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See detailSimultaneous Diagonalization of Incomplete Matrices and Applications
Coron, Jean-Sébastien UL; Notarnicola, Luca UL; Wiese, Gabor UL

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We consider the problem of recovering the entries of diagonal matrices {U_a}_a for a = 1, . . . , t from multiple “incomplete” samples {W_a}_a of the form W_a = P U_a Q, where P and Q are unknown matrices ... [more ▼]

We consider the problem of recovering the entries of diagonal matrices {U_a}_a for a = 1, . . . , t from multiple “incomplete” samples {W_a}_a of the form W_a = P U_a Q, where P and Q are unknown matrices of low rank. We devise practical algorithms for this problem depending on the ranks of P and Q. This problem finds its motivation in cryptanalysis: we show how to significantly improve previous algorithms for solving the approximate common divisor problem and breaking CLT13 cryptographic multilinear maps. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of startle and heart rate responses by fear of physical activity in patients with heart failure and in healthy adults
Hoffmann, Jeremia Mark; Finke, Johannes B.; Schächinger, Hartmut et al

in Physiology and Behavior (in press)

Fear of physical activity (FoPA) is prevalent in patients with heart failure and associated with lower physical activity despite medical exercise prescriptions. The present study examined physiological ... [more ▼]

Fear of physical activity (FoPA) is prevalent in patients with heart failure and associated with lower physical activity despite medical exercise prescriptions. The present study examined physiological indicators of FoPA by assessing startle modulation and heart rate responses after affective priming with lexical stimuli of positive, neutral, and negative valence, as well as words related to physical activity as potentially phobic cues. After screening for FoPA in patients with heart failure and healthy adults, twenty participants each were assigned to one of three subsamples: a healthy control group and two cardiac patient groups scoring either low or high on FoPA. The high-FoPA group showed more pronounced startle potentiation and heart rate acceleration (i.e., mobilization of defensive behavior) in the phobic prime condition compared to controls. Differences in FoPA accounted for 30% of the startle potentiation by phobic priming, whereas general anxiety, depression, and disease severity were no significant predictors in patients with heart failure. These findings suggest that heart failure-associated FoPA elicits avoidance behavior at a largely automatic level, and might thereby contribute to low adherence to exercise regimen. Thus, FoPA should be addressed in the design of psychological interventions for cardiac patients to foster physical activity. [less ▲]

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See detailAltered interoceptive awareness in high habitual symptom reporters and patients with somatoform disorders
Flasinski, Tabea; Dierolf, Angelika UL; Rost, Silke et al

in Frontiers in Psychology (in press)

Objective. Altered interoception may play a major role in the etiology of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). It remains unclear, however, if these alterations concerns noticing of signals or if they ... [more ▼]

Objective. Altered interoception may play a major role in the etiology of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). It remains unclear, however, if these alterations concerns noticing of signals or if they are limited to the interpretation of signals. We investigated whether individuals with MUS differ in interoceptive awareness as assessed with the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) questionnaire. Methods. Study 1: 486 individuals completed the Screening for Somatoform Disorders (SOMS-2). 32 individuals each of the upper and lower decile of the SOMS distribution (low symptom reporters/LSR, high symptom reporters/HSR) completed the MAIA. Study 2: MAIA scores of individuals diagnosed with somatoform disorder (SFD; n = 26) were compared to individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD; n = 25) and healthy controls (HC; n = 26). Results. HSR had lower scores than LSR on the MAIA scales Not-Distracting and Not-Worrying. The SFD and MDD groups showed lower scores than HC on the MAIA scales Not-Distracting, Self-Regulation, and Trusting. The MDD group scored lower than the other two groups on the scales Body Listening and Attention Regulation. There were no group differences on the scale Noticing. Conclusion. HSR, SFD and MDD patients do not differ from HC in the awareness of noticing of interoceptive signal processing, whereas cognitive facets of interoception, such as distraction or self-regulation are differentially affected. This highlights the necessity of including specifically targeted interventions, which improve interoceptive awareness, in the prevention and treatment of SFDs. [less ▲]

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See detailGBA variants in Parkinson’s disease: clinical, metabolomic and multimodal neuroimaging phenotypes
Greuel, Andrea; Trezzi, Jean-Pierre UL; Glaab, Enrico UL et al

in Movement Disorders (in press)

Background: Alterations in the GBA gene (NM_000157.3) are the most important genetic risk factor for Parkinson’s disease. Biallelic GBA mutations cause the lysosomal storage disorder Gaucher´s disease ... [more ▼]

Background: Alterations in the GBA gene (NM_000157.3) are the most important genetic risk factor for Parkinson’s disease. Biallelic GBA mutations cause the lysosomal storage disorder Gaucher´s disease. The GBA variants p.E365K and p.T408M are associated with Parkinson’s but not with Gaucher´s disease. The pathophysiological role of these variants needs to be further explored. Objective: This study analyzed the clinical, neuropsychological, metabolic and neuroimaging phenotypes of Parkinson’s disease patients carrying the GBA variants p.E365K and p.T408M. Methods: GBA was sequenced in 56 mid-stage Parkinson’s disease patients. Carriers of GBA variants were compared to non-carriers regarding clinical history and symptoms, neuropsychological features, metabolomics and multimodal neuroimaging. Blood plasma gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry, [18F]FDopa PET, [18F]FDG PET, and resting-state fMRI were performed. Results: Sequence analysis detected 13 heterozygous GBA variant carriers (seven with p.E365K, six with p.T408M). One patient carried a GBA mutation (p.N409S) and was excluded. Clinical history and symptoms were not significantly different between groups. Global cognitive performance was lower in variant carriers. Metabolomic group differences were suggestive of more severe Parkinson’s disease-related alterations in carriers versus non-carriers. [18F]FDopa and [18F]FDG PET showed signs of a more advanced disease; [18F]FDG PET and fMRI showed similarities with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease dementia in carriers. Conclusions: This is the first study to comprehensively assess (neuro-)biological phenotypes of GBA variants in Parkinson’s disease. Metabolomics and neuroimaging detected more significant group differences than clinical and behavioral evaluation. These alterations could be promising to monitor effects of disease-modifying treatments targeting glucocerebrosidase metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailSword, Shield and Cloud: Toward a European System of Public-Private Orders for Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters?
Ligeti, Katalin UL; Robinson, Gavin UL

in Mitsilegas, Valsamis; Vavoula, Niovi (Eds.) Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age: European, Transatlantic and Global Perspectives (in press)

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See detailA novel TIMP3 mutation associated with a retinitis pigmentosa-like phenotype
DeBenedictis, Meghan; Gindzin, Yosef; Glaab, Enrico UL et al

in Ophthalmic Genetics (in press)

Sorsby Fundus Dystrophy is an inherited macular degeneration caused by pathogenic variants in the TIMP3 gene. In this study we describe a father and son initially diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa of ... [more ▼]

Sorsby Fundus Dystrophy is an inherited macular degeneration caused by pathogenic variants in the TIMP3 gene. In this study we describe a father and son initially diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa of unknown genetic origin. More recent genetic testing of the patients, identified a novel c.410A>G; p.Tyr137Cys variant of uncertain clinical significance in the Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-3 (TIMP3) gene. The atypical clinical findings led us to compare the theoretical molecular effects of this variant on the TIMP3 protein structure and interactions with other proteins using homology modeling and machine learning predictions. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-Integration in Mediated-Reality Systems: a Socio-Technical Perspective
Botev, Jean UL

in Proceedings of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems (ACSOS) (in press)

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See detailUnemployment at 50+: economic and psychosocial consequences
Murdock, Elke UL; Filbig, Marceline; Borges Neves, Rita

in Wanka, Anna; Walsh, Kieran; Scharf, Thomas (Eds.) et al Social Exclusion in Later Life: Interdisciplinary and Policy Perspectives. International Perspectives on Aging (in press)

Throughout the lifespan, unemployment has severe consequences in terms of economic exclusion, and overall social exclusion, but is compounded in older age. Within the EU, a growing number of older adults ... [more ▼]

Throughout the lifespan, unemployment has severe consequences in terms of economic exclusion, and overall social exclusion, but is compounded in older age. Within the EU, a growing number of older adults (50+) are affected by joblessness. Job loss at a later stage in a professional career may determine an early and permanent exit from the labour market with significant psychosocial consequences. Herein lies the age-specific risk for older unemployed adults: once becoming unemployed they are at greater risk at staying unemployed. As a result, older unemployed people may face income cuts, deprivation of a central adulthood role and their mental and physical health may suffer. In this chapter, we draw attention to the latent functions of work, and the psychosocial consequences of job loss in later life. Applying a life-course perspective, the aim of this chapter is to explore how job loss can be framed as a form of acute economic exclusion, and how this exclusion can have significant implications for poor mental health. In a context of rising retirement ages, and the lack of preparedness of the labour market to deal with an ageing workforce, it is essential to understand these dynamics to guide policy development. [less ▲]

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See detailForest SaVR – A Virtual-Reality Application to Raise Awareness of Deforestation
Botev, Jean UL; Viegas Milani, Adriano

in Proceedings of the 17th GI VR/AR Workshop (VAR) (in press)

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See detailResource Allocation for Energy Efficiency in OFDMA-Enabled WPCN
Nguyen, Tien-Tung; Pham, Quoc-Viet; Nguyen, van Dinh UL et al

in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (in press)

This letter considers a wireless powered communication network (WPCN), where an energy-constrained device directly uses harvested energy from a power transfer source to transmit independent signals to ... [more ▼]

This letter considers a wireless powered communication network (WPCN), where an energy-constrained device directly uses harvested energy from a power transfer source to transmit independent signals to multiple Internet of Things (IoT) users using orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA). Our goal is to maximize the system energy efficiency (EE) by jointly optimizing the duration of energy harvesting (EH), subcarrier and power allocation. The formulated problem is a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) problem due to the presence of binary assignment variables, and thus it is very challenging to solve it directly. By leveraging Dinkelbach method, a very efficient iterative algorithm with closed-form solutions in each iteration is developed, where its convergence is guaranteed. Numerical results show that the proposed algorithm obtains a fast convergence and outperforms baseline algorithms. Notably, they also reveal that the power source should transmit its maximum allowable power to obtain the optimal EE performance. [less ▲]

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See detailLeveraging Natural-language Requirements for Deriving Better Acceptance Criteria from Models
Veizaga Campero, Alvaro Mario UL; Alferez, Mauricio UL; Torre, Damiano UL et al

in Proceedings of 23rd ACM / IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS) (in press)

In many software and systems development projects, analysts specify requirements using a combination of modeling and natural language (NL). In such situations, systematic acceptance testing poses a ... [more ▼]

In many software and systems development projects, analysts specify requirements using a combination of modeling and natural language (NL). In such situations, systematic acceptance testing poses a challenge because defining the acceptance criteria (AC) to be met by the system under test has to account not only for the information in the (requirements) model but also that in the NL requirements. In other words, neither models nor NL requirements per se provide a complete picture of the information content relevant to AC. Our work in this paper is prompted by the observation that a reconciliation of the information content in NL requirements and models is necessary for obtaining precise AC. We perform such reconciliation by devising an approach that automatically extracts AC-related information from NL requirements and helps modelers enrich their model with the extracted information. An existing AC derivation technique is then applied to the model that has now been enriched by the information extracted from NL requirements. Using a real case study from the financial domain, we evaluate the usefulness of the AC-related model enrichments recommended by our approach. Our evaluation results are very promising: Over our case study system, a group of five domain experts found 89% of the recommended enrichments relevant to AC and yet absent from the original model (precision of 89%). Furthermore, the experts could not pinpoint any additional information in the NL requirements which was relevant to AC but which had not already been brought to their attention by our approach (recall of 100%) [less ▲]

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See detailPre-Hurricane Consumer Stockpiling and Post- Hurricane Product Availability: Empirical Evidence from Natural Experiments
Pan, Xiaodan; Dresner, Martin; Mantin, Binyamin UL et al

in Production and Operations Management (in press)

The provision of essential supplies is a key service provided by retailers when demand spikes due to consumer stockpiling during environmental emergencies. Moreover, it is important for retailers to ... [more ▼]

The provision of essential supplies is a key service provided by retailers when demand spikes due to consumer stockpiling during environmental emergencies. Moreover, it is important for retailers to quickly recover from these events by replenishing the stock of essential supplies to meet the continuing needs of local residents. The main purpose of this research is to study consumer precautionary stockpiling behavior prior to the onset of hurricane landfalls and determine the impact of this behavior on in-store product availability for various formats of retail store outlets. Specifically, we focus on the bottled water product category, an essential emergency category in hurricane preparedness. This study combines an event analysis methodology with econometric models using archival retail scanner data from 60 U.S. retail chains located in 963 counties and real-time data from four recent U.S. continental hurricanes. We find that supply-side characteristics (retail network and product variety), demand-side characteristics (hurricane experience and household income), and disaster characteristics (hazard proximity and hazard intensity) significantly affect consumer stockpiling propensity as the hurricanes approach. The increased consumer stockpiling has immediate and longer-term impacts on retail operations, namely, in-store product availability. Among various retail formats, drug stores are associated with the highest consumer stockpiling propensity before hurricanes, while dollar stores and discount stores are associated with the lowest in-store product availability following hurricanes. Our study points to the need for retailers and policymakers to carefully monitor factors affecting consumer stockpiling behavior that will allow for better allocation of critical supplies during the hurricane season. [less ▲]

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See detailPVDeConv: Point-Voxel Deconvolution for Autoencoding CAD Construction in 3D
Cherenkova, Kseniya UL; Aouada, Djamila UL; Gusev, Gleb

Scientific Conference (2020, October)

We propose a Point-Voxel DeConvolution (PVDeConv) mod- ule for 3D data autoencoder. To demonstrate its efficiency we learn to synthesize high-resolution point clouds of 10k points that densely describe ... [more ▼]

We propose a Point-Voxel DeConvolution (PVDeConv) mod- ule for 3D data autoencoder. To demonstrate its efficiency we learn to synthesize high-resolution point clouds of 10k points that densely describe the underlying geometry of Computer Aided Design (CAD) models. Scanning artifacts, such as pro- trusions, missing parts, smoothed edges and holes, inevitably appear in real 3D scans of fabricated CAD objects. Learning the original CAD model construction from a 3D scan requires a ground truth to be available together with the corresponding 3D scan of an object. To solve the gap, we introduce a new dedicated dataset, the CC3D, containing 50k+ pairs of CAD models and their corresponding 3D meshes. This dataset is used to learn a convolutional autoencoder for point clouds sampled from the pairs of 3D scans - CAD models. The chal- lenges of this new dataset are demonstrated in comparison with other generative point cloud sampling models trained on ShapeNet. The CC3D autoencoder is efficient with respect to memory consumption and training time as compared to state- of-the-art models for 3D data generation. [less ▲]

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See detail3D SPARSE DEFORMATION SIGNATURE FOR DYNAMIC FACE RECOGNITION
Shabayek, Abd El Rahman UL; Aouada, Djamila UL; Cherenkova, Kseniya UL et al

in 27th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2020), Abu Dhabi 25-28 October 2020 (2020, October)

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See detailDeepNDN: Opportunistic Data Replication and Caching in Support of Vehicular Named Data
Manzo, Gaetano; Kalogeiton, Eirini; di Maio, Antonio UL et al

in 21st IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM) (2020, September)

Although many target applications in VANETs are information-centric, the performance of Named Data Networking (NDN) in vehicular ad-hoc networks is severely hampered by persistent network partitioning ... [more ▼]

Although many target applications in VANETs are information-centric, the performance of Named Data Networking (NDN) in vehicular ad-hoc networks is severely hampered by persistent network partitioning, typical of many vehicular scenarios. Existing approaches try to address this issue by relying on opportunistic communications. However, they leave open the crucial issue of how to guarantee content persistence and tight QoS levels while optimizing the resource utilization in the vehicular environment. In this work we propose DeepNDN, a communication scheme based on the joint application of NDN and of probabilistic spatial content caching, which enables content retrieval in fragmented and dynamic network topologies with tight delay constraints. We present a data-based approach to DeepNDN management, based on locally modulating content replication and delivery in order to achieve a target hit ratio in a resource-efficient manner. Our management algorithm employs a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) architecture for effectively capturing the complex relations between spatio-temporal patterns of mobility and content requests and DeepNDN performance. Its numerical assessment in realistic, measurement-based scenarios suggest that our management approach achieves its target set goals while outperforming a set of reference schemes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe search for the perfect match: Aligning power-trading products to the energy transition
Fridgen, Gilbert UL; Michaelis, Anne; Rinck, Maximilian et al

in Energy Policy (2020), 144

Given the growing share of uncertain renewable energy production, the energy transition challenges modern power systems and especially calls for increased flexibility. However, relevant information on the ... [more ▼]

Given the growing share of uncertain renewable energy production, the energy transition challenges modern power systems and especially calls for increased flexibility. However, relevant information on the highly assetspecific flexibility potential is typically only known to plant operators themselves and not, e.g., to transmission system operators. Therefore, liberalized electricity markets use prices that set explicit monetary incentives to disclose the relevant private information about the market participants’ assets. In this way, information asymmetries may be reduced. Given the different challenges of an integration of renewables, we argue that the associated new forms of volatile power profiles require new forms of power-trading products. In particular, based on recent advances in technical power measurement and billing, individual and market participant-specific power profiles may be superior to the current trading of average volumes. Against this background, we first outline various evolutionary adjustments of existing power-trading products and their underlying product parameters including (1) strengthening local pricing, (2) finer temporal granularity, (3) smaller minimum volume, and (4) shorter gate-closure time. Second, we open up a new perspective in form of a more disruptive shift towards power-profile trade, where market participants define their trading product using the actual power profile as a new product parameter. [less ▲]

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See detailUne crise révélatrice. (Pandémie du Covid-19 : Quel rôle pour l’Union européenne ?)
Danescu, Elena UL

Article for general public (2020)

La pandémie du Covid-19 dont l’Europe a un temps été l’épicentre, a entrainé de lourdes conséquences pour la santé et la vie quotidienne des citoyens. Les 27 membres de l’UE ont pris de mesures nationales ... [more ▼]

La pandémie du Covid-19 dont l’Europe a un temps été l’épicentre, a entrainé de lourdes conséquences pour la santé et la vie quotidienne des citoyens. Les 27 membres de l’UE ont pris de mesures nationales exceptionnelles (état d'urgence, confinement, limitation de l'activité économique et des déplacements, fermeture des frontières) en agissant en ordre dispersé. L’Union a été épinglée pour son manque de répondant .Mais quelles sont ses prérogatives en matière sanitaire? Qu’est-ce que l’UE peut faire – et ne peut pas faire – lorsqu’elle est confrontée à une crise de cette magnitude? [less ▲]

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See detailMUSIC EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CORONA. Some Considerations about Music Education and the Content-based Research Programme of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Sagrillo, Damien François UL

in Magyar Tudomány (Hungarian Science) (2020), 181(8), 1048-1052

This essay was written at a time when the coronavirus crisis was at its height. For many peo-ple being confined to their homes is a new experience in their lives. There is hardly anyone on the street. The ... [more ▼]

This essay was written at a time when the coronavirus crisis was at its height. For many peo-ple being confined to their homes is a new experience in their lives. There is hardly anyone on the street. The soundscape outside changes, and we experience for the first time what silence means. No one knows how this crisis will end, but among all the negative consequences that humankind will have to face there will be a positive outcome too – it will sharpen the eyesight for new offers and opportunities in delivering knowledge, also for music education [less ▲]

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See detailCovid-19 et le respect des droits humains: Une obligation pour l'état, une responsabilité pour les entreprises
Baglayan, Basak UL; Bichler, Marc

in Revue Luxembourgeoise de Droit Public (2020), (6),

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See detailManaging residence permits and migrant unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis
Sommarribas, Adolfo UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 30)

This presentation deals on how immigration authorities in European Union Member States and Norway dealt with third-country national residence permits and how they are dealing with third-country nationals ... [more ▼]

This presentation deals on how immigration authorities in European Union Member States and Norway dealt with third-country national residence permits and how they are dealing with third-country nationals who are losing their employment in regard to their right to stay in the host countries. [less ▲]

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