General Information


Audio-Visual Policy

Standard Audio-visual Set-up in Meeting Rooms
Every PLENARY SESSION ROOM will have TWO OVERHEAD PROJECTORS, TWO SCREENS, and ONE DATA PROJECTOR.  All other breakout rooms will have one overhead projector, one screen, and one data projector.  Speakers may inquire about ordering additional audio-visual equipment by contacting  meetings@siam.org.

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.

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

E-Mail

Information regarding Internet access will be posted here when available.

Local Area

Visit http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/ for more information on San Francisco and the surrounding area. 

The average temperature in San Francisco during January varies between 43° F (6°C) and 56° F (13°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

No poster session will be held at SODA08 or its associated workshops.

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 (SODA08).  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

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel.  Please visit the Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway website, and click on “Transportation” to find local directions.  SIAM also suggests you contact the hotel directly for any information about sharing transportation.

By Train
Amtrak has a rail station in San Francisco.  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 Mapquest, or another similar web site.  SIAM highly recommends you contact the hotel directly at +1-480-833-5555 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.

Also visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html for information regarding the visa waiver program, as maintained by the US Department of State.

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