Ergonomics & Human Factors Group (EHF)

The Ergonomics and Human Factors (E&HF) research group develops its activities with the aim of understanding the interactions between humans and other elements of a system, not only by addressing the most current research challenges with a multidisciplinary approach, but also by applying theory, principles, data, modelling, and other methods to design, in order to optimise both human well-being and overall system performance.

The group has been addressing several research topics, including (but not limited to) physical ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, workplaces simulation, risk assessment, integration models for multimodal perception, assessment of the user’s behaviour and human performance, and analysis of human-machine interface. Research efforts have been particularly focused on the study of the human factors in production systems, involving the topics of physical risk factors, workplaces’ and products’ ergonomics, and risk prevention and safety performance in different environments. The research of the ergonomics and human factors within occupational settings is particularly important, as the impact of accidents and professional diseases caused by technology and work systems may affect the economy and constitute an unacceptable burden of suffering. The group has also been involved in the development of cutting-edge technologies, namely in the development and testing of state-of-the-art interfaces, as well as on the topic of cities sustainable development from an occupational standpoint.

The group is composed by a multidisciplinary team of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students, with education background in engineering, psychology, medicine, nursing, environmental health and design, to name a few.

EHF leader: Pedro Arezes

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Recent EHF Publications:

The Portuguese Third Version of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire: Preliminary Validation Studies of the Middle Version among Municipal and Healthcare Workers

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

2022 | journal-article

The effect of acrylic conformal coating in the reliability of solder joints

Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology

2022 | journal-article

Operations Management and Marketing in the Vending Machines Sector in Portugal

International Journal of Engineering and Industrial Management.

2013 | journal-article

Emergy evaluation of regions and sub-regions: Application to Portugal

ECOS 2016 - Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimisation, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems

2016 | conference-paper

Level of implementation of lean manufacturing tools: A case study in the North of Portugal

Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Operational Research, SOR 2019

2019 | conference-paper

Sustainable practices: An analysis of Portuguese companies

Proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Operational Research, SOR 2019

2019 | conference-paper

Volunteering Motivations in Humanitarian Logistics: A Case Study in the Food Bank of Viana do Castelo

Communications in Computer and Information Science

2021 | book

Impact of Lean Tools on Companies During Industrial Engineering Projects Implementation: A Correlation Study

Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics

2021 | conference-paper


Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery

2014 | journal-article

The covid-19 pandemic and environmental health: Lessons learned

Journal of Environmental Health

2021 | journal-article