E&HF group @ ORP2017, Buenos Aires

The Human Factors and Ergonomics research group was represented at the Conference ORP 2017. The event took place in Buenos Aires in Argentina. The E&HF group was represented by its coordinator, Pedro Arezes. The conference was held during 3 days, from the 30 Oct to 1st Nov, and was attended by participantes of several countries.

Pedro Arezes (picture), who is also one of the Co-Directors of the ORP Scientific Program, was one of the international invited speakers and has addressed the topic of work-related MSD and the influence of obesity during vertical manual materials handling.
Pedro Arezes gave the lecture in Spanish and the original title was “La obesidad como fator de riesgo de transtornos musculosqueléticos associados com el manejo vertical de cargas“.
This talk was based in the PhD work developed by Ana Colim, which has been supervised by Pedro Arezes and Paulo Flores, the latter from the Biomechanics group at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Minho.

The next edition of the ORP, the ORP2018, will be in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.


E&HF group @ 19th ICIEHF, Chicago

The Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group was represented at the 19th ICIEHF, held in the 26 and 27th October in Chicago, USA. The group was represented by Pedro Arezes, who presented a work that has being developed in a PhD project by João Silva, a PhD candidate supervised by Pedro Arezes and Nelson Costa, from UMinho, as well as by Rudolf Schierl, from the TU Munich, in Germany.

This representation has resulted in the selection of the fullpaper to be published in an international journal with the following reference:

  • J. Silva, P. Arezes, R. Schierl, N. Costa (2017). Risk of Occupational Exposure to Cytotoxic Drugs: The Role of Handling Procedures of Hospital Workers. International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences , vol 11(10), pp. 522-530. (the paper is available upon request to authors through this link).

The picture below show all the speakers at Session 1 of the event, including Pedro Arezes.

E&HF group @ VIPimage, Porto

The Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group was represented at the Conference VipIMAGE 2017, held in Porto from 18th to 20th October. Pedro Arezes was one of the co-authors of the paper published in the event proceedings, as follows:

  • Silva, V., Ramos, J., Soares, F., Novais, P. Arezes, P, Sousa, F., Silva, J., Santos, A. (2017). iBoccia: A Framework to Monitor the Boccia Gameplay in Elderly, In J.M.R.S. Tavares and R.M. Natal Jorge (eds.), VipIMAGE 2017, Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics 27, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-68195-5_48, ISBN 978-3-319-68195-5, pp. 437-446.

This work has been developed under the scope of a broad research project called “Symbiotic technology for societal efficiency gains – Deus Ex Machina (DeM)“, which is a projects funded by the European Program and N2020 and has a total funding of nearly 3 Million Euros.

The project is coordinated by Fraunhofer Portugal and has different partners. One of the research lines has been developed by Fraunhofer Portugal, together with 3 groups from the UMinho, from the Electronics Engineering, Informatics Engineering, and Production and Systems Departments.

You can learn more about the project by watching the following video from Fraunhofer Portugal:

Chilean anthropometry data updated

The public presentation of the project “anthropometric database of the Chilean working population, specifying gender differences” was carried out on the 24th of October in Santiago de Chile.
The project was carried out by The Universidad de Valparaiso and Mutual de la Cámara Chilena de la Construcción with the collaboration of others Universities, including the University of Minho. Two members of the E&HF group, Ignacio Castellucci (a former PhD student and current researcher), Carlos Viviani (current PhD student), together with Marta Martinez (from MUTUAL), have co-authored the presented publication.

A total of 32 anthropometric measures were taken from a sample of 2,946 workers (Female: 600 and Male: 2,346), from the Valparaiso and Metropolina regions in Chile. This research was funded by Mutual de Seguridad de la Cámara Chilena de la Construcción, fondo Proyectos de Investigación e Innovación, SUSESO. The main results show that the Chilean working population has increased in stature (2cm and 1cm per decade for woman and male respectevily) and almoste all the other antrhropometric measurers. It also show that there are stastically differences in all the dimensions between gender, and only in hip width female presents higher values.

The research team has included the following researchers: Gonzalo Bravo, Agustina Cárdenas, Felipe Llanca, Ítalo Mercurino, Soraya Sabaj, Álvaro Villanueva, Romina Zamorano, MSc. Verónica Aparici (Universidad Viña del Mar, Chile), PhD. Pedro Arezes (Universidade do Minho, Portugal), PhD. Sara Bragança (Southampton Solent University, UK), PhD. Johan Molenbroek (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands), MSc. Carlos Viviani (Universidad de Playa Ancha, Chile), Marta Martínez (Mutual, Chile), PhD. Ignacio Castellucci (Universidad de Valparaíso).

The picture below shows the authors of the book: (from left to right) Ignacio Castellucci, Marta Martínez, and Carlos Viviani.

Chapter in a new international book


Members of the E&HF group are the authors of a recently published chapter of an international book from CRC Press, namely: Rodrigues, Matilde A.; Arezes, Pedro; and Leão, Celina (2017). Chapter 2 – Risk Assessment: Getting the ‘Big Picture’.

The chapter was published in the book (cover in the picture):

  • Boustras, G & Guldenmund, F. (2017). Safety Management in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). ISBN 9781498744720, CRC Pres – Taylor & Francis.

The chapter is available upon personal request to the authors (request it here)


E&HF group @SPE 2017

The Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group was represented at the Conference SPE 2017 (XXIII Congresso da Sociedade Portuguesa de Estatística: http://spe2017.iscte-iul.pt). The event took place in ISCTE-IUL, Lisboa, Portugal, on 18-21 October 2017.The work presented was published in a book of abstracts:

• Leão, CP; Silva, A; Loureiro, I; Ferreira, P (2017). Estudo Estatístico do Impacto de Ciclos Formativos sobre a Segurança e Saúde na Escola com Adolescentes. in MF Salgueiros e P Vicente (eds.), SPE 2017 Programa e Resumos, Edições SPE 2017 ISBN 978-972-8890-41-4,  pp 79–80.

Paper published @ Procedia Manufacturing



A paper involving the Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group has been published in the Procedia Manufacturing journal, edited by Elsevier.

This paper resulted from a previous presentation at the Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference (MESIC 2017), held in Vigo (Spain) on 28-30 June 2017.

The full reference of the paper is:

M. Brito, A.L. Ramos, P. Carneiro, M.A. Gonçalves (2017). Combining SMED methodology and ergonomics for reduction of setup in a turning production area. Procedia Manufacturing, Vol. 13, pp. 1112–1119 [doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2017.09.172]