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Fischbach, Antoine UL

Bachelor/master dissertation (2008)

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See detailTemperature Fields Induced by Low Power Focused Ultrasound in Soft Tissues During Gene Therapy. Numerical Predictions and Experimental Results
Gambin, Barbara; Kujawska, Tamara; Kruglenko, Eleonora et al

in Archives of Acoustics (2009), 34(4), 445459

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See detailText entry on smart glasses A comparison of two input techniques
Mccall, Roderick UL; Popleteev, Andrei UL; Martin, Benoit et al

in 8th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI'2015) (2015, June)

This paper presents a comparative pilot usability study of Dasher and an on-screen keyboard on a head-mounted display. Interaction logging data was captured along with subjective responses (via the SUS ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a comparative pilot usability study of Dasher and an on-screen keyboard on a head-mounted display. Interaction logging data was captured along with subjective responses (via the SUS questionnaire). The results indicate that there is a strong need to develop text entry systems for smart glasses rather to simply adopt those that are already available. However, both approaches are useful when there is a need to enter private or sensitive data. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailThermodynamically constrained averaging theory for cancer growth modelling
Albrecht, Marco UL; Sciumè, Giuseppe; Lucarelli, Philippe UL et al

in IFAC-PapersOnLine (2016), 49(26), 289-294

In Systems Biology, network models are often used to describe intracellular mechanisms at the cellular level. The obtained results are difficult to translate into three-dimensional biological systems of ... [more ▼]

In Systems Biology, network models are often used to describe intracellular mechanisms at the cellular level. The obtained results are difficult to translate into three-dimensional biological systems of higher order. The multiplicity and time dependency of cellular system boundaries, mechanical phenomena and spatial concentration gradients affect the intercellular relations and communication of biochemical networks. These environmental effects can be integrated with our promising cancer modelling environment, that is based on thermodynamically constrained averaging theory (TCAT). Especially, the TCAT parameter viscosity can be used as critical player in tumour evolution. Strong cell-cell contacts and a high degree of differentiation make cancer cells viscous and support compact tumour growth with high tumour cell density and accompanied displacement of the extracellular material. In contrast, dedifferentiation and losing of cell-cell contacts make cancer cells more fluid and lead to an infiltrating tumour growth behaviour without resistance due to the ECM. The fast expanding tumour front of the invasive type consumes oxygen and the limited oxygen availability behind the invasive front results automatically in a much smaller average tumour cell density in the tumour core. The proposed modelling technique is most suitable for tumour growth phenomena in stiff tissues like skin or bone with high content of extracellular matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-dimensional crack initiation, propagation, branching and junction in non-linear materials by an extended meshfree method without asymptotic enrichment
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Rabczuk, Timon; Zi, Goangseup

in Engineering Fracture Mechanics (2008), 75(5), 943-960

This paper presents a three-dimensional, extrinsically enriched meshfree method for initiation, branching, growth and coalescence of an arbitrary number of cracks in non-linear solids including large ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a three-dimensional, extrinsically enriched meshfree method for initiation, branching, growth and coalescence of an arbitrary number of cracks in non-linear solids including large deformations, for statics and dynamics. The novelty of the methodology is that only an extrinsic discontinuous enrichment and no near-tip enrichment is required. Instead, a Lagrange multiplier field is added along the crack front to close the crack. This decreases the computational cost and removes difficulties involved with a branch enrichment. The results are compared to experimental data, and other simulations from the literature to show the robustness and accuracy of the method. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-Dimensional Crack Propagation with Global Enrichment XFEM and Vector Level Sets
Agathos, Konstantinos; Ventura, Giulio; Chatzi, Eleni et al

Scientific Conference (2015)

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See detailA three-dimensional meshfree method for continuous multiple-crack initiation, propagation and junction in statics and dynamics
Rabczuk, Timon; Bordas, Stéphane UL; Zi, Goangseup

in Computational Mechanics (2007), 40(3), 473-495

This paper proposes a three-dimensional meshfree method for arbitrary crack initiation and propagation that ensures crack path continuity for non-linear material models and cohesive laws. The method is ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a three-dimensional meshfree method for arbitrary crack initiation and propagation that ensures crack path continuity for non-linear material models and cohesive laws. The method is based on a local partition of unity. An extrinsic enrichment of the meshfree shape functions is used with discontinuous and near-front branch functions to close the crack front and improve accuracy. The crack is hereby modeled as a jump in the displacement field. The initiation and propagation of a crack is determined by the loss of hyperbolicity or the loss of material stability criterion. The method is applied to several static, quasi-static and dynamic crack problems. The numerical results very precisely replicate available experimental and analytical results. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-dimensional non-linear fracture mechanics by enriched meshfree methods without asymptotic enrichment
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Zi, G.; Rabczuk, T.

in Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on Discretization Methods for Evolving Discontinuities (2007)

This paper presents a three-dimensional, extrinsically enriched meshfree method for initiation, growth and coalescence of an arbitrary number of cracks in non-linear solids including large deformations ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a three-dimensional, extrinsically enriched meshfree method for initiation, growth and coalescence of an arbitrary number of cracks in non-linear solids including large deformations, for statics and dynamics. The novelty of the methodology fashioned in this work is that only an extrinsic discontinuous enrichment and no near-tip/asymptotic enrichment is required. Instead, a Lagrange multiplier field is added along the crack front to close the crack along the front. This decreases the computational cost and removes difficulties involved with a branch enrichment. Numerical examples treated include the pull-out of a reinforcement bar from a concrete block, and a Taylor bar impact with very large deformation and fragmentation. The results are compared to experimental results, and other simulations from the literature, which shows the robustness and accuracy of the method. © 2007 Springer. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-dimensional remeshed smoothed particle hydrodynamics for the simulation of isotropic turbulence
Obeidat, Anas UL; Bordas, Stéphane UL

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids (2017)

We present a remeshed particle-mesh method for the simulation of three-dimensional compressible turbulent flow. The method is related to the mesh free smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) method, but the ... [more ▼]

We present a remeshed particle-mesh method for the simulation of three-dimensional compressible turbulent flow. The method is related to the mesh free smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) method, but the present method introduces a mesh for efficient calculation of the pressure gradient, and laminar and turbulent diffusion. In addition, the mesh is used to remesh (reorganise uniformly) the particles to ensure a regular particle distribution and convergence of the method. The accuracy of the presented methodology is tested for a number of benchmark problems involving two- and three-dimensional Taylor-Green flow, thin double shear layer, and three-dimensional isotropic turbulence. Two models were implemented, direct numerical simulations, and Smagorinsky model. Taking advantage of the Lagrangian advection, and the finite difference efficiency, the method is capable of providing quality simulations while maintaining its robustness and versatility [less ▲]

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See detailTime and frequency domain analysis of piezoelectric energy harvesters by monolithic finite element modeling
Ravi, Srivathsan UL; Zilian, Andreas UL

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2017)

The successful design of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices relies upon the identification of optimal geometrical and material configurations to maximize the power output for a specific band of ... [more ▼]

The successful design of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices relies upon the identification of optimal geometrical and material configurations to maximize the power output for a specific band of excitation frequencies. Extendable predictive models and associated approximate solution methods are essential for analysis of a wide variety of future advanced energy harvesting devices involving more complex geometries and material distributions. Based on a holistic continuum mechanics modeling approach to the multi-physics energy harvesting problem, this article proposes a monolithic numerical solution scheme using a mixed-hybrid 3-dimensional finite element formulation of the coupled governing equations for analysis in time and frequency domain. The weak form of the electromechanical/circuit system uses velocities and potential rate within the piezoelectric structure, free boundary charge on the electrodes, and potential at the level of the generic electric circuit as global degrees of freedom. The approximation of stress and dielectric displacement follows the work by Pian, Sze, and Pan. Results obtained with the proposed model are compared with analytical results for the reduced-order model of a cantilevered bimorph harvester with tip mass reported in the literature. The flexibility of the method is demonstrated by studying the influence of partial electrode coverage on the generated power output. [less ▲]

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See detailTimeWarp: Interactive Time Travel with a Mobile Mixed Reality Game
Herbst, Iris; Braun, Anne-Kathrine; McCall, Roderick UL et al

in In the Proceedings of MobileHCI 2008, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2008)

Mobile location-aware applications have become quite popular across a range of new areas such as pervasive games and mobile edutainment applications. However it is only recently, that approaches have been ... [more ▼]

Mobile location-aware applications have become quite popular across a range of new areas such as pervasive games and mobile edutainment applications. However it is only recently, that approaches have been presented which combine gaming and education with mobile Augmented Reality systems. However they typically lack a close crossmedia integration of the surroundings, and often annotate or extend the environment rather than modifying and altering it. In this paper we present a mobile outdoor mixed reality game for exploring the history of a city in the spatial and the temporal dimension. We introduce the design and concept of the game and present a universal mechanism to define and setup multi-modal user interfaces for the game challenges. Finally we discuss the results of the user tests. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a high-resolution drone-based 3D mapping dataset to optimise flood hazard modelling
Backes, Dietmar UL; Schumann, Guy; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

in International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (2019, June), XLII-2/W13

The occurrence of urban flooding following strong rainfall events may increase as a result of climate change. Urban expansion, ageing infrastructure and an increasing number of impervious surfaces are ... [more ▼]

The occurrence of urban flooding following strong rainfall events may increase as a result of climate change. Urban expansion, ageing infrastructure and an increasing number of impervious surfaces are further exacerbating flooding. To increase resilience and support flood mitigation, bespoke accurate flood modelling and reliable prediction is required. However, flooding in urban areas is most challenging. State-of-the-art flood inundation modelling is still often based on relatively low-resolution 2.5 D bare earth models with 2-5m GSD. Current systems suffer from a lack of precise input data and numerical instabilities and lack of other important data, such as drainage networks. Especially, the quality and resolution of the topographic input data represents a major source of uncertainty in urban flood modelling. A benchmark study is needed that defines the accuracy requirements for highly detailed urban flood modelling and to improve our understanding of important threshold processes and limitations of current methods and 3D mapping data alike. This paper presents the first steps in establishing a new, innovative multiscale data set suitable to benchmark urban flood modelling. The final data set will consist of high-resolution 3D mapping data acquired from different airborne platforms, focusing on the use of drones (optical and LiDAR). The case study includes residential as well as rural areas in Dudelange/Luxembourg, which have been prone to localized flash flooding following strong rainfall events in recent years. The project also represents a cross-disciplinary collaboration between the geospatial and flood modelling community. In this paper, we introduce the first steps to build up a new benchmark data set together with some initial flood modelling results. More detailed investigations will follow in the next phases of this project. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a seamless Integration of CAD and Simulation: CISM Course 2017
Bordas, Stéphane UL

Learning material (2017)

Isogeometric analysis relies on the use of the same basis functions as employed in Computer Aided Design (CAD). This offers the possibility to facilitate design and optimisation. The previous course ... [more ▼]

Isogeometric analysis relies on the use of the same basis functions as employed in Computer Aided Design (CAD). This offers the possibility to facilitate design and optimisation. The previous course “Isogeometric methods for numerical simulation” held in 2013 had the aim to give an introduction to isogeometric analysis, its advantages, drawbacks and to the range of its applications. The aim of the proposed new course will be different. The focus will be more on the connection of simulation to CAD systems and how CAD data can be used directly for simulation, leading to a seamless integration. An overview of recent advances and applications will be also presented. The course will start with an introduction to NURBS and their use in describing geometry and in simulation. This will be followed by lectures from a CAD vendor describing the current state of development. Currently available connections to simulation software will also be discussed. Next the use of NURBS for 3D structural analysis, structural optimisation and damage tolerance assessment will be presented, including such advanced topics as the treatment of discontinuities and real-time solvers. It will also be discussed when it might be advantageous to decouple the boundary discretisation from the field variable discretisation, in particular in shape optimisation. Isogeometric methods for the analysis of beam and shell structures, including shape optimisation and fluid structure interaction, will be presented. Lectures on the mathematical and algorithmic foundations of analysis-suitable geometry will follow. This includes an introduction to T-splines and multilevel spline schemes such as hierarchical B- splines. Common analysis-suitable spline algorithms will be presented in the context of Bézier extraction and projection as well as its application as a foundation for integrated engineering design and analysis. An important aspect of analysis-suitable geometry is the ability to locally adapt the smooth spline basis. Several common refinement algorithms will be reviewed as well as their application in several demanding areas of application. The emerging area of weak geometry will be introduced as well as its application to the rapid construction of complex structural assemblies. With the rapid development of isogeometric analysis in recent years, there is an urgent need for volumetric parameterization such as volumetric T-spline model construction. Several volumetric T- spline modeling techniques, that were developed in recent years will be presented. They include converting any quad/ hex meshes to standard and rational T-splines, polycube-based parametric mapping, feature preservation using eigenfunctions, Boolean operations and skeletons, truncated hierarchical Catmull-Clark subdivision, weighted T-splines, conformal T-spline modeling, as well as incorporating T-splines into commercial CAD and FEA software, will be presented. The target audience will be engineers, interested in simulation, software developers and researchers. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards consolidated methods for the design and evaluation of user experience
Lallemand, Carine UL

Doctoral thesis (2015)

In the “third wave” of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), the emergence of User Experience (UX) as a key concept has opened up both exciting perspectives and hard challenges. The conceptual shift to a more ... [more ▼]

In the “third wave” of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), the emergence of User Experience (UX) as a key concept has opened up both exciting perspectives and hard challenges. The conceptual shift to a more comprehensive and emotional view of human-computer interactions has been accompanied by the development of numerous methods and tools for the design and evaluation of interactive systems. UX research has thus been mainly driven by novelty and innovation and to date a majority of the developed tools lack validation and consolidation. UX research undoubtedly raises new concerns and challenges common conceptual and methodological practice. Thus the primary objective of this thesis is to contribute to UX consolidation. We addressed this objective by relying on a mixed-methods approach for the empirical part of this thesis, involving comparatively large and representative samples. This part encompasses six studies, representing a variety of perspectives related to UX research consolidation. More specifically, this dissertation includes a replication study (Paper A, N = 758), the translation and validation of a tool (Paper B, N = 381), the development of new design and evaluation methods (Paper C and D, N = 137 and 33), the empirical assessment of the relevance of established HCI methods for the evaluation of UX (Paper E, N = 103) and finally an investigation on how to bridge UX research and practice through a design approach (Paper F). The contributions of this thesis to UX research and practice regard both UX as a concept and its methodologies. Main findings inform about the benefits, challenges, and limitations of UX consolidation strategies as derived from our respective studies (papers A to F). Each study provides advances to both research and practice, while the combination of our studies pushes forward consolidation of UX. This is an essential step with regards to an emerging concept and informs an overarching research agenda aiming at a continuous interdisciplinary fostering of the UX field. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards Effective Shell Modelling with the FEniCS Project
Hale, Jack UL; Baiz, P. M.

Scientific Conference (2013, March)

Fast and efficient simulations of shell structures are required in a wide range of engineering fields such as fluid-structure interaction and structural optimisation. Because of its expressive high-level ... [more ▼]

Fast and efficient simulations of shell structures are required in a wide range of engineering fields such as fluid-structure interaction and structural optimisation. Because of its expressive high-level form language UFL the FEniCS project is in an ideal position to tackle tough problems such as large deformations of non-isotropic shells. In this talk we will discuss some aspects of achieving this goal; generalised mixed formulations, reduction and projection operators for eliminating shear and membrane locking, the general shell model vs classical models and the recent work by Rognes et al. on manifolds. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards legal compliance by correlating Standards and Laws with a semi-automated methodology
Bartolini, Cesare UL; Lenzini, Gabriele UL; Robaldo, Livio UL

in Proceedings of the 28 Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC) (2016, November)

Since legal regulations do not generally provide clear parameters to determine when their requirements are met, achieving legal compliance is not trivial. If there were a clear correspondence between the ... [more ▼]

Since legal regulations do not generally provide clear parameters to determine when their requirements are met, achieving legal compliance is not trivial. If there were a clear correspondence between the provisions of a specific standard and the regulation’s requirements, one could implement the standard to claim a presumption of compliance. However, finding those correspondences is a complex process; additionally, correlations may be overridden in time, for instance, because newer court decisions change the interpretation of certain provisions. To help solve this problem, we present a framework that supports legal experts in recognizing correlations between provisions in a standard and requirements in a given law. The framework relies on state-of-the-art Natural Language Semantics techniques to process the linguistic terms of the two documents, and maintains a knowledge base of the logic representations of the terms, together with their defeasible correlations, both formal and substantive. An application of the framework is shown by comparing a provision of the European General Data Protection Regulation against the ISO/IEC 27018:2014 standard. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards multiscale data fusion of high-resolution space borne and terrestrial datasets over Tristan da Cunha
Backes, Dietmar UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2018, April 10)

Ever improving low cost, lightweight and easy to use sensing technologies are enabling the capture of rich 3D Datasets to support an unprecedented range of applications in Geosciences. Especially low-cost ... [more ▼]

Ever improving low cost, lightweight and easy to use sensing technologies are enabling the capture of rich 3D Datasets to support an unprecedented range of applications in Geosciences. Especially low-cost LiDAR systems as well as optical sensors, which can be deployed from terrestrial or low altitude aerial platforms, allow the collection of large datasets without detailed expert knowledge or training. Dense pointcloud derived from these technologies provide an invaluable source to fill the gap between highly precise and accurate terrestrial topographic surveys and large area Digital Surface Models (DSMs) derived from airborne and spaceborne sensors. However, the collection of reliable 3D pointclouds in remote and hazardous locations remains to be very difficult and costly. Establishing a reliable georeference, ensuring accuracy and data quality as well as merging such rich datasets with existing or space borne mapping provide additional challenges. The presented case study investigates the data quality and integration of a heterogeneous dataset collected over the remote island of Tristan da Cunha. High-resolution 3D pointclouds derived by TLS and drone Photogrammetry are merged with space borne imagery while preserving the accurate georeference provided by Ground Control derived from geodetic observations. The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha located in the centre of the Southern Atlantic Ocean is one of the most remote and difficult to access locations on the planet. Its remote location, rough climatic conditions and consistent cloud coverage provides exceptional challenges for terrestrial, aerial as well as space borne data acquisition. Amongst many other scientific installations, the island also hosts a continuous GNSS station observation and monitoring facilities operated by the University of Luxembourg, which provided the opportunity to conduct a local terrestrial data acquisition campaign consistent with a terrestrial ground survey, Laserscanning and an image acquisition from a low-cost drone. The highly accurate Ground Control network, observed by GNSS and total station, provides a reliable georeference. Pointclouds were acquired around the area of the harbour using a Leica P20 terrestrial Laserscanner, as well as drone Photogrammetry based on images collected by a low-cost DJI Phantom3 drone. To produce a map of the complete island a comprehensive dataset of high-resolution space borne imagery based on the Digital Globe WorldView constellation was acquired which provided high resolution mapping information. The case study presents a cross-validation of terrestrial, low altitude airborne as well as spaceborne datasets in terms coregistration, absolute georeference, scale, resolution and overall data quality. Following the evaluation a practical approach to fuse this heterogeneous dataset is applied which aims to preserve overall data quality, local resolution and accurate georeference and avoid edge artefacts. The conclusions drawn from our preliminary results provide some good practice advice for similar projects. The final topographic dataset enables mapping and monitoring of local geohazards as, e.g. coastal erosion and recent landslides thus also supporting the local population. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards optimal positioning of surveillance UGVs
Nilsson, U.; Ögren, P.; Thunberg, Johan UL

in Optimization and Cooperative Control Strategies (2009)

Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) equipped with surveillance cameras present a flexible complement to the numerous stationary sensors being used in security applications today. However, to take full ... [more ▼]

Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) equipped with surveillance cameras present a flexible complement to the numerous stationary sensors being used in security applications today. However, to take full advantage of the flexibility and speed offered by a group of UGV platforms, a fast way to compute desired camera locations to cover an area or a set of buildings, e.g., in response to an alarm, is needed. Building upon earlier results in terrain guarding and sensor placement we propose a way to find candidate guard positions that satisfy a large set of view angle and range constraints simulataneously. Since the original problem is NP-complete, we do not seek to find the true optimal set of guard positions. Instead, a near optimal subset of the candidate points is chosen using a scheme with a known approximation ratio of O(log(n)). A number of examples are presented to illustrate the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards Optimised Deployment of Electric Bus Systems with On-Route Charging using Cooperative ITS
Laskaris, Georgios UL; Seredynski, Marcin; Viti, Francesco UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July)

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