E&HF group @Chilean Geriatrics Congress

Untitled 2The Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group was represented at the 22nd National Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology, held in the 25, 26 y 27th of July, 2018 in Santiago, Chile.

The group was represented by Gonzalo Bravo, who presented a work that has being developed in colaboration between Univesities from Canada, Portugal and Chile.

Gonzalo was awarded with the 2nd Place as best free work in oral presentation with the work: “Driving in elderly people, what types of interventions do they serve? Results of a Systematic Review” authored by (from left to right in the picture) Bravo, Gonzalo; Castellucci, Ignácio; Lavallière, Martin; Crizzle, Alexander; and Arezes, Pedro.

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Pedro Arezes is the new Associate Editor at Safety Science

Pedro Arezes, the Ergonomics & Human Factors coordinator, was invited (and nominated) to be the newest Associate Editor of the journal Safety Science, from Elsevier.

Safety Science is the most widely cited and acknowledged scientific Journal in the area of Safety, with an impact factor (IF) of 2.835 and almost 2000 papers submitted every year.

Safety Science focuses primarily on original research papers across its whole scope, but also welcomes state-of-the-art review papers and first-hand case histories on accidents and disasters of special significance and discussion papers on hot topics. The journal, which was formerly known as Journal of Occupational Accidents, has been edited since 1976.

E&HF group @AHFE 2018, Orlando – USA

The Ergonomics & Human Factors (E&HF) group was, once again, represented at the AHFE 2018, the 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics.

Several members of the group have submitted works to this event, which was attended by the group coordinator, Pedro Arezes (right in picture), who was also the chair of the 5th International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors and editor of the book Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors by Springer (cover picture below), as well as by Miguel Carvalho, from the Textile Engineering department at UMinho (left) and E&HF group members, Eduarda Pereira (left) and Susana Costa (right).

The presented works were:

  • Evaluation of design recommendations for the development of wheelchair rugby sports-wear, authors: Sara Braganca, Ignacio Castellucci, Simeon Gill, Miguel Carvalho and Pedro Arezes, UK/Portugal
  • Tackling autonomous driving challenges – how the design of autonomous vehicles is mirroring universal design, authors: Paulo Simões, Nelson Costa, Pedro Arezes, Nuno Ribeiro and Susana Costa, Portugal
  • Wellness in cognitive workload – a conceptual framework, authors: Eduarda Pereira, Susana Costa, Nelson Costa and Pedro Arezes, Portugal.

Next year edition of this event will take place in Washignton DC, from 24th to 28th July 2019. Save the dates in your calendars.

E&HF group @ ICAP 2018

A86C556D-801A-4B9A-80F8-66EB09877FF0The Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group was represented at the International Conference on Applied Psychology and Human Behavior (ICAP 2018): http://iknowd.org/icap/home.

The event took place in the University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal, on 912 July 2018. The work presented was published in the book of Proceedings which will be submitted for indexing in Scopus.

Marlene Brito (University of Aveiro) presented a work that has being developed in her PhD project. Marlene is a PhD candidate supervised by Ana Luísa Ramos (U. Aveiro), Paula Carneiro (U. Minho) and M. Antónia Gonçalves (ISEP – Polytechnic Institute ofPorto)

The full reference of the presented work is:

Brito, M., Ramos, A.L., Carneiro, P., Gonçalves, M.A., Pereira, M.T., Pinto, V., Laroca, A.I. (2018), “Using a continuous improvement tool to improve workers’ well-being and productivity – A case study in a piglet cutting workstation”, Proceedings of ICAP18, Funchal, Portugal, pp.1-5.

E&HF group in the organization of ECOS 2018

Screen Shot 2018-07-01 at 08.24.56Professor Senhorinha Teixeira, a member of the E&HF group, was one of the chairs of ECOS 2018, the 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems that took place between June 17th and 21st, at Palácio Vila Flor in Guimarães.
This edition was attended by around 340 participants from 40 distinct countries and the technical sessions were organized in 18 topics that range from the thermodynamic fundamentals to the social implication of energy conversion and usage.
The quality and prestige of this conference are remarkable, as shown by the number of prestigious scientific journals associated. The final session included the announcement that the next edition of the event will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, between June 23 and 28, 2019.

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New paper published @Work journal

10519815A 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:

  • Bravo, G.; Bragança, S.; Arezes, P.M.; Molenbroek, J.F.M.; Castellucci, H.I. (2018). A literature review of anthropometric studies of school students for ergonomics purposes: Are accuracy, precision and reliability being considered? Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, vol. 60 (1), pp. 3-17. DOI: doi.org/10.3233/WOR-182719


Link to a FREE author personal copy here.

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.