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.

The Plenary Session Room will have two (2) screens, one (1) data projector and one (1) overhead projector. Cables or adaptors for Apple computers are not supplied, as they vary for each model. Please bring your own cable/adaptor if using a Mac computer.

All other concurrent/breakout rooms will have one (1) screen and one (1) data projector. Cables or adaptors for Apple computers are not supplied, as they vary for each model. Please bring your own cable/adaptor if using a Mac computer. Overhead projectors will be provided only when requested. If you would like to request an overhead projector for your session, please email Jennifer Fasy (fasy@siam.org) no later than December 3, 2012.

Speakers may inquire about ordering additional audio-visual equipment by contacting meetings@siam.org.

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

 

E-Mail

Conference attendees booked within the SIAM room block will have complimentary wireless Internet access in their guest rooms and the hotel lobby.  Wireless Internet access will also be available in the meeting space.

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 temperature in New Orleans during January varies between 45° F (7°C) and 62° F (17°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

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If you are a SIAM member, it only costs $10 to join the SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics.

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Poster Session

A poster session will not be held during SODA.

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.  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

Discounted Airport Shuttle
For a discounted shuttle ride from the New Orleans International Airport to the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, please use the following link: SIAM SODA13 Discounted Airport Shuttle. Online reservations must be booked at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time. Reservations must be made online to receive the discount.

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel.  Please visit the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel website, and click on “Map & Directions” 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 +1-504-692-0500 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://www.nationalacademies.org/visas/, 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/visa/temp/without/without_1990.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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