ICSE 2016 will be held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in the lovely Austin Arboretum Area on the northwestern edge of Austin proper. Known as “new Austin,” the Austin Arboretum Area has both a business and a residential side. Several of Austin’s major employers—University of Texas, IBM, Dell 3M, EDS, Motorola, and Texas Instruments—are located in the Arboretum Area. But the area also boasts quaint neighborhoods, hike-and-bike trails, and pet-friendly parks. The hotel abuts a walking trail.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Renaissance Austin Hotel at a special conference rate of $189 single/$199 double for the period from May 11, 2016 through May 25, 2016.
To receive the special conference rate, make your reservations here. Rooms will be held at the special rate until April 15, 2016.
Self-parking at the hotel is complimentary.
** Important Note **
- We regret that the Renaissance Austin Hotel is sold out for the nights of the May 17, 18, and 19.
- If you purchased a room at the Renaissance Austin Hotel outside of the ICSE room block, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A map of alternative nearby hotels can be found here.
Austin itself is the capital of the state of Texas, the Lone Star State. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World™, it counts over 200 live venues in the downtown area. Austin prides itself in having something for everyone—an eclectic offering of food, music, entertainment, outdoor recreation, and shopping. Austinites take their slogan “Keeping Austin Weird” very seriously!
Things to do in Austin:
- LBJ Presidential Library - http://www.lbjlibrary.org/
- Zilker Park - https://austintexas.gov/department/zilker-metropolitan-park
- Barton Springs Pool - https://austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool
- Congress Avenue Bridge / Bats - http://www.capitalcruises.com/bat-watching/
- Lunch/Dinner Cruises on Lady Bird Lake - http://www.capitalcruises.com/dinner-cruises-and-lunch-cruises/
- Austin Segway City Tour - http://www.segcity.com/austin/
- Zilker Botanical Garden - http://www.zilkergarden.org/index.html
- Austin Craft Brewery Tour - http://www.austinbrewbus.com/
- Downtown Pub Crawl - http://www.pubcrawlerofaustin.com/
- Local Tours (city and lake) - http://austinducks.com/index.html
- Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas Campus) - http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/
- Music/Nightclub - http://continentalclub.com/#intro
- Music/Nightclub (Blues) - http://www.antonesnightclub.com/
- Visitors’ Information: http://www.austintexas.org/visit
- About Austin: http://www.austintexas.gov/resident/about-austin
Altitude: 489 ft. above sea level
Time Zone: Central Daylight Time (CDT)
Population: 820,611 (2011 U.S. Census)
Average Temperatures in May: 87°F (31°C) HIgh / 67°F (19°C) low
Average Rainfall: 4.36 in (11 cm)
Telephone Area Code: 512
Downtown Austin is approximately 10 miles from the Renaissance Austin Hotel (15 minutes by cab).
A bus stop is approximately 1 block north of the hotel on Great Hills Trail. You can take either the number 982/983 commuter buses or the local number 3 bus to get to downtown Austin. See http://www.capmetro.org/ for details on routes and pricing.
Cabs cost about $30-35 each way.
There are numerous taxicab services. A few are listed below:
- Yellow Cab - (512) 452-999. Website: http://www.yellowcabaustin.com/
- Austin Express Cab Service - (512) 666-4141. Website: http://www.austinexpresscab.com/
- Austin Cab Company - (512) 478-2222. Website: http://www.austincab.com/
- 10/10 Taxi - (512) 444-1010. Website: http://1010taxi.com/
The ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft have closed their operations in the Austin area pending settlement of a dispute with the City of Austin.
The Austin metropolitan area is served by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) approximately 18 miles from the Renaissance Austin Hotel. (Non-stop flights out of AUS. Airport Phone: +1 (512) 530-2242)
ICSE 2016 attendees will receive a 10% discount on transfer from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the Renaissance Austin Hotel with Super Shuttle or ExecuCar if they book online with the link below (Discount Code: XBQ3V).
Full Super Shuttle fare: 20 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD (one way)
From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:
- Turn left onto E State Hwy 71 Service Rd.
- Take the ramp on the left onto TX-71 W.
- Take the ramp onto US-183 N.
- Take the ramp to US-183 N/Lampasas.
- Slight left onto US-183 N/Ed Bluestein Blvd. Continue to follow US-183 N.
- Take the exit toward TX-360 Loop/Capital of Tx Hwy/Great Hills Trail. Merge onto Research Blvd.
- Turn left onto TX-360 Loop S.
- Turn right onto Arboretum Blvd. Destination will be on the right.
Self parking at the Renaissance Austin Hotel is complimentary. Find driving directions from your starting location using the interactive map on the hotel website.
Austin continuously ranks among the safest big cities in the nation. But like any US city, there are sections of downtown Austin with higher crime rates than others. ICSE delegates should be aware of their surroundings at all times to be safe. The Renaissance Austin Hotel is located on the north-west edge of Austin, which is a low crime area. For statistical information on crime rates in Austin, see http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/austin/crime/.
Texas is one of 45 states in the US that allows open carry of firearms; all states in the US permit concealed carry of firearms. For statistical information relating to gun violence in the US, see http://politicsthatwork.com/graphs/gun-deaths-by-state.
Who to call for help or to report a crime or unsafe situation while in Austin:
- Emergencies or all crimes/public order problems in-progress: 911
- Crimes/public order problems after they have occurred: 311
Visa Support Letters
ACM is able to provide visa support letters to attendees as well as authors with accepted papers, posters, or members of the conference committee. For visa support letters, refer all requests to email@example.com. Those requesting a letter should allow up to one week to receive it. All requests are handled in the order they are received. The information below should be included with the request.
- Name (as it appears on attendee’s passport) and mailing address
- The name of the conference attendees is registering for
- Attendee’s registration confirmation number
- Authors may indicate their paper title. Speakers can provide the title of their talk.
- Include a fax number or email address of where letter can be sent
U.S. Point of Contact Information (for visa application purposes):
Association for Computing Machinery
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10121
If you are interested in finding another ICSE attendee to share a room with, FIRST register for the conference and THEN send an email to Robert Dyer, the ICSE 2016 Registration Chair, with the subject line ‘ICSE room sharing'.
We are considering arranging a day tour to historic San Antonio on Tuesday May 17. Find details at http://doodle.com/poll/m4qfyeiaz7mntasm, and add your name if you would like to join. We will contact all who are interested on Monday, May 16 to inform them whether the trip is on and provide further information.
We regret that we cannot offer the tour to San Antonio on Tuesday. Information about day trips from Austin to San Antonio and other locations can be found at:
Things to do in San Antonio:
- Explore Downtown - http://downtownsanantonio.org/
- The River Walk is a tourist destination – a beautiful place to take a walk and grab a bite to eat while enjoying the waterfront
- The historic Alamo. The Alamo is a 4.2 acre complex of gardens and exhibits adjacent to the River Walk
- San Antonio Museum of Art
- The Majestic Theatre, built in 1929, is beautifully ornate, featuring a domed ceiling painted with stars and clouds
- The Cathedral of San Fernando, built in 1750, is the oldest cathedral in the United States
- The At La Villita And Market Square – is a little community of artists and an authentic Mexican market