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See detailWege zu einer Nachbarsprachen-/Grenz(raum)didaktik
Ehrhart, Sabine UL; Polzin-Haumann, Claudia; Putsche, Julia et al

in Romanistik und Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft (in press), 5

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See detailPädagogische als soziale Phänomene auffassen. Ein sozialwissenschaftlicher Zugang zur Pädagogik der frühen Kindheit
Honig, Michael-Sebastian UL

in Dietrich, Cornelie; Stenger, Ursula; Stieve, Claus (Eds.) Theoretische Zugänge zur Pädagogik der frühen Kindheit. Eine kritische Vergewisserung (in press)

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See detailA co-located partitions strategy for parallel CFD-DEM couplings
Pozzetti, Gabriele UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Rousset, Alban UL et al

E-print/Working paper (in press)

In this work, a new partition-collocation strategy for the parallel execution of CFD–DEM couplings is investigated. Having a good parallel performance is a key issue for an Eulerian-Lagrangian software ... [more ▼]

In this work, a new partition-collocation strategy for the parallel execution of CFD–DEM couplings is investigated. Having a good parallel performance is a key issue for an Eulerian-Lagrangian software that aims to be applied to solve industrially significant problems, as the computational cost of these couplings is one of their main drawback. The approach presented here consists in co-locating the overlapping parts of the simulation domain of each software on the same MPI process, in order to reduce the cost of the data exchanges. It is shown how this strategy allows reducing memory consumption and inter-process communication between CFD and DEM to a minimum and therefore to overcome an important parallelization bottleneck identified in the literature. Three benchmarks are proposed to assess the consistency and scalability of this approach. A coupled execution on 280 cores shows that less than 0.1% of the time is used to perform inter-physics data exchange. [less ▲]

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See detailHigher Education and the Exponential Rise of Science: Competition and Collaboration
Powell, Justin J W UL

in Scott, Robert; Buchmann, Marlis (Eds.) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (in press)

How we collaborate and compete to find solutions to the problems and challenges of our age vastly impacts our individual and group success and well-being. Interdependent, the institutions of education and ... [more ▼]

How we collaborate and compete to find solutions to the problems and challenges of our age vastly impacts our individual and group success and well-being. Interdependent, the institutions of education and science have dramatically expanded. Today, scientists in nearly all countries contribute to our shared stores of knowledge, with research universities the driving force behind unexpected pure exponential growth in scientific production. Competition—regional, national, organizational, and individual—has become more potent—with performance measures, comparative indicators, and formal evaluations continuously generated and used in decision-making. Simultaneously, collaboration across institutional, disciplinary, organizational, and cultural boundaries expands the possibilities of discovery and produces the most influential science. Competition and collaboration at the nexus of higher education and science demand enhanced attention as they shape the future of scientific innovation and production, with its understudied yet increasingly incontrovertible effects on individuals and societies. [less ▲]

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See detailHITECS: A UML Profile and Analysis Framework for Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Cyber Physical Systems
Shin, Seung Yeob UL; Chaouch, Karim UL; Nejati, Shiva UL et al

in Proceedings of ACM/IEEE 21st International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS’18) (2018, October)

Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) testing is an important step in the development of cyber physical systems (CPS). CPS HiL test cases manipulate hardware components, are time-consuming and their behaviors are ... [more ▼]

Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) testing is an important step in the development of cyber physical systems (CPS). CPS HiL test cases manipulate hardware components, are time-consuming and their behaviors are impacted by the uncertainties in the CPS environment. To mitigate the risks associated with HiL testing, engineers have to ensure that (1) HiL test cases are well-behaved, i.e., they implement valid test scenarios and do not accidentally damage hardware, and (2) HiL test cases can execute within the time budget allotted to HiL testing. This paper proposes an approach to help engineers systematically specify and analyze CPS HiL test cases. Leveraging the UML profile mechanism, we develop an executable domain-specific language, HITECS, for HiL test case specification. HITECS builds on the UML Testing Profile (UTP) and the UML action language (Alf). Using HITECS, we provide analysis methods to check whether HiL test cases are well-behaved, and to estimate the execution times of these test cases before the actual HiL testing stage. We apply HITECS to an industrial case study from the satellite domain. Our results show that: (1) HITECS is feasible to use in practice; (2) HITECS helps engineers define more complete and effective well-behavedness assertions for HiL test cases, compared to when these assertions are defined without systematic guidance; (3) HITECS verifies in practical time that HiL test cases are well-behaved; and (4) HITECS accurately estimates HiL test case execution times. [less ▲]

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See detailEnabling Model Testing of Cyber-Physical Systems
Gonzalez Perez, Carlos Alberto UL; Varmazyar, Mojtaba UL; Nejati, Shiva UL et al

in Proceedings of ACM/IEEE 21st International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS’18) (2018, October)

Applying traditional testing techniques to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is challenging due to the deep intertwining of software and hardware, and the complex, continuous interactions between the system ... [more ▼]

Applying traditional testing techniques to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is challenging due to the deep intertwining of software and hardware, and the complex, continuous interactions between the system and its environment. To alleviate these challenges we propose to conduct testing at early stages and over executable models of the system and its environment. Model testing of CPSs is however not without difficulties. The complexity and heterogeneity of CPSs renders necessary the combination of different modeling formalisms to build faithful models of their different components. The execution of CPS models thus requires an execution framework supporting the co-simulation of different types of models, including models of the software (e.g., SysML), hardware (e.g., SysML or Simulink), and physical environment (e.g., Simulink). Furthermore, to enable testing in realistic conditions, the co-simulation process must be (1) fast, so that thousands of simulations can be conducted in practical time, (2) controllable, to precisely emulate the expected runtime behavior of the system and, (3) observable, by producing simulation data enabling the detection of failures. To tackle these challenges, we propose a SysML-based modeling methodology for model testing of CPSs, and an efficient SysML-Simulink co-simulation framework. Our approach was validated on a case study from the satellite domain. [less ▲]

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See detailTUNA: TUning Naturalness-based Analysis
Jimenez, Matthieu UL; Cordy, Maxime UL; Le Traon, Yves UL et al

in 34th IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, Madrid, Spain, 26-28 September 2018 (2018, September 26)

Natural language processing techniques, in particular n-gram models, have been applied successfully to facilitate a number of software engineering tasks. However, in our related ICSME ’18 paper, we have ... [more ▼]

Natural language processing techniques, in particular n-gram models, have been applied successfully to facilitate a number of software engineering tasks. However, in our related ICSME ’18 paper, we have shown that the conclusions of a study can drastically change with respect to how the code is tokenized and how the used n-gram model is parameterized. These choices are thus of utmost importance, and one must carefully make them. To show this and allow the community to benefit from our work, we have developed TUNA (TUning Naturalness-based Analysis), a Java software artifact to perform naturalness-based analyses of source code. To the best of our knowledge, TUNA is the first open- source, end-to-end toolchain to carry out source code analyses based on naturalness. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the impact of tokenizer and parameters on N-gram based Code Analysis
Jimenez, Matthieu UL; Cordy, Maxime UL; Le Traon, Yves UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, September)

Recent research shows that language models, such as n-gram models, are useful at a wide variety of software engineering tasks, e.g., code completion, bug identification, code summarisation, etc. However ... [more ▼]

Recent research shows that language models, such as n-gram models, are useful at a wide variety of software engineering tasks, e.g., code completion, bug identification, code summarisation, etc. However, such models require the appropriate set of numerous parameters. Moreover, the different ways one can read code essentially yield different models (based on the different sequences of tokens). In this paper, we focus on n- gram models and evaluate how the use of tokenizers, smoothing, unknown threshold and n values impact the predicting ability of these models. Thus, we compare the use of multiple tokenizers and sets of different parameters (smoothing, unknown threshold and n values) with the aim of identifying the most appropriate combinations. Our results show that the Modified Kneser-Ney smoothing technique performs best, while n values are depended on the choice of the tokenizer, with values 4 or 5 offering a good trade-off between entropy and computation time. Interestingly, we find that tokenizers treating the code as simple text are the most robust ones. Finally, we demonstrate that the differences between the tokenizers are of practical importance and have the potential of changing the conclusions of a given experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailLes blockchains en 50 questions: comprendre le fonctionnement et les enjeux de cette technologie innovante
Dumas, J.-G.; Lafourcade, P.; Tichit, A. et al

Book published by Dunod - 1er (2018)

Depuis l’apparition de bitcoin, les innovations liées à la blockchain sont en plein essor. Ce livre tente d'expliquer le fonctionnement de cette technologie innovante mais aussi ses applications au ... [more ▼]

Depuis l’apparition de bitcoin, les innovations liées à la blockchain sont en plein essor. Ce livre tente d'expliquer le fonctionnement de cette technologie innovante mais aussi ses applications au travers de 50 questions comme: • Qu’est-ce qu’une blockchain ? • Quel est le lien entre le bitcoin et les blokchains ? • Qui sont les mineurs et que font-ils ? • Quelle est aujourd’hui la part des cryptomonnaies dans l’économie mondiale ? • Qu’est-ce qu’un smart contract (contrat intelligent) ? • Peut-on faire une blockchain sans bloc ? • Comment les blockchains vont-elles révolutionner le monde ? Voici quelques-unes des questions dont vous trouverez les réponses dans ce livre [less ▲]

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See detailThe Extented Discrete Element Method (XDEM): An Advanced Approach to Model Blast Furnace
Peters, Bernhard UL; Maryam, Baniasadi; Baniasadi, Mehdi UL

in Iron Ores and Iron Oxide Materials (2018)

The blast furnace iron making is the oldest but still the main method to produce liquid iron through sequential reduction processes of iron ore materials. Despite the existence of several discrete and ... [more ▼]

The blast furnace iron making is the oldest but still the main method to produce liquid iron through sequential reduction processes of iron ore materials. Despite the existence of several discrete and continuous numerical models, there is no global method to provide detailed information about the processes inside the furnaces. The extended discrete element method known as XDEM is an advance numerical tool based on Eulerian – Lagrangian framework which is able to cover more information about the blast furnace process. Within this plat- form, the continuous phases such as gas and liquid phases are coupled to the discrete entities such as coke and iron ore particles through mass, momentum and energy exchange. This method has been applied to the shaft, cohesive zone, dripping zone and hearth of the blast furnace. In this chapter, the mathematical and numerical methods implemented in the XDEM method are described, and the results are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCommémorations, scandale et circulation de l’information : le Centenaire de la bataille de Verdun sur Twitter
Clavert, Frédéric UL

in French Journal For Media Research (2018), 10(2018),

The Centenary of the Great War gave birth to numerous commemorations. On the on-line social network Twitter, millions of tweets mention it. By analyzing data collected on Twitter, this article, after ... [more ▼]

The Centenary of the Great War gave birth to numerous commemorations. On the on-line social network Twitter, millions of tweets mention it. By analyzing data collected on Twitter, this article, after giving an overview of the traces of the centenary on this network, looks at the case of the polemical commemorations of the Battle of Verdun. [less ▲]

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See detailA decision support system for energy saving in Waste Water Treatment Plants
Torregrossa, Dario UL

Doctoral thesis (2018)

Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) are complex facilities, in which an efficient energy management can produce relevant benefits for the environment and the economy. Today, big data can be used for a ... [more ▼]

Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) are complex facilities, in which an efficient energy management can produce relevant benefits for the environment and the economy. Today, big data can be used for a more efficient plant management, enabling high-frequency assessment and ultimately a more efficient use of resources. In order to achieve this, a computer-based support is necessary to analyse the enormous amount of data that WWTP sensors can produce. When this PhD project started, the literature review showed that, in the WWTP domain, the few available decision support systems (DSSs) were promising but still with large room for improvements; in fact, these tools were plant-specific, focussed mainly on process parameters and (most of them) working with low-frequency aggregated data (yearly data). This thesis instead proposes a cooperative decision support system called Shared Knowledge Decision Support System (SK-DSS). SK-DSS is plant generic, i.e. able to simultaneously work with many WWTPs and based on key performance indicators. SK-DSS analyses the processes occurring in the plants and provide case-based solutions. Moreover, this DSS provides a platform to enable the plant managers to exchange information and cooperate. This thesis proposes the model of SK-DSS, a web-application, and applications to improve the energy performance of pump, blowers and biogas. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Evaluation of Models of Assistive Technologies’ Use
Abrilahij, Afsaneh UL; Boll, Thomas UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July 06)

Many older people have functional limitations and are at risk of losing their ability to live autonomously. Assistive Technology (AT) could help to reduce that risk. However, many older people don’t use ... [more ▼]

Many older people have functional limitations and are at risk of losing their ability to live autonomously. Assistive Technology (AT) could help to reduce that risk. However, many older people don’t use ATs. Our presentation reviews existing models of ATs use, their applicability to specific types of AT, predictive value, fundamental elements, and critiques of such models. In systematic literature searches in PsycINFO, MEDLINE, and Google Scholar 46 papers were identified that met our inclusion criteria. 32 papers covered models of ATs use, applicability to special types of ATs, components of models, and their predictive value. 14 papers cover criticisms of models of AT use. We classified the models into two groups: The first included 11 models focusing on individuals’ mental states (e.g., beliefs, desires) as factors explaining ATs use; the second included 22 models that also considered contextual factors (e.g., social influence, physical environment) in addition to individuals’ mental states. Across both groups the most frequently included explanatory components were subjective norm and personal attitudes towards AT use, followed by perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and then intention to use. Models were most frequently applied to information technologies followed by application to socially assistive robots. Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology 2 (UTAUT2) and an extended version of Technology Acceptance Model showed the highest amount of explained variance in intention to use (56-74%) and an extended model of UTAUT in actual use of ATs (64%). We conclude with recommendations for further improvement of AT use models. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Reasons of Older people for the Use or Non-use of Assistive Technologies:
A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies
Abrilahij, Afsaneh UL; Boll, Thomas UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July 06)

The baby boomer generation is aging and the proportion of older people in the population is increasing. While people age, functional, cognitive, and physical problems increase. Assistive technology (AT ... [more ▼]

The baby boomer generation is aging and the proportion of older people in the population is increasing. While people age, functional, cognitive, and physical problems increase. Assistive technology (AT) can help to overcome some activity limitations relevant to aging. Although ATs have potential benefits (e.g., to reduce the burden of caregivers, to increase independence), their usage rate is still low. Whereas several reviews of quantitative studies on factors of ATs use already exist, a systematic review of qualitative research about AT use is still missing. The aim of the current review is to provide more differentiated answers about what makes some older people use ATs while others not. Based on systematic literature searches in PsycINFO, MEDLINE, and Google Scholar databases 18 relevant papers were identified according to our selection criteria. These studies were based on to self-reported reasons of older people for using or not-using diverse types of ATs designed for many different activities. We classified the key reasons as referring to three aspects: attributes of “potential technology users”, “context”, and “technology”. Perceived usefulness and attitudes towards use were the most common “personal” reasons and social impact by significant others was the most common “contextual” reason, and technology design was the most common “technological” reason influencing use or non-use of ATs. We discussed the identified reasons in relation to the major models of developmental self-regulation and action-theoretical approaches to development in age. Based on the current review, we generated methodological and theoretical recommendations for future research and for practical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailAn n-ary generalization of the concept of distance
Kiss, Gergely; Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Teheux, Bruno UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July 03)

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See detailApprentissage formel, non-formel et informel de musique dans la communauté. Comment correspondent-ils
Sagrillo, Damien UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July 02)

Tandis que le concept de l’apprentissage formel, non-formel et informel est supposé connu en ce qui concerne ses orientations générales, il en est moins pour la pédagogie musicale. Sa vue sous différents ... [more ▼]

Tandis que le concept de l’apprentissage formel, non-formel et informel est supposé connu en ce qui concerne ses orientations générales, il en est moins pour la pédagogie musicale. Sa vue sous différents angles, notamment sous l’optique de la musique pour amateurs, fera l’objet de ma communication. De l'autre côté, le concept de musique dans la communauté est emprunté de l’anglais « community music ». Celui-ci signifie que la pratique des amateurs de musique est fondée sur des activités de loisir. Mais il existe bien d’autres volets qui pourraient être regroupés sous la perspective d’une musique dans ou par la communauté. D’abord il semble qu’il est totalement dissocié des méthodes traditionnelles d’apprentissage musical de nature formelle ou non-formelle. Mais il serait plutôt lié à une éducation de nature informelle qui, cependant, ne peut pas être mise en relation avec l’autodidactie. Des approches récentes la voient en rapport avec l’inclusion et la participation réalisée dans un milieu associatif et comme moyen de surmonter l’obstacle qui existe entre la pédagogie musicale traditionnelle et les exigences de la communauté musicale. De l’autre côté, la musique dans la communauté se présente comme un contre-projet face à la haute culture musicale professionnalisée (Lichtinger 2013). En ce qui concerne le terme de « community music », il n’existe pas de traduction littérale française. Cependant, il est parfaitement approprié de retracer le processus d’une éducation musicale des jeunes qui commence souvent par une phase amateur pour mener par après à la vie professionnelle pour les plus doués, soit pour décrire la formation et la vie musicale des jeunes amateurs, soit pour retracer la vie de musicien amateur tout au long de la vie de ces musicophiles. Dans ma communication, je présenterai des définitions pour chacun des trois aspects de formation musicale n’ignorant pas que surtout pour l’éducation musicale de type non-formel il n’existe pas de consensus. Ensuite, je mettrai en relation les deux concepts – i.e. celui des trois aspects de formation musicale et celui de la musique dans la communauté – en donnant des exemples d’une pratique musicale très répandue, à savoir la musique à vent (et/ou chant choral) pour enfin comparer des modèles d’apprentissage musical tels qu’ils existent et sont appliqués dans différents pays européens liés à cette tradition. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Multicultural Ideology Scale (MIS): Factor structure and measurement invariance
Stogianni, Maria UL; Murdock, Elke UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July 02)

The concept of multiculturalism has been widely used in cross-cultural research to describe positive attitudes towards a culturally plural society and practices that support cultural diversity. To date ... [more ▼]

The concept of multiculturalism has been widely used in cross-cultural research to describe positive attitudes towards a culturally plural society and practices that support cultural diversity. To date, attitudes towards multiculturalism among majority and minority group members have been assessed with the same instruments. However, there is little psychometric evidence that these measures operate appropriately in various cultural contexts. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the factor structure of the Multicultural Ideology Scale (MIS; Berry & Kalin, 1995) and test its measurement invariance across different language versions and ethnic groups. The entire sample consisted of 1572 adolescents and adults in Luxembourg, including native majority members (N = 693) and immigrants from diverse ethnic backgrounds (N = 879). Participants were given the option to complete the questionnaire in one of the following languages: English, German or French. The unidimensional model of multicultural ideology did not show an acceptable fit of the data across all language versions of the MIS. Exploratory and confirmatory factorial analyses revealed a two-factor structure, which was partially invariant across two different language versions (English and German). The two factors reflected positive and negative attitudes towards cultural diversity respectively. Subsequent multigroup confirmatory factor analyses supported configural and metric invariance across majority and minority group members. Scalar invariance was not established, indicating that respondents across these two groups conceptualize multiculturalism in different ways. Implications of these findings are discussed together with methodological issues concerning the assessment of measurement invariance. [less ▲]

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