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he University of Liège has approximately fifty computer rooms spread out between the different sites and in the Faculties (in the city and on the Sart Tilman campus). 650 computers are available for students.
The terms of access are defined for each room by their local manager.
A list of these public rooms (PDF document), listing their equipment and opening hours, is published for students.
Developed by the SEGI, myULiège is a multifaceted application portal, constantly evolving and adapting to each user's profile.
Simultaneously, a communication tool for students, a management platform for teachers and faculties, and an access centre to a number of intranet services, myULiège is today a real e-administration tool for all of the University Community.
A few figures:
- over the last 12 months, more than 160 million pages have been viewed (that is, more than 250,000 pages per day) by more than 16,000 individual users
- ULiège students have downloaded a total of 10,000 GB (10 TB) of files related to their courses
- nearly 3,000 registration payments were made online
These figures are constantly increasing since the introduction of the first version of myULiège in 2004.
Various functionalities are offered to University of Liège users, staff members and students, but also, recently, to staff members of the university hospital (CHU).
In addition, through its public interface, myULiège also offers a set of services to external visitors of ULiège: establishment of the Erasmus file for foreign students who wish to carry out a stay in Liège, pre-registration procedure for future students, course programmes...
The "Unicast" project, developed and implemented by the University of Liège since the start of the 2009 academic year, consists of the recording of ex-cathedra courses and their retransmission via the Internet.
This project aims to provide an additional remediation tool for students in order to help them throughout their studies. They will thus be able to re-listen to course sections as many times as necessary, or even the whole course if they need to.
The system is intended to be fully automated and integrated into room and student management software. The teacher can control the recording tool directly from a very simple touch interface.
According to the desires of the professor, this tool can record:
- their voice and the general atmosphere of the room (via camera positioned in the back)
- their voice and their presentation projected on screen
- their voice, their presentation, and the general atmosphere.
Once the course is finished, the teacher needs only validate the recording, which will automatically be encoded into different formats. A student regularly enrolled in this course will be able, through the myULiège portal, to view the podcast in different ways:
- in high definition viewable through streaming (H.264 Quicktime), compatible with PC and Mac,
- in lower definition, downloadable in MPEG4 format to be consulted later (in the train, for example),
- in audio format only, downloadable in MP3 format.
With its cutting-edge network infrastructure, the University of Liège had decided in mid-2006 to carry out the convergence between telephony and data networks. In early 2007, it thus became committed to deploying a new IP-based telephony. This migration was completed at the end of April 2007.
The telephony, which is entirely based on an IP architecture, currently has more than 3,500 IP telephones and around 1,000 digital and analogue stations whose migration to IP will be made according to future opportunities.
Given the distributed nature of the ULiège campus (Sart Tilman, Center-Ville, HEC-ULiège, Arlon, etc.), security, in terms of availability of the service, was particularly studied. Call management servers have been distributed at strategic locations of the network in order to maintain telephone communication capabilities despite a possible break in a network link.
Based on this new infrastructure, the University leads a set of technological experiments related to IP telephony:
- commissioning of a "call centre" system to improve the reception of people contacting ULiège (for example, during registration, veterinary clinics, etc.)
- interconnection with Voice over IP (VoIP) systems over the Internet (gateways to Skype for both IP phone calls to PCs and PCs to IP phones)
- Interconnection, via the Internet, with partner sites also equipped with IP telephony
- video telephony, PC-telephone integration, unified messaging...
This list is, of course, not exhaustive. The possibilities offered by a successful convergence between telephony and data are innumerable and allow the University to have a state-of-the-art telecommunication technology infrastructure.
Consult the Intranet version (access reserved to members of the ULiège staff).
The central site of the SEGI has a large number of Unix systems, intended to host the different services.
From among these servers, a certain number of specific environments are made available to scientific users, including, for example, a general Dell calculation server operated under Linux on which are installed scientific software as well as basic tools (compilers, editors, text processing...) which make it possible to perform diverse developments, a server dedicated to the SAS software operated under Linux...
For scientific calculations requiring significant processing power, two parallel computing clusters are dedicated to intensive computing ("NIC3" and "NIC4" machines).