ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED BEFORE YOU GO…….
AV: BRING YOUR LAPTOP
LCD (computer) projectors will be available in every technical session room. Please note that you must bring your laptop (or share with another presenter) and AC power adaptor. Technical assistance will be available for any AV problems.
LOCAL TRANSPORATION TO HOTELS
Complete information on transportation from the airport to local hotels is here. If you take a taxi or shuttle from the airport, be sure to specify the full name of your hotel because INFORMS is using a large number of downtown hotels. SuperShuttle is offering attendees a group discount from 11/03/10 – 11/13/10.
FROM YOUR HOTEL TO CONVENTION CENTER
Click here for a map showing all the INFORMS hotels and the Convention Center. Use the main entrance of the Convention Center on Trinity Street.
AVOID THE LINES: REGISTER NOW!
If you haven’t registered yet, do it now and avoid lines at on-site registration. Online registration here is open through Thursday, November 4 at 11:59pm EST; after that, you must register onsite. Please note if you have a balance due when you arrive, be sure to stand in one of the “On-site” registration lines.
REGISTRATION HOURS, LOCATION
Registration will be located at the Austin Convention Center, inside Exhibit Hall 3 (use the Trinity Street entrance). Hours are: Saturday – 2:00-7:00pm; Sunday-Wednesday, 7:00am-5:00pm.
If you chose to not receive a hard-copy printed program in Austin, you can print out sections of interest before you travel. You can also use the ITINERARY tool in the Program Search. Details here, select “Print PDFs of the Program.” This year we have added tracks with 30 or more sessions to the list of printable PDFs. All registrants will receive a summary brochure in Austin. This “Quick Reference” includes the master track schedule, maps and floor plans, speaker information, listings of special events and community business meetings, and abbreviated information about the major social events.
INFORMS COLLOQUIA, CIST, DM-HI WORKSHOP
Registration for these events takes place in the Hilton, Sat. Nov. 6, 7:00am-2:00pm in the Ballroom Foyer, 4th floor (Colloquia registration on Friday is also located on the 4th floor, Salon A foyer).
SATURDAY VENDOR WORKSHOPS
If you are arriving early, take advantage of the free workshops scheduled for Saturday, 9:00am-5:30pm. Click here for descriptions and schedule. All Vendor Workshops are located in the Convention Center. You do not need your badge to attend the workshops. Enter the Convention Center on the 4th Street entrance and go to Level 4.
MEMBERSHIP MEETING -SATURDAY
The INFORMS Board encourages members to bring your ideas, opinions and suggestions: Saturday, 5:00-6:00pm, Hilton, Salon B, 4th floor.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
New INFORMS members are invited to attend a welcome and orientation session, Sunday, 4:30-6:00pm, Hilton, Salon C (4th floor). INFORMS leaders will provide information on membership benefits, communities/subdivisions services and tips on how to navigate the INFORMS meeting.
WELCOME RECEPTION- SUNDAY
The perfect venue to meet colleagues, visit the exhibits and enjoy light refreshments: Sunday, 7:30-9:00pm, Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3.
COMMUNITIES MEET & GREET-SUNDAY
Going to the Welcome Reception? Then stop by the Communities Meet & Greet event. Communities (aka Subdivisions) "cut INFORMS down to size" and allow you to collaborate, network, and make friends with peers who care about what you care about. You will find clearly marked tables staffed by Community representatives who are ready to welcome you. Tables will be color coded to help you navigate the "Meet and Greet” event.
Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues: Sunday, 8:30-9:45pm, Convention Center, Ballroom G, Level 4. A dessert reception will be served following the ceremony, open only to guests who attend the Ceremony. Doors will close at 8:45pm.
GENERAL RECEPTION TUESDAY EVENING- 7:30pm-10:30pm
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5
Take a trip to the Wild West! Entertainment includes armadillo races, an Old West photo booth, mechanical bull, line dance lessons, and the live band “Texas Unlimited.”
INFORMS Communities encourage members and interested attendees to attend their meetings and receptions. Here is a complete listing.
FREE INTERNET ACCESS IN EXHIBIT HALL
Free wireless Internet and an email center will be located in the Exhibit Hall (Hall 3, Convention Center), at the back of the hall. Name badges must be worn for admittance. Email access will be available Sunday-7:00am-5:00pm; Monday & Tuesday - 9:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday – 9:00am-1:00pm. Please note: there is no complimentary wireless available at the Hilton.
2010 TutORials – FREE ACCESS to MEETING REGISTRANTS
All attendees receive free access to the INFORMS 2010 TutORials in Operations Research online book concurrently with the Meeting. For access go to http:/www.informs.org//Journal/Tutorials-in-OR/2010-TutORials-in-Operations-Research-ONLINE and enter your INFORMS member username or password. For more information, visit INFORMS booth 46-47.
Be sure to stop by the Interactive Sessions on Monday and Tuesday, 12:30-1:30pm in the Exhibit Hall. On display will be 80 posters and laptop demonstrations on diverse ORMS topics. Authors will be on hand to describe their work during these times.
PRINT-READY PROGRAM ONLINE
You can print out sections of the program before you travel to Austin. Click here. You will find PDF files for all four days of the meeting, plus other important information.
DAILY eNEWS COMING TO YOUR INBOX
Don’t miss the third year of eNews Daily, with feature articles, previews of can’t-miss events, photos, reminders and more! Each morning of the meeting, attendees will receive in their email inboxes this convenient and useful publication.
KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD
The Daily eNews will direct you to “Keep Austin Weird,” an online site listing all the unique and fun things to do in Austin, where you can link up with others who want to take in the same show or event. This special Austin feature has been developed by the Austin Organizing Committee, so it provides an authentic local look at the Austin scene.
BADGE REQUIRED FOR TECHNICAL SESSIONS
Your Austin registration badge must be worn to all meeting events. All attendees, including speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the registration fee. Lost badges can be replaced at the Registration Desk ($5 fee).
25+-YEAR MEMBER RIBBON
If you have been an ORSA-TIMS-INFORMS members for 25 or more years, stop by the INFORMS booth in the Exhibit Hall to pick up a ribbon designating your 25+-year membership. We salute our long-time members!
AUSTIN VISITOR INFORMATION
You can stop by the visitor information booth at the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3 for brochures and advice on what to see and do in Austin.
Austin in November can be warm during the day and cool in the evening. Get the latest forecast at: http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Austin.html. Be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket, since meeting rooms are often cool.