Interactive Systems for the next 10 years

In 2015, the United Nations (UN) proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives of everyone, everywhere

The 17 Goals are all interconnected. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, health, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice, education, infrastructure, cities and partnerships. 

A Decade of Action: 2030, the deadline for achieving the SDGs, is precisely 10 years from now. According to the UN, although progress has been made, actions to meet the Goals are not yet advancing at the speed or scale required.: “2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.” 

Undoubtedly, Computer Science and its application are crucial to achieve the SDGs, and the question this Special Call raises is: How can we advance on the SDGs with Interactive Systems (IS)? 

SBC JIS celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020. Since JIS’ first volume, profound changes have occurred in the Brazilian scenario and abroad. Technology has advanced and new topics and issues have emerged; the social, political and economic scenario of Brazil has changed radically; the world is facing a pandemic situation that requires advances in terms of science and technology and their application. Therefore, we are at the beginning of a new decade full of challenges and demands, in a fast changing and unpredictable scenario

IS have permeated human life. From social interaction to education, from health to law, from industry settings to work from home, from leisure to therapy, from families and local communities to government, IS have been at the core of our modern life. However, several issues that have been a concern for different research fields for decades not only remain unsolved but may become even harder. Sociotechnical approaches, although clearly relevant and mandatory when we talk about IS, have not become dominant approaches for IS researchers and practitioners. Human-centred processes, products and computing, although widely announced and valued, have not become the mainstream even in academic forums. 

IS design, evaluation and application still presents plenty of challenges, not only in technical and methodological terms, but also in theoretical and mainly in social ones. If we are to help achieving SDGs for the next decade, social issues involved in IS and their effects on society must be understood and addressed, requiring our theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge to be revisited and advanced.

This special call invites experts in IS design, evaluation and application, to build a panorama on the field and draw its future, pointing out challenges and strategies to advance on them. Such advancements, however, must be situated in a socially responsible way in the scenario we live in, helping to advance our capacity to solve one or more SDGs via/supported by/with IS.

Topics of interest (not limited to) for this call:

  • Design issues, approaches, methods, techniques for IS 
  • Evaluation issues, techniques, strategies for IS
  • Theories, concepts and models for IS in HCI, VR, Games, and related fields (e.g., Collaborative Systems, Software Engineering, Information Systems);
  • Results from IS application to advance on SDG-related problems
  • Reviews on IS: Past, Present and Future

Papers are expected to cover the following items:

  1. Approach one or more SDGs
  2. Present the SDG in a situated context (e.g., the Brazilian one)
  3. Clearly present how IS can help us to advance on the SDG
  4. Discuss theoretical, methodological, technical or social issues in IS for the SDG
  5. Identify challenges and point out directions to overcome them 
  6. Call for action: presents a propositive agenda to work on the pointed directions  

Submissions must be in pdf, following the JIS LaTeX or MS Word templates.

Papers are expected to have 10 to 20 pages length, including attachments and references. Papers outside this limit will be considered only in special cases. Authors must follow JIS guidelines and checklist available at:

JIS is open access, free of charge for both authors and readers, and all papers published by JIS follow the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. 

Review Process: manuscripts will be reviewed by at least 3 experts in the field, following JIS standard review process.

Submission deadline

Submissions for this special call will follow JIS regular submission and review process. Therefore, papers can be submitted at any time, and accepted papers will be published in the current volume as soon as they have been accepted and their camera ready version have been aproved by the editors. 

Special Call Editors

Roberto Pereira, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), was program chair of the most important HCI conference in Brazil and chair of the GranDIHC-BR: an initiative that identified 5 grand challenges for HCI in Brazil (2012-2022). Roberto has been conducting research on different techniques and approaches for designing and evaluating IS from a sociotechnical perspective in different domains (education, health, fake news, inclusion). He has served as associate editor of the Brazilian Journal on Computers in Education (2015-2019) and as editor-in-chief of the SBC Horizontes Magazine.
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Luciana Salgado, Fluminense Federal University (UFF), was program chair of the most important HCI conference in Brazil, having published dozen of papers and a book on IS design and evaluation from a semiotic perspective. Luciana has advised research that involved IS design and evaluation in critical settings, such as health and education. Serving as JIS editor-in-chief, she had practical experience in conference and journal management and publication.
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Luciana Zaina, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), was program chair of the most important HCI conference in Brazil in 2017. Luciana Zaina has conducted research on techniques and approaches for supporting developers on the design of IS, working in close collaboration with industries. She has served as associate editor of the Brazilian Journal on Computers in Education since 2019.

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João Marcelo Teixeira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), was program chair of the most important VR/AR conference in Brazil in 2019, having almost 100 publications including journals, full, short and posters in XR-related research. He is one of the six members of SBC-CERV, the special commission of the Brazilian Computer Society for Virtual and Augmented Reality. Currently he works as guest editor for Elsevier’s Computer & Graphics Journal and his main research areas are Computer Vision techniques applied to Computer Human Interaction and Embedded Systems/Robotics.

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Ingrid Teixeira Monteiro, Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), has been a member of the scientific committee of important events in the Human-Computer Interaction area. She has been chair of the Brazilian chapter of ACM SIGCHI for two terms. She is currently a member of the editorial board of JIS and conducts research and projects related to the design and evaluation of systems, involving themes like semiotic engineering, computational thinking, accessibility, user experience and digital design.

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Cléber Gimenez Corrêa, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR), was assistant editor of the Journal on Interactive Systems (2017-2019), and worked in the team that organized the Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality 2018 (SVR'18), that was co-located with other events: the Conference on Graphics, Patterns and Images (SIBGRAPI) and the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Games and Digital Entertainment (SBGames). He has been conducting research on HCI and software testing for Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

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Milene Silveira, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, received her M.Sc. in Computer Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 1996 and her Ph.D. in the same area from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2002. She is a Professor and researcher on human-computer interaction (HCI), focusing on its relations with end-user development, data visualization, social networks, agile software development, learning objects, and HCI education.
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