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Américo Azevedo - [PhD], he is head of CESE Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering and Cientific Director of FABTEC Laboratory of Processes and Technologies for Production Advanced Systems

He is an Associate Professor with Aggregation in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). He has gained large experience in the academic, industrial and consultancy environments.

He teaches in the academic programmes of FEUP and PBS (Porto Business School) and in specific programmes such as EDAM (Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing) of the MIT-Portugal Program.

His research and teaching focuses on operations management, business processes management and enterprise collaborative networks. He has been active in supervising PhD and M.Sc research thesis on this research areas.

He has been author of many articles in international journals and technical publications and also active in preparing and participating in R&D projects involving industrial companies. He has been reviewer and evaluator of several international R&D Industrial projects and member of several scientific programmes committees.

Responsible for leading more than 45 company based national and international R&D and consulting projects in the domain of enterprise networks and industrial and operations management. He has been responsible in several consulting assignments with industrial companies, with special emphasis in operations and industrial management as well as in designing and developing new facilities, process optimization and development and implementation of decision support and planning tools for order management. Experience in several sectors/industries: machinery, semiconductors, ceramics, furniture, packaging, shoes and cork processing.

 

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2018

Hybrid modelling of MTO/ETO manufacturing environments for performance assessment

Authors
Barbosa, C; Azevedo, A;

Publication
International Journal of Production Research

Abstract

2018

Collaborative Transformation Systems - Path to Address the Challenges Around the Competitiveness of Mature Countries

Authors
Azevedo, A;

Publication
COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS OF COGNITIVE SYSTEMS

Abstract
In mature countries manufacturing is one of the most significant sources of economic development and growth. In those countries, manufacturing transformation systems will be grounded on seamless collaborative environments and will have a high degree of flexibility in production, in terms of product needs (specifications, quality, design), volume, timing, resource efficiency and cost, being able to adapt to customer needs and make use of the entire network chain for value creation. Future transformations systems will be massively collaborative and will be enabled by a network-centric approach, making use of multidimensional data analytics, driven by advanced ICT and the latest available proven manufacturing technologies.

2017

Product lifecycle management in knowledge intensive collaborative environments: An application to automotive industry

Authors
Ferreira, F; Faria, J; Azevedo, A; Marques, AL;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Abstract
Today, manufacturing is moving towards customer-driven and knowledge-based proactive production. Shorter product life cycles lead to increased complexity in areas such as product and process design, factory deployment and production operations. To handle this complexity, new knowledge-based methods and technologies are needed to model, simulate, optimize and monitor manufacturing systems. Product lifecycle management research tends to focus on situations that are responsive to formal analysis and modelling. However, in several domains such as knowledge intensive collaborative environments, it's not possible to model processes using formal notations. Knowledge based and collaborative process management involves a combination of structured and non-structured processes. Structured processes management can be reduced to a set of fully-defined rules leading to high efficiency but also low flexibility, whereas the management of non-structured processes is not prone to a full formalization. A combination of both structured and unstructured management approaches is required in order to achieve a successful trade-off between efficiency, flexibility and controllability. We call a process as semi-structured when it contains both structured and non-structured sub-processes leading to a flexible and efficient hybrid approach. Large enterprise information systems, impose structured and predictable workflows, while knowledge based collaborative processes are unpredictable to some extent, involving high amount of human-decision. Moreover, large enterprise information systems are not able to manage the daily ad hoc communication inherent to the knowledge-based process itself. This paper introduces a set of concepts, methods and tools of an innovative Hybrid Process Management approach validated by a real world business case in the automotive industry.

2017

Hospital centre performance dimensions and internal stakeholder valuation: a case study

Authors
Simoes, A; Azevedo, A; Goncalves, S;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Abstract
Purpose - Hospital centres (HCs) are the result of a horizontal integration of two or more hospital units. The benefits of this integration have been presented in the literature. The purpose of this paper is to define the hospital performance dimensions most valued by HC internal stakeholders, and to evaluate if the importance given to each dimension is different when comparing professional groups. Design/methodology/approach - An in-depth HC case study using a quantitative survey based on the Parsons' social system action theory to achieve this goal was conducted which embraces the four major models of organizational performance. In the final version of the survey, 37 items were retained for analysis. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted for a final sample of 365 participants, through principal component analysis, with oblique rotation and the Kaiser criterion. Findings - Four factors were retained: "Human resources development and Internal Processes", "Attractiveness/Openness", "Public service mission" and "Interpersonal relationships". The means factor scores only reveal statistical differences between the attractiveness/openness factor and the remaining three factors. A shared view was found in this study among the three groups of internal stakeholders: physicians, caregivers and administrative staff. Originality/value - The results of this study suggest that the HC performance concept should be expanded and performance measurement frameworks with a greater scope should be used. Interpersonal relationships, the human resources development and the public service are considered important dimensions for the performance measurement of the HC. Additionally, a consensual view regarding the most valued performance dimension could contribute to a beneficial and healthy working environment and improvements in HC performance.

2017

Collaborative smart process monitoring within virtual factory environment: an implementation issue

Authors
Shamsuzzoha, A; Ferreira, F; Azevedo, A; Helo, P;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING

Abstract
The focus of this paper is to elaborate collaborative business process monitoring within virtual factory (VF) environment in a smarter way. This process monitoring is tracked through visualisation over a user interface such as 'dashboard'. This research briefly provides all aspects of implementing process monitoring through the dashboard user interface and explains technical aspects of monitoring. The dashboard features state-of-the art business intelligence and provides data visualisation, user interfaces and means to support VF partners to execute collaborative processes. With advanced visualisations that produce quality graphics it offers a variety of information visualisations that brings the process data to life with clarity. This data visualisation provides critical operational matrices (e.g. KPIs) required to manage virtual factories. Key reporting outputs such as KPIs and day-to-day operational data can be used to monitor and empower partners' processes that help to drive collaborative decisions e VF broker or partners' also retain full flexibility to create, deploy and maintain their own dashboards using an easy to understand wizard-driven widget and an extensive array of data visualisation components such as gauges, charts, maps, etc. Various technical aspects of this dashboard user interface portal are elaborated within the scope of this research such as installation instructions, technical requirements for the users and developers, execution and usage aspects, limitations and future works. In addition to the dashboard user interface portal this research also investigates the VF life cycle and provides architectural framework for VF. The research work highlighted in this paper is conceptualised, developed, and validated within the scope of the European Commission NMP priority of the Seventh RTD Framework Programme for the ADVENTURE (ADaptive Virtual ENterprise ManufacTURing Environment) project.

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thesis

2017

Previsão com agregação temporal univariada e multivariada: um caso de estudo no setor do retalho

Author
Ana Daniela Barbosa Rodrigues de Oliveira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Análise de Variabilidade num Processo Industrial de Produção de Bolachas

Author
Ana Fátima Maia Carneiro

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Methodology to improve processes in fashion e-tail business: design and implementation

Author
Magda da Silva Ferreira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Reducing the Confirmation Time of the Expedition Date

Author
Miguel Araújo Teixeira Formigal

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Modelação e otimização de processos dos canais de comunicação: Conceção de um modelo de gestão por processos

Author
Vânia Patrícia Mota e Silva

Institution
UP-FEUP