PhD. thesis Industrial & Systems Eng | Ana Colim

The presentation of the doctoral thesis entitled “Obesity as musculoskeletal risk factor in vertical load handling” (original title: Obesidade como factor de risco musculoesquelético na manipulação vertical de cargas) 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. Mário Vaz, FEUP (external examiner), Prof. Luís Roseiro, ISEC  (external examiner), Prof. Paulo Flores, UMinho (supervisor), Ana Colim, Prof. Paula Carneiro, UMinho (internal examiner), and Prof. João A. Carvalho (President of the jury).

The E&HF group congratulates Ana, her family, and her supervisors (Pedro Arezes and Paulo Flores), for this success and wish all the best for her career.


MSc. in Human Engineering – Daniela Dionísio

The public discussion of the MSc. thesis in Human Engineering of Daniela Dionísio was carried out on the 15th of December. The candidate was approved with a final grade of 17 values.
The dissertation title was “Sinistralidade laboral e certificação em gestão da segurança e saúde no trabalho” (Occupational accidents and certification in health and safety management) and it was supervised by Professor Nélson Costa, from the E&HF group, and by Professor Celina Leão, from SEOR group. The external member of the jury was Joana Guedes, from FEUP.
Congratulations to Daniela Dionísio, her supervisors, and to E&HF group for the success of this dissertation.

E&HF group @ FTC 2017, Vancouver – Canada

The Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group was represented at the FTC 2017 Congress, held in the 29 and 30th November in Vancouver, Canada. The group was represented by Pedro Arezes, who presented a work that has been developed within a broader project between UMinho and BOSCH. The full reference of the presented work is:

  • Costa, S.; Simões, P.; Costa, N. & Arezes, P. (2017). A Cooperative Human-Machine Interaction Warning Strategy for the Semi-Autonomous Driving Context. Proceedings of the 2017 Future Technologies Conference (SAI) – IEEE, Vancouver, Canada, ISBN 978-1-5386-1744-1, pp. 155-161.

Paper published @ Polymer Eng & Sci

A paper entitled “Methodology for sustainable product design” involving the Ergonomics & Human Factors Research Group has been published in the Journal Polymer Engineering & Science, a journal indexed at ISI with an impact factor of 1,449. Paulo Simões, member go the E&HF group was one of the authors. The paper was firstly presented at PMI 2016 and has been published and is available in Early View on Wiley Online Library. Soon, it will be published in an issue of the referred journal.
The Article DOI is 10.1002/pen.24765 and can be found in this link

ENSHPO awarded in Spain

The European Network for Safety and Health Practitioners Organisations (ENSHPO), whose representative in Portugal is SPOSHO, was awarded in Granada, Spain, during the Congress of the Spanish Association of OHS professionals, Consejo General de Profesionales de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo de España (CGPSST) with the European Award for Safety and Health at Work “Miguel Servet”. A. Sérgio Miguel (in the picture above receiving the award), member of the E&HF group, President of SPOSHO, and current Vice-Chairman of ENSHPO, received this award on behalf of ENSHPO. Sérgio Miguel was an invited speaker at the congress, where he has presented a lecture entitled “Professional Associativism on OHS in Europe: The ENSHPO Certification Scheme”.

PhD. thesis in Human Geography | Juliana Alves

The Ergonomics Laboratory has collaborated with a research work related to noise pollution that was developed under the scope of a PhD. thesis in Geography (specialisation in Human Geography) developed by Juliana Alves (picture above), and supervised by Professors Paula  Cadima Remoaldo (ICS-UMinho) and Lígia Torres Silva (EEng – UMinho).
The thesis was discussed in the 7th November 2017 and was considered to be approved by the jury (picture below).