GranDSI-BR: Big Research Challenges in Information Systems in Brazil (2016-2026)

Historic: In the last 10 years, Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) has been concerned to prospect the main research challenges in the Computer Science area in Brazil for the next decade through a seminar intitled “Big Research Challenges in Computer Science in Brazil” (2006, 2009 and 2014)[1]. The positive impact with such an initiative had propitiated the guidance of the research and organization of national events in terms of themes, as well as concrete development actions by the scientific community with respect to these themes. Inspired by this initiative, scientific communities from several Computer Science subareas in the SBC had also started to identify their big research challenges[2].

Context: Information Systems (IS) are one of the main agents responsible to the economic development and social transformations in Brasil and in the world in the last decades, and there is an clear tendency that they will persist as such in the next years. The relevance of IS to the functioning of the organizations and of the real society justifies the debate about guidelines and an agenda for IS research. This debate has been broadly accomplished all over the world.

The research area in IS aims at understanding the Computer Science as an instrument for real-world, society, and organization problem solving. Its multidisciplinary and applied nature makes it a challenging area that requires a deep thinking not only about the developed technologies, but also with respect to its unfolding when used in practice. The establishment of a common view of the challenges faced by this area is necessary to direct research efforts to the solution of the big real problems in Brazil.

Purpose: Given the relevance and maturity of IS scientific community in the scope of SBC, the IS steering committee  (CE-SI) promotes, in 2016, the seminar Big Research Challenges in Information Systems in Brazil (GranDSI-BR) with the purpose of prospecting the research questions in the IS area that will be important to the science and the country in the next 10 years (2016-2026).

The GranDSI-BR aims at provoking the scientific community and the national industry to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the context-problems related to the research in IS that represent big challenges in Brazil?
  2. What are the IS challenges for the solution of problems in different domains?
  3. What are the challenges related to the development, usage and analysis of the IS effects in the solution of problems?
  4. What are the IS challenges that are domain-independent? What are the specific questions of the artifact itself (like integration, complexity and usage) that must be faced?
  5. What are the challenges in IS area on considering their future development? How the IS area must place oneselves to reach its objectives, in particular, in Brazil?

The GranDSI-BR event is co-located with the 12th Brazilian Symposium on IS (SBSI 2016) and comprises the following stages:

Stage 1: Submission of challenges proposals: submission of proposals that represent challenges to the IS area, according to the point of view of researchers, industry professionals and experts in the area;

Stage 2: Seminar: presentation, discussion and consolidation of the selected proposals by the audience during the seminar, that will take place at SBSI 2016, in May, 2016, in Florianopolis, Brazil;

Stage 3: Preparation of position papers: preparation of papers that present a clear and relevant positioning of their authors and promote a discussion in terms of the themes generated by the seminar. These papers will be organized and published as chapters of a digital book.

Call for Proposals: The IS steering committee invites the scientific community, industry professionals and experts in the IS area to submit their challenges’ proposals. A proposal must describe/answer (at least) the following items:

  1. What is the big proposed challenge;
  2. What are the specific contexts related to the proposed challenge and its relevance to the national and/or international IS context;
  3. The proposed challenge is related to which initiatives (if it is the case)?
  4. What are the mechanisms for evaluating the proposed challenge?

The characteristics of a Big Research Challenge, according to SBC, are the following:

  • It must be directed to significant advances in the area and, as a consequence, to the Science, instead of being based on incremental results of existing progresses;
  • In order to approach a research challenge, it must be much more comprehensive than the works and results that must be developed and reached by a single and conventional research project;
  • Its progress must be able to be accomplished and evaluated in an incremental way. The intention here is to analize its evolution and execute course changings when necessary;
  • Its success must be evaluated in a clear and objective way;
  • It must be possibly multidisciplinary in nature, as well as in the solution possibilities;
  • It must emerge from a scientific community consensous in order to serve as a reference for a long period of time, despite of credit policies or issues pertaining to conjunctures.

Proposals must be submitted through the JEMS system ( and must follow the SBC template. A paper proposal is limited to 3 pages. Each proposal will be analyzed by a member of a specific committee, and will serve as basis for the discussion and proposition of the Big Research Challenges in Information Systems in Brazil during the seminar at SBSI 2016, in Florianopolis, Brazil

Important Dates:

Proposal submission deadline: March 1, 2016 March 14, 2016 March 25, 2016

GranDSI-BR Chairs

Clodis Boscarioli (UNIOESTE)
Renata Araujo (UNIRIO)
Rita Suzana Pitangueira Maciel (UFBA)


[2] An example is the one of the HCI community, available at: