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XV Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computer Systems (IHC 2016)

The Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computer Systems (IHC) is the main scientific event in the area of Human-Computer Interaction in Brazil. The IHC supports the sharing of research results and in the same time composes a vibrant venue for sharing ideas about works in progress. The event is promoted by the Brazilian Computer Society, via the Special Commission on Human-Computer Interaction (CEIHC).

The 2016 event is also the fifteenth edition of IHC and will be held in São Paulo, SP, between 4th and 7th October. After 17 years, the IHC is returning to the State of São Paulo, to be held in the Land of Drizzle, how the City of São Paulo is also known for. This is the first time that the event will be held in the biggest city in Brazil.

IHC has been successful in the mission of promoting research results in the area, attracting industry professionals, teachers, researchers, and students passionate about Human-Computer Interaction. This year will be no different. The interaction among different profiles, achieved by the inherent interdisciplinarity nature of Human-Computer Interaction, results in an propitious environment for people to start partnerships, projects, supervisions, networking, etc.

This year, the IHC'16 invites the community to consider the theme "Smart Cities" by the stand point of Human-Computer Interaction. Given the growing adoption of mobile devices and apps that involve daily tasks in big cities, the Human-Computer Interaction area counts on more and more contexts of use to consider in research and products. In big cities, the computing systems support tasks that involve mobility, citizenship, consumption of products, consumption and management of natural resources, supported by social networks and communities, highlights important role that HCI researchers and professionals have.


The event will be held in the IBM Brazil, Tutóia St., 1157, São Paulo, SP.

Topics of interest

In addition to the theme of IHC'16, the topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D Interaction
  • Accessibility
  • Adaptive, customizable, and intelligent interfaces and end user programming
  • Affective computing and emotional aspects in computing
  • Context sensitive interaction: HCI for mobile devices, ubiquitous computing, and intelligent environments
  • Cultural aspects of HCI
  • Design and evaluation of games
  • Digital entertainment
  • Digital literacy
  • Domain analysis, user and tasks for HCI
  • Ecodesign
  • Education and HCI
  • Ergonomy in HCI
  • HCI theories
  • HCI, gender and minorities
  • HCI, health and well being
  • Information visualization
  • Integrating HCI and Software Engineering
  • Interaction with new devices
  • Interaction with posthumous or post-mortem data
  • Interaction with virtual reality or augmented reality
  • Legal and ethical aspects related to the research and to the practice of HCI
  • Models, methods, formalisms, techniques, and tools for the design of user interfaces
  • Models, methods, formalisms, techniques, and tools for the evaluation of user interfaces
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • Natural User Interfaces (NUI)
  • New paradigms of interaction
  • Social aspects of HCI
  • Social interaction: virtual communities, online communities, and social networks
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Tutoring and help systems
  • GranDIHC-BR: discussions, results and advances in the context of the Big Research Challenges in Research in HCI in Brazil

Previous editions

The Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems (IHC) was created in 1998 in order to allow discussion and exchange of experiences among researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction area about research being done in Brazil. Its first edition was in October 1998, as a Workshop associated with the Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering. In 2000 the event became independent and joined the series of SBC’s "Brazilian Symposiums".

The event was organized annually until 2002. From 2002 to 2010, the IHC and the Latin American Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CLIHC), were transformed into biennial events. In 2010 the Special Committee on Human-Computer Interaction (CEIHC) of SBC made the decision to change the IHC into an annual event again. The previous events were:

It is noteworthy that since the beginning, IHC was as an event sponsored by SBC. And since 2006, it has been organized in cooperation with the SIGCHI/ACM Special Interest Group (in Computer Human Interaction / Association of Computer Machinery).


Transport tips

  • Download the Uber app on your phone and check the availability of cars for your location. It can be a practical and cost-effective alternative on the day of.
  • Use the Moovit app to find some public transportation suggestions while exploring the city.
  • Visit the sptrans website (portuguese only) to learn more about the municipal buses operation and check for transport suggestions.
  • Download the public transport network of São Paulo metropolitan area.
Note: Considering the recent happenings in the city of São Paulo related to the activity of Uber drivers, we suggest you to avoid asking for an Uber car near taxi drivers.

Congonhas airport (CGH)


The official CGH taxi services are located in the ground floor. The taxis area can be accessed through a ramp found shortly after the baggage claim hall. Cost: around R$ 30.00 (common taxi).

Public transport

The route from the airport to the conference or the hotel Matsubara can be done through the municipal buses, in which we suggest two alternatives:

Bus 5630-10 - Metrô Brás
The closest bus stop for boarding is located at Avenida Washington Luis, 6200 (300 meters from the airport). The landing point is located at Avenida Vinte e Três de Maio, the estimated travel time is 45 minutes and the ticket costs R$ 3.80.
For participants who want to get to the Matsubara hotel, landing will be at the bus stop just after the Jeep's store.
For those going directly to the event, the bus stop you should land is right after BMW Agulhas Negras sore.
Bus 175T-10 - Metrô Santana
The closest bus stop for boarding is located at Rua Tamoios, 186 (550 meters from the airport ). The landing point is located at Avenida Vinte e Três de Maio, the estimated travel time is also 45 minutes and the ticket costs R$ 3.80. The bus stop you should land remains the same as the previously suggested bus, right after the Jeep's store (the closest to the hotel) and right after BMW Agulhas Negras store (the closest to the conference).

See the main route alternatives and the full path from CGH airport to Matsubara hotel and from CGH airport to the conference on Google maps website.

Additional information about the operation of the airport and its facilities can be found at Congonhas airport webiste.

Guarulhos airport (GRU)


The GRU taxi services are offered by Guarucoop cooperative, which operates exclusively on site. All prices are predefined so look for the cooperative counter to check prices and path options right after leaving the airport hall. Have in hands the address of the destination you want to go.

Public transport

As for municipal public transport to the Matsubara hotel or the conference site, we recommend the following alternatives:

Bus São Paulo Aeroporto GRU - São Paulo Aeroporto CGH + Subway
Given the lack of a single public transport that goes directly to Matsubara hotel vicinity, this route suggests the initial boarding on the bus "Sao Paulo GRU Airport - Sao Paulo CGH Airport" in the airport bus terminal, platform 4, disembarking at Terminal Rodoviário Tietê.
Upon arrival at Terminal Tietê, it is necessary a 2min walk to the subway station, having as target the Paraíso station, located on the line 1 - Blue, on a train heading to Jabaquara station
Finally, it will take more 750m from Paraíso station to reach the hotel. The path is not the only viable one, but tends to be one of the best considering the small number of transfers.
This path is also acceptable for those who wish to go directly to the conference, but there will be a greater walking distance from station Paraíso to the IBM Tutóia building. The total ticket cost is R$ 7.60.

See the main route alternatives and the full path from GRU airport to Matsubara hotel and from GRU airport to the conference on Google maps website.

Additional information about the operation of the airport and its facilities can be found at Guarulhos airport website.

Terminal Rodoviário Tietê


Two taxi companies operate in Terminal Tietê, common and special taxis. The average taxi price to the conference neighborhood is R$ 35.00 (common taxi). For additional information, look for information desk, located on the top floor, open 24 hours.

Public transport

For those arriving through the Terminal Tietê, the subway is one of the best options. Just walk to the subway station and get aboard the train on line 1 - Blue, heading to Jabaquara station; you land in the Paraíso station. From there, you can do a 20 minutes walk to IBM Tutóia building or a 10 minute walk to the hotel Matsubara. The metro ticket costs R$ 3.80.
Bus 1156-10 - Pça. do Correio + Bus 175T-10 - Metrô Jabaquara
As an alternative to the subway, we also suggest the use of two buses with the advantage of reducing the walking distance. The first bus, "1156-10 - Pça do Correio", should be taken close to the Tietê subway entrance (opposite to the Terminal Tietê) and the landing should be done at R. Brigadeiro Tobias, 300. In this same stop you can get aboard the bus "175T-10 - Metrô Jabaquara", the second alternative, to later drop at Avenida Vinte e Três de maio on the first bus stop after the Viaduto Engenheiro A.C. Aguiar.
From this point, there is a 2 minutes walk to the Matsubara hotel and a 5 minutes walk to IBM Tutóia building.
The total ticket cost is R$ 7.60.

See the main route alternatives and the full path from Terminal Rodoviário Tietê to Matsubara hotel and from Terminal Rodoviário Tietê to the conference on Google maps website.


Official Hotels





Ibirapuera Park

Parque do Ibirapuera - One of the many places full of trees. Photographed during the afternoon
An afternoon in Ibirapuera Park - By @santanavagner

In the year of its 4th centenary, the São Paulo city was gifted with an amazing recreation place: the Ibirapuera Park. With an area of 1.6 million square meters, the park counts on museums, monuments, cycling and cooper tracks and sports courts.

In the colonial period, the space that is now occupied by the park was a native village. Ibirapuera, in Tupi-guarani, the early native language, it's called Ypy-Ra-ouêra, which means rotted tree. This is because the area was extremely swampy, with lowland soil. In the early 20, a town hall employee, named Manuel Lopes de Oliveira, started a planting ornamental and exotic trees, in order to end the excess of moisture on the site. The employee's effort is now recognized as a plant nursery that bears his name, the nursery Manequinho Lopes. The area is home to a diversity of plants and greenhouses, and is constantly open to the public.

The initial idea, headed by a committee of city hall representatives, the private sector and the São Paulo State Government, was inaugurated Ibirapuera Park on the city's 400 year anniversary. Despite the efforts, the Ibirapuera was only inaugurated on August 21, 1954.

The project aimed to give the city a space that could unite urban modernity and an advanced landscape plan. Oscar Niemeyer was responsible for the architectural design, and Roberto Burle Marx by the landscape constitution.

Today, the Ibirapuera park is considered by the locals as a point of artistic and cultural attractions, such as the Biennale of Art, the Fair of Nations, the São Paulo Fashion Week and many other important art exhibitions. Source: Prefeitura de São Paulo (Portuguese only).

Don't forget to:

  • Visit Manequinho Lopes plant nursery. The collection has more than de 200 different (and beautiful) species;
  • Take a look at great brazilian names artworks, such as Portinari, Tarsila de Amaral and Victor Brecheret at MAM - São Paulo Museum of Modern Art;
  • Play sports at Praça da Paz, a huge open grassy area, located in the center of the park;
  • Lay down on the grass, listen to the birds singing and relax.

Visit the Ibirapuera Park website (Portuguese only).


MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a private, nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil’s first modern museum. Chateaubriand invited Italian art dealer and critic Pietro Maria Bardi to serve as MASP’s director, a position he held for nearly forty-five years. Acquired through donations from the local society, MASP’s first artworks were selected by Bardi and became the most important collection of European art in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, MASP’s collection contains more than 8.000 works, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, and costumes from a wide range of periods, encompassing art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Besides the permanent exhibition of its collection, MASP organizes a compre­hensive program of temporary exhibitions, courses, and talks, as well as musical, dance, and theater presentations.

Originally located on Rua 7 de Abril, in São Paulo’s downtown district, in 1968 the museum was transferred to its current building on Avenida Paulista; its striking architectural design by Lina Bo Bardi has made it a landmark of 20th-century architecture. Lina Bo Bardi used glass and concrete to create an architecture of rough surfaces without luxurious finishing but that conveys a sense of lightness, transparency, and suspension. The plaza underneath the building, known as “free span”, was designed to serve as a public square. The architect’s radicality can also be appreciated in the iconic crystal easels she designed for displaying the museum’s collection on the building’s second floor.

In removing the artworks from the wall, the easels question the traditional model of the European museum. At MASP, the vast open space, coupled with a transparent, suspended exhibition design, allows for a closer rapport between the visitors and the collection, one in which visitors choose their own paths, tracing their own histories. Source: MASP.

Don't forget to:

  • Spend some time in the free standing space of MASP.
  • Visit one of the fairs that take place in the free space.
  • Meet some periodic exposure and of course, the permanent works, comming from cities around the world.

Visit the MASP website.


Mercadão - Mercado Municipal

Mercado Municipal - By Felix Tansil

A must go place for tourists from all over Brazil and other countries, the Mercado Municipal de São Paulo (Municipal Market of São Paulo) is one of the most traditional gourmet points of the city. At the Mercadão, as it is affectionately known by the visitors, you can find a wide variety of foods – from fresh vegetables and fruits to meat, poultry and seafood of all kinds, pasta, sweets and top of the line spices from different parts of the world. Not to mention its Gourmet Lounge, which offers the opportunity to try tasty dishes there, while enjoying the architectural beauty of Mercadão.

Designed by architect Francisco Ramos de Azevedo’s office in 1926, Mercadão was opened on January 25, 1933. The stained glass windows were created by the Russian artist Sorgenicht Conrad Filho, famous for his works at the Sé Cathedral in São Paulo and other 300 Brazilian churches. In all, 32 panels are subdivided into 72 beautiful stained glass windows.

The building – which occupies an area of 12,600 square meters of built area, on Tamanduateí River’s bank - employs more than 1,500 people, which together handle about 450 tons of food per day in its more than 290 boxes. Source: Portal do Mercadão.

Don't forget to:

  • Eat the delicious and traditional bologna sandwich, made with more than 200kg of bologna slices and present in several versions;
  • Try the dragon fruit , a red fruit that tastes similar to the kiwi;
  • Take home a lot of peanuts, cheese and smoked food that suit all tastes and flavors;
  • Complete the traditional experience of Mercadão proving the equally traditional codfish pastry.

Visit the Mercadão website.


São Paulo Aquarium

Penguin in the water
São Paulo Aquarium - By Marola com Carambola

Considered a reference in the treatment and exhibition of animals, São Paulo Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Latin America. It was opened in 2006, featuring 9 thousand m² and 2 million gallons of water.

The only thematic aquarium in Brazil, this complex induces visitors to feel immersed in the environments, which have approximately 3000 specimens of 300 species of animals. Brazilian forests are portrayed in the first sector, dedicated to fresh water, and which addresses issues such as pollution of rivers and endangered species.

In this wing of 3 thousand square meters, it is possible to see the famous offspring of albino alligators, which made São Paulo Aquarium internationally renowned, since they are the only ones on display in the world, in addition to alligators, lizards, iguanas and snakes.

The Oceanarium is a real dive in the marine world. With more than 1 million liters of water, in this sector visitors embark on a sunken submarine surrounded by sharks and Manta rays. The mangue, the coastline and the oceans species' rich variety of shapes and colours also enchant visitors.

Giant displays feature the Tapajós, a baby manatee that can be seen from a privileged vision above the hall.

Monkeys, toucans, otters and anteater complement this tour which also includes the presence of Thunder, a sea wolf who loves making adventures in the water and waits for visitors in a large pirate ship. This is the São Paulo Aquarium, a complex dedicated to the well being of its animals, the commitment to environmental education and with the goal of providing an unforgettable tour for visitors of all ages. Source: São Paulo Aquarium.

Don't forget to:

  • Meet the giant snake, from the species of the largest snakes in the world: Python reticulatus;
  • Visit the tank of one million liters and its lovely sharks;
  • Playing with the Manatee in the largest Brazilian tank;
  • Visit the submarine's interior replica.

Visit the São Paulo Aquarium website.


São Paulo Zoo

São Paulo Zoo - Área da entrada
Zoo - By The Photographer

Few experiences are so significant for adults and children as a visit to the zoo. Enjoy the diversity of fauna creates a powerful and universal link with the nature. Approximately 10% of world population visit a zoo or aquarium each year. Since its opening in 1958, the São Paulo Zoo has already received more than 85 million visitors.

Located in a 824,529 square area of Atlantic Forest, the park houses springs from the Ipiranga historic creek, whose waters form a lake that welcomes copies of several species of birds, as well as migratory birds. As the lake, the forest houses free life native animals, forming a wonderful parallel fauna.

Through the exibition of more than 3,000 animals, represented by species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, the São Paulo Zoo promotes public awareness about various forms of life on Earth. Source: São Paulo Zoo (Portuguese Only).

Don't forget to:

  • Visit the exhibition "The world of Dinosaurs", which has more than 3 thousand square meters and more than 20 giant dinosaurs;
  • Taking the safari zoo: With a journey of about 3.9km, the visitor can observe the animals closely and may even feed some species of animals with rations that can be purchased in the Safari Zoo itself;
  • Knowing rare species, such as orangutans, the white rhino and lear's macaw.

Visit the São Paulo Zoo website (Portuguese only).


Sightseeing SP bus

The Sightseeing SP was especially designed for you to explore São Paulo in a comfortable and safe way. The possibility of unlimited hop on and hop off throughout the circuit allows you to know the main attractions that the city has to offer. The tour provides information about the history, architecture and culture of the city. While you enjoy the view, you get to know more about the incredible destination that is São Paulo! Source: Cidade de São Paulo website.


To facilitate the location of the points where the bus makes stops, we recommend using the Moovit application, as described in Moovit website.