Human Engineering Seminars 2019 – Part III


Within the scope of the Cycle of Seminars in Human Engineering, a communication entitled “Segurança Ocupacional em Transportes. Abordagens e sistemas de segurança nas áreas rodoviária, ferroviária, aeroportuária e naval”, lectured by Hernâni Veloso, Alberto Silveira and Ana Luísa Teixeira (picture above), took place last Saturday, January 19th.

The authors also took the opportunity to present the eponymous book that motivated this talk.


E&HF group @ICCSA

screen shot 2019-01-20 at 08.24.30Senhorinha Teixeira (member of the Ergonomics & Human Factors research group) is organizing a Workshop on Computational Studies for Energy and Comfort in Building (SECoB) at the 19th International Conference on Computational Science and Applications (ICCSA 2019, will be held on July 1 – 4, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The scope of this workshop is to bring together scientists working on computational issues related to energy and comfort in building.  Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Modelling and Efficiency of energy use: new issues in computational building performance; external and internal design conditions for energy efficient buildings and energy performance of buildings and modelling predictive control;
  • Comfort modelling: case studies of applications of standards for thermal comfort; modelling of thermal comfort and sustainable thermal standards for buildings;
  • Economical quantification: investment and operation costs in thermal efficiency in buildings; economical quantification related with the human thermal comfort and productivity of the enterprises.

Deadline for abstract and paper submission to the SECoB Workshop: February 17, 2019

The proceedings of the SECoB2019 Workshop will appear in the Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

E&HF Christmas Dinner


Following the tradition, the Ergonomics & Human Factors group had its Christmas dinner in the 20th December. The dinner took place in one of the restaurants of the Historical Center of Guimarães and brought together more than 20 group members, including MSc and PhD. students, researchers, faculty, and friends of the group.

The E&HF group take this opportunity to wish all its members, colleagues, friends, students, and the corresponding families, a joyous Holiday season and a happy and peaceful New Year.

E&HF @IEEM 2018, Bangkok 

bangkok_ieem2018.jpgThe E&HF group coordinator, Pedro Arezes (picture), was at the 2018 edition of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management – IEEM 2018 – held in Bangkok, Thailand, from the 16th to 19th December. 

Pedro Arezes was one of the invited speakers in a special session at the beginning of the Conference called “Meet the editors”. Pedro Arezes was at this session in his quality of Associate Editor at the journal Safety Science from Elsevier. 

The group was also represented through a presentation in one of the conference’s oral sessions, where Pedro Arezes presented a work/paper entitled “Dealing with Aging and Multigeneration Workforce Topics at Top Global Companies: Evidence from Public Disclosure Information” that was developed by authors of 4 universities and different countries (Chile, Portugal, Canada, and United States). The file can be downloaded here.

The 2019 edition of the IEEM Conference will take place in Macau.

Paper published @IJQR


A paper involving several members of the E&HF group has been recently published in the International Journal for Quality Research (indexed in Scopus).
The paper entitled: “Employees’ views about the impact of the economic crisis on occupational safety and quality of life: a pilot study in the north of Portugal”, is a part of a multidisciplinary work conducted for more than three years, involving the Algoritmi Centre, the School of Allied Health Technology of Polytechnic Institute of Porto, the University of Minho, the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave and the University Institute of Maia. The full reference is:


  • Vale, C., Rodrigues, M., Azevedo, R., Ramos, G., Loureiro, I. (2018) Employees’ Views About the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Occupational Safety and Quality of Life: A Pilot Study in the North of Portugal. International Journal for Quality Research, 12(4): 941-956
    . ISSN 1800-6450

E&HF @ the 20th anniversary of the Safety Engineering


The Specialization Committee on Safety Engineering (CEES) of Ordem dos Engenheiros (Portuguese Engineers Professional Organization) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its creation. This specialization chapter has several members who are professionals in the field of safety engineering in specific domains such as:

  • Occupational Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Forest Fires safety 
  • Integrated safety
  • Electronic Security/Safety
  • Industrial and process safety.

The event was organized by the executive committee and held throughout the afternoon of December 6th with a roundtable entitled “The evolution of Safety in the last 20 years and perspectives for the future” and by Pedro Arezes, coordinator of the E & HF group and a members of the executive committee, was the moderator. Another member of the group, Sérgio Miguel, was also one of the participants in this session, as a representative of the Occupational Safety area and as one of the founders of the specialization, which he coordinated during 2 terms.

E&HF with a chapter in international book

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A new book published by Woodhead Publishing (Elsevier) in the domain of nanotechnology will be soon launched  and the E&HF group had a contribution on it. One of the chapter was written by Francisco Silva and Pedro Arezes from “&HF group, together with the long-time collaborator from TU Delft, Paul Swuste.

The book title is Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction, and it includes 30 chapters with different perspectives of the application and management of nanotechnology in the construction sector. The full reference of the book is Pacheco-Torgal et al. (2019). Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction Materials, Processes and Applications Second Edition. Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering- ISBN: 978-0-08-102641-0. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

The mentioned chapter is:

  • Chapter #29, Silva, F.; Arezes, P. & Swuste, P. (2019). Risk management: controlling occupational exposure to nanoparticles in construction, pp. 755-784.