The XVIII Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems (IHC 2019) will be held in the city of Vitória, capital of the state of Espírito Santo, between October 21-25, 2019. More than 20 years after the first symposium, the event is held for the very first time in Espírito Santo.
IHC 2019 invites the scientific community to explore the theme "Bridges for Interaction" from the perspective of Human-Computer Interaction. The theme refers to the characteristic of the city of Vitória, which is formed by an archipelago composed of 33 islands and a continental portion. Seven bridges link the island of Vitória to the mainland.
New forms of interaction with machines are part of our daily lives and shape our social interactions and behavior. Therefore, IHC 2019 emphasizes the need to transpass barriers, cross borders, agregate disciplines, link past and future, physical and digital, to improve the quality of interaction between people and technology.
Founded on September 8th, 1551, Vitoria is among the oldest capitals in the country. The indigenous inhabitants of the region called it "Ilha de Guaananira", which means "Honey Island". Vitória is also known as "Sun City", "City Nativity" and "Charming Island". Its landscapes fascinate who arrives either by plane, ship or by land.
Several secular traditions are, to this day, worshiped by its inhabitants, such as the Moqueca Capixaba (kind of fish stew with tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander), the bands of Congo and the handmade clay pots. At the same time, Vitória is a modern city with a varied offer of touristic attractions, intense nightlife, international-class hotel infrastructure and excellent restaurants.
The city is unique for its natural beauty, its traditional cultural groups, its remarkable growth, its quality of life, being a tourist destination on the rise. The city has a territorial space conducive to events and business, especially the performance of water sports. In addition, Vitória has been preparing to offer more and more qualified and diversified services.
Visiting Vitória metropolitan area means learning a little bit of its history, enjoying beautiful beaches and savoring the delicious Moqueca Capixaba made in the traditional clay pot. All of this makes of the state of Espírito Santo the perfect place for another great edition of the IHC!
The Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems (IHC) is the main scientific event in the field of Human-Computer Interaction in Brazil. IHC has been successful in disseminating research results, attracting researchers, professors, students and industry professionals involved in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. The integration of different backgrounds, resulting from the interdisciplinarity inherent to Human-Computer Interaction, leads to a vibrant environment for exchanging ideas about work in progress and conducive to the emergence of partnerships, projects, orientations, professional contacts, among others. The symposium is promoted by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), through the Special Committee on Human-Computer Interaction (CEIHC).
The first edition of IHC was held in the city of Maringá in 1998, as a workshop within the Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering; since then IHC has been dissiminating research results in the area of HCI from north to south of the country. In 2000 the event gained autonomy and became part of the series of "Brazilian Symposiums" from SBC. Between 2002 and 2010, IHC took place every two years, alternating with the Latin American Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CLIHC). The decision to change its periodicity in 2002 intended to give the Brazilian community, at that time, extended deadlines to carry out empirical research with users and present solid results at each edition of the symposium.
The growth of the HCI community in Brazil, however, was very expressive, both quantitatively and qualitatively, so that in 2010 the CEIHC assembly gathered during the IX Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems decided to resume the annual periodicity of the event, as of 2011. In 2011, still collocated with CLIHC, the symposium was held in Porto de Galinhas, PE. Since then, the number of participants in IHC has been increasing, and the IHC 2018 held in Belém - PA, had approximately 300 registrations. More information on previous editions of the event can be found here.