ECOS 2018 @ UMinho

ecos2018.pngThe conference ECOS 2018 – 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy systems will take place in Guimarães, Portugal, on June 17 through 22, 2018.

The ECOS conference is chaired by Profs. José Carlos Teixeira and Senhorinha Teixeira, the latter a member of the HErg, and it aims at disseminating advanced scientific and engineering knowledge on energy conversion and efficiency.

The call for papers is already open and all the details can be found at the conference web site, according to the schedule:

Submission of Abstracts: November 15th, 2017
Acceptance of Abstracts: December 15th, 2017
Full Paper Submission: January 31th, 2018
Papers Review Concluded: March 15th, 2018
Final Paper Submission: April 15th, 2018


Paper published @ IJOOES


A paper involving the E & HF group has been recently published (online) in the first volume and issue of the recently launched International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Safety – IJOOES. The full reference of the published paper, which can be accessed and dowloaded for free is:

  • Domingues, J., Sampaio, P., & Arezes, P. (2017). Analysis of certified occupational health and safety management systems in Portugal. International Journal Of Occupational and Environmental Safety, 1(1), pp. 11-28.  (direct link)

Some of the members of HErg also participate in the Editorial Team of this new journal. According to the Portuguese Society for Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SPOSHO – Sociedade Portuguesa de Segurança e Higiene Ocupacionais), IJOOES is an interdisciplinary journal with peer-review promoted  for publication of original research. It covers basic and applied research in all areas of (environmental) safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, biomechanics and health, including traffic, workplaces, home, and community.

The journal seeks to engage the global scientific community including academic researchers, safety professionals and practitioners, engineers, health professionals, psychologists, social scientists, government agencies, policy makers and corporate decision makers. They also announced that paper submissions and publication (when accepted) are completely free of charge. This includes peer reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the articles.

Paper published @ Applied Ergonomics

30389A paper involving the E & HF group has been recently published (online) in the journal Applied Ergonomics , a journal indexed at ISI-WoK and Scopus, and with an Impact Factor of 1.866 (2016). The full reference of the published paper is:

  •  Bragança, S; Castellucci, I; Gill, S; Matthias, P; Carvalho, M; Arezes, P (2018). Insights on the needs and limitations of disabled athletes: the design of wheelchair rugby sports-wear. Applied Ergonomics, 67, pp. 9-25.

Link to FREE download (until 7th November):

Opening Lecture of the MSc Human Engineering

aaa.pngThe opening lecture of the Master Course in Human Engineering took place on Wednesday, 13th September at the HE Pedagogical Lab, at University of Minho.

The lecture, with the title “Technologies for occupational safety and health management: future trends”, was given by by Ignacio Pavón, from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Spain.


Paper published @ Eur J Sust Develop

image003.jpgThe Human Engineering research group (HErg) has participated in a paper recently published in the European Journal of Sustainable Development, from the European Center of Sustainable Development. The paper full reference is:

  • Ribeiro, C.; Sepúlveda, D.; Carvalho, J., Vilarinho, C.,  Cristino, J.; Loureiro, I. (2017). Guimarães Circular Economy: towards a sustainable city. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 5(3), pp 68-74.

Paper published @ IJQ&RM


The Human Engineering research group (HErg) has participated in a recently published paper the International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, from Emerald Publishing.

The paper is temporarily available at this link.

The paper full reference is:

  • Domingues, JP; Sampaio, P; Arezes, PM (2017). Management systems integration: survey results. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 34 Issue: 8, pp.1252-1294,

Paper published @Ergonomics in Design

erga_25_3.coverA paper involving the E & HF group has been recently published in the journal Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, Ranking: 2016 SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) Score: 0.252 | 177/518 in Engineering (miscellaneous) | 25/40 in Human Factors and Ergonomics (Scopus®) | Indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI): a new index in the Web of Science (TM) Core Collection.

This work, which involved researchers from the University of Minho and the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, aimed at the development of a minimally invasive device for monitoring children’s body temperature easily and effectively.

The development of the device was divided into two stages: (1) a product specification process, which included detailed analysis of the problem, competitive analysis, and consumer surveys; and (2) development and optimization of the product, which included testing the product prototype with target users.

The paper is available online (restricted access).