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Researcher in the Centre for Enterprise of Systems Engineering from INESC TEC in the field of technology adoption and innovation process and Invited Professor at University Portucalense in the areas of management, operations management and supply chain management. She was Invited Assistant and Invited Professor at University of Minho (2003-2017). Before joining INESC TEC she worked as senior consultant in health strategy management and planning, developing several consulting projects for the regional and national government bodies of the healthcare sector. Ana obtained a PhD in Engineering and Industrial Management (Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, 2016), a M.S. in Quantitative Methods applied to Management (Porto Business School of University of Porto, 2003) and B.S. in Engineering and Industrial Management (University of Aveiro, 1998). Supervisor of several Master's theses. Researcher/consultant in several R&D projects, funded by different types of entities, in the areas of technology adoption, innovation process, design and development of advanced training programmes and healthcare planning. Author of several publications in international journals in the field of management, technology management and healthcare planning/management. Main research interests are technology management and technology implementation.

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2022

Ergonomics and Safety in the Design of Industrial Collaborative Robotics: A Systematic Literature Review

Authors
Pinheiro, S; Correia Simões, A; Pinto, A; Van Acker, BB; Bombeke, K; Romero, D; Vaz, M; Santos, J;

Publication
Studies in Systems, Decision and Control

Abstract
Objective: A systematic literature review was conducted to identify relevant ergonomic and safety factors for designing collaborative workspaces in industrial settings. Background: The growing use of smart and collaborative robots in manufacturing brings some challenges for the human-robot interaction design. Human-centered manufacturing solutions will improve physical and mental well-being, performance, productivity and sustainability. Method: A systematic review of the literature was performed based on the protocol of Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Results: After a search in the databases Scopus and Web of Science, applying inclusion and exclusion criteria, 33 publications in the English language, published between the years 2010 and 2020, remained in the final analysis. Publications were categorized in cognitive ergonomic factors (13), safety factors (10), physical ergonomic factors (6) and organizational ergonomic factors (4). The analysis of results reinforced that to optimize the design of collaborative workstations it is imperative to have a holistic perspective of collaboration, integrating multiple key factors from areas such as engineering, ergonomics, safety, sociology and psychological as well as manufacturing efficiency and productivity. Application: Considering the advantages of the use of cobots in manufacturing, the results of this review will be useful to support companies in implementing human-robot collaboration. © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2022

Impact of Governmental Support for the Implementation of Industry 4.0 in Portugal

Authors
Faria, BS; Simoes, AC; Rodrigues, JC;

Publication
Innovations in Industrial Engineering - Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering

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2022

The Impact of Industry 4.0 Paradigm on the Pharmaceutical Industry in Portugal

Authors
Simoes, AC; Mendes, JT; Rodrigues, JC;

Publication
Innovations in Industrial Engineering - Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering

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2022

Designing human-robot collaboration (HRC) workspaces in industrial settings: A systematic literature review

Authors
Simoes, AC; Pinto, A; Santos, J; Pinheiro, S; Romero, D;

Publication
JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Abstract
In the pursuit of increasing efficiency, productivity and flexibility at production lines and their corresponding workstations, manufacturing companies have started to heavily invest in "collaborative workspaces" where close interaction between humans and robots promises to lead to these goals that neither can achieve on their own. Therefore, it is necessary to know the contributions, recommendations and guidelines that literature presents in terms of designing a manufacturing workplace where humans and cobots interact with each other to accomplish the defined objectives. These aspects need to be explored in an integrated and multidisciplinary way to maximize human involvement in the decision chain and to promote wellbeing and quality of work. This paper presents a systematic literature review on designing human-robot collaboration (HRC) workspaces for humans and robots in industrial settings. The study involved 252 articles in international journals and conferences proceedings published till 2019. A detailed selection process led to including 65 articles to further analysis. A framework that represents the complexity levels of the influencing factors presented in human-robot interaction (HRI) contexts was developed for the content analysis. Based on this framework the guidelines and recommendations of the analysed articles are presented in three categories: Category 1 - the first level of complexity, which considers only one specific influencing factor in the HRI. This category was split into two: human operator, and technology; Category 2 - the second level of complexity, includes recommendations and guidelines related to human-robot team's performance, and thus several influencing factors are present in the HRI; and, finally, Category 3 - the third level of complexity, where recommendations and guidelines for more complex and holistic approaches in the HRI are presented. The literature offers contributions from several knowledge areas capable to design safe, ergonomic, sustainable, and healthy human-centred workplaces where not only technical but also social and psychophysical aspects of collaboration are considered.

2021

Challenges in Managing Large-Scale Collaborative R&D Projects

Authors
Simões, AC; Rodrigues, JC; Soares, AL;

Publication
Contributions to Management Science

Abstract
Project management is a critical success factor for any kind of project. When projects involve complex multi-organisational structures, requiring demanding collaborative processes, project management is a complex system in itself. Although this topic has been studied for decades, the ever-changing morphology of projects induced by the increasingly intricate financing schemes, call for a frequent and updated understanding of how the projects initiate, run, and close. Large-scale integrated collaborative projects are a recent example of complex collaborative projects that were not studied yet but can provide important insights for the project and innovation management fields. These projects are carried out typically by a large consortium including research organisations, sectorial technological centres, technology providers and end-user companies, having a significant impact on the technological innovation produced for a specific sector. This chapter reports a multiple case study of four large-scale integrated projects, in Portugal, following an inductive research design. The results showed that collaboration creation and collaboration management are crucial processes for such projects, with challenges intensified by the differences in goals and expectations of researchers and practitioners. The chapter will hopefully contribute to the future development of new models, tools and techniques that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this type of projects, by providing a systematisation of the challenges faced and how they were overcome during the cases analysed. © 2021, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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2021

Digitalização: O impacto da Indústria 4.0 na Indústria Farmacêutica em Portugal

Author
Joana Davim Teixeira Mendes

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

Factors influencing the adoption of cobots in manufacturing organizations: a quantitative study

Author
Guilherme Filipe da Silva Couto

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

Inovação nos modelos de negócio decorrentes da Servitização e da Digitalização: o papel dos agentes de inovação

Author
Mariza Gabriela Lemos Mesquita

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

Adaptações das práticas pelas equipas de desenvolvimento de software ágil para atender a situação de contingência, provocadas pela situação de confinamento

Author
Luís Fernando de Ornelas Gama

Institution
UP-FEP

2020

Melhoria contínua de processos – A transformação digital numa empresa com uma cultura conservadora

Author
Nelson Daniel Alves Ferreira

Institution
UP-FEP