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See detailModellierung eines PVT-basierten Wärmepumpensystems auf der Basis von CO2 Direktverdampfung
Rullof, Johannes UL; Lambers, Klaus Jürgen; Blieske, Ulf et al

in Proceedings of Deutsche Kälte- und Klimatagung DKV 2018 (2018)

Die Systemkombination aus Wärmepumpe und solarthermischen Absorber, basierend auf freier Konvektion und Strahlung, und Photovoltaik (PV) in einem Modul (PVT-Modul) kann aufgrund der Reduzierung des ... [more ▼]

Die Systemkombination aus Wärmepumpe und solarthermischen Absorber, basierend auf freier Konvektion und Strahlung, und Photovoltaik (PV) in einem Modul (PVT-Modul) kann aufgrund der Reduzierung des Heizwärmebedarfs von Gebäuden und des verstärkten Betriebs von Wärmepumpen während der Niedrigstrompreiszeiten am Tage und dem damit verbundenen höheren Strahlungsanteil der Umweltwärme zukünftig eine Alternative zu zwangskonvektions-basierten Luft-Wärmepumpen sein. Der Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit einem CO2-Wärmepumpensystem, bestehend aus einem neuartigen Solar-Hybridmodul, welches einen mikrokanal-basierten Verdampfer einer CO2-Wärmepumpe mit einem PV-Modul vereint (PVT-direkt). Um die Machbarkeit des neuartigen PVT-direkt-Wärmepumpensystems zu demonstrieren, wird im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojekts ein funktionsfähiges PVT-direkt-Modul konstruiert und schließlich als Teil eines CO2-Wärmepumpensystems getestet und modelliert. Die Besonderheit der Kombination eines thermischen Absorbers mit einer Wärmepumpe liegt in der Erschließung der Solarenergie und Umgebungsenergie als Energiequelle. Hierbei ist die Kenntnis über die thermische Leistung des PVT-Moduls unter anderem durch den konvektiven Wärmeübergang zwischen dem PVT-Modul und der Umgebung relevant. Sowohl der Modulneigungswinkel (Anströmwinkel) und die Windrichtung (Azimutwinkel) haben einen nicht zu vernachlässigenden Einfluss auf den resultierenden Wärmeübergangskoeffi-zienten der erzwungenen Konvektion. Da im Rahmen einer Literaturrecherche keine für das PVT-Modul direkt zu übertragenden experimentelle Untersuchungen und Berechnungsgrundlagen zur Bestimmung des konvektiven Wärmeübergangs gefunden werden konnten, wurde mit Hilfe der Software ANSYS Fluent eine CFD-Simulation zum konvektiven Wärmeübergang am PVT-Modul durchgeführt, deren Ergebnisse in dieser Arbeit präsentiert werden. [less ▲]

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See detailEditionsphilologie und inszenierende Typographie: eine praxeologische Perspektive auf die 'Mein-Kampf'-Edition des Instituts für Zeitgeschichte
Busch, Christopher UL; Ahrens, Moritz

in Editio: Internationales Jahrbuch für Editionswissenschaft (2018), 32

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See detailDevelopment of a Control Strategy for a PVT-based CO2 Heat Pump
Rullof, Johannes UL; Lambers, Klaus Jürgen; Blieske, Ulf et al

in Proceedings of 7th International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC) (2018)

In recent years, the possibility of combining photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal collectors into one solar hybrid module (PVT-module) has been increasingly investigated. PVT-modules produce thermal and ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the possibility of combining photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal collectors into one solar hybrid module (PVT-module) has been increasingly investigated. PVT-modules produce thermal and electrical energy at the same time. Since the efficiency of a photovoltaic module decreases with increasing temperature, the temperature of the heat transfer media is often limited to about 30 °C and the PVT-module is combined with a heat pump, which increases the temperature on the “warm side”. A common approach is to integrate the PVT-module directly as an evaporator in a heat pump system (PVT-direct). This paper presents the development of a control strategy for a PVT-based CO2 heat pump that takes into account solar radiation, ambient temperature, wind speed, evaporator temperature and compressor power. The developed control strategy provides different operating modes depending on the solar radiation supply as well as the ambient temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery and pathogenicity assessment of neuropathology-associated gene variants
Neupert, Lisa-Marie; May, Patrick UL; Kobow, Katja et al

in Epilepsia (2017, December 08), 58(Suppl.5), 174

Germline and brain-specific somatic variants have been reported as an underlying cause in patients with epilepsy-associated neuropathologies, including focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) and long-term ... [more ▼]

Germline and brain-specific somatic variants have been reported as an underlying cause in patients with epilepsy-associated neuropathologies, including focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) and long-term epilepsy associated tumors (LEAT). However, evaluation of identified neuropathology associated variants in genetic screens is complex since not all observed variants contribute to the etiology of neuropathologies not even in genuinely disease-associated genes. Here, we critically reevaluated the pathogenicity of 12 previously published disease-related genes and of 79 neuropathology-associated missense variants listed in the PubMed and ClinVar databases. We (1) assessed the evolutionary gene constraint using the pLI and the missense z score, (2) used the latest American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) guidelines, and (3) performed bioinformatic variant pathogenicity prediction analyses using PolyPhen-2, CADD and GERP. Constraint analysis classified only seven out of 12 genes to be likely disease-associated. Furthermore, 78 (89%) of 88 neuropathology-associated missense variants were classified as being of unknown significance (VUS) and only 10 (11%) as being likely pathogenic (LPII). Pathogenicity prediction yielded a discrimination between LPII variants and a discrimination for VUS compared with rare variant scores from individuals present in the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD). In summary, our results demonstrate that interpretation of variants associated with neuropathologies is complex while the application of current ACMG guidelines including bioinformatic pathogenicity prediction can help improving variant evaluation. Furthermore, we will augment this set of literature-identified variants at the conference by results from our variant screen using self-generated deep sequencing data in >150 candidate genes in >50 patients not yet analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailBlockchain Technology - Arsenal for a Shariah-Compliant Financial Ecosystem
Lacasse, Richard-Marc; Lambert, Berthe; Khan, Nida UL

in Journal of Business and Economics (2017, December 05)

The authors’ first challenge is to decipher the complexity of Islamic Finance despite the opacity of the sector. A second focal point is the agent’s agenda; in the Islamic Finance industry, contributors ... [more ▼]

The authors’ first challenge is to decipher the complexity of Islamic Finance despite the opacity of the sector. A second focal point is the agent’s agenda; in the Islamic Finance industry, contributors mandate intermediaries (agents) to transfer their contributions to social causes according to the Shariah; in principle, Islamic financial institutions must create value for their stakeholders by offering Shariah-compliant products and services. An underlying assumption of agency theory is that agents attempt to maximize their personal welfare and compensation, but such behaviour may not always be in the best interests of other stakeholders, and an analysis of the agent’s agenda can help explain how agents can fall off the pedestal of altruism. Relationships between Islamic banks and three key stakeholders (contributors, beneficiaries and regulators) are also explored via a complexity-aware monitoring process. Contributors provide funds to an Islamic bank (agent), and in return, the agent should be accountable to the contributors, but the form and degree of accountability can vary depending on the organization’s mission. There are many unanswered questions regarding the monitoring process. One objective of the article is to consider whether agents act in the best interests of the stakeholders. Finally, the authors explore the following question: Can blockchain technology and smart contracts support and enhance the transparency feature, which is the core underlying principle of all transactions in the Islamic Finance industry? A qualitative research framework was adopted because of the constraints of the enigmatic, secretive Islamic Finance culture. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous Improvement of Complex Process Flows by Means of StreaM as the “Standardized Cross-Enterprise Value Stream Management Method”
Oberhausen, Christof UL; Minoufekr, Meysam UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM) (2017, December)

In numerous sectors and industries worldwide, there is a trend towards an intercompany and often international division of value creation and related work tasks. To overcome the challenges of complex ... [more ▼]

In numerous sectors and industries worldwide, there is a trend towards an intercompany and often international division of value creation and related work tasks. To overcome the challenges of complex cross-enterprise supply chain networks, innovative approaches to visualize, assess and enhance value streams are sought. The StreaM method, which is described in this paper, enables a comprehensive analysis, design and planning of cross-company product and information flows on different levels of value stream detail. At the same time, the entire methodology is based on a common understanding of key symbols, parameters and calculation procedures. In addition, the use of the developed StreaM method and the associated model in a case study proves its practical applicability in an industrial setting. In further validation projects, the transfer of the “Standardized cross-enterprise Value Stream Management Method” to other industry sectors is envisaged to continuously improve energy, trade or service processes. [less ▲]

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See detailCache-Assisted Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Backhauling for 5G Cellular Networks
Kalantari, Ashkan; Fittipaldi, Marilena; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in Proceedings of IEEE Global Communications Conference (2017, December)

Fast growth of Internet content and availability of electronic devices such as smart phones and laptops has created an explosive content demand. As one of the 5G technology enablers, caching is a ... [more ▼]

Fast growth of Internet content and availability of electronic devices such as smart phones and laptops has created an explosive content demand. As one of the 5G technology enablers, caching is a promising technique to off-load the network backhaul and reduce the content delivery delay. Satellite communications provides immense area coverage and high data rate, hence, it can be used for large-scale content placement in the caches. In this work, we propose using hybrid mono/multi-beam satellite-terrestrial backhaul network for off-line edge caching of cellular base stations in order to reduce the traffic of terrestrial network. The off-line caching approach is comprised of content placement and content delivery phases. The content placement phase is performed based on local and global content popularities assuming that the content popularity follows Zipf-like distribution. In addition, we propose an approach to generate local content popularities based on a reference Zipf-like distribution to keep the correlation of content popularity. Simulation results show that the hybrid satellite-terrestrial architecture considerably reduces the content placement time while sustaining the cache hit ratio quite close to the upper-bound compared to the satellite-only method. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly Onset Epileptic Encephalopathy: Genetic Analysis and Further Delineation of Genotype-phenotype Correlation
Scalais, E; de Meurichy, A; Amrom, A et al

in Annals of Neurology (2017, October), 82(SI), 295-296

Objective: Early onset epileptic encephalopathy (EOEE)remains an important diagnostic and therapeutic challenge.The objective was to perform genetic analysis in patientswith EOEE and to further delineate ... [more ▼]

Objective: Early onset epileptic encephalopathy (EOEE)remains an important diagnostic and therapeutic challenge.The objective was to perform genetic analysis in patientswith EOEE and to further delineate the genotype-phenotype correlation in patients with EOEE. Methods: We recruited 15 refractory epileptic patientswith epileptic onset before age 12 months. All patients had metabolic screening, electroencephalogram, magnetic reso-nance imaging and molecular analysis (comparative genomic hybridization, gene sequencing, next generation sequencing and or whole exome sequencing. Results: Dravet syndrome (DS) with SCN1A mutations was found in six patients with refractory epilepsy (RE) andmoderate to severe developmental delay (DD). Two patients diagnosed (KCNT1, SCN) with malignant migrating partialseizure (MMPS) had RE, severe DD, autistic behavior. The latter had movement disorders (video) (choreoathetosis, ballis-mus) with a worse outcome than the patients with DS phe-notype with SCN1A mutations. Severe DD and RE wasfound in patients with SCN8A, SLC13A5, SMC1A, orHCFC1 and ATRX mutations. Patient with SCN2A mutation had severe DD. A better outcome was observed in the patient with CDKL5 mutations in the catalytic domain in compari-son with the patient with a deletion in Xp22.13 including CDKL5. The patient with SMC1A mutations disclosed the Cornelia de Lange syndrome phenotype (Table 1). TRXmutations and deletions in 2q24.3 and Xp22.13. In SLC13A5 and SCN2A mutations, epileptic onset occurred atthe earliest age. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating Urban Road Traffic States Using Mobile Network Signaling Data
Derrmann, Thierry UL; Frank, Raphaël UL; Viti, Francesco UL et al

in Abstract book of the 20th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2017, October)

It is intuitive that there is a causal relationship between human mobility and signaling events in mobile phone networks. Among these events, not only the initiation of calls and data sessions can be used ... [more ▼]

It is intuitive that there is a causal relationship between human mobility and signaling events in mobile phone networks. Among these events, not only the initiation of calls and data sessions can be used in analyses, but also handovers between different locations that reflect mobility. In this work, we investigate if handovers can be used as a proxy metric for flows in the underlying road network, especially in urban environments. More precisely, we show that characteristic profiles of handovers within and between clusters of mobile network cells exist. We base these profiles on models from road traffic flow theory, and show that they can be used for traffic state estimation using floating-car data as ground truth. The presented model can be beneficial in areas with good mobile network coverage but low road traffic counting infrastructure, e.g. in developing countries, but also serve as an additional predictor for existing traffic state monitoring systems. [less ▲]

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See detailHow Could an Intranet be Like a Friend to Me?: Why Standardized UX Scales Don't Always Fit
Lallemand, Carine UL; Koenig, Vincent UL

in Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2017 (2017, October)

"I hope that this survey is a joke because it made me laugh so much". This quote is just one example of many negative respondents' reactions gathered during a large-scale user experience (UX) study ... [more ▼]

"I hope that this survey is a joke because it made me laugh so much". This quote is just one example of many negative respondents' reactions gathered during a large-scale user experience (UX) study. Unfortunately, the survey was no joke, rather a well-constructed and validated standardized UX scale. This paper critically reflects on the use and relevance of standardized UX scales for the evaluation of UX in business contexts. We report on a real-world use case where the meCUE questionnaire has been used to assess employees' experience (N=263) with their organization's intranet. Strong users' reactions to the survey's items and statistical analyses both suggest that the scale is unsuitable for the evaluation of business-oriented systems. Drawing on the description of this inadequacy, we discuss the quality of academic UX tools, calling into question the relevance for practice of academic methods. [less ▲]

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See detailComputationally Efficient Symbol-Level Precoding Communications Demonstrator
Merlano Duncan, Juan Carlos UL; Krivochiza, Jevgenij UL; Andrenacci, Stefano UL et al

in IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (2017, October)

We present a precoded multi-user communication test-bed to demonstrate forward link interference mitigation techniques in a multi-beam satellite system scenario which will enable a full frequency reuse ... [more ▼]

We present a precoded multi-user communication test-bed to demonstrate forward link interference mitigation techniques in a multi-beam satellite system scenario which will enable a full frequency reuse scheme. The developed test-bed provides an end-to-end precoding demonstration, which includes a transmitter, a multi-beam satellite channel emulator and user receivers. Each of these parts can be reconfigured accordingly to the desired test scenario. Precoded communications allow full frequency reuse in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channel environments, where several coordinated antennas simultaneously transmit to a number of independent receivers. The developed real-time transmission test-bed assist in demonstrating, designing and benchmarking of the new Symbol-Level Precoding (SLP) techniques, where the data information is used, along with the channel state information, in order to exploit the multi-user interference and transform it into useful power at the receiver side. The demonstrated SLP techniques are designed in order to be computationally efficient, and can be generalized to others multi-channel interference scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance of a Non-Coherent Massive SIMO M-DPSK System
Monzon Baeza, Victor UL; Garcia Armada, Ana; El-Hajjar, Mohammed et al

in IEEE 86th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall) (2017, September)

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See detailAnalysis of the Performance of a Non-Coherent Large Scale SIMO System Based on M-DPSK Under Rician Fading
Monzon Baeza, Victor UL; Garcia Armada, Ana

in 25th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) (2017, September)

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See detailDiscretisation and Model Selection for Interface Problems in Mechanics
Bordas, Stéphane UL

in International Journal of Computational Methods (2017, August 04)

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See detailQuery-able Kafka: An agile data analytics pipeline for mobile wireless networks
Falk, Eric UL; Gurbani, Vijay K.; State, Radu UL

in Proceedings of the 43rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases 2017 (2017, August), 10

Due to their promise of delivering real-time network insights, today's streaming analytics platforms are increasingly being used in the communications networks where the impact of the insights go beyond ... [more ▼]

Due to their promise of delivering real-time network insights, today's streaming analytics platforms are increasingly being used in the communications networks where the impact of the insights go beyond sentiment and trend analysis to include real-time detection of security attacks and prediction of network state (i.e., is the network transitioning towards an outage). Current streaming analytics platforms operate under the assumption that arriving traffic is to the order of kilobytes produced at very high frequencies. However, communications networks, especially the telecommunication networks, challenge this assumption because some of the arriving traffic in these networks is to the order of gigabytes, but produced at medium to low velocities. Furthermore, these large datasets may need to be ingested in their entirety to render network insights in real-time. Our interest is to subject today's streaming analytics platforms --- constructed from state-of-the art software components (Kafka, Spark, HDFS, ElasticSearch) --- to traffic densities observed in such communications networks. We find that filtering on such large datasets is best done in a common upstream point instead of being pushed to, and repeated, in downstream components. To demonstrate the advantages of such an approach, we modify Apache Kafka to perform limited \emph{native} data transformation and filtering, relieving the downstream Spark application from doing this. Our approach outperforms four prevalent analytics pipeline architectures with negligible overhead compared to standard Kafka. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-antenna based one-bit spatio-temporal wideband sensing for cognitive radio networks
Merlano Duncan, Juan Carlos UL; Sharma, Shree Krishna UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2017 (2017, July 31)

Cognitive Radio (CR) communication has been considered as one of the promising technologies to enable dynamic spectrum sharing in the next generation of wireless networks. Among several possible enabling ... [more ▼]

Cognitive Radio (CR) communication has been considered as one of the promising technologies to enable dynamic spectrum sharing in the next generation of wireless networks. Among several possible enabling techniques, Spectrum Sensing (SS) is one of the key aspects for enabling opportunistic spectrum access in CR Networks (CRN). From practical perspectives, it is important to design low-complexity wideband CR receiver having low resolution Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) working at a reasonable sampling rate. In this context, this paper proposes a novel spatio-temporal wideband SS technique by employing multiple antennas and one-bit quantization at the CR node, which subsequently enables the use of a reasonable sampling rate. In our analysis, we show that for the same sensing performance requirements, the proposed wideband receiver can have lower power consumption than the conventional CR receiver equipped with a single-antenna and a high-resolution ADC. Furthermore, the proposed technique exploits the spatial dimension by estimating the direction of arrival of Primary User (PU) signals, which is not possible by the conventional SS methods and can be of a significant benefit in a CRN. Moreover, we evaluate the performance of the proposed technique and analyze the effects of one-bit quantization with the help of numerical results. [less ▲]

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See detailVisual Marker based Multi-Sensor Fusion State Estimation
Sanchez Lopez, Jose Luis UL; Arellano-Quintana, Victor; Tognon, Marco et al

in IFAC-PapersOnLine (2017, July), 50(1), 16003-16008

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See detailEnergy-Efficient Design for Edge-caching Wireless Networks: When is Coded-caching beneficial?
Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in Proceedings of IEEE 18th International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC) (2017, July)

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See detailOn the Unknown Input Functional Observer Design via Polytopic Lyapunov Function: Application to a Quadrotor Aerial Robots Landing
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in IFAC-PapersOnLine (2017, July)

In this paper, a constructive procedure to design functional unknown input observer for nonlinear continuous time systems under the Polytopic Takagi-Sugeno framework (also known as multiple models systems ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a constructive procedure to design functional unknown input observer for nonlinear continuous time systems under the Polytopic Takagi-Sugeno framework (also known as multiple models systems) is proposed. Applying the Lyapunov theory, Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMI)s conditions are deduced which are solved for feasibility to obtain observer design matrices. To reject the effect of unknown input, classical approach of decoupling the unknown input for the linear case is used. A comparative study between single and Polytopic Lyapunov function is made in order to prove the relaxation effect of the Multiple functions. A solver based solution is then proposed. It will be shown through applicative example (a Quadrotor Aerial Robots Landing) that even if the proposed LMIs solver based solution may look conservative, an adequate choice of the solver makes it suitable for the application of the proposed approach. [less ▲]

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See detailEffectiveness of the Two-Step Dynamic Demand Estimation model on large networks
Cantelmo, Guido UL; Viti, Francesco UL; Derrmann, Thierry UL

in Proceedings of 2017 5th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS) (2017, June 28)

In this paper, the authors present a Two-Step approach that sequentially adjusts generation and distribution values of the (dynamic) OD matrix. While the proposed methodology already provided excellent ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the authors present a Two-Step approach that sequentially adjusts generation and distribution values of the (dynamic) OD matrix. While the proposed methodology already provided excellent results for updating demand flows on a motorway, the aim of this paper is to validate this conclusion on a real network: Luxembourg City. This network represents the typical middle-sized European city in terms of network dimension. Moreover, Luxembourg City has the typical structure of a metropolitan area, composed of a city centre, ring, and suburb areas. An innovative element of this paper is to use mobile network data to create a time-dependent profile of the generated demand inside and outside the ring. To support the claim that the model is ready for practical implementation, it is interfaced with PTV Visum, one of the most widely adopted software tools for traffic analysis. Results of these experiments provide a solid empirical ground in order to further develop this model and to understand if its assumptions hold for urban scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailRare variant analysis of the PPMI dataset to uncover the complex genetic architecture of Parkinson’s disease
Bobbili, Dheeraj Reddy UL; May, Patrick UL; Krüger, Rejko UL

in Movement Disorders (2017, June 02), 322(Supplement S2), 405

Objective: To unravel the genetic factors that play a role in PD we used the whole exome sequencing data available as a part of Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). Background: Parkinson’s ... [more ▼]

Objective: To unravel the genetic factors that play a role in PD we used the whole exome sequencing data available as a part of Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). Background: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex disease. Besides variants in high-risk genes such as LRRK2 and PARK2, multiple genes associated to sporadic PD were discovered via genome-wide association studies. Yet, there is a large number of genetic factors that need to be deciphered. Methods: To unravel the genetic factors that play a role in PD we used the whole exome sequencing data available as a part of Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). The dataset comprised of 435 PD cases and 162 ethnically matched controls, respectively. We performed burden tests at single variant, gene and geneset levels on common and rare exonic and splice-variants. We also looked for severity of rare highly deleterious variants (CADD phred score>30) using the CADD score as well as singleton (variants seen in only one individual across cases and controls) rare variants. Additionally, we performed the functional enrichment analysis with the genes harboring rare highly deleterious variants (case uniq genes) that are only present in cases. Results: We observed an increased mutational burden of singleton variants in PD cases compared to the controls in nonsynonymous+LOF variants (empirical P-value 0.005) but not in the synonymous variants (empirical P-value 0.09). We observed a higher significant burden (P-value 0.028) as well as higher significant severity (empirical P-value 0.027) of rare, highly deleterious nonsynonymous variants, but not in the synonymous variants of the candidate genes (P-value 0.686, empirical P-value 0.556 for burden and severity respectively). The network analysis of genes having deleterious variants only present in cases (Case uniq) showed a significant increase in connectivity compared to random networks (P-value 0.0002). Pathway analysis of those genes showed a significant enrichment of pathways and biological process implicated in the nervous system functioning and the etiology of PD. Conclusions: Our study supports the complex disease notion of PD by highlighting the convoluted architecture of PD where case uniq genes including LRRK2 are implicated in several biological processes and pathways related to PD. The main finding of this study is to discover the complex genetics of PD at an exome wide level. [less ▲]

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See detailDevice-based assessment through a mobile application in the Luxembourg Parkinson Cohort
Stallinger, Christian; Satagopam, Venkata; Banda, Peter UL et al

in Basal Ganglia (2017, May), 8

Introduction: The project focuses on the integration device-based assessment (DBA) with a mobile application (mPower) into the longitudinal deeply-phenotyped HELP-PD (Health in the Elderly Luxembourgish ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The project focuses on the integration device-based assessment (DBA) with a mobile application (mPower) into the longitudinal deeply-phenotyped HELP-PD (Health in the Elderly Luxembourgish Population with a focus on Parkinson’s disease) cohort for patients with Parkinsonism in Luxembourg and the Greater Region to monitor frequency and degree of variation in symptoms of Parkinsonism, to identify potential sources and modulators of variation and to evaluate how symptoms are correlated with these modulators across patients. Methods: We integrate for the first time the mPower iOS app into a deeply phenotyped cohort. mPower is one of the first apps to use Apple’s Research Kit framework and combines a traditional survey-based approach with more granular and precise data gained from a person’s iPhone related to sensor- (e.g. step count, GPS-tracking) or task-based assessments (e.g. finger tapping, tremor detection, sustained phonation, simple gait analysis, memory test). Anonymized longitudinal data is sent to a repository, then retrieved, matched, and correlated with conventional HELP-PD data from a total of 47 screening instruments for motor and non-motor functions in Parkinsonism obtained from annual visits of study participants. 14 patients with clinically confirmed IPD are currently included in the pilot phase. Results/Discussion: We modified the mPower app and successfully integrated it into HELP-PD’s novel database infrastructure, allowing for a wide variety of analyses. The reporting system is able to handle multiple DBAs, with the implementation of an in-depth gait analysis system currently pending. Considerable attention was given to data protection. The system is currently fully functional with the pilot phase having started in June 2016. First correlations with traditional clinical data are planned for early 2017. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatically Locating Malicious Packages in Piggybacked Android Apps
Li, Li UL; Li, Daoyuan UL; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL et al

in Abstract book of the 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MobileSoft 2017) (2017, May)

To devise efficient approaches and tools for detecting malicious packages in the Android ecosystem, researchers are increasingly required to have a deep understanding of malware. There is thus a need to ... [more ▼]

To devise efficient approaches and tools for detecting malicious packages in the Android ecosystem, researchers are increasingly required to have a deep understanding of malware. There is thus a need to provide a framework for dissecting malware and locating malicious program fragments within app code in order to build a comprehensive dataset of malicious samples. Towards addressing this need, we propose in this work a tool-based approach called HookRanker, which provides ranked lists of potentially malicious packages based on the way malware behaviour code is triggered. With experiments on a ground truth set of piggybacked apps, we are able to automatically locate the malicious packages from piggybacked Android apps with an accuracy of 83.6% in verifying the top five reported items. [less ▲]

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See detailUnknown Input Functional Observers Design for Polytopic Discrete Time Systems
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohemed

in Proceedings of 6th IEEE International Conference on Systems and Control (ICSC) 2017 (2017, May)

In this paper, a step by step algorithm is given to design functional unknown input observer for nonlinear discrete time systems under the Polytopic Takagi-Sugeno framework (also known as multiple models ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a step by step algorithm is given to design functional unknown input observer for nonlinear discrete time systems under the Polytopic Takagi-Sugeno framework (also known as multiple models systems). Applying the Lyapunov theory and the L2 attenuation, Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMI)s conditions are deduced which are solved for feasibility to obtain observer design matrices. To reject the effect of unknown input, classical approach of decoupling the unknown input for the linear case is used. A solver based solution is proposed. The novelty of the proposed approach consists in solving simultaneously both structural constraints and LMIs, which ensure a mean for the efficient design of the gains of the observers. To illustrate the proposed theoretical results, an application example of model reference tracking control applied to an electro-mechanical model of a motor with a time varying parameter is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral-Efficient Model for Multiuser Massive MIMO: Exploiting User Velocity
Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Trinh, Anh Vu; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE international Conference on Communications (2017, May)

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See detailOn the Diversity of Partial Relaying Cooperation with Relay Selection in Finite-SNR Regime
Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in IEEE International Conference on Communications (2017, May)

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See detailA contribution to Cyber-Security of Networked Control Systems: an Event-based Control Approach
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in Proceedings of 2017 3rd International Conference on Event-Based Control, Communication and Signal Processing (EBCCSP 2017) (2017, May)

In the present paper, a networked control system under both cyber and physical attacks is considered. An adapted formulation of the problem under physical attacks, data deception and false data injection ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, a networked control system under both cyber and physical attacks is considered. An adapted formulation of the problem under physical attacks, data deception and false data injection attacks, is used for controller synthesis. Based on the classical fault tolerant detection (FTD) tools, a residual generator for attack/fault detection based on observers is proposed. An event-triggered and Bilinear Matrix Inequality (BMI) implementation is proposed in order to achieve novel and better security strategy. The purpose in using this implementation would be to reduce (limit) the total number of transmissions to only instances when the networked control system (NCS) needs attention. It is important to note that the main contribution of this paper is to establish the adequate event-triggered and BMI-based methodology so that the particular structure of the mixed attacked/faulty structure can be re-formulated within the classical FTD paradigm. Experimental results are given to illustrate the developed approach efficiency on a pilot three-tank system. The plant model is presented and the proposed control design is applied to the system. [less ▲]

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See detailDetecting the "Big Red Spot" of age-period excess mortality in 25 countries: Age-period-cohort residual analysis
Chauvel, Louis UL; Leist, Anja UL; Smith, Herbert

in PAA Server (2017, April 28)

In times of wide availability of yearly mortality information of age and period groups all over the world, we lack in tools that detect and graph fine-grained deviations from mortality trends. We provide ... [more ▼]

In times of wide availability of yearly mortality information of age and period groups all over the world, we lack in tools that detect and graph fine-grained deviations from mortality trends. We provide a new age-period-cohort based methodology, combining information from age-period (AP) and APC-Detrended (APCD) analyses to detect all-cause mortality increases. Plotting the resulting AP coefficients and APCD residuals in equilateral Lexis diagrams, mortality patterns can easily be distinguished as age, period, or cohort trends and fluctuations. Additionally, we detect abnormalities as interactions of age and period (‘big red spots’). We then investigate the ‘red spots’ of mortality of young-adult cohorts in the early 1990s in Spain, other southern European countries and the U.S. to delineate their simultaneously occurring public health crises. Additional analyses with WHO mortality data show that mortality increases are mostly due to increased HIV/AIDS mortality. We discuss possible applications of the new method. [less ▲]

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See detailCoping with turn-taking:Investigating breakdowns in human-robot interaction from a Conversation Analysis (CA) perspective
Arend, Béatrice UL; Sunnen, Patrick UL

in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies (2017, March)

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See detailToward an in-depth understanding of binge-watching behavior: a qualitative approach with focus group
Flayelle, Maèva UL; Maurage, Pierre; Billieux, Joël

in Journal of behavioral addictions (2017, March), 6 (Suppl.1)

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See detailThermal Model of a Solar Hybrid Module as the Heat Source for a CO2 Heat Pump
Rullof, Johannes UL; Lambers, Klaus Jürgen; Blieske, Ulf et al

in Proceedings of 2017 International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC 2016) (2017)

In recent years, the possibility of combining photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal collectors into one solar hybrid module (PVT-module) has been increasingly investigated. PVT-modules produce thermal and ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the possibility of combining photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal collectors into one solar hybrid module (PVT-module) has been increasingly investigated. PVT-modules produce thermal and electrical energy at the same time. Since the efficiency of a photovoltaic module decreases with increasing temperature, the temperature of the heat transfer media is often limited to about 30 °C and the PVT-module is combined with a heat pump, which increases the temperature on the “warm side”. A common approach is to integrate the PVT-module directly as an evaporator in a heat pump system (PVT-direct). This paper presents a thermal model of a PVT-direct module as the heat source for a R744/CO2 heat pump. Due to the combined effect of flow channel patterns, solar radia-tion, the ambient conditions and possible condensation and frost formation, heat transfer and thermal distribution conditions of the PVT-direct evaporator are inevitably com-plicated to determine. The proposed thermal model of this hybrid solar module that has CO2 direct evaporation in microchannels will be used to simulate the behavior of the module under different climatic operating conditions. Fur-thermore, it will quantify all energy inputs and/or losses as well as their influence on the total energy supplied by the PVT-module. This will be used to investigate the overall CO2-PVT heat pump system performance in prospective simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailAffective evaluation of body images in anorexia nervosa
Lutz, Annika UL; Herbert, Cornelia; Schulz, André UL et al

in Psychophysiology (2017), 54(S1),

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by fear of weight gain. This is reflected in amygdala activation during confrontation with distorted photographs of oneself simulating weight gain. In contrast ... [more ▼]

Anorexia nervosa is characterized by fear of weight gain. This is reflected in amygdala activation during confrontation with distorted photographs of oneself simulating weight gain. In contrast, photographs of emaciated women induce startle attenuation, suggesting a positive valuation of extreme slimness. To combine these findings, we applied an affective startle modulation paradigm containing photos of the participants simulating weight gain and photos simulating weight loss. We assessed eye-blink startle responses via EMG in 20 women with anorexia nervosa (AN; mean age = 25 years; mean BMI = 23) and 20 healthy control women (HC; mean age = 25 years; mean BMI = 23). We were able to replicate affective startle modulation of standard positive, negative, and neutral pictures, except for an absence of startle attenuation for positive pictures in AN. Body images did not modulate the startle response in either group. This was in contrast to the subjective ratings, in which the AN group indicated negative valence and high arousal for distorted body images. The body photographs used in our study emphasized general body shape and it appears that this was not threatening to AN patients. Photos highlighting body details might produce different results. Considering that body image exposure, a frequently used intervention tool for AN, aims at fear reduction through habituation, it is essential to determine which aspects of the body actually elicit fear responses to maximize therapy outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailStationary Wavelet Transform for denoising Pulsed Thermography data: optimization of wavelet parameters for enhancing defects detection
Revel, Gian Marco; Copertaro, Edoardo UL; Chiariotti, Paolo et al

in Quantitative Infra Red Thermography Journal (2017)

Innovative denoising techniques based on Stationary Wavelet Transform (SWT) have started being applied to Pulsed Thermography (PT) sequences, showing marked potentialities in improving defect detection ... [more ▼]

Innovative denoising techniques based on Stationary Wavelet Transform (SWT) have started being applied to Pulsed Thermography (PT) sequences, showing marked potentialities in improving defect detection. In this contribution, a SWT-based denoising procedure is performed on high and low resolution PT sequences. Samples under test are two composite panels with known defects. The denoising procedure undergoes an optimization step. An innovative criterion for selecting the optimal decomposition level in multi-scale SWT-based denoising is proposed. The approach is based on a comparison, in the wavelet domain, of the information content in the thermal image with noise propagated. The optimal wavelet basis is selected according to two performance indexes, respectively based on the probability distribution of the information content of the denoised frame, and on the Energy-to-Shannon Entropy ratio. After the optimization step, denoising is applied on the whole thermal sequence. The approximation coefficients at the optimal level are moved to the frequency domain, then low-pass filtered. Linear Minimum Mean Square Error (LMMSE) is applied to detail coefficients at the optimal level. Finally, Pulsed Phase Thermography (PPT) is performed. The performance of the optimized denoising method in improving the defect detection capability respect to the non-denoised case is quantified using the Contrast Noise Ratio (CNR) criterion. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel C-ITS support for Electric Buses with Opportunity Charging
Seredynski, Marcin; Viti, Francesco UL

in Proceedings of IEEE-ITS Conference (2017)

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See detailDiskursivität und Einheit des Bewusstseins bei Kant
Heidemann, Dietmar UL

in Kant-Studien (2017)

Im ersten Abschnitt des Beitrags wird der Zusammenhang von Kantischer Begriffslehre und Theorie des transzendentalen Selbstbewusstseins transparent gemacht. Die Einheit des Bewusstseins, so wird die ... [more ▼]

Im ersten Abschnitt des Beitrags wird der Zusammenhang von Kantischer Begriffslehre und Theorie des transzendentalen Selbstbewusstseins transparent gemacht. Die Einheit des Bewusstseins, so wird die Rekonstruktion dieses Zusammenhanges ergeben, gründet in der Theorie des diskursiven Begriffs. Die dabei herausgearbeitete Konzeption der diskursiven Identität wird dann im zweiten Abschnitt anhand des dritten Paralogismus der ersten Auflage der Kritik der reinen Vernunft mit dem Begriff der personalen Identität kontrastiert, um zu zeigen, warum der auch hier bestehende konstitutive Zusammenhang zwischen kognitiver Einheit und Identität des Bewusstseins zu keiner spezifischen Erkenntnis hinsichtlich des Bewusstseins führt. Während die transzendentale Deduktion die Theorie nichtzeitlicher, logischer Einheit und diskursiver Identität der transzendentalen Apperzeption entfaltet, thematisiert der dritte Paralogismus das mentale Phänomen kontingenter, temporaler Einheit und damit personaler Identität. Über die prinzipiellen Bedeutungsunterschiede dieser beiden Konzeptionen von Einheit und Identität im Bereich des Mentalen ist Klarheit zu schaffen. Der Schlussteil widmet sich einigen naheliegenden Einwänden gegen den in diesem Beitrag entwickelten Interpretationsvorschlag. Insbesondere wird eine Kritik an der hier verteidigten Diskursivitätsthese diskutiert, derzufolge die Einheit des Bewusstseins in der Diskursivität des Verstandes bzw. Begriffs und nicht umgekehrt die Diskursivität des Verstandes bzw. des Begriffs in der Einheit des Bewusstseins gründet [less ▲]

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See detailConfirmation Delay Prediction of Transactions in the Bitcoin Network
Fiz Pontiveros, Beltran UL; Hommes, Stefan UL; State, Radu UL

in Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering (2017)

Bitcoin is currently the most popular digital currency. It operates on a decentralised peer-to-peer network using an open source cryptographic protocol. In this work, we create a model of the selection ... [more ▼]

Bitcoin is currently the most popular digital currency. It operates on a decentralised peer-to-peer network using an open source cryptographic protocol. In this work, we create a model of the selection process performed by mining pools on the set of unconfirmed transactions and then attempt to predict if an unconfirmed transaction will be part of the next block by treating it as a supervised classification problem. We identified a vector of features obtained through service monitoring of the Bitcoin transaction network and performed our experiments on a publicly available dataset of Bitcoin transaction. [less ▲]

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See detailIDENTIFICATION OF A RARE GENE VARIANT THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH FAMILIAL ALZHEIMER DISEASE AND REGULATES APP EXPRESSION
Hartl, Daniela; May, Patrick UL; Gu, Wei UL et al

in Alzheimer's and Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (2017), 13(7, Supplement), 648

Background Genetic mutations leading to familial forms of Alzheimer disease (AD) have so far been reported for a few genes including APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2, UNC5C, PLD3, ABCA7, TTC3, and possibly ADAM10 ... [more ▼]

Background Genetic mutations leading to familial forms of Alzheimer disease (AD) have so far been reported for a few genes including APP, PSEN1 and PSEN2, UNC5C, PLD3, ABCA7, TTC3, and possibly ADAM10. With the advent of whole exome and whole genome sequencing approaches new genes and mutations are likely to be identified. Methods We analyzed the genetic cause of AD in a large multiplex family with an autosomal-dominant pattern of inheritance with LOAD. The family lacked pathogenic mutations of known AD genes. We performed whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in six family members (two affected and four unaffected) and prioritized rare, potential damaging, variants that segregated with disease. Variants were further characterized by subsequent molecular analyzes in human brain and cell culture models. Results We identified a single rare nonsynonymous variant co-segregating with AD. The mutation inhibits pro-protein cleavage and the formation of the active enzyme, thus leading to a loss-of-function of the gene. We further found a strong negative correlation between the identified gene and APP gene expression in human brain and in cells over-expressing the gene. The negative regulation of APP expression was only observed for the wt gene, but not for mutated forms, thus causing beside the loss of enzyme function a decoupling of both APPexpression and subsequent beta-amyloid formation. The identity of the gene will be presented on the conference. Conclusions This novel pathway strongly supports a causative association of the identified gene with the pathogenesis of AD. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une redéfinition dynamique des relations entre comtes et abbayes (fin IXe – fin XIe siècle). Conclusions
Margue, Michel UL

in Trajectoires. Travaux des jeunes chercheurs du CIERA (2017), Hors série n° 2

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See detailAn comprehensive and cost-efficient approach in assessing WWTP's degradation performance of xenobiotics
Köhler, Christian; Gallé, Tom; Bayerle, Michael et al

in Proceedings of 10th Micropol & Ecohazard Conference 2017 (2017)

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See detailOn characterizing the relationship between route choice behavior and optimal traffic control solution space
Rinaldi, Marco UL; Tampère, C. M. J.; Viti, Francesco UL

in Transportation Research Procedia (2017), 23

Explicitly including the dynamics of users' route choice behaviour in optimal traffic control applications has been of interest for researchers in the last five decades. This has been recognized as a very ... [more ▼]

Explicitly including the dynamics of users' route choice behaviour in optimal traffic control applications has been of interest for researchers in the last five decades. This has been recognized as a very challenging problem, due to the added layer of complexity and the considerable non-convexity of the resulting problem, even when dealing with simple static assignment and analytical link cost functions. In this work we establish a direct behavioural connection between the different shapes and structures emerging in the solution space of such problems and the underlying route choice behaviour. We specifically investigate how changes in the active equilibrium route set exert direct influence on the solution space's structure and behaviour. Based on this result, we then formulate and validate a constrained version of the original problem, yielding desirable properties in terms of solution space regularity. © 2017 The Authors. [less ▲]

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See detailLanguage ecology as a centripetal force for the multilingual workplace
Ehrhart, Sabine UL

in Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée (2017)

In this contribution, I will present examples of common practice to overcome barriers, bridge boundaries and deconstruct borders at the workplace; these are centripetal or democratizing forces as they try ... [more ▼]

In this contribution, I will present examples of common practice to overcome barriers, bridge boundaries and deconstruct borders at the workplace; these are centripetal or democratizing forces as they try to reduce the distance between people of different origins by creating inclusive spaces. My contribution to a comparative perspective comes from the field of ecolinguistics, a rather new discipline which tries to combine various interdisciplinary approaches in the field of communication, especially in complex environments, with a high diversity of linguistic systems [less ▲]

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See detailEntwicklung einer Regelungsstrategie eines PVT-basierten Wärmepumpensystems auf der Basis von CO2 Direktverdampfung
Rullof, Johannes UL; Lambers, Klaus Jürgen; Blieske, Ulf et al

in Proceedings of Deutsche Kälte- und Klimatagung (DKV) (2017)

Bereits Ende der 1970iger Jahre wurden Wärmepumpen in Kombination mit glykolbasierten großflächigen kombinierten Strahlungs-Umweltwärme-Absorber als Verdampfer entwickelt, welche sich im Vergleich zu ... [more ▼]

Bereits Ende der 1970iger Jahre wurden Wärmepumpen in Kombination mit glykolbasierten großflächigen kombinierten Strahlungs-Umweltwärme-Absorber als Verdampfer entwickelt, welche sich im Vergleich zu zwangskonvektions-basierten Luft-Wärmepumpen nicht nur die Umgebungsenergie, sondern auch die Solar-energie als Energiequelle zu Nutze machen. Aufgrund der nach der Ölkrise fallenden Ölpreise, der meist noch nicht wirtschaftlichen Anlagentechnik und der benötigten großen Absorberflächen konnten sich diese Anlagen nicht durchsetzen. Durch die starke Reduzierung des Heizwärmebedarfs eines Neubaus werden heutzutage deutlich kleinere Absorberflächen in Kombination mit einer Wärmepumpe benötigt, was die Systemkombination aus Wärmepumpe und Absorber aktuell wieder interessant werden lässt. Vor allem die Kombination aus thermi-schem Absorber, basierend auf freier Konvektion und Strahlung, und Photovoltaik (PV) in einem Modul (PVT-Modul) kann aufgrund der Reduzierung des Heizwärmebedarfs von Gebäuden und des verstärkten Betriebs von Wärmepumpen während der solarstrombedingten Niedrigstrompreiszeiten am Tage und dem damit verbunde-nen höheren Strahlungsanteil der Umweltwärme zukünftig eine Alternative zu zwangskonvektions-basierten Luft-Wärmepumpen sein. Der Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit einem CO2-Wärmepumpensystem, bestehend aus einem neuartigen PVT-Modul, welches einen mikrokanal-basierten Verdampfer einer CO2-Wärmepumpe mit einem PV-Modul vereint (PVT-direkt). Um die Machbarkeit des neuartigen PVT-direkt-Wärmepumpensystems zu demonstrieren, wird im Rah-men eines Forschungsprojekts ein funktionsfähiges PVT-direkt-Modul konstruiert und schließlich als Teil eines CO2-Wärmepumpensystems getestet und modelliert. Die Leistung eines PVT-basierten Wärmepumpensystems ist stark von klimatischen Randbedingungen abhängig. Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wird die Entwicklung einer Regelungsstrategie eines PVT-basierten Wärmepumpensys-tems präsentiert, welche die Solarstrahlung, Umgebungstemperatur, Windgeschwindigkeit, Verdampfungstem-peratur und Verdichterleistung berücksichtigt. Zusätzlich werden die reale Antriebsleistung und der optimale Betriebspunkt des Verdichters einschließlich des optimalen Hochdruckes berücksichtigt. Die entwickelte Rege-lungsstrategie der PVT-basierten Wärmepumpe sieht verschiedene Betriebsmodi in Abhängigkeit von dem So-larstrahlungsangebot sowie der Umgebungstemperatur vor. Der Betrieb der Wärmepumpe erfolgt zwischen Deckung des Heizbedarfs in der Heizperiode und möglichst hoher Effizienz in Zeiten hoher Einstrahlungswerte und hoher Umgebungstemperaturen. [less ▲]

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See detailFast and optimal countermeasure selection for attack defence trees
Muller, Steve UL; Harpes, Carlo; Muller, Cédric

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2017), 10224 LNCS

Risk treatment is an important part of risk management, and deals with the question which security controls shall be implemented in order to mitigate risk. Indeed, most notably when the mitigated risk is ... [more ▼]

Risk treatment is an important part of risk management, and deals with the question which security controls shall be implemented in order to mitigate risk. Indeed, most notably when the mitigated risk is low, the costs engendered by the implementation of a security control may exceed its benefits. The question becomes particularly interesting if there are several countermeasures to choose from. A promising candidate for modeling the effect of defensive mechanisms on a risk scenario are attack–defence trees. Such trees allow one to compute the risk of a scenario before and after the implementation of a security control, and thus to weigh its benefits against its costs. A naive approach for finding an optimal set of security controls is to try out all possible combinations. However, such a procedure quickly reaches its limits already for a small number of defences. This paper presents a novel branch-and-bound algorithm, which skips a large part of the combinations that cannot lead to an optimal solution. The performance is thereby increased by several orders of magnitude compared to the pure brute–force version. © 2017, Springer International Publishing AG. [less ▲]

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See detailSimiDroid: Identifying and Explaining Similarities in Android Apps
Li, Li UL; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL; Klein, Jacques UL

in Abstract book of the 16th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom) (2017)

App updates and repackaging are recurrent in the Android ecosystem, filling markets with similar apps that must be identified and analysed to accelerate user adoption, improve development efforts, and ... [more ▼]

App updates and repackaging are recurrent in the Android ecosystem, filling markets with similar apps that must be identified and analysed to accelerate user adoption, improve development efforts, and prevent malware spreading. Despite the existence of several approaches to improve the scalability of detecting repackaged/cloned apps, researchers and practitioners are eventually faced with the need for a comprehensive pairwise comparison to understand and validate the similarities among apps. This paper describes the design of SimiDroid, a framework for multi-level comparison of Android apps. SimiDroid is built with the aim to support the understanding of similarities/changes among app versions and among repackaged apps. In particular, we demonstrate the need and usefulness of such a framework based on different case studies implementing different analysing scenarios for revealing various insights on how repackaged apps are built. We further show that the similarity comparison plugins implemented in SimiDroid yield more accurate results than the state-of-the-art. [less ▲]

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See detailNanoporous gold decorated with silver nanoparticles as large area efficient SERS substrate
Ardini, Matteo; Huang, Jian-An; Sanchez-Sanchez, Carlos et al

in Proceedings of SPIE : The International Society for Optical Engineering (2017), 10346

Nanoporous gold is a very promising material platform for several plasmonic applications. Nanoporous gold can be formed by dealloying Au–Ag alloys, previously grown by means of Ag-Au co-sputtering. The ... [more ▼]

Nanoporous gold is a very promising material platform for several plasmonic applications. Nanoporous gold can be formed by dealloying Au–Ag alloys, previously grown by means of Ag-Au co-sputtering. The optical response is completely determined by the nanostructured film features, that only depend on the initial alloy composition. It has been extensively used as SERS substrate both as thin film and nanofabricated fancy designs. Here we explore the potential application of nanoporous gold as SERS substrate as it is coupled and decorated with Ag nanoparticles. Significant enhancement has been observed in comparison with bare nanoporous film. [less ▲]

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See detailL’idée de civilisation dans la pratique conventionnelle des États occidentaux aux XIXe et XXe siècles
Erpelding, Michel UL

in Droits: Revue français de théorie, de philosophie et de cultures juridiques (2017), (66), 37-55

Based on an analysis of more than 450 treaties and other international instruments, this article shows how the terms 'civilisation' or 'civilised' were used in 19th and 20th century state practice and how ... [more ▼]

Based on an analysis of more than 450 treaties and other international instruments, this article shows how the terms 'civilisation' or 'civilised' were used in 19th and 20th century state practice and how the meaning given to these terms evolved over time. [less ▲]

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See detailUnequal Protection Approach for RLL-constrained LDPC Coded Recording System Using Deliberate Flipping
Chou, Hung-Pu UL; Sham, Chiu-Wing; Hong-fu, Chou

in Proceedings of 2017 International SoC Design Conference (ISOCC) (2017)

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See detailCognitive inequalities in later life: Cross-country differences in the education-cognition gradient
Leist, Anja UL

in Innovation in Aging (2017), 1(Suppl. 1), 16

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See detailLES-VOF SIMULATIONS OF A PURE WATER JET DEVELOPING INSIDE AN AWJC NOZZLE: PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS AND GUIDELINES
Pozzetti, Gabriele UL; Peters, Bernhard UL

in Proceedings of 2017 WJTA-IMCA (2017)

In this work, a numerical approach to predict the behavior of a pure water jet developing inside a nozzle for Abrasive Water Jet Cutting (AWJC) is investigated. In a standard AWJC configuration, the water ... [more ▼]

In this work, a numerical approach to predict the behavior of a pure water jet developing inside a nozzle for Abrasive Water Jet Cutting (AWJC) is investigated. In a standard AWJC configuration, the water jet carries the major energy content of the entire system, and is responsible for accelerating abrasive particles that will perform the cutting action of hard materials. Therefore an accurate simulation of a pure water jet can bring significant insight on the overall AWJC process. Capturing the behavior of a multiphase high-speed flow in a complex geometry is however particularly challenging. In this work, we adopt a combined approach based on the Volume of Fluid (VOF) and Large Eddy Simulation (LES) techniques in order to respectively capture the water/air interface and to model turbulent structures of the flow. The aim of this contribution is to investigate how the two techniques apply to the specific problem, and to offer general guidelines for practitioners willing to adopt them. Costs considerations will be then presented with particular reference to the usage of the OpenFOAM® environment. The reported results are meant to provide guidance for AWJ applications and future developments of AWJ nozzles. [less ▲]

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See detailBoard Game Prototyping to Co-Design a Better Location-Based Digital Game
Jones, Catherine UL; Liapis; Lykourentzou, Ioanna et al

in Abstract book of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '17 (2017)

In this case study we describe the iterative process of paper prototyping, using a board game, to co-design a location-based mobile application. The end goal of the application is to motivate reflection ... [more ▼]

In this case study we describe the iterative process of paper prototyping, using a board game, to co-design a location-based mobile application. The end goal of the application is to motivate reflection on historical topics about migration. The board game serves to capture the core concerns of this application by simulating movement through the city. Three play tests highlighted the users' interest and issues with the historical content, the way this content is represented, and the players' responses to the interactions and motivating mechanisms of the application. Results show that the board game helped capture important design preferences and problems, ensuring the improvement of our scenario. This feedback can help reduce development effort and implement a future technology prototype closer to the needs of our end users. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards Integration on Colored Supermanifolds
Poncin, Norbert UL

in Banach Center Publications (2016, December), 110

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See detailOn the Insecurity of a Method for Providing Secure and Private Fine-Grained Access to Outsourced Data
Rial, Alfredo UL

in Abstract book of 2016 IEEE 8th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom) (2016, December)

The protection of sensitive data stored in the cloud is paramount. Among the techniques proposed to provide protection, attribute-based access control, which frequently uses ciphertext-policy attribute ... [more ▼]

The protection of sensitive data stored in the cloud is paramount. Among the techniques proposed to provide protection, attribute-based access control, which frequently uses ciphertext-policy attribute-based encryption (CPABE), has received a lot of attention in the last years. Recently, Jahan et al.~(IEEE 40th Conference on Local Computer Networks, 2015) propose a scheme based on CPABE where users have reading and writing access to the outsourced data. We analyze the scheme by Jahan et al.\ and we show that it has several security vulnerabilities. For instance, the cloud server can get information about encrypted messages by using a stored ciphertext and an update of that ciphertext. As another example, users with writing access are able to decrypt all the messages regardless of their attributes. We discuss the security claims made by Jahan et al.\ and point out the reasons why they do not hold. We also explain that existing schemes can already provide the advantages claimed by Jahan et al. [less ▲]

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See detailGreen exercise is associated with better cell ageing profiles
Olafsdottir, Gunnthora; Cloke, Paul; Epel, Elissa et al

in The European Journal of Public Health (2016, November 01), 26(Suppl 1), 165021

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See detailPrivacy-preserving Friendship-based Recommender Systems
Tang, Qiang; Wang, Jun UL

in IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (2016, November)

Privacy-preserving recommender systems have been an active research topic for many years. However, until today, it is still a challenge to design an efficient solution without involving a fully trusted ... [more ▼]

Privacy-preserving recommender systems have been an active research topic for many years. However, until today, it is still a challenge to design an efficient solution without involving a fully trusted third party or multiple semitrusted third parties. The key obstacle is the large underlying user populations (i.e. huge input size) in the systems. In this paper, we revisit the concept of friendship-based recommender systems, proposed by Jeckmans et al. and Tang and Wang. These solutions are very promising because recommendations are computed based on inputs from a very small subset of the overall user population (precisely, a user’s friends and some randomly chosen strangers). We first clarify the single prediction protocol and Top-n protocol by Tang and Wang, by correcting some flaws and improving the efficiency of the single prediction protocol. We then design a decentralized single protocol by getting rid of the semi-honest service provider. In order to validate the designed protocols, we crawl Twitter and construct two datasets (FMT and 10-FMT) which are equipped with auxiliary friendship information. Based on 10-FMT and MovieLens 100k dataset with simulated friendships, we show that even if our protocols use a very small subset of the datasets, their accuracy can still be equal to or better than some baseline algorithm. Based on these datasets, we further demonstrate that the outputs of our protocols leak very small amount of information of the inputs, and the leakage decreases when the input size increases. We finally show that he single prediction protocol is quite efficient but the Top-n is not. However, we observe that the efficiency of the Top-n protocol can be dramatically improved if we slightly relax the desired security guarantee. [less ▲]

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See detailReport on the Oberwolfach Workshop "Computations in the Cohomology of Arithmetic Groups"
Rahm, Alexander UL

in Oberwolfach Reports (2016, November)

Explicit calculations play an important role in the theoretical development of the cohomology of groups and its applications. It is becoming more common for such calculations to be derived with the aid of ... [more ▼]

Explicit calculations play an important role in the theoretical development of the cohomology of groups and its applications. It is becoming more common for such calculations to be derived with the aid of a computer. This mini-workshop assembled together experts on a diverse range of computational techniques relevant to calculations in the cohomology of arithmetic groups and applications in algebraic K-theory and number theory with a view to extending the scope of computer aided calculations in this area. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimising time-series experimental design for modelling of circadian rhythms: the value of transient data
Mombaerts, Laurent UL; Mauroy, Alexandre UL; Goncalves, Jorge UL

in IFAC-PapersOnLine (2016, October)

Circadian clocks consist of complex networks that coordinate the daily cycle of most organisms. In light/dark cycles, the clock is synchronized (or entrained) by the environment, which corresponds to a ... [more ▼]

Circadian clocks consist of complex networks that coordinate the daily cycle of most organisms. In light/dark cycles, the clock is synchronized (or entrained) by the environment, which corresponds to a constant rephasing of the oscillations and leads to a steady state regime. Some circadian clocks are endogenous oscillators with rhythms of about 24-hours that persist in constant light or constant darkness. This operating mechanism with and without entrainment provides flexibility and robustness to the clock against perturbations. Most of the clock-oriented experiments are performed under constant photoperiodic regime, overlooking the transitory regime that takes place between light/dark cycles and constant light or darkness. This paper provides a comparative analysis of the informative potential of the transient time-series data with the other regimes for clock modelling. Realistic data were simulated from 2 experimentally validated plant circadian clock models and sliced into several time windows. These windows represent the different regimes that take place before, meanwhile and after the switch to constant light. Then, a network inference tool was used over each window and its capability of retrieving the ground-truth of the network was compared for each window. The results suggest that including the transient data to the network inference technique significally improves its performance. [less ▲]

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See detailUAV degradation identification for pilot notification using machine learning techniques
Manukyan, Anush UL; Olivares Mendez, Miguel Angel UL; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL et al

in Proceedings of 21st IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation ETFA 2016 (2016, September 06)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are currently investigated as an important sub-domain of robotics, a fast growing and truly multidisciplinary research field. UAVs are increasingly deployed in real-world settings ... [more ▼]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are currently investigated as an important sub-domain of robotics, a fast growing and truly multidisciplinary research field. UAVs are increasingly deployed in real-world settings for missions in dangerous environments or in environments which are challenging to access. Combined with autonomous flying capabilities, many new possibilities, but also challenges, open up. To overcome the challenge of early identification of degradation, machine learning based on flight features is a promising direction. Existing approaches build classifiers that consider their features to be correlated. This prevents a fine-grained detection of degradation for the different hardware components. This work presents an approach where the data is considered uncorrelated and, using machine learning <br />techniques, allows the precise identification of UAV’s damages. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign Evolution and AHP-based Historiography of Lifting Reentry Vehicle Space Programs
Rana, Loveneesh UL; Chudoba, Bernd

in AIAA SPACE 2016 Proceedings (2016, September)

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See detailCrystallographic and optoelectronic properties of the novel thin film absorber Cu2GeS3
Robert, Erika UL; De Wild, Jessica UL; Colombara, Diego UL et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2016, September)

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See detailCompressive Sensing Based Energy Detector
Lagunas, Eva UL; Sharma, Shree Krishna UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) (2016, August)

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See detailUmsetzung der Inklusion in der Bildungslandschaft der EU: Anregungen für die Schweiz
Limbach-Reich, Arthur UL

in FACHFORUM SUPPORTED EDUCATION (2016, May 29)

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See detailMMSE Filtering Performance of DH-AF Massive MIMO Relay Systems with Residual Transceiver Impairments
Papazafeiropoulos, Anastasios; Sharma, Shree Krishna UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL

in Proceedings of IEEE ICC 2016 (2016, May)

The emerging requirements of the fifth generation (5G) wireless communications are high spectral efficiency, low latency, and ubiquitous coverage. In this direction, Dual-Hop (DH) Amplify-and-Forward (AF ... [more ▼]

The emerging requirements of the fifth generation (5G) wireless communications are high spectral efficiency, low latency, and ubiquitous coverage. In this direction, Dual-Hop (DH) Amplify-and-Forward (AF) relaying has been widely investigated due to its simplicity, low implementation complexity and low transmission delay. However, most existing works assume ideal transceiver hardware which is impractical. In practice, a cost-efficient wireless transceiver has to combat the effects of several inevitable impairments such as high power amplifier nonlinearities, In-phase/Quadrature-phase (I/Q)-imbalance, and oscillator phase noise, which can be only partially compensated using calibration algorithms. In this direction, this paper analyzes the Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE) filtering performance of a DH-AF Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) wireless system considering the effects of the residual additive impairments at the transmitter and receiver of both hops. Using free probability principles, the MMSE filtering performance of the considered system is studied and a tight lower bound is proposed by taking the effects of residual additive transceiver impairments into account. Our numerical results show that the MMSE filtering performance of the DH-AF massive MIMO relay system significantly degrades and results to saturation in the presence of residual additive transceiver impairments. [less ▲]

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See detailTransmission polarized optical microscopy of short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystal shells
Geng, Yong UL; Noh, Junghyun UL; Lagerwall, Jan UL

in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (2016, March 07), 9769

We recently demonstrated that colloidal crystal arrangements of monodisperse droplets or shells of planar-aligned cholesteric liquid crystal exhibit intricate patterns of circularly polarized reflection ... [more ▼]

We recently demonstrated that colloidal crystal arrangements of monodisperse droplets or shells of planar-aligned cholesteric liquid crystal exhibit intricate patterns of circularly polarized reflection spots of different colors. The spots appear as a result of photonic cross communication between droplets, hence the patterns reflect the macroscopic arrangement of droplets or shells. Apart from being an interesting optical phenomenon, it offers attractive application opportunities in photonics and beyond, due to the unique characteristics of the patterns. It turns out that the optical quality of shells is much enhanced compared to that of droplets, hence we focus our attention primarily on shells, of varying thickness. Here we analyze and explain the intriguing textures arising when studying planar-aligned short-pitch cholesteric shells in transmission polarizing optical microscopy. In this case, the texture reflects the properties of each individual shell, without any sign of cross communication, yet also this pattern holds some fascinating mysteries. These can only be elucidated by considering all the peculiar optical properties of cholesterics together, as well as the unusual situation given by the spherical shell geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailFostering Reflective Thinking About Information In 5th Graders With Blogs: How Helpful Are Learning Supports?
Thoss, Jennifer; Reuter, Robert UL

in EAPRIL Conference Proceedings (2016, March), (2), 246-257

This study is about fostering media and information literacy and, more precisely, reflective thinking about information in 5th graders. A learning scenario integrating weblogs into a class by providing ... [more ▼]

This study is about fostering media and information literacy and, more precisely, reflective thinking about information in 5th graders. A learning scenario integrating weblogs into a class by providing learning tasks, learning supports and learning resources was elaborated and tested. The class was divided into a test group and a control group, which did not receive learning supports. Over five weeks the pupils ́ degree of reflection was measured by analysing their blog entries by means of pre- defined evaluation criteria. We also observed them while blogging and recorded our impressions. The results showed that, against our expectation, the pupils of the test group were less reflexive in their entries than the ones of the control group. However, we observed that the test group pupils verbally expressed many reflections, which they did not write down. This suggests that our learning scenario comprised of learning tasks, resources and supports promoted reflective thinking about information of all the pupils even if this is not recognisable in their entries. [less ▲]

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See detailDialogic Classroom Talk - Rethinking 'Messy' Classroom Interaction
Arend, Béatrice UL; Sunnen, Patrick UL

in EAPRIL Conference Proceedings (2016, March), (2), 423-434

Over the past decades, dialogic classroom talk has increasingly been acknowledged to be of prime importance for teaching and learning. Many researchers refer to the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin when ... [more ▼]

Over the past decades, dialogic classroom talk has increasingly been acknowledged to be of prime importance for teaching and learning. Many researchers refer to the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin when conceptualising ‘dialogic’ or ‘dialogism’, either as an epistemology or an ontology. In our study we rely on an ontological view of ‘dialogue’ and on the distinction drawn by Bakhtin between ‘authoritative’ and ‘internally persuasive word’ to conduct a sequential analysis (informed by CA) of an extract taken from the film ‘The Class’. Although, the teacher-student interactions at times appear to be ‘messy’ at first sight, our analysis will show that students’ utterances can be considered as an expansion of the subject matter which is accomplished dialogically with their teacher. [less ▲]

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See detailATTENTIONAL BIASES IN PAIN: A META-ANALYSIS OF DOT PROBE RESEARCH
Todd, J.; Sharpe, L.; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri UL et al

in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016), 23(1), 119

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See detailExperimental studies on the development of a solar hybrid module with an aluminum microchannel evaporator
Rullof, Johannes UL; Lambers, Klaus Jürgen; Dick, Christian et al

in Proceedings of 2016 International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC 2016) (2016)

In recent years, the possibility to combine photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal collectors into one hybrid module (PVT-module) has been increasingly investigated. PVT-modules produce thermal and ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the possibility to combine photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal collectors into one hybrid module (PVT-module) has been increasingly investigated. PVT-modules produce thermal and electrical energy at the same time. As the efficiency of a photovoltaic module decreases with temperature, the temperature of the heat transfer media is often limited to about 30 °C and the PVT-module is combined with a heat pump, which increases the temperature on the “warm side”. This paper deals with a PVT-module, which combines a microchannel based evaporator of a CO2 (R744) heat pump with a PV panel (PVT-direct). The PVT-direct overall system is reduced to the refrigerant circuit due to the direct refrigerant expansion in the PVT-module. A conventional PVT heat pump system has an additional glycol-water circuit. Since a pump and an additional heat exchanger for the secondary cycle were omitted, the system has increased efficiency. Due to lower module temperatures, the increase of the photovoltaic efficiency is a further advantage of the PVT-direct-module. To prove the feasibility of the PVT-direct heat pump system, the Cologne Institute for Renewable Energy (CIRE) is developing and modeling a test facility for this purpose within the research project “PVT-direkt”. Furthermore, a functional PVT-direct-module with a microchannel based evaporator was designed and built. Much importance has been given to experimental studies under laboratory conditions in order to investigate (1) the adjustment of the functionality and layout of the PVT-direct-module for characterizing the joining of brazed joints in aluminum microchannel evaporators and (2) the influence of the backside aluminum plate of the PVT-direct-module regarding leakage currents and parasitic capacitances. The overall results obtained in these experimental studies are analyzed in this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailPerceived injustice explains pain intensity over and above attentional bias.
Bell, T.; Trost, Z.; Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri UL et al

in Journal of Pain (2016), 17(4, 1), 32

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See detailSimCoTest: A Test Suite Generation Tool for Simulink/Stateflow Controllers
Matinnejad, Reza UL; Nejati, Shiva UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (2016)

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See detailFood, eating and emotions: les liaisons dangereuses
Vögele, Claus UL

in Journal of Behavioral Addictions (2016), 5(Suppl 1), 3

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See detailStationary Wavelet Transform denoising in Pulsed Thermography: influence of camera resolution on defect detection
Revel, Gian Marco; Chiariotti, Paolo; Copertaro, Edoardo UL et al

in Proceedings of 13th Conference on Advanced Infrared Technology and Applications (2016)

Denoising filters are widely used in image enhancement. However, they might induce severe blurring effects the lower is the resolution of the original image. When applied to a thermal image in Non ... [more ▼]

Denoising filters are widely used in image enhancement. However, they might induce severe blurring effects the lower is the resolution of the original image. When applied to a thermal image in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), blurring could entail wrong estimation of defect boundaries and an overall reduction in defect detection performances. This contribution discusses the application of a wavelet-based denoising technique to a thermographic sequence obtained from a Pulsed Thermography testing, when using a high- resolution 1024x768 FPA infrared camera. Influence of denoising approach on data post- processed by Principal Component Analysis is discussed. Results indicate marked enhancement in defect detection, especially when compared to those obtained with a standard-resolution 320x240 FPA infrared camera. [less ▲]

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See detailIs income equality also better for your cognitive health? A multilevel analysis on trajectories of cognitive function at older ages
Leist, Anja UL; Chauvel, Louis UL

in PAA Server (2016)

This paper contributes to research on contextual associations with older-age cognitive function by investigating to which extent country-level income inequality is associated with older-age cognitive ... [more ▼]

This paper contributes to research on contextual associations with older-age cognitive function by investigating to which extent country-level income inequality is associated with older-age cognitive function and decline. Data came from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), providing information on cognitive function (fluency, immediate and delayed recall) of respondents aged 50-80 years coming from a total of 16 European countries that participated in at least two waves of SHARE. A total of 44,303 observations were available at first and second measurement, 13,509 observations at third measurement, and 9,736 observations at fourth measurement. Three-level hierarchical models (measurements nested within individuals nested within countries) were run, showing that income inequality was negatively associated with cognitive level but not with decline. The findings suggest that income inequality is not associated with cognitive trajectories. Mechanisms of maintaining cognitive function at older ages may not be susceptible to country-level income inequalities. [less ▲]

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See detailIMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT AGE STEREOTYPES FOR SPECIFIC LIFE DOMAINS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Kornadt, Anna Elena UL; Meissner, Franziska; Rothermund, Klaus

in GERONTOLOGIST (2016), 56(3), 313-313

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See detailGENETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES OF VIEWS ON AGING: AGE- AND DOMAIN-SPECIFIC ANALYSES
Kornadt, Anna Elena UL; Kandler, Christian

in GERONTOLOGIST (2016), 56(3), 503-503

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See detailEnvironmental stability of highly conductive nominally undoped ZnO layers
Hala, Matej UL; Inoue, Yukari; Kato, Iroki et al

in IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Conference Record (2016), 978-1-5090-2724

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See detailPREPARATION FOR AGE-RELATED CHANGES-CROSS CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND DETERMINANTS
Kornadt, Anna Elena UL; Voss, Peggy; Rothermund, Klaus

in GERONTOLOGIST (2016), 56(3), 657-657

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See detailAutomated Test Suite Generation for Time-Continuous Simulink Models
Matinnejad, Reza UL; Nejati, Shiva UL; Briand, Lionel UL et al

in Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (2016)

All engineering disciplines are founded and rely on models, al- though they may differ on purposes and usages of modeling. Inter- disciplinary domains such as Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs) seek approaches ... [more ▼]

All engineering disciplines are founded and rely on models, al- though they may differ on purposes and usages of modeling. Inter- disciplinary domains such as Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs) seek approaches that incorporate different modeling needs and usages. Specifically, the Simulink modeling platform greatly appeals to CPS engineers due to its seamless support for simulation and code generation. In this paper, we propose a test generation approach that is applicable to Simulink models built for both purposes of simulation and code generation. We define test inputs and outputs as signals that capture evolution of values over time. Our test gener- ation approach is implemented as a meta-heuristic search algorithm and is guided to produce test outputs with diverse shapes according to our proposed notion of diversity. Our evaluation, performed on industrial and public domain models, demonstrates that: (1) In con- trast to the existing tools for testing Simulink models that are only applicable to a subset of code generation models, our approach is applicable to both code generation and simulation Simulink mod- els. (2) Our new notion of diversity for output signals outperforms random baseline testing and an existing notion of signal diversity in revealing faults in Simulink models. (3) The fault revealing ability of our test generation approach outperforms that of the Simulink Design Verifier, the only testing toolbox for Simulink. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy on the quasi Fermi level splitting of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 absorber layers with Cu-rich and Cu-poor composition
Babbe, Finn UL; Choubrac, Léo UL; Siebentritt, Susanne UL

in IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Conference Record (2016)

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See detailInequality in old age cognition across the world
Olivera, Javier; Leist, Anja UL; Chauvel, Louis UL

in PAA Server (2016)

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See detail“Melanomics”: analysis and integration of whole genomes, transcriptomes and miRNomes of primary melanoma patients
Reinsbach, Susanne; Wienecke, Anke UL; Ginolhac, Aurélien UL et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2016), 61(Suppl.1), 32

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See detailTextual Inference with Deep Learning Technique
Adebayo, Kolawole; Di Caro, Luigi; Robaldo, Livio UL et al

in Proceedings of the 28th Annual Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC2016). (2016)

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See detailVibrotactile sensory substitution on personal navigation: Remotely controlled vibrotactile feedback wearable system to aid visually impaired
Silva Filgueiras, Thiago; Oliveira Lima, Ana Carolina; Lima Baima, Renan UL

in International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (2016)

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See detailInteroception in anorexia nervosa: evidence at cortical and self-report levels
Lutz, Annika UL; Schulz, André UL; Voderholzer, Ulrich et al

in Appetite (2016), 107

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See detailEntwicklung eines PVT-basierten Wärmepumpensystems auf der Basis von CO2 Direktverdampfung
Rullof, Johannes UL; Lambers, Klaus Jürgen; Hadji-Minaglou, Jean-Régis UL et al

in Proceedings of Deutsche Kälte- und Klimatagung (DKV) (2016)

Bereits Ende der 1970’iger Jahren wurden Wärmepumpen in Kombination mit glykolbasierten großflächigen Absorbern entwickelt, welche sich die Umgebungsenergie und Solarenergie als Energiequelle zu Nutze ... [more ▼]

Bereits Ende der 1970’iger Jahren wurden Wärmepumpen in Kombination mit glykolbasierten großflächigen Absorbern entwickelt, welche sich die Umgebungsenergie und Solarenergie als Energiequelle zu Nutze machen. Aufgrund der nach der Ölkrise fallenden Ölpreise, der meist noch nicht wirtschaftlichen Anlagentechnik und den benötigten großen Absorberflächen, konnten sich diese Anlagen nicht durchsetzen. Durch die starke Reduzierung des Heizwärmebedarfs eines heutigen Neubaus werden heutzutage deutlich kleinere Absorberflächen in Kombination mit einer Wärmepumpe benötigt, was die Systemkombination aus Wärmepumpe und Absorber aktuell wieder interessant werden lässt. Vor allem die Kombination aus thermischen Absorber, basierend auf freier Konvektion und Strahlung, und Photovoltaik (PV) in einem Modul (PVT-Modul) kann aufgrund der Reduzierung des Heizwärmebedarfs von Gebäuden und des verstärkten Betriebs von Wärmepumpen während der Niedrigstrompreiszeiten am Tage und dem damit verbundenen höheren Strahlungsanteil der Umweltwärme zukünftig eine Alternative zu zwangskonvektions-basierten Luft-Wärmepumpen sein. Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wird auf die Konstruktion eines funktionsfähigen PVT-direkt Moduls eingegangen, welches einen mikrokanalbasierten Verdampfer einer transkritischen CO2-Wärmepumpe mit einem PV-Modul kombiniert. Im ersten Teil dieser Arbeit wird ein thermisches Modell des PVT-direkt Moduls hergeleitet, welches in zukünftigen Untersuchungen Anwendung findet, um eine Aussage über die PV-seitige Wirkungsgradsteigerung durch niedrigere Modultemperaturen aufgrund der Kältemittelverdampfung an der Modulrückseite treffen zu können. Der zweite Teil dieser Arbeit präsentiert die Auslegung zweier Verdampfer-Designvarianten (Mäander und Harfendesign) und eine Temperaturverteilungsanalyse. Bei beiden Konzepten fällt die Temperaturverteilung annähernd homogen aus. [less ▲]

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See detailCognitive inequalities in later life: Cross-country differences in the education-cognition gradient
Leist, Anja UL

in Gerontologist (2016), 56(S3), 428-429

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See detailReified Input/Output logic - a position paper
Robaldo, Livio UL; Sun, Xin UL

in Proceedings of Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Justice (AI4J), collocated at the 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2016) (2016)

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See detailMagnetoplasmonic crystals based on anisotropic nanoantennas
Bergamini, Luca; Maccaferri, Nicolo UL; Pancaldi, Matteo et al

in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2016)

By synergically combining experiments and simulations, we show how the excitation of lattice surface modes in ordered arrays of magnetic and optically-anisotropic nanoantennas leads to a highly enhanced ... [more ▼]

By synergically combining experiments and simulations, we show how the excitation of lattice surface modes in ordered arrays of magnetic and optically-anisotropic nanoantennas leads to a highly enhanced and tunable Fano-like modulation of the magneto-plasmonic response. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring therapeutic viability of a non-dopaminergic target for Parkinson’s disease
Ashrafi, Amer; Buttini, Manuel UL; Garcia, Pierre UL et al

in Movement Disorders (2016), 31(2), 630

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See detailCohort factors impinging on suicide rates in the United States, 1990-2010
Chauvel, Louis UL; Leist, Anja UL; Smith, Herbert

in PAA server (2016)

We use CDC microdata on cause of death and CPS data on populations by age to create suicide rates for five-year age groups at five-year intervals, further cross-classified by race/ethnicity, education ... [more ▼]

We use CDC microdata on cause of death and CPS data on populations by age to create suicide rates for five-year age groups at five-year intervals, further cross-classified by race/ethnicity, education, and marital status. We examine the suicide history 1990-2010 of U.S. birth cohorts, net of age and cohort linear trends. These de-trended cohort deviations follow familiar patterns: most pronounced in the Baby Boom, least pronounced during the Baby Bust, they illustrate the so-called Easterlin effect. Suicide rates for women show similar patterns as suicide patterns for men. We show persistence of those effects net of micro factors (especially education and marriage) implicated in suicide behavior and correlated at the macro level with relative cohort size. Analysis of suicide patterns over time for high- and low-educated men and women shows that white men with low education face a sharp increase, significantly above the linear time trends, in suicide rates among cohorts born between 1955 and 1970. This bump is mostly unrelated to secular trends of increasing average educational attainment rates, at least if no interaction between age and cohort is involved in the explanation. No obvious pattern related to cohort size is found for African-American high- and low-educated men, which makes sense given the very different historical dynamics for this minority sub-population. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la démocratie au Luxembourg, ou : Pourquoi et jusqu’à quel point les référendums de l’art. 51 § 7 Const. sont-ils décisionnels ?
Heuschling, Luc UL

in Actes de la section des sciences morales et politiques de l'Institut grand-ducal (2016)

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See detailDoctor-patient communication about nutrition on related secondary preventive behaviours, especially for hypertension
Baumann, Michèle UL; Tchicaya, Anastase

in Hypertension (2016)

Inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables and salt intake are two major factors that can play a role in increased to secondary prevention behaviours. Doctor-patient relationship intervenes on the ... [more ▼]

Inadequate consumption of fruit and vegetables and salt intake are two major factors that can play a role in increased to secondary prevention behaviours. Doctor-patient relationship intervenes on the adherence of these advices. For hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, overweight and obesity, our study’s aim was to analyse the associations between the quality of the doctor-patient communication, evaluated in 2013, and patients’ adherence to their general practitioner (GP)’s nutritional advices, between 2008 and 2013. Methods Performed by the National Institute of Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology in Luxembourg, 4391 patients were contacted. Five years after a coronary angiography, 1289 completed a self-rating questionnaire assessing the GP’Com-5 items scale (Cronbach 0.87). The variables were analysed with a multiple logistic regression model. Results Patients declared that 57.9% reduced or stopped their consumption of salt intake, whereas 65% increased their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Around 37% of the patients reported having made changes following the advice of their doctor. An increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables was linked with the quality of doctor-patient communication when patients were hypertension (odd ratio (OR) = 1.084, IC 95%, [1.017-1.157]), overweight (1.081 [1.013-1.155]), obesity (OR = 1.130 [1.056-1.209]), hypercholesterolemia (OR = 1.102 [1.033–1.175]) and diabetes (OR = 1.103 [1.029-1.181]). The decreased of salt intake consumption was associated with the quality of physician-patient communication when the patient was hypertension (OR = 1.102 [1.034 – 1.176]). Conclusion Doctor-patient communication is a relevant determinant in obtaining a favourable behavioural outcome, especially on nutrition. The rehabilitation program must promote more exchange and telephone assistance to develop a mutual engagement. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Formal Consistency of the Principal Principle
Bana, Gergely UL

in Philosophy of Science (2016)

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See detailFormenbestand und strukturelle Asymmetrien der Personalpronomen im Luxemburgischen
Döhmer, Caroline UL

in Zeitschrift fuer Dialektologie und Linguistik. Beihefte (2016)

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See detailAppareiller le corps avec lequel je suis né(e). L’agénésie de membre à la frontière entre normalité et handicap
Derian, Maxime UL; Savvaki, Véra; Donzeau-Gouge et al

in IFRATH (2016)

Cette recherche étudie la frontière entre réparation et augmentation du corps humain par la technologie au travers de l’étude de l’agénésie de membre, c’est à dire de l’absence congénitale d’un ou ... [more ▼]

Cette recherche étudie la frontière entre réparation et augmentation du corps humain par la technologie au travers de l’étude de l’agénésie de membre, c’est à dire de l’absence congénitale d’un ou plusieurs membre(s), segment(s) de membre(s) ou extrémité(s). L’analyse porte sur les enjeux sociologiques et psychologiques liés à la vulnérabilité somatique et à la suppléance prothétique par l’étude de ce cas particulier de malformation de naissance. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing modern technology to support museum activities. Case study: Estonians Deported to Siberia: Soviet Red Terror 1940-1960
Uueni, Andres; Pagi, Hembo; Sikk, Kaarel UL et al

in Proceedings of ICOM, Milano 2016 (2016)

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See detailPush out test of novel deep steel decking-failure modes and influence of transversal loading
Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Obiala, Renata; Nellinger, Sebastian et al

in Association for Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (2015, December 03)

This paper presents the results of push-out test specimens on shear connectors for composite beams, which are placed centrally in the ribs of novel formed deep steel decking. These deck shapes have not ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of push-out test specimens on shear connectors for composite beams, which are placed centrally in the ribs of novel formed deep steel decking. These deck shapes have not been well considered in the development and the calibration studies of EN 1994-1-1. The presented tests have been designed to investigate the additional failure modes and the corresponding load-slip behaviour, with special consideration of the newly occurring failure modes in the rib. In addition, the vertical loading of the slab has been considered in the push-out tests by a transverse load, acting with the help of a supplementary hydraulic jack. The differences between a concentric and eccentric transverse loading and a constant and variable transverse loading was investigated in the test series. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh Rise Buildings in Steel - from Past to Present
Odenbreit, Christoph UL

in Infosteel (2015, November 10)

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