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See detailFeasibility Analysis of Blockchain for Donation-based Crowdfunding of Ethical Projects
Khan, Nida UL; Ouaich, Rachid

in AUEIRC Proceeedings (in press)

Donation is a necessary social tool that is plagued by many inherent shortcomings. A novel model in the form of a decentralized app was designed in the Ethereum blockchain to solve the challenges present ... [more ▼]

Donation is a necessary social tool that is plagued by many inherent shortcomings. A novel model in the form of a decentralized app was designed in the Ethereum blockchain to solve the challenges present and optimize the process of Zakaah donation. Load and stress tests on the prototype of the smart contract in the public testnet of Ethereum were analyzed to gauge the feasibility of mass usage. Similar tests were done in Hyperledger to conclude on the optimum blockchain platform for Zakaah. An anomaly was detected during the testing phase of the decentralized app in the public testnet of Ethereum and it was exploited to propose a novel strategy to enhance the throughput of Ethereum. The testing is a pioneer in evaluating the throughput and feasibility of a blockchain based financial product and provides a benchmark to validate the business and technical hypotheses of other similar financial products and services. [less ▲]

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See detailThe competence to conclude the new generation of free trade agreements: lessons from Opinion 2/15
Neframi, Eleftheria UL

in Chaisse, Julien (Ed.) China-European Union Investment Relationships (in press)

Opinion 2/15 addresses the question of the external competence of the EU to conclude a free trade agreement with Singapore (EUSFTA). The nature of the EU’s competence determines the conclusion of an EU ... [more ▼]

Opinion 2/15 addresses the question of the external competence of the EU to conclude a free trade agreement with Singapore (EUSFTA). The nature of the EU’s competence determines the conclusion of an EU-only agreement, or a mixed agreement, jointly by the Union and its Member States. The Court of Justice of the European Union held that the EU competence to conclude the EUSFTA is not exclusive, as long as provisions concerning non-direct investments and dispute settlement fall under the shared competence of the Union and its Member States. The Court of Justice made valuable contributions to the interpretation of the scope of the Union’s competence in the field of common commercial policy, comprising sustainable development provisions, as well as to the interpretation of implied external competences, and clarified the status of non-substantive provisions. However, uncertainty remains as far as the meaning and the impact of a shared competence are concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Search for Yield: Implications to Alternative Investments
Lehnert, Thorsten UL; Kräussl, Roman UL; Rinne, Kalle UL

in Journal of Empirical Finance (in press)

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See detailDoes Oil and Gold Price Uncertainty matter for the Stock Market?
Lehnert, Thorsten UL; Bams, D.; Blanchard, G. et al

in Journal of Empirical Finance (in press)

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See detailEfficacy of metacognitive therapy in improving mental health: A meta-analysis of single-case studies
Rochat, Lucien; Manolov, Rumen; Billieux, Joël UL

in Journal of Clinical Psychology (in press)

Context. Metacognitive therapy and one of its treatment components, the attention training technique are increasingly being delivered to improve mental health. Objective. To examine the efficacy of ... [more ▼]

Context. Metacognitive therapy and one of its treatment components, the attention training technique are increasingly being delivered to improve mental health. Objective. To examine the efficacy of metacognitive therapy and/or attention training technique on mental health outcomes from single-case studies. Methods. Fourteen studies (53 patients) were included. The d-statistic for multiple baseline data and the percentage change index were used to compute the effect sizes. Results. Metacognitive therapy has a large effect on depression, anxiety, other psychopathological symptoms, and all outcomes together. Effect sizes were significantly moderated by the number of sessions, the severity and duration of symptoms, and patient gender, but not by study quality or attention training technique when used as a stand-alone treatment. At the follow-up, 77.36% of the individuals were considered recovered or had maintained improvement. Conclusion. Metacognitive therapy and attention training technique strongly contribute to improving mental health outcomes. This study effectively informs evidence-based practice in the clinical milieu. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Deformation Area Difference (DAD) method for condition assessment of reinforced structures
Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL; Scherbaum, Frank et al

in Engineering Structures (in press)

The investigation and condition assessment of bridges have a very high priority in the construction industry today. Particularly, due to the fact that many bridge structures are getting old and partly ... [more ▼]

The investigation and condition assessment of bridges have a very high priority in the construction industry today. Particularly, due to the fact that many bridge structures are getting old and partly reach the end of their useful life, the control and condition assessment of bridge structures have become very important and essential. The present research work introduces an efficient new method for condition assessment called the Deformation Area Difference (DAD) Method. This new method represents an attractive alternative to visual inspection and long-term monitoring. In this paper, the new method with its theoretical background is presented and explained by means of a laboratory experiment and some additional theoretical calculation examples. The experimental investigations have been realised on a reinforced concrete beam, which has been gradually loaded until failure. For each load step, the stiffness reduction and the apparent cracking have been monitored. High-precision measurements such as close-range photogrammetry, digital levelling and displacement sensors have been used for the determination of the deflection curve. The DAD method has been applied to identify the area of the crack pattern of the laboratory experiment. Furthermore, the method is discussed with regard to the load level and the precision of the deformation measurements. On the basis of the laboratory experiment, the applicability of the DAD method for damage detection could be proven. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the method with regard to the damage degree, the static system, the damage position and the impact of temperature variation were analysed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Matthew Effect in Electoral Campaigns: Increase in Policy Congruence Inequality During the Campaign
Walgrave, Stefaan; Lesschaeve, Christophe UL

in Electoral Studies : An International Journal (in press)

Previous studies have almost consistently found differences between lower and higher educated voters regarding their policy congruence, the policy position agreement between voters and their party. This ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have almost consistently found differences between lower and higher educated voters regarding their policy congruence, the policy position agreement between voters and their party. This study analyses the role of a campaign herein. Based on novel panel evidence with an extensive battery of policy statements, combined with a survey of party leaders using the same items, we find that, more than the lowly educated, the highly educated profit from the campaign to increase their policy congruence. The reason for the increased inequality is that the later switch parties more often during the campaign than the former. Our evidence also suggests that the higher educated switch parties because this may increase their policy congruence. In sum, the campaign produces a Matthew effect. Those already having a higher policy congruence increase their congruence even further, while those with a lower congruence to start with, do not make any significant progress. [less ▲]

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See detailTagungsbericht: 71. International Fiscal Association Kongress 2017
Sinnig, Julia UL

in Internationale Steuer-Rundschau : Zeitschrift für Internationales Steuerrecht (in press)

The 71st International Fiscal Association (IFA) Congress took place from 27 August to 1 September 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. The two main subjects of the congress were dedicated to the status quo of the base ... [more ▼]

The 71st International Fiscal Association (IFA) Congress took place from 27 August to 1 September 2017 in Rio de Janeiro. The two main subjects of the congress were dedicated to the status quo of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project and the future of transfer pricing. In addition, further seminars covered ten other topics. [less ▲]

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See detailConfidence judgment in a temporal generalization task: Accuracy and sensitivity to task difficulty
Lamotte, Mathilde UL; Droit-Volet, Sylvie; Izaute, Marie

in Année Psychologique (L') (in press)

This study on metacognition of time examined the confidence judgment in the temporal generalization task when the difficulty of temporal discrimination increased, in three different standard duration ... [more ▼]

This study on metacognition of time examined the confidence judgment in the temporal generalization task when the difficulty of temporal discrimination increased, in three different standard duration conditions. The results showed that participants’ confidence judgments were accurate for all comparison durations similar to the standard duration and varied only for the comparison durations shorter or longer than the standard duration. The confidence judgment did not change with the standard duration condition; except for an overconfidence level for the comparison durations longer than the standard in the shortest standard duration condition. Moreover, the results showed that the overconfidence level increases with the increase in temporal discrimination difficulty, although an underconfidence level was found but only for the shortest comparison durations. The implication in terms of decision processes for the generalization temporal task and in terms of metacognitive processes are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAwareness-raising, Legitimation or Backlash? Effects of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Education Systems in Germany
Powell, Justin J W UL; Edelstein, Benjamin; Blanck, Jonna M.

in Resnik, Julia (Ed.) The Power of Numbers and Networks (in press)

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See detailComputational systems biology approaches for Parkinson's disease
Glaab, Enrico UL

in Cell & Tissue Research (in press)

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a prime example of a complex and heterogeneous disorder, characterized by multifaceted and varied motor- and non-motor symptoms and different possible interplays of genetic and ... [more ▼]

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a prime example of a complex and heterogeneous disorder, characterized by multifaceted and varied motor- and non-motor symptoms and different possible interplays of genetic and environmental risk factors. While investigations of individual PD-causing mutations and risk factors in isolation are providing important insights to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind PD, there is a growing consensus that a more complete understanding of these mechanisms will require an integrative modeling of multifactorial disease-associated perturbations in molecular networks. Identifying and interpreting the combinatorial effects of multiple PD-associated molecular changes may pave the way towards an earlier and reliable diagnosis and more effective therapeutic interventions. This review provides an overview of computational systems biology approaches developed in recent years to study multifactorial molecular alterations in complex disorders, with a focus on PD research applications. Strengths and weaknesses of different cellular pathway and network analyses, and multivariate machine learning techniques for investigating PD-related omics data are discussed, and strategies proposed to exploit the synergies of multiple biological knowledge and data sources. A final outlook provides an overview of specific challenges and possible next steps for translating systems biology findings in PD to new omics-based diagnostic tools and targeted, drug-based therapeutic approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailDo tonic itch and pain stimuli draw attention towards their location?
Van Laarhoven, Antoinette; Van Damme, , Dimitri Marcel Leon Van Ryckeghem, G Crombez, and Andrea Evers, Stefaan; Lavrijsen, A. P. et al

in BioMed Research International (in press)

Background: Although itch and pain are distinct experiences, both are unpleasant, and may demand attention and interfere with daily activities. Research investigating the role of attention in tonic itch ... [more ▼]

Background: Although itch and pain are distinct experiences, both are unpleasant, and may demand attention and interfere with daily activities. Research investigating the role of attention in tonic itch and pain stimuli, particularly whether attention is drawn to the stimulus location, is scarce. Methods: In the somatosensory attention task, fifty-three healthy participants were exposed to 35-seconds electrical itch or pain stimuli on either the left or right wrist. Participants responded as quickly as possible to visual targets appearing at the stimulated location (ipsilateral trials) or at the arm without stimulation (contralateral trials). During control blocks, participants performed the visual task without stimulation. Attention allocation at the itch and pain location is inferred when responses are faster ipsilaterally than contralaterally. Results: Results did not indicate that attention was directed towards or away from the itch and pain location. Notwithstanding, participants were slower during itch and pain than during control blocks. Conclusions: In contrast with our hypotheses, no indications were found for spatial attention allocation towards the somatosensory stimuli. This may relate to dynamic shifts in attention over the time course of the tonic sensations. Our secondary finding that itch and pain interfere with task performance is in line with attention theories of bodily perception. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic Generation of Tests to Exploit XML Injection Vulnerabilities in Web Applications
Jan, Sadeeq UL; Panichella, Annibale UL; Arcuri, Andrea UL et al

in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (in press)

Modern enterprise systems can be composed of many web services (e.g., SOAP and RESTful). Users of such systems might not have direct access to those services, and rather interact with them through a ... [more ▼]

Modern enterprise systems can be composed of many web services (e.g., SOAP and RESTful). Users of such systems might not have direct access to those services, and rather interact with them through a single-entry point which provides a GUI (e.g., a web page or a mobile app). Although the interactions with such entry point might be secure, a hacker could trick such systems to send malicious inputs to those internal web services. A typical example is XML injection targeting SOAP communications. Previous work has shown that it is possible to automatically generate such kind of attacks using search-based techniques. In this paper, we improve upon previous results by providing more efficient techniques to generate such attacks. In particular, we investigate four different algorithms and two different fitness functions. A large empirical study, involving also two industrial systems, shows that our technique is effective at automatically generating XML injection attacks. [less ▲]

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See detailÉvaluations numériques: quel rôle pour l’expérience utilisateur ?
Pere, Maxime UL; Lallemand, Carine UL; Koenig, Vincent UL

Scientific Conference (2018, January)

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See detailÖffentlichkeiten als Räume ästhetischer Praxis. Zur politischen Ästhetik Hannah Arendts
Pavlik, Jennifer UL

in Büttner, Urs (Ed.) Öffentlichkeiten. Theorie und Geschichte ästhetisch-­politischer Praxen (2018)

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See detailEvaluation of a regional real-time precise positioning system based on GPS/BeiDou observations in Australia
Ding, Wenwu UL; Tan, Bingfeng; Chen, Yongchang et al

in Advances in Space Research (2018)

The performance of real-time (RT) precise positioning can be improved by utilizing observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) instead of one particular system. Since the end of ... [more ▼]

The performance of real-time (RT) precise positioning can be improved by utilizing observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) instead of one particular system. Since the end of 2012, BeiDou, independently established by China, began to provide operational services for users in the Asia-Pacific regions. In this study, an regional RT precise positioning system in Australia is developed to evaluate the performance of GPS/BeiDou observations in providing high precision positioning services for users. Fixing three hourly updated satellite orbits, RT correction messages are generated and broadcasted by processing RT observation/navigation data streams from AUSCORS at the server side. At the user side, RT PPP is realized by processing RT data streams and the RT correction messages received. RT clock offsets, for which the accuracy reached 0.07 and 0.25 ns for GPS and BeiDou, respectively, can be determined. Based on these corrections, an accuracy of 12.2, 30.0 and 45.6 cm in the North, East and Up directions was achieved for the BeiDou-only solution after 30 minutes while the GPS-only solution reached 5.1, 15.3 and 15.5 cm for the same components at the same time. A further improvement of 43.7, 36.9 and 45.0 percent in the three directions, respectively, was achieved for the combined GPS/BeiDou solution. After the initialization process, the North, East and Up positioning accuracies were 5.2, 8.1 and 17.8 cm, respectively, for the BeiDou-only solution, while 1.5, 3.0, and 4.7 cm for the GPS-only solution. However, we only noticed a 20.9% improvement in the East direction was obtained for the GPS/BeiDou solution, while no improvements in the other directions were detected. It is expected that such improvements may become bigger with the increasing accuracy of the BeiDou-only solution. [less ▲]

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See detailPaCER - A fully automated method for electrode trajectory and contact reconstruction in deep brain stimulation
Husch, Andreas Dominik UL; Petersen, Mikkel V.; Gemmar, Peter et al

in NeuroImage: Clinical (2018), 17

Abstract Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical intervention where electrodes are permanently implanted into the brain in order to modulate pathologic neural activity. The post-operative ... [more ▼]

Abstract Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical intervention where electrodes are permanently implanted into the brain in order to modulate pathologic neural activity. The post-operative reconstruction of the DBS electrodes is important for an efficient stimulation parameter tuning. A major limitation of existing approaches for electrode reconstruction from post-operative imaging that prevents the clinical routine use is that they are manual or semi-automatic, and thus both time-consuming and subjective. Moreover, the existing methods rely on a simplified model of a straight line electrode trajectory, rather than the more realistic curved trajectory. The main contribution of this paper is that for the first time we present a highly accurate and fully automated method for electrode reconstruction that considers curved trajectories. The robustness of our proposed method is demonstrated using a multi-center clinical dataset consisting of N=44 electrodes. In all cases the electrode trajectories were successfully identified and reconstructed. In addition, the accuracy is demonstrated quantitatively using a high-accuracy phantom with known ground truth. In the phantom experiment, the method could detect individual electrode contacts with high accuracy and the trajectory reconstruction reached an error level below 100 μm (0.046 ± 0.025 mm). An implementation of the method is made publicly available such that it can directly be used by researchers or clinicians. This constitutes an important step towards future integration of lead reconstruction into standard clinical care. [less ▲]

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