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See detailThe Qatar Embargo at the WTO: Finally a Case on Article XXI?
Fahner, Johannes Hendrik UL

Presentation (2017, December 13)

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See detailFirst Vertical Land Movement Estimates on South Georgia Island: An Impact Study on Sea Level Change from Tide Gauge and Altimetry Measurements
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2017, December 11)

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean has been a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. However, no permanent geodetic monitoring station had been ... [more ▼]

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean has been a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. However, no permanent geodetic monitoring station had been established there despite the lack of observations from this region within, for example, the International GNSS Service (IGS) network of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations. Then, in 2013 the King Edward Point (KEP) Geodetic Observatory was established with a focus on sea level studies and in support of general geoscience applications. Currently, this observatory located roughly half-way along the main island and along its northern coastline, consists of two GNSS stations (KEPA and KRSA) with local benchmark networks, allowing the height determinations from the GNSS antennas to be transferred to the KEP tide gauge (GLOSS ID 187) and forming a height reference within the International Terrestrial Reference Frame. In late 2014, three additional GNSS stations (SG01, SG02 and SG03) were established, all on small islands at the perimeter of the main island. Together the stations provide the best possible opportunity to study various geophysical processes in the region. With the GNSS-derived position time series partly reaching over 4.5 years in length, it has become possible to provide first estimates of vertical land movements for the island and KEP with its surrounding area. Together with four precise levelling campaigns of the benchmark network in 2013, 2014 and two in 2017, it has also been possible to investigate the very local character of the vertical motions, ie. the stability of the jetty upon which the tide gauge is mounted. Our measurements show that while South Georgia Island and the area around KEP are rising, the jetty and tide gauge are subsiding. In this study, we will present the preliminary results from the GNSS and levelling measurements and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge which is ideally situated in a mid-ocean location for satellite altimetry calibration over the Southern Atlantic and Southern Oceans. [less ▲]

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See detailDes hommes ordinaires
Scuto, Denis UL

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailZugangsbarrieren im Gesundheitssystem - Ein Ländervergleich
Heinz, Andreas UL

Scientific Conference (2017, December 08)

In der international vergleichenden Forschung zu Gesundheitssystemen spielt der Zugang zu Gesundheitsleistungen eine zentrale Rolle. Entsprechende Typologien klassifizieren Gesundheitssysteme u.a. danach ... [more ▼]

In der international vergleichenden Forschung zu Gesundheitssystemen spielt der Zugang zu Gesundheitsleistungen eine zentrale Rolle. Entsprechende Typologien klassifizieren Gesundheitssysteme u.a. danach, ob Patienten Zuzahlungen leisten müssen, ob sie sich bei Hausärzten einschreiben müssen und nach welchen Regeln sie einen Facharzt konsultieren können (z.B. Reibling 2010, Wendt 2009, Böhm et al 2013). In der Typologie von Wendt gehört Österreich zum „Health service provision-oriented type“, der fast der gesamten Bevölkerung einen einfachen Zugang zu Gesundheitsleistungen bei geringen Zuzahlungen und freier Arztwahl ermöglicht (2009). Diese Typologien basieren jedoch auf den gesetzlichen Zugangsregeln in einem Land, nicht auf den subjektiven Erfahrungen der Bevölkerung mit Zugangsbarrieren. Im aktuellen European Social Survey (ESS) wurde nach diesen Barrieren gefragt: Haben Befragte medizinische Behandlungen nicht bekommen und was waren die Gründe (z.B. Kosten, Behandlung nicht erhältlich, Warteliste zu lang)? Der Vortrag stellt die Ergebnisse des ESS vor und geht auf folgende Fragen ein: • Wie häufig stoßen Kranke in Österreich und in anderen europäischen Ländern auf Zugangsbarrieren? • Welche Personen in Österreich sind besonders von Zugangsbarrieren betroffen? Die vorläufigen Ergebnisse deuten darauf hin, dass es durchaus nennenswerte Zugangsbarrieren im Gesundheitssystem Österreichs gibt und dass ohnehin benachteiligte Personen häufiger als andere auf Zugangsbarrieren stoßen. Für die wissenschaftliche Theorie stellt sich die Frage, ob die gängigen Typologien von Gesundheitssystemen um die subjektiven Erfahrungen ergänzt werden müssen. Für die Praxis stellt sich die Frage, wie schädlich Zugangsbarrieren sind und wie sie abgebaut werden können. [less ▲]

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See detailStatic and fatigue strength of a novel anatomically contoured implant compared to five current open-wedge high tibial osteotomy plates
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Belsey, James et al

in Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (2017), 4(39),

Abstract Background The purpose of the present study was to compare the mechanical static and fatigue strength of the size 2 osteotomy plate “Activmotion” with the following five other common implants for ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background The purpose of the present study was to compare the mechanical static and fatigue strength of the size 2 osteotomy plate “Activmotion” with the following five other common implants for the treatment of medial knee joint osteoarthritis: the TomoFix small stature, the TomoFix standard, the Contour Lock, the iBalance and the second generation PEEKPower. Methods Six fourth-generation tibial bone composites underwent a medial open-wedge high tibial osteotomy (HTO), according to standard techniques, using size 2 Activmotion osteotomy plates. All bone-implant constructs were subjected to static compression load to failure and load-controlled cyclic fatigue failure testing, according to a previously defined testing protocol. The mechanical stability was investigated by considering different criteria and parameters: maximum forces, the maximum number of loading cycles, stiffness, the permanent plastic deformation of the specimens during the cyclic fatigue tests, and the maximum displacement range in the hysteresis loops of the cyclic loading responses. Results In each test, all bone-implant constructs with the size 2 Activmotion plate failed with a fracture of the lateral cortex, like with the other five previously tested implants. For the static compression tests the failure occurred in each tested implant above the physiological loading of slow walking (> 2400 N). The load at failure for the Activmotion group was the highest (8200 N). In terms of maximum load and number of cycles performed prior to failure, the size 2 Activmotion plate showed higher results than all the other tested implants except the ContourLock plate. The iBalance implant offered the highest stiffness (3.1 kN/mm) for static loading on the lateral side, while the size 2 Activmotion showed the highest stiffness (4.8 kN/mm) in cyclic loading. Conclusions Overall, regarding all of the analysed strength parameters, the size 2 Activmotion plate provided equivalent or higher mechanical stability compared to the previously tested implant. Implants with a metaphyseal slope adapted to the tibia anatomy, and positioned more anteriorly on the proximal medial side of the tibia, should provide good mechanical stability. [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 detailA finite element model of the lower limb during stance phase of gait cycle including the muscle forces
Diffo Kaze, Arnaud UL; Maas, Stefan UL; Arnoux, Pierre-Jean et al

in BioMedical Engineering OnLine (2017), 16(138),

Abstract Background Results of finite element (FE) analyses can give insight into musculoskeletal diseases if physiological boundary conditions, which include the muscle forces during specific activities ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background Results of finite element (FE) analyses can give insight into musculoskeletal diseases if physiological boundary conditions, which include the muscle forces during specific activities of daily life, are considered in the finite element modelling. So far, many simplifications of the boundary conditions are currently made. This study presents an approach for FE modelling of the lower limb for which muscle forces were included. Method The stance phase of normal gait was simulated. Muscle forces were calculated using a musculoskeletal rigid body (RB) model of the human body, and were subsequently applied to a FE model of the lower limb. It was shown that the inertial forces are negligible during the stance phase of normal gait. The contact surfaces between the parts within the knee were modelled as bonded. Weak springs were attached to the distal tibia for numerical reasons. Results Hip joint reaction forces from the RB model and those from the FE model were similar in magnitude with relative differences less than 16%. The forces of the weak spring were negligible compared to the applied muscle forces. The maximal strain was 0.23% in the proximal region of the femoral diaphysis and 1.7% in the contact zone between the tibia and the fibula. Conclusions The presented approach based on FE modelling by including muscle forces from inverse dynamic analysis of musculoskeletal RB model can be used to perform analyses of the lower limb with very realistic boundary conditions. In the present form, this model can be used to better understand the loading, stresses and strains of bones in the knee area and hence to analyse osteotomy fixation devices. [less ▲]

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See detailVSOC - A Virtual Security Operating Center
Falk, Eric UL; Fiz Pontiveros, Beltran UL; Repcek, Stefan et al

in Global Communications (2017)

Security in virtualised environments is becoming increasingly important for institutions, not only for a firm’s own on-site servers and network but also for data and sites that are hosted in the cloud ... [more ▼]

Security in virtualised environments is becoming increasingly important for institutions, not only for a firm’s own on-site servers and network but also for data and sites that are hosted in the cloud. Today, security is either handled globally by the cloud provider, or each customer needs to invest in its own security infrastructure. This paper proposes a Virtual Security Operation Center (VSOC) that allows to collect, analyse and visualize security related data from multiple sources. For instance, a user can forward log data from its firewalls, applications and routers in order to check for anomalies and other suspicious activities. The security analytics provided by the VSOC are comparable to those of commercial security incident and event management (SIEM) solutions, but are deployed as a cloud-based solution with the additional benefit of using big data processing tools to handle large volumes of data. This allows us to detect more complex attacks that cannot be detected with todays signature-based (i.e. rules) SIEM solutions. [less ▲]

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

Scientific Conference (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 detailPatrimoine et identités
Kmec, Sonja UL

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

A partir de deux exemples du Luxembourg - les vieux quartiers et fortifications de la Ville de Luxembourg (patrimoine mondial depuis 1994) et la procession dansante d’Echternach (patrimoine culturel ... [more ▼]

A partir de deux exemples du Luxembourg - les vieux quartiers et fortifications de la Ville de Luxembourg (patrimoine mondial depuis 1994) et la procession dansante d’Echternach (patrimoine culturel immatériel depuis 2010) - cette conférence se penche sur les arguments avancés en faveur de leur inscription et les critères appliqués. Elle décrit trois types de discours qui relient patrimoine et identités. La conférence sera diffusée sur la radio 100,7. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of crack development in a fairfaced replacement screed based on fiber-reinforced concrete
Weiler, Michael UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

In the present study, a design concept for unreinforced, cement-bound concrete floors is presented. The work concentrates on cracking caused by shrinkage of the concrete used. The central components of ... [more ▼]

In the present study, a design concept for unreinforced, cement-bound concrete floors is presented. The work concentrates on cracking caused by shrinkage of the concrete used. The central components of the work are a numerical model (Finite element model) which, taking into account all time-dependent material parameters and with the aid of a simple calculation approach, is able to predict crack paths on sharp edges. In addition, with the help of the model, it is possible to simulate the curling of the corners of a float mounted concrete floor. For this purpose, the required material parameters (static elastic modulus, uniaxial tensile strength) were investigated under laboratory conditions and compared with prognosis values of an available prognosis software and with the analytical prognosis approach of DIN EN 1992-1-1: 2011-01. In a first step, the crack formation and crack development on a small, H-shaped concrete sample were examined and a crack path was calculated using a first numerical approach. This first numerical approach was subsequently validated on large-scale surfaces. On the basis of the large-scale experiments, the numerical model was further developed with regard to curling of concrete floors. All experiments were calculated with the approach of element failure method (EFM) using the commercial finite element software ANSYS. The design concept is completed by a parameter study. By means of this parameter study, it is possible to identify the parameters which decisively influences cracking. The present work thus makes an important contribution to the numerical modelling of damage in unreinforced concrete structures. [less ▲]

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See detailWWII: Die Suche nach dem alten Freund
Ganschow, Inna UL

Article for general public (2017)

The article treats a friendship between a Soviet POW and a Luxemburger in 1944, both working at the Reichsbahn under the German occupation in Luxembourg.

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See detailTightly-Secure PAK(E)
Lopez Becerra, José Miguel UL; Iovino, Vincenzo UL; Ostrev, Dimiter UL et al

in Cryptology and Network Security (2017, December 02)

We present a security reduction for the PAK protocol instantiated over Gap Diffie-Hellman Groups that is tighter than previously known reductions. We discuss the implications of our results for concrete ... [more ▼]

We present a security reduction for the PAK protocol instantiated over Gap Diffie-Hellman Groups that is tighter than previously known reductions. We discuss the implications of our results for concrete security. Our proof is the first to show that the PAK protocol can provide meaningful security guarantees for values of the parameters typical in today’s world. [less ▲]

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See detailOntologically stepping-up: A model for refugee entrepreneurship
Heilbrunn, Sibylle; Iannone, Rosa Lisa UL

Scientific Conference (2017, December 01)

This paper is a first attempt at proposing an integrated conceptual model that would bridge this gap in our knowledge of refugee entrepreneurship. Such a model might then enable for the understanding of ... [more ▼]

This paper is a first attempt at proposing an integrated conceptual model that would bridge this gap in our knowledge of refugee entrepreneurship. Such a model might then enable for the understanding of the super-diverse entrepreneurial strategies being employed by super-diverse refugees, within complex and super-diverse socio-economic and political settings – thereby, ontologically stepping-up our theoretical approaches and empirical insights into the phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailDas postfaktische Drängen des Buchstaben in Zeiten rechtlich-sprachlicher Entgrenzung
Becker, Katrin UL

Presentation (2017, December 01)

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See detailPreparing Future Teachers for Strategic Uses of Educational Technology: A Project-Based Approach
Reuter, Bob UL; Busana, Gilbert UL

Scientific Conference (2017, December 01)

Given (1) the need for teachers who are willing and able to design, implement and reflect meaningful and successful educational technology practices in schools and (2) the current rarity of strategic uses ... [more ▼]

Given (1) the need for teachers who are willing and able to design, implement and reflect meaningful and successful educational technology practices in schools and (2) the current rarity of strategic uses of ICT in education in Luxembourgish schools, the self-declared lack of competencies and the low confidence of teachers when it comes to teaching with ICT (Reuter, Busana & Linckels, 2016), we have designed, implemented and tested a project-based approach to the development of practice- oriented TPACK in pre-service teachers. Future teacher students are instructed to define an educational problem they want to solve, to explore existing pedagogical and technological solutions and to design an original solution that involves the strategic use of ICT (theoretically grounded and practically meaningful). They then have to implement the designed learning & teaching scenario in a classroom, to document the teaching & learning processes, to analyse, evaluate and to critically reflect them. Finally, they are required to write a structured report about their project and to present it to their peers and to interested teachers from schools. Overall, we observe that while most students become able to design and implement relatively meaningful educational technology practices, they still tend to feel that they are not ready to teach with technology in a more general sense, because their work was focused on one or two tools and does not give them access to a broader range of meaningful ICT-enriched teaching scenarios for their later professional career. [less ▲]

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See detailFast Discretized Gaussian Sampling and Post-quantum TLS Ciphersuite
Xinwei, Gao; Li, Lin; Jintai, Ding et al

in The 13th International Conference on Information Security Practice and Experience - ISPEC 2017 (2017, December 01)

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