General Information

Audio-visual Policy

Standard Audio-visual Set-up in Meeting Rooms

SIAM does not provide computers for any speaker. When giving an electronic presentation, speakers must provide their own computers. SIAM is not responsible for the safety and security of speakers’ computers.

A data (LCD) projector and screen will be provided in all technical session meeting rooms. The data projectors support both VGA and HDMI connections. Presenters requiring an alternate connection must provide their own adaptor.

All speakers should visit http://www.siam.org/meetings/guidelines/av.php prior to the pre-registration deadline.

 

Email

Attendees booked within the SIAM room block will receive complimentary wireless Internet access in their guest rooms and the public areas of the hotel. All conference attendees will have complimentary wireless Internet access in the meeting space of the hotel.

SIAM will provide a limited number of email stations for attendees during registration hours.

 

Local Area

Visit http://www.neworleansonline.com/ for more information on New Orleans and the surrounding area.

The average January temperature in New Orleans varies between 45° F (7°C) and 62° F (16°C). Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.

 

Membership

Please visit http://www.siam.org/membership/ for information about joining SIAM.

 

Poster Session

A poster session will not be held during SODA, ALENEX or ANALCO.


SIAM Books and Journals

Display copies of books and complimentary copies of journals are available on site. SIAM books are available at a discounted price during the conference. If a SIAM books representative is not available, completed order forms and payment (credit cards are preferred) may be taken to the SIAM registration desk.

Transportation

By Air
SIAM has selected Uniglobe Wings Travel to assist attendees in making travel arrangements. To book your reservations through Uniglobe Wings Travel, contact Amy Hueber at +1-215-628-3322 or toll free (US and Canada) at 866-71-WINGS. Press two (2) when you hear the recording, and ask to be transferred to Amy. Be sure to mention you are attending the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA18). Uniglobe Wings Travel will issue your ticket and mail it to you. Please be aware there is a fee for this service.

You also have the choice of using your own travel agent or an Internet service. There are many web sites available to allow you to search for and purchase airline tickets online. Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity are just a few.

Ground Transportation

Super Shuttle
Super Shuttle services the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and offers a 10% discount to SIAM attendees. Conference attendees can also review the Super Shuttle website prior to traveling to determine if Super Shuttle is being offered in their respective city when making local transportation arrangements.

To make reservations and receive the discount, please visit http://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=4MGKB. When you are checking out, enter the code 4MGKB in the “DISCOUNT CODE” box on the first page of the website.

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel.  Please visit the Astor Crowne Plaza - New Orleans French Quarter website, and click on “Location” to find local directions. SIAM also suggests you contact the hotel directly for any information about sharing transportation. Additional ground transportation information is available on the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport website.   

By Train
Amtrak has a rail station in New Orleans. To make train reservations through Amtrak, call (800) USA-RAIL, go to http://www.amtrak.com or contact Uniglobe Wings Travel. Taxis are available at the train station for transportation to the hotel.

Rental Cars
Many major car rental companies have offices inside the airport terminal. You can make your arrangements when you arrive at the airport or you can make them through Uniglobe Wings Travel or your own travel agent. Uniglobe Wings Travel can make your car rental reservations at the same time you make your flight reservations. See information above regarding how to reach Uniglobe Wings Travel.

Driving Directions
If renting a car, please obtain a map and directions from your rental car company. Another option is to visit Google Maps, or another similar web site. SIAM highly recommends you contact the hotel directly at +1-504-962-0500 or visit their web site for driving directions.

 

Visa Information

International attendees at conferences in the US may already be aware that there have been changes to the visa program for scientific visitors, which affect even people from visa waiver countries. The site http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/biso/visas/index.htm, maintained by The National Academies, provides guidance on obtaining the necessary documents. 

As of January 12, 2009, a valid ESTA approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. Please visit http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/business.html for additional information and procedures regarding the visa waiver program as maintained by the US Department of State.

 

Letter of Invitation

Confirmed authors in need of a Letter of Invitation to assist in the visa application process, please fill out the Letter of Invitation Request Form. Please allow three to four weeks for processing and delivery.

If you are not planning to present at the conference or are not yet an accepted author and need a letter of invitation before acceptance notifications are sent, please fill out the form AND provide the following information to meetings@siam.org:

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