Visa and Travel Information

To obtain a visa letter for attending IC2E 2013, please send an email to: Dr. Katerina Potika, and include your full contact details, as well as your paper id and title, and your role (e.g., presenter, PC member, session chair, ...). Please make sure to mention IC2E in the request letter, as Ms. Potika is helping with multiple conferences.

Location
Transportation
Tourism
Practical Information

Location

HOTEL SOFITEL SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Address : 223 Twin Dolphin Drive , 94065 REDWOOD CITY, UNITED STATES
Introduction : Hotel SOFITEL is a four-star San Francisco hotel in Redwood City. A modern luxury resort located next to many Fortune 500 Technology companies - from Facebook and LinkedIn to Electronic Arts. Ideally situated in Redwood City between San Francisco and San Jose, this four-star hotel is only 10 minutes south of the San Francisco Airport. Enjoy luxury service and beautifully appointed accommodations in a relaxing hotel oasis on the shores of a tranquil lagoon.
Website : http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0922-sofitel-san-francisco-bay/location.shtml

Please use this link to reserve your hotel. The link will provide automatic discount rate for SOSE2013/IC2E2013




Other Hotels

TownePlace Suites Redwood City Redwood Shores (3 star)
1000 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

Country Inn & Suites San Carlos
251 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

Hotel San Carlos (3 Star)
26 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

Americas Best Value Inn - San Carlos (2 star)
1562 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070

Hillside Lodge (2 star)
630 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

Hotel search website:
http://www.booking.com/

Transportation

Hotel SOFITEL can be reached by plane, bart and road.

 By Air

 San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/index.jsp
One of the world's 30 busiest airports, SFO is committed to setting the standard for our industry. This includes being a leader in safety and security, customer service and satisfaction, community relations, environmental commitment, quality of facilities, and financial and economic vitality. SFO was the first major U.S. airport to achieve 100 percent fully automated and integrated baggage screening. Today, efficient operations ensure our passenger screening wait times are among the shortest in the nation.

 San Jose International Airport (SJC)
http://www.flysanjose.com/
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the center of global technology innovation. The airport is close to Silicon Valley tech giants including Google, Apple Computer, Cisco, Intel, Adobe, eBay, and Hewlett Packard, and only two miles from downtown San Jose. SJC is a completely self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San Jose, Northern California's largest city and the 10th largest city in the U.S.

 Oakland International Airport (OAK)
http://www.flyoakland.com/
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is about 5 miles (8 kilometres) from the CBD of Oakland. It mainly serves other US cities, but has some international flights as well, mainly to Guadalajara and Cancun and seasonal flights to Terceira, one of the Azores Islands.

 By BART

http://www.bart.gov/

 By Road

From the south, take highway 101 north. Exit for Holly Street, then follow signs for Redwood Shores Parkway. At the second traffic lights turn left onto Twin Dolphin Drive. The hotel is half a mile along on the right hand side.

From the north, take highway 101 south. Exit for Ralston, then follow signs for Marine Parkway. At the third traffic lights, turn right onto Twin Dolphin Drive. The hotel is half a mile along on the left hand side.

Tourism

 San Francisco
http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/

 San Jose
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/California/San_Jose-755482/TravelGuide-San_Jose.html

 Oakland
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/California/Oakland-754597/TravelGuide-Oakland.html

Practical Information

Money, Banks, Credit Cards

Currency in the United States is the Dollar($). Most banks are open from Monday through Friday 9 am - 6 pm and Saturday 9 am - 2 pm. Visa and Mastercard are the most used credit cards in the US.

Passport/visa

A valid passport is required for entry into the United States. Please check with your local consulate for specific details of visa requirements from your country.

Electricity Power Supply

Electricity is supplied throughout the country at 120 V, 60 Hz. Depending on your country, you may need an adapter.

Taxes

In Irvine a sales tax of 8.25% (this may vary and can be as high as 10.75% depending on your location in california) is automatically placed upon all purchases and transactions. Taxes are generally not included in the purchase price and are added on top of the marked price.

Smoking

In California smoking is banned in all enclosed workplaces (such as restaurants) and most indoor areas are non-smoking. But you are free to smoke on patios and other outdoor areas or in designated smoking rooms at hotels.

Tipping

Tip amounts vary by what services are being provided. At restaurants 15-20% depending on quality of service is normal (for groups larger than 8, tip is usually already included in the bill and should be marked) while $1 will suffice for bellboy or valet.

Liability

The conference organizers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements in respect of personal insurance.

Important Dates

Abstract submission:
September 7, 2012 September 21, 2012 (Recommended)

Paper submission:
September 14, 2012 September 28, 2012 (Firm deadline)

Acceptance notification:
December 7, 2012

Camera-ready copies due:
January 18, 2013

Conference:
March 25-28, 2013