By Kamila Rodrigues, Ticianne Darin, Maria Vilela e Caroline Queiroz
In 2022, after two years of happening remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brazilian community finally met in the twenty-first edition of the Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems (IHC 2022) person in Diamantina, a small and charming town in the Minas Gerais state. The event took place for the first time in a small village in the 20 years of the Brazilian research community in Human-Computer Interaction.
IHC 2022 invited the scientific community to explore “The Paths of Interaction”. Alluding to the paths that converge and intersect towards a common goal in HCI research, research paths in Human-Computer Interaction in Brazil have their most significant junction during our national symposium. Over the years, the IHC has been a great forum where the scientific community presents and discusses ideas to advance research on the design, use, and evaluation of technologies to improve people’s lives and their impact on society – and this year was no different!
We were happy to have two very special speakers at IHC 2022: Professor Gilbert Cockton (ACM Distinguished Speaker) challenging the community with a talk on “What I discovered at a design school that many in computing don’t know – and some may not accept” ; and Professor Raquel Prates (UFMG) with a lecture deeply linked to the IHC2022 theme: “Paths of Collaboration: In the middle of the road, there was a system”. Professor Raquel was honored by CEIHC with the Outstanding Career Award at IHC. The CEIHC chooses the recipients among those whose career is marked by extraordinary performance in the following areas: scientific contribution in the area of HCI, scientific or educational projects of high social relevance, Influence, and training of researchers in the area of HCI, Service to Brazilian community of HCI and Insertion and international recognition.
With a program committee composed of researchers from different disciplines working in academia and industry in all geographic regions of Brazil and researchers from other countries, the IHC program was vibrant and diverse this year. IHC 2022 featured the classic trails, such as the Research Trail and the Innovative Ideas and Emerging Results Trail, which were kept in the reduced schedule in the two online editions of the IHC that took place during the pandemic. This year, the Research Trail had 77 valid papers, of which 28 (36.4%) were accepted, and 4 (5.2%) were conditionally accepted. The Trail of Innovative Ideas received 31 valid full-article submissions and accepted eight articles (25.8%). Conditional acceptance was introduced this year, aiming to make IHC 2022 a more inclusive event, allowing authors to improve specific points of their work and resubmit the updated version.
In addition, the variety of trails that traditionally characterize the event returned during IHC 2022. This year, the program opened registration for Posters and Demonstrations, with twenty-one presentations, promoting the discussion of the works in progress during the event. HCI in Practice also returned, bringing six articles presenting HCI application experiences in actual cases. The call for Workshops resulted in the first edition of the “Workshop on Interactions with Data Experiences (WIDE)”. The call for Short Courses brought four courses to enrich the programming of IHC 2022: “How to organize inclusive hackathons?”, “Introduction to implementing accessibility in User Experience Design”, “Thinking about making agile personas + Task flow + Exploring ideas” and “Using TAM in Compute Application Lifecycles”. The Trail of International Articles provided a vibrant discussion between authors and an instigating exchange of experiences about the space of the Brazilian community internationally, based on the presentation of ten articles published in journals and international conferences in the area.
The Theses and Dissertations Workshop (WTD-IHC) brought three master’s and five doctoral works in progress, promoting the exchange of ideas, integration, and collaboration between students and researchers. The Design Competition created a space for students and professionals to present creative solutions to practical problems with five finalist reports between undergraduate and graduate teams. Finally, IHC 2022 invited two of the traditional forums of the Brazilian HCI community: the HCI Education Workshop (WEIHC), which discussed the theme “Walking, teaching and welcoming knowledge in HCI teaching”; and the Workshop on Aspects of Human-Computer Interaction for the Social Network (WAIHCWS) addressing the theme “Accessibility for Inclusion in the Social Network”.
IHC 2022 had an exciting atmosphere, marked by the joy of meeting again after two long years apart. The event was filled with programs that allowed the community to cross paths – not only in research but in the beautiful city of Diamantina and its surroundings – helping us to maintain old ties, build new ones and renew the strength of our community.