Papers published @IJOOES

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Two papers involving the E&HF group has been recently published (online) in the second volume (second issue) of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Safety – IJOOES. The full references of the published papers are:

  1. Oliveira, B., Alves, A., Carneiro, P., Ferreira, A.C. (2018). Lean Production and Ergonomics: a synergy to improve productivity and working conditions. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Safety, 2(2), pp. 1-11. [DOI:24840/2184-0954_002.002_0001]
  2. Brito, M., Ramos, A.L., Carneiro, P., Gonçalves, M.A. (2018). Integration of Lean Manufacturing and Ergonomics in a Metallurgical Industry. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Safety, 2(2), pp. 21-31. [DOI: 10.24840/2184-0954_002.002_0003]

The papers can be accessed and downloaded for free (paper 1; paper 2)

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PhD. thesis Industrial & Systems Eng | Felipe Cruz

IMG_4416.jpgThe presentation of the doctoral thesis entitled “Avaliação dos efeitos sinérgicos sobre os trabalhadores expostos a fatores de risco físico em simultâneo” was followed by a discussion with the examiners. After the discussion, the examination board decided to consider the candidate as being unanimously approved with the maximum mention of “Very Good“.

The picture above includes all the members of the jury and the candidate (from left to right): Prof. Pedro Arezes, UMinho (supervisor), Felipe Cruz, Prof. Madalena Araújo (President of the jury), Prof. Nelson Costa, UMinho (internal examiner), Prof. J. Santos Baptista, FEUP (external examiner) and Prof. Rui Melo, University of Lisbon (external examiner).

The E&HF group congratulates Felipe, his family, and his supervisors (Pedro Arezes and Béda Barkokebas Júnior) for this success and wish all the best for his career.

E&HF group @ ORP2018, Cartagena de Indias

The Human Factors & Ergonomics research group was represented at the Conference ORP 2018. This year’s edition took place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The E&HF group was represented by its coordinator, Pedro Arezes. The conference was held during 3 days, 19-21 September, and was attended by more than 1500 participants from several countries.

Pedro Arezes (in the picture during his keynote), who is also one of the Co-Directors of the ORP Scientific Program, was one of the international invited keynote speakers and his lecture addressed the the influence of obesity as a risk factor for the development of work-related MSD when performing manual vertical lifting. The lecture was delivered in Spanish with the original title “La obesidad como fator de riesgo de transtornos musculosqueléticos associados com el manejo vertical de cargas“.

The next edition of the Event, the ORP 2019, will be held from 5 to 7 July in Madrid, Spain.

E&HF technical meeting and visit

ta.pngThe E&HF group has recently organized a technical meeting and visit to some of the UMinho’s facilities. This was developed to receive Dr. Tareq Ahram and Dr. Christianne Falcão (2nd and 3rd from left in the above picture).

Dr. Ahram is a research professor at University Central Florida (at Orlando), where he is also a Lead Scientist at The Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering, and he is also the program chair at the AHFE Conference. Dr. Falcão is an Architect, with a PhD in Design, and she is currently Assistant Professor at Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, in Brazil. She is also chairing one of the affiliated conferences at AHFE.

During the meeting several topics were addressed, including a brief presentation of the E&HF group and of the BOSCH/UMinho Project, in particular about the research lines in which the group is currently involved. There was also a brief presentation of the new phase of the MIT Portugal Program that was delivered by the program’s executive coordinator, Alexandre Ferreira da Silva The meeeting ended with a visit to the DSM (Driving Simulator Mockup) used by the BOSCH/UMinho teams in the scope of the research line devoted to the development of the “cockpit of the future”.

´Brainstorming’ session at E&HF group

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The Ergonomics & Human Factors group, from Algoritmi Research Center at UMinho has organised a brainstorming session to discuss future avenues for collaboration among its members and to foster the publication of journal papers. The group meeting discussion benefited from some relevant experiences in editorial roles from some of its members . The discussion was centred in new ideias for research projects, ways to improve international networking and in ideas for intra-group collaborations.

MSc. in Human Engineering – Irina Bezerra

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The public discussion of the Msc. Thesis in Human Engineering of Irina Mira Bezerra was carried out on the 14h of September. The candidate was approved with a final grade of 17 values.

The dissertation title was “Análise térmica da sobrecarga musculoesquelética na manipulação vertical de cargas – estudo piloto” (Thermal analysis of musculoskeletal overload during vertical handling loads – pilot study) and it was supervised by Professor Pedro Arezes and Professor Ana Colim, from the E&HF group. The external member of the jury was Professor Ricardo Vardasca, from FEUP.

Congratulations to Irina, her family, her supervisors, and to E&HF group for the success of this dissertation.

PhD. thesis Industrial & Systems Eng | João Silva

IMG_4327.JPGThe presentation of the doctoral thesis entitled “Cytostatic-drugs  handling in hospitals:  Impact  study of  the  contamination  at  occupational  environments“ was followed by a discussion with the examiners. After the discussion, the examination board decided to consider the candidate as being unanimously approved with the maximum mention of “Very Good“.

The picture above includes all the members of the jury and the candidate (from left to right): Prof. Pedro Arezes, UMinho (supervisor), Prof. Isabel Lopes Nunes, UNova Lisboa (external examiner), Prof. Susana Viegas, ESTeSL IPLisboa (external examiner), João Silva, Prof. Madalena Araújo (President of the jury), Prof. Paula Carneiro, UMinho (internal examiner) and Prof. Nélson Costa, UMinho (supervisor)

The E&HF group congratulates João, his family, and his supervisors (Pedro Arezes, Nélson Costa and Rudolf Schierl), for this success and wish all the best for his career.