of other ... [more ▼]

Background: Cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal drug worldwide. Among adolescents, cannabis use is a risk factor for cognitive decline, mental illness, social problems, and the use of other psychoactive drugs. The current study presents trends in cannabis consumption among adolescents in Luxembourg. Methods: The Health Behaviour in School Aged Children (HBSC) Study in Luxembourg collected data in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 using a standardized paper-pencil questionnaire. In total, 23,346 secondary schools students aged 11 to 18 years old (M=15.51, SD=1.53) responded to questions on cannabis, tobacco and alcohol consumption (lifetime and the past 30 days). Findings: In general, students who never used cannabis significantly increased over the four HBSC study waves (78%, 81.2%, 81%, 84%), whereas trends are similar for boys (74.5%, 77%, 78.2%, 81.4%), but not for girls (81.5%, 85%, 83.2%, 86.3%). Cannabis use (past 30 days) significantly differ for girls (94.1%, 94.1%, 92.8%, 93.7%), but not in general (91.7%, 92%, 90.9%, 91.7%), neither for boys (89.3%, 90.1%, 88.6%, 89.6%). Discussion: Cannabis lifetime use remains high for both genders. While consumption in the last 30 days remained stable for boys, it increased for girls over the past years. Tailored preventive interventions, based on health psychological models, are essential to educate adolescents about the social-cognitive risks of cannabis use and strengthen their capacities and resilience to resist experimental drug use and social pressure. In a context where legalization policies are discussed in various European countries, e-health approaches, for example, could be widely implemented in a cost-effective manner. [less ▲]

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See detailCommunication with father and mother differently impacts suicidal behaviour
Catunda, Carolina UL; van Duin, Claire UL; Heinz, Andreas UL et al

Poster (2019, September)

Background: Positive relationships with parents can reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour in adolescents. Previous research has indicated that adolescents who report poor communication with their parents ... [more ▼]

Background: Positive relationships with parents can reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour in adolescents. Previous research has indicated that adolescents who report poor communication with their parents are more likely to display suicidal behaviour. The aim of this study is to find out whether communication with the father or mother is equally important for suicidal behaviour. Methods: A total of 5595 students aged from 12 to 18 years old in secondary school participated in the 2014 HBSC Luxembourg survey. They responded to a questionnaire including, among others: 4 questions regarding sadness, suicide ideation, planning and attempt, and 2 questions about ease of communication with their father and mother. Findings: Adolescents who indicate poorer communication with their mother or father have higher odds for all suicidal behaviours. Poor communication with fathers has a bigger influence on the odds for sadness, whereas poor communication with mothers has a bigger influence on the odds for attempted suicide. Lastly, adolescents who don`t have or don`t see their mother or father are at increased risk for the suicidal behaviours, although the odds are not as high as for those indicating very difficult communication with their parent(s). Discussion: The Luxembourgish findings confirm the results of previous research and go further showing that, as a determinant, communication with mother differs from the communication with father. More studies should confirm these findings and include other variables, such as social support and stress, in order to see their relation with the communication with both parental figures and suicidal behaviours. [less ▲]

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See detailPrinciples for setting single line and multiline control based on network characteristics
Laskaris, Georgios UL; Cats, Oded; Jenelius, Erik et al

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See detailDie Stabilität von akademischen Selbstkonzept-Profilen: Befunde einer „latent transition analysis“
Franzen, Patrick UL; Arens, A Katrin; Niepel, Christoph UL

Scientific Conference (2019, September)

Nach dem „internal-external frame of reference“ Modell (Marsh, 1986), spielen u.a. dimensionale Vergleiche (Vergleich der eigenen Leistung in einem Fach mit der eigenen Leistung in einem anderen Fach ... [more ▼]

Nach dem „internal-external frame of reference“ Modell (Marsh, 1986), spielen u.a. dimensionale Vergleiche (Vergleich der eigenen Leistung in einem Fach mit der eigenen Leistung in einem anderen Fach) eine Rolle für die Ausbildung fachspezifischer akademischer Selbstkonzepte (ASKs). Dabei kommt es zu Kontrasteffekten: Eine gute Leistung in Mathematik stärkt das Mathematik-ASK, schwächt aber das Deutsch-ASK und vice versa. Schüler schätzen sich daher oft als fähiger in einem der beiden Fächer ein. Diese Typisierung ließ sich auch in personenzentrierten Ansätzen zeigen. Eine Profilanalyse von Marsh, Lüdtke, Trautwein und Morin (2009) ergab, dass ASK-Profile entweder einem Mathematik-Typ (höheres Mathe-ASK, niedrigeres Sprach-ASK), einem Sprach-Typ (niedrigeres Mathe-ASK, höheres Sprach-ASK) oder einem Mischtyp (gleich hohe ASKs in allen Domänen) folgten. Ob diese Profile über die Zeit hinweg stabil sind oder Schüler in Abhängigkeit ihrer Erfahrungen im Schulalltag zwischen den Typen wechseln können, ist bisher unklar. Ziel der vorliegenden Studie ist es, diese Frage zu beantworten. Eine Stichprobe von N = 382 Schülern aus 18 Klassen und vier Bundesländern beantwortete einen Fragebogen zum Mathematik-, Physik-, Deutsch- und Englisch-ASK an zwei Messzeitpunkten, mit einem Intervall von vier Wochen. Eine „latent transition analysis“ ergab eine Vier-State Lösung (BIC = 7797.8, Entropie = 0.884). Die vier States beschrieben einen Mathematik-Typ (höhere ASKs in Mathematik und Physik, niedrigere ASKs in Deutsch und Englisch), einen Sprach-Typ (höhere ASKs in Deutsch und Englisch, niedrigere ASKs in Mathematik und Physik), und zwei Mischtypen (gleich hohe ASKs für alle Fächer mit generell höheren ASKs bzw. niedrigeren ASKs). Die Ergebnisse zeigten eine hohe Stabilität der States: Alle Personen wurden an beiden Messzeitpunkten demselben State zugewiesen; die Transitionswahrscheinlichkeiten lagen bei 0% bis 5%. Weitere Ergebnisse zur Stabilität von ASK-Profilen bei noch kürzeren Zeitabständen, basierend auf „Experience Sampling“ Daten, werden diskutiert. Marsh, H.W. (1986). Verbal and math self-concepts: An internal/external frame of reference model. American Educational Research Journal, 23, 129-149. Marsh, H.W., Lüdtke, O., Trautwein, U., & Morin, A.J.S. (2009). Classical latent profile analysis of academic self-concept dimensions: Synergy of person- and variable-centered approaches to theoretical models of self-concept. Structural Equation Modeling, 16, 191–225. [less ▲]

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See detailModel and Solution Methods for the Mixed-Fleet Multi-Terminal Bus Scheduling Problem
Picarelli, Erika; Rinaldi, Marco UL; D'Ariano, Andrea et al

in Transportation Research Procedia (2019, September)

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See detailIntersymbol and Intercarrier Interference in OFDM Transmissions Through Highly Dispersive Channels
Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Cruz-Roldán, Fernando; Moonen, Marc et al

in Proc. of the 27th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2019) (2019, September)

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See detailWeaker neural responses to lexicality and word frequency in dyslexic adults: an EEG study with Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation.
Lochy, Aliette UL; Collette, Emilie; Schelstraete, Marie-Anne et al

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Dyslexia, a persistent reading disorder, is characterized by different brain activation patterns when reading. Here, we used a Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation paradigm during EEG recordings to assess the ... [more ▼]

Dyslexia, a persistent reading disorder, is characterized by different brain activation patterns when reading. Here, we used a Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation paradigm during EEG recordings to assess the sensitivity of dyslexics to fine-grained psycholinguistic variations of letter strings: lexicality, lexical frequency, and orthographic regularity. Dyslexic and non-dyslexic students watched 60-seconds streams of stimuli presented at 10Hz, in which deviant items are inserted periodically (1/8, at 1.25Hz). Results show discrimination responses at 1.25Hz over left posterior occipito-temporal regions, reduced in dyslexics. Group differences were significant for discrimination of word lexicality and frequency, but not for word regularity. These results show that FPVS response amplitude distinguishes normal from pathological population. Since explicit reading is prohibited by the fast rate, results suggest differences of automatic and implicit word processing in dyslexics. The lack of group difference for regular/irregular words is interpreted post-hoc as reflecting the life-long drill of dyslexics to irregular words. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of teaching methods for reading on neural tuning to words in young poor readers
Lochy, Aliette UL; van de Walle de Ghelcke, Alice; Schiltz, Christine UL

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The impact of teaching methods on the left hemispheric (LH) specialization for reading in children remains unknown. We tested 42 first graders (mean age: 6.08 years) from schools using both a phonic and a ... [more ▼]

The impact of teaching methods on the left hemispheric (LH) specialization for reading in children remains unknown. We tested 42 first graders (mean age: 6.08 years) from schools using both a phonic and a global method in parallel, behaviorally and with Fast Periodic Visual Stimulation using electroencephalography. 40-sec strings of pseudofonts were displayed at 6Hz, in which were periodically displayed (1.2Hz) either words taught at school with whole-word form rote-learning (global method) or control pseudowords eliciting grapheme-phoneme mappings (phonic method). Control pseudowords elicited LH responses whatever the reading ability. For global words, a difference emerged as a function of group: in good and average readers, responses were stronger in the LH, while in poor readers, global words elicited an atypical bilateral neural pattern due to reduced response amplitude in the LH. These results suggest that difficulties in automatizing GP mappings induce reliance on an alternative visual strategy when available. [less ▲]

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See detailVisualization of AE's Training on Credit Card Transactions with Persistent Homology
Charlier, Jérémy Henri J. UL; Petit, François UL; Ormazabal, Gaston et al

in Proceedings of the International Workshop on Applications of Topological Data Analysis In conjunction with ECML PKDD 2019 (2019, September)

Auto-encoders are among the most popular neural network architecture for dimension reduction. They are composed of two parts: the encoder which maps the model distribution to a latent manifold and the ... [more ▼]

Auto-encoders are among the most popular neural network architecture for dimension reduction. They are composed of two parts: the encoder which maps the model distribution to a latent manifold and the decoder which maps the latent manifold to a reconstructed distribution. However, auto-encoders are known to provoke chaotically scattered data distribution in the latent manifold resulting in an incomplete reconstructed distribution. Current distance measures fail to detect this problem because they are not able to acknowledge the shape of the data manifolds, i.e. their topological features, and the scale at which the manifolds should be analyzed. We propose Persistent Homology for Wasserstein Auto-Encoders, called PHom-WAE, a new methodology to assess and measure the data distribution of a generative model. PHom-WAE minimizes the Wasserstein distance between the true distribution and the reconstructed distribution and uses persistent homology, the study of the topological features of a space at different spatial resolutions, to compare the nature of the latent manifold and the reconstructed distribution. Our experiments underline the potential of persistent homology for Wasserstein Auto-Encoders in comparison to Variational Auto-Encoders, another type of generative model. The experiments are conducted on a real-world data set particularly challenging for traditional distance measures and auto-encoders. PHom-WAE is the first methodology to propose a topological distance measure, the bottleneck distance, for Wasserstein Auto-Encoders used to compare decoded samples of high quality in the context of credit card transactions. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Use of Vertex-Frequency Analysis for Anomaly Detection in Graph Signals
Lewenfus, Gabriela; Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in Anais do XXXVII Simpósio Brasileiro de Telecomunicações e Processamento de Sinais (SBrT 2019) (2019, September)

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See detailMQLV: Optimal Policy of Money Management in Retail Banking with Q-Learning
Charlier, Jérémy Henri J. UL; Ormazabal, Gaston; State, Radu UL et al

in Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on MIning DAta for financial applicationS (MIDAS 2019) co-located with the 2019 European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML-PKDD 2019) (2019, September)

Reinforcement learning has become one of the best approach to train a computer game emulator capable of human level performance. In a reinforcement learning approach, an optimal value function is learned ... [more ▼]

Reinforcement learning has become one of the best approach to train a computer game emulator capable of human level performance. In a reinforcement learning approach, an optimal value function is learned across a set of actions, or decisions, that leads to a set of states giving different rewards, with the objective to maximize the overall reward. A policy assigns to each state-action pairs an expected return. We call an optimal policy a policy for which the value function is optimal. QLBS, Q-Learner in the Black-Scholes(-Merton) Worlds, applies the reinforcement learning concepts, and noticeably, the popular Q-learning algorithm, to the financial stochastic model of Black, Scholes and Merton. It is, however, specifically optimized for the geometric Brownian motion and the vanilla options. Its range of application is, therefore, limited to vanilla option pricing within the financial markets. We propose MQLV, Modified Q-Learner for the Vasicek model, a new reinforcement learning approach that determines the optimal policy of money management based on the aggregated financial transactions of the clients. It unlocks new frontiers to establish personalized credit card limits or bank loan applications, targeting the retail banking industry. MQLV extends the simulation to mean reverting stochastic diffusion processes and it uses a digital function, a Heaviside step function expressed in its discrete form, to estimate the probability of a future event such as a payment default. In our experiments, we first show the similarities between a set of historical financial transactions and Vasicek generated transactions and, then, we underline the potential of MQLV on generated Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, MQLV is the first Q-learning Vasicek-based methodology addressing transparent decision making processes in retail banking. [less ▲]

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