EBICC 2015 Venue
This page gives information about the event place, the University campus and the city of São Paulo. You may click on the images to enlarge them, when higher-resolution versions would be available.

Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo

The meeting will take place at the Polytechnic School (POLI) of the University of São Paulo (USP). The POLI was stablished in 1893, before the creation of the University of São Paulo itself and it was incorporated to USP in 1934. Internationally ranked among the 100 top schools of engineering worldwide, POLI has the reputation of "school of leaders", since many of its graduates have occupied positions of public exposure or business and industry leadership, including ten mayors of São Paulo and six state governors. The POLI offers courses with 17 major undergrad modalities and 19 graduate tracks for master and doctorate. (Wikipedia)

POLI - Administration building

The main activities of EBICC-2015 will happen at the Auditorium Francisco Romeu Landi, located inside the POLI Administration building, at the right of the lobby. All conferences and panel round-tables will take place there. The reception and coffee-break lounge are located nearby this auditorium.

Auditorium Francisco Romeu Landi
The communications sessions for papers and posters will take place at the Electrical Engineering building, situated near the POLI administration building. The amphitheater is close to its entrance, at the main hall (the wide brown doors close to the stairs in the photo at right). Upstairs, above it, there is a cafeteria.The papers will be presented in the rooms in front of the cafeteria and the posters will be displayed in frames distributed at the ground level hall in front of the amphitheater. The local library, found walking ahead of the hall, is an open place with small study rooms ideal for rehearsing presentations.
POLI - Electrical Engineering


By clicking the aereal view photo of the Polytechnic School of Engineering, shown below, it will be displayed an enlarged view with the indications of all points of interest. You may also find uselful to consult the map with indications of all points related to the event in the campus, by following this link. MAP

Three main landmarks help find this area viewed from street:

Polytechnic School of Engineering


The University of São Paulo (USP) is one of the three public universiies in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. It is the largest Brazilian university and holds a high reputation among world universities, being ranked 51-60 worldwide in reputation by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge, offering a broad range of courses. In 2015, out of 36 subjects, the QS World University Rankings ranked USP in the top 50 in 8 subjects (including Architecture, Dentistry, Civil Engineering, Agriculture/Forestry and Art/Design) and in the top 51-100th position in 21 more subjects (including Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Modern Languages, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics).

The university was founded in 1934, regrouping already existing schools in the state of São Paulo. The university has subsequently created new departments, becoming one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America, with approximately 90,000 enrolled students. Currently, it has eleven campuses, four of them in the city of São Paulo.Several students from the University of São Paulo achieved important positions in the Brazilian society. It was the alma mater of twelve Brazilian presidents. USP was ranked 19th worldwide in a rank based on the number of alumni who became CEOs in the world's 500 largest companies.
Clock Tower Plaza at the center of the campus
USP is also Brazil's largest research institution, producing more than 25% of the scientific papers published by Brazilian researchers in high quality conferences and journals.USP has today five hospitals and offers 247 undergraduate programs and 239 graduate programs in all areas of study. The university houses altogether 24 museums and galleries – with half a millionvisitors a year – two theaters, a cinema, a TV channel and an orchestra. The University of São Paulo welcomes people from all continents, and stimulates this process via networks and consortiums (International Office – USP), such as Erasmus Mundus, Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa, Rede Magalhães (SMILE - Student Mobility in Latin America, Caribbean and Europe), among others. (Wikipedia)

Campus Restaurants

There are many restaurants in the USP campus. Find some of them closer to the event in the map at this link. MAP.

The SWEDENS restaurant is self-service and offer two kinds of pricings: at the ground floor the meal is charged by weight. Upstairs, it is charged a fixed price and you can serve at ease.

SWEDENS restaurant
SWEDENS restaurant
The University Club is sited at a very pleasant place, surrounded by a grove of preserved atlantic forest. You may choose service a la carte or self-service. It is the choice for commemorations and special occasions. The place is frequently full and sometimes one must wait a little to get a table. You must be prepared to spend more time at lunch with this choice.
University Club - grove leading to resturant
University Club restaurant
The Student's restaurant offers subsidized low prices that require student's permit. Visitors are also allowed at a slghtly higher price. It has canteen style with choice-of-the-day meal that can be consulted via mobile applications or at this link. The interested EBICC participants will may apply for a ticket at the event reception lobby. For prices and hours, follow this link. INFO
COSEAS restaurant
COSEAS restaurant
The map indicated above shows only some choices of restaurants closer to the event place. However, there are many other restaurants, cafeterias and street vendors at fixed places, that can be found in a more detailed map, following this link. MAP
Physics Institute cafeteria
Institute for Advanced Studies cafeteria

There are many other facilites and services of interest for visitors:

Banking plaza
Getting to the Venue

By Subway (Metro) or by train (CPTM)
The subway metropolitan transportation has 4 lines indicated by colors, that spans according to the map in this link. At the stations there are bus terminals with lines that leads to the USP campus, as indicated below. You may choose the more convenient station and found the bus line with the number indicated below. At some stations you can also have the option by train, via the CPTM railways. If you come by train, you can get at Cidade Universitaria train station and walk to the campus by crossing the bridge over the Pinheiros river. Inside the campus you can go walking or wait for the campus circular bus line.
  • Subway Line 1 - Blue
    • Station Sé: municipal bus line 7411 - Cidade Universitária.
    • Station São Bento: municipal bus line 7411 - Cidade Universitária.
    • Station Luz: municipal bus line 701U - Butantã-USP.
    • Station Tiradentes: municipal bus line 701U - Butantã-USP.
    • Station Santana: municipal bus lines 177H - Butantã-USP and 701U - Butantã-USP.
  • Subway Line 2 - Green
    • Station Consolação: municipal bus line 7181 - Cidade Universitária.
    • Station Clínicas: municipal bus lines177H - Butantã-USP and 701U - Butantã-USP.
    • Station Vila Madalena: municipal bus line 7725 - Rio Pequeno.
  • Subway Line 3 - Red
    • Station Marechal Deodoro:municipal bus line 177H - Butantã-USP.
    • Station Barra Funda: CPTM train (line 8 - Diamond) from Station Barra Funda to Station Presidente Altino, then change to line 9 - Emerald, to StationCidade Universitária, then walk to campus by crossing the Cidade Universitaria bridge over Pinheiros river.
  • Subway Line 4 -Yellow
    • Station Butantã: municipal bus lines 8012 - Cidade Universitária and 8022 - Cidade Universitária.
  • Subway Line 5 - Lilac
    • Station Santo Amaro: CPTM train at Station Santo Amaro (line 9 - Emerald) straight to Station Cidade Universitária, then walk to campus by crossing the Cidade Universitaria bridge over Pinheiros river.
The subway lines are identified by numbers and colors. Line 4 (Yellow) is the one that gets closest to the campus. Station Butantã is the nearest to USP. See the subway lines map. MAP
Subway (Metro) - Line 4 Yellow
Subway (Metro) - Line 3 Green
The railway lines are also indicated int the subway map, and are also identified by numbers and colors. Line 9 (Emerald) is the one that gets closest to the campus. Station "Cidade Universitária" is the nearest to USP. Subway and train stations are connected and can comute between CPTM railway and Subway with the same ticket if you don't t leave the station.
● Ticket info (Info sobre Bilhetes)
CPTM train - railway line 9 (Emerald)
CPTM railway station Cidade Universitaria

After leaving the CPTM train station "Cidade Universitária", you should cross the bridge. At the other margin of the river find a pedestrian entrance to the USP campus. Click on the satelite image at right to see a high resolution map with directions to EBICC-2015 indicated by the red path.

Walk path from train station to USP campus
Pedestrian way at the bridge

By Bus

The several bus lines that go to USP are indicated above in the subway information. To take the bus at any other point of its itineraty, please consult the following file or the website of the Sao Paulo City Hall transportation service (SP Trans):

  • The lines, itineraries and bus companies can be found in this file (INFO).
  • Time info can be obtained at the companies websites and you also may consult the SP Trans page.

The Butantã subway station is the closest to the campus.It is reached through subway line 4 (Yellow) and is the last station of this line. Line 4 crosses the lines 1,2 and 3 (see the map).

The bus terminal at this station is the starting point of the circular bus line to the USP campus.

Go to Butantã station via subway - line 4 (Yellow)
Butantã station and bus terminal at the right

There are two circular bus lines to the campus:

  • 8012-10 Cidade Universitaria
  • 8022-10 Cidade Universitaria

The buses have colors and indications as shown in the right picture (click it to enlarge). The bus stops are indicated in this map. MAP

EBICC-2015 attendants may leave on stop 6

Bus circular lines from subway to USP campus
Circular Bus stopped at the terminal Butantã

By Car

If you'd go to USP by car, you must be aware of the trafic restrictions based on the license plate number of the vehicle. Plates in Brazil are identified by three letters and four numbers, for instance, ABC 1234 . The last number digit (4 in the example) is used to indicate the day of the week that it can't circulate inside the restriction zone (see map here). MAP Table of restricted week days:

week day
last digit
1 & 2
3 & 4
5 & 6
7 & 8
9 & 0
The EBICC Venue coordinates for your GPS are: -23.555 -46.729722

If you'd go to USP by TAXI, ask to take you to the following address:

  • Cidade Universitaria, Avenida Luciano Gualberto, Travessa 3, Predio da Administraçao da POLI

Venue info summary

Summary Video

The following video gives you an overview of the general informations about the EBICC-2015 venue. It situates the event and shows some aerial photos that provide a good reference about the place.

You may watch in the embedded screen at right or open in a saparate window by clicking the YouTube logo (the HD version is available by expanding the display at YouTube).



Sao Paulo city

The USP campus, called Cidade Universitaria, is located in the city of São Paulo, the capital of the state of São Paulo, Brazil's most populous and wealthiest state. The city is the largest in the country, the 7th by size in the world and the 12th in world by population. Founded by the Portuguese in 1554, it started as a Jesuit mission to evangelize and teach the native indians and learn their culture and language, the Tupi-Guarani, the original language spoken at the region. Through centuries, São Paulo became a Portugal colony and, after Brazil's independence it was transformed in an imperial city. The imperial palace is today a museum managed by the University of São Paulo. São Paulo is considered the most multicultural city in Brazil and one of the most diverse in the world. Since 1870 to 2010, approximately 2.3 million immigrants arrived in the state, from all parts of the world. The Italian community is one of the strongest, with a presence throughout the city. Of the twelve million inhabitants of São Paulo, 60% (six million people) have some Italian ancestry. The Portuguese community is also quite large, and it is estimated that three million paulistanos have some origin in Portugal. The Jewish colony is more than 60,000 people in São Paulo and currently, it is the city with the largest populations of ethnic Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Lebanese and Arab outside of their respective countries. Research conducted by the University of São Paulo (USP) shows the city's high ethnic diversity: when asked if they are "descendants of foreign immigrants", 81% of the students reported "yes". The main reported ancestries were: Italian (30.5%), Portuguese (23%), Spanish (14%), Japanese (8%), German (5.6%), Brazilian (4.3%), African (2.8%), Arab (2.4%) and Jewish (1.2%). Due to the large influx of Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian and Arab immigrants, the Portuguese idiom spoken in the metropolitan area of São Paulo reflects some significant influences from those languages.

The city is located on a plateau located beyond the Serra do Mar (Portuguese for "Sea Range" or "Coastal Range"), itself a component of the vast region known as the Brazilian Highlands, with an average elevation of around 799 metres (2,621 ft) above sea level, although being at a distance of only about 70 kilometres (43 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean. The distance is covered by two highways, the Anchieta and the Imigrantes,that roll down the range, leading to the port city of Santos and the beach resort of Guarujá. Rolling terrain prevails within the urbanized areas of São Paulo except in its northern area, where the Serra da Cantareira Range reaches a higher elevation and a sizable remnant of the Atlantic Rain Forest. The region is seismically stable and no significant seismic activity has ever been recorded.
Sao Paulo city
São Paulo metropolitan aerea extends over about 80 km wide and comprises 39 municipalities, with 21 million inhabitants in a continuous urban zone. São Paulo is considered the "financial capital of Brazil", as it is the location for the headquarters of many major corporations and the country's most renowned banks and financial institutions. São Paulo is Brazil's highest GDP city and the 10th largest in the world. It is the largest stock exchange in Latin America, trading about US$3.5 billion every day. Once a city with a strong industrial character, São Paulo's economy has followed the global trend of shifting to the tertiary sector of the economy, focusing on services. The city is unique among Brazilian cities for its large number of foreign corporations. 63% of all the international companies with business in Brazil have their head offices in São Paulo. São Paulo has the largest concentration of German businesses worldwide and is the largest Swedish industrial hub alongside Gothenburg. Being the largest commercial and trading city of the country, São Paulo hosts several large shopping malls, where luxury brands tends to concentrate. (Wikipedia)
São Paulo is crossed by two main rivers, the Tietê and its tributary, Pinheiros. Both of them are surrounded by highways that mark the perimeter of week days traffic restriction area. No large natural lakes exist in the region, but the Billings and Guarapiranga reservoirs in the city's southern outskirts are used for water storage and leisure activities, such as sailing. Also is the lake at the Ibirabuera Park, a place for many leisure activities, jogging, walking, picnics, as well as a vivid cultural scene with museums, a music hall and a Planetarium, in an area of 545 acres (221 ha). São paulo has 36 medium to large parks and many small ones. The USP campus is one these major park areas.
Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo
The city has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate. In summer (December through March), the mean low temperature is about 17 °C (63 °F) and the mean high temperatures is near 28 °C (82 °F). In winter, temperatures tend to range between 11 and 23 °C (52 and 73 °F).The recorded high was 37.8 °C (100.0 °F) and the lowest −2 °C (28 °F). São Paulo is also known for its rapidly changing weather. Locals say that all four seasons can be experienced in one day. In the morning, when winds blow from the ocean, the weather can be cool or sometimes even cold. When the sun hits its peak, the weather can be extremely dry and hot. When the sun sets, the cold wind comes back bringing cool temperatures. This phenomenon happens usually in the winter.(Wikipedia)

Videos about Sao Paulo city

The following videos at YouTube may give you a better experience about São Paulo city. The first one provides an overview of the city, with focus on its grandiosity. The second one gives you an alternative view of the city, focusig the latent popular culture. The third video is focused on the of the dynamic of life in the city.

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