Rio de Janeiro, July 13-14, 2011


The 2nd International Symposium on Statistical Process Control will take place at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), during July 13-14, 2011. It will be organized by the Quality Engineering research group of CNPq with the technical support of the Department of Industrial Engineering and the Center of Science and Technology of PUC-Rio.

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - PUC-Rio

The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) is a private and non-profit Catholic university, located in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil. It is one of most prestigious Brazilian universities.
The University was created in 1941 by the Society of Jesus in order to develop knowledge based on humanistic values. With approximately 12,000 undergraduate students, 2,500 postgraduate students and 4,000 extension students, PUC-Rio is consistently recognized as one of the top universities in Brazil. In 2009, it outperformed all other private Brazilian universities in ENADE, an important benchmarking exercise of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. One can fully appreciate the scale of this in noting that, by 2008, Brazil had 2,252 higher education institutions.

PUC-Rio is widely acclaimed for its excellence in Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, Business and International Relations. The University is also known for its free cultural aspect. It has always tried to bring in the broadest types of students in order to foster and develop diversity amongst its student body. PUC-Rio has been responsible for the formation and education of many professionals who have become influential and important characters of Brazilian society.
PUC-Rio develops International Exchange Programs with universities all over the world, exchanging hundreds of students every year. If you want to know more about PUC-Rio, do not hesitate to take a look at the Wikipedia page (in English)


Rio de Janeiro

Located in the coast of the southeastern region of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (or “Rio”, for short) is a major touristic destination in the World. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the third in South America. Its landscape includes the sea, a bay, mountains, lagoons and the largest urban forest in the world. Indeed, in Rio, mountains and forest are intertwined with dense urban areas in a unique way. Antonio Carlos Jobim international airport (most often referred to by its former name, “Galeão”) connects Rio directly to the major international airports. The social program of the symposium includes a pre-conference and a post-conference one-day tours, but it is worth taking profit of the occasion to stay longer, for instance for a two-day trip to Búzios, for an additional couple of days in Rio, or for one or two trips to more distant tourist attractions in Brazil (where distances may be of 2 to 4 hours of flight).

If you want to know more about Rio de Janeiro, do not hesitate to take a look at the Wikipedia page (in English)

If you want to know more about possible tours in Brazil, visit for example the page

Below are some photos of Rio de Janeiro. The first of them shows an aerial view of Lagoa (Lagoon) Rodrigo de Freitas, where the strip of land between the Lagoon and the sea corresponds to the districts of Ipanema and Leblon; the second one shows the same districts from another perspective, with the Arpoador promontory in the foreground, the Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) mountain at the background and the Lagoon in the upper right quarter of the picture.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Feritas
Arpoador e Ipanema