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External research collaborator @ INESC TEC, Porto, PT

Postdoctoral researcher @ Solent University, Southamtpon, UK

PhD (2018) - Industrial Engineering and Management @ Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP)

The aim of my doctoral research was to study and design information management and collaborative network solutions to improve the support provided by industrial business associations to the internationalisation of SMEs, following a design science research approach.

MScEng (2012) - Industrial Engineering and Management @ University of Minho

My master's project was performed under the topic of lean management to analyse and reduce setup times of metal-mechanic machines of a manufacturing company.

My current research interests are: industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing technologies, design science research, digital platforms, collaborative networks, information management, industrial business associations, and SME internationalisation.

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2020

Anthropometric Data for Wheelchair Users: A Systematic Literature Review

Authors
Braganca, S; Castellucci, I; Costa, E; Arezes, P; Carvalho, M;

Publication
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

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2020

Industrial business associations improving the internationalisation of SMEs with digital platforms: A design science research approach

Authors
Costa, E; Soares, AL; de Sousa, JP;

Publication
International Journal of Information Management

Abstract
This paper aims to contribute to the lack of design knowledge on digital platforms (DPs), by studying the new and specific context of DPs managed by industrial business associations (IBAs) to improve the internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). A specific objective is to elicit detailed digital platform's requirements and features for this particular organisational context. A design science research (DSR) approach is adopted to develop design propositions (the artifact), following the context-intervention-mechanism-outcome logic (CIMO-logic). The design propositions are derived for DPs that can support different types of generative mechanisms of social interaction: information sharing, collaboration, and collective action. The design propositions are obtained by balancing empirical knowledge based on interviews performed with IBAs and SMEs in Portugal and in the UK, with theoretical knowledge from the literature of information systems, DPs and collaborative networks (CNs). The utility of the design propositions is further evaluated by experts and IBAs. The findings are proved to be relevant for practice, mainly for IBAs, SMEs, and digital platform designers to develop more effective collaborative DPs and sociotechnical systems, supporting CNs and the internationalisation needs of SMEs. The knowledge generated in this study brings new design knowledge on DPs, contributing with design propositions translated into tangible and concrete requirements and capabilities, situated in a specific context and empirical setting. © 2020

2019

A brief overview of the use of collaborative robots in industry 4.0: Human role and safety

Authors
Bragança, S; Costa, E; Castellucci, I; Arezes, PM;

Publication
Studies in Systems, Decision and Control

Abstract
Industry 4.0 is a new industrial paradigm that brings new challenges for workers as they have to actively collaborate with robots in an interconnected environment. The main purpose of this paper is to give a brief overview of how collaborative robots can be used to support human workers in Industry 4.0 manufacturing environments. The use of collaborative robots certainly brings many advantages as these machines enable more efficient product systems by supporting workers with both physical and cognitive tasks, as is the case of exoskeletons. On the other hand, human–robot interaction might also have some risks if human factors considerations are not well thought through throughout the process. Moreover, it becomes clear that the role that humans have been playing so far in a manufacturing environment is rapidly changing. Human workers will have to adapt to these new systems by acquiring and improving a set of skills that have sometime been neglected until nowadays. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.

2018

Exploring the CIMO-Logic in the Design of Collaborative Networks Mediated by Digital Platforms

Authors
Costa, E; Soares, AL; de Sousa, JP;

Publication
Collaborative Networks of Cognitive Systems - 19th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2018, Cardiff, UK, September 17-19, 2018, Proceedings

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2018

On the Use of Digital Platforms to Support SME Internationalization in the Context of Industrial Business Associations

Authors
Costa, E; Soares, AL; Pinho de Sousa, J;

Publication
Advances in Business Information Systems and Analytics - Handbook of Research on Expanding Business Opportunities With Information Systems and Analytics

Abstract
The digital economy is creating disruptions in traditional industries and markets. Industrial business associations (IBAs) may face serious challenges in a near future to meet the needs and requirements of their members, particularly in supporting their growing international trade activities and internationalization processes. Digital platforms are already transforming different types of businesses across all markets. An IBA may use a digital platform, not only to keep up with the current technological trends of markets, but also to improve the internationalization support provided to their associate small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to present the view of these potential digital platforms' managers, by presenting the results of an exploratory field research based on 24 interviews with IBAs from Portugal, France, and the UK. Another goal is to identify current digital platforms that are being used by IBAs and to critically evaluate their potential for supporting internationalization processes of SMEs. By using these findings, a set of requirements and features for digital platforms supporting SME internationalization in the context of IBAs are derived in this chapter. These results can be used by platform designers and by IBAs for designing and developing more effective digital platforms that can meet the specific internationalization needs of their users and managers.