E&HF group @UPE Brazil


The coordinator of the Ergonomics & Human Factors research group, Pedro Arezes, was recently in Recife (PE/Brazil) cooperating with the Pernambuco State University (UPE). Among several activities, Pedro Arezes has addressed a lecture on the topic of “Human-Machine Interfaces of the Future” and a course module on “Occupational Noise Exposure”.

The picture above shows Pedro Arezes and the (always friendly) students of the 2018/2019 class.


E&HF group in Poznan for Erasmus+


Isabel Loureiro (photo above) performed a teaching assignment under the ERASMUS+ programme at Poznan University of Technology lecturing on “Industrial transformation: New challenges for Human factors”.

The Ergonomics & Human factors group was also represented at the 31st International Seminar on Ergonomics with a presentation made by Isabel Loureiro entitled “Ergonomics & Human Factors: accelerating transition in systems design”.

MSc. in Human Engineering – Rita Silva

aaaaThe public discussion of the Msc. Thesis in Human Engineering of Rita Sofia Teixeira Soares da Silva was carried out on the 17th of May. The candidate was approved with a final grade of 17 values.

The dissertation title was “Sintomatologia musculosquelética como ferramenta para uma intervenção ergonómica” (Musculoskeletal symptomatology as a tool for an ergonomic intervention) and it was supervised by Professor Paula Carneiro, from the E&HF group, and by Professor Ana Cristina Braga, from SEOR group. The external member of the jury was Professor Maria Antónia Gonçalves, from ISEP-IPP.

Congratulations to Rita Soares da Silva, her supervisors, and to E&HF group for the success of this dissertation.

Invited lecture from Belarus

The Professor Pantsialeyenka Katsiaryna from the Belarusian National Technical University visited the University of Minho under the scope of ERASMUS+ Program and presented a lecture to the students of the Human Engineering (HE) MSc. Program. This lecture took place on the 9th May at the HE Pedagogical Lab, University of Minho, and addressed the topic: “Occupational Safety in Belarus”.

Paper published @ Work Journal

10519815.jpgA paper involving the E & HF group has been recently published in the Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, a journal indexed at ISI-WoK and Scopus, and with an Impact Factor of 0.779 (2017).

The paper resulted from a  work involving universities from 4 countries: UK, Portugal, USA and Chile.

The full reference of the published paper is:

  • Bragança, S.; Arezes, P.; Carvalho, M.; Ashdown, S.P.; Castellucci, I. & Leão, C. (2018). A comparison of manual anthropometric measurements with Kinect-based scanned measurements in terms of precision and reliability. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 59 (1): pp. 325-339. DOI: doi.org/10.3233/WOR-182684.

Link to a FREE author personal copy here. 


Paper published @ IJWC

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A paper involving the Ergonomics & Human Factors research group has been recently published in the International Journal on Working Conditions. The paper is authored by 2 researchers from E & HF and by Madalena Torres (Chief Nurse of the Surgical Specialties Services at the Hospital of Braga).

The full reference of the paper is:

Torres, M., Carneiro, P. & Arezes, P. (2017). WMSDs in nurses that provide care in surgical internment context. International Journal on Working Conditions, Nº. 14, pp. 33-49.

The paper can be accessed at the journal webpage

Cycle of seminars on Human Engineering

aaaaa.pngThe final seminar of the Human Engineering Cycle of Seminars took place the last March, 24th, in the School of Engineering of the University of Minho. The seminar was lectured by Gustavo Rosal (Human Factors Engineer), who addressed the pressing theme: “Engineering of the Human Factor in Industry 4.0”