The 2015 SIGDIAL meeting will take place from September 2nd to 4th in Prague, Czech Republic in the Computer Science Building of Charles University, conveniently located right in the center of the city. SIGDIAL 2015 is co-located with the INTERSPEECH conference, which will take place from September 6th to 10th in Dresden, Germany.
This page provides information about the venue only. The main website for SIGDIAL 2015 can be found at http://www.sigdial.org/workshops/conference16.
Conference and Social Center “House for Professed” (a.k.a. Old Refectory)
1st floor (2nd floor in US counting)
Computer Science Building, Charles University in Prague
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Charles University in Prague
Malostranské náměstí 25
118 00 Prague 1
Passwords to the conference Wi-Fi network will be provided upon arrival.
The network might get slow in the main conference room. In that case, try using a different AP in the corridor (there are seats on the 4th floor) or in the computer lab on the ground floor.
On-site registration will be possible with payment in cash CZK only (Czech Crowns, see below for currency information).
The on-site registration fees are as follows:
|Regular||6 500 CZK|
|Student||4 500 CZK|
The SIGDIAL dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7pm in the Konírna restaurant, about 5 minutes' walk from the venue (Maltézské náměstí 10, Praha 1).
The instructions for the individual presentation types are given below. Shoudl you have any special requests regarding your presentation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 minutes are allocated for each oral presentation – please limit your presentation to 20 minutes and allow 5 minutes for questions. For the MultiLing special session presentations, the allocated time varies.
Each poster/demo will have an opportunity to give a one-minute plenary presentation to introduce/advertise the poster/demo during the Poster and Demo Madness session.
Please use PowerPoint or PDF format to prepare one slide for your one-minute presentation. Please do not use animation on your slide. To ensure a smooth transition between slides, we will collect slides from all presenters ahead of time. You will be contacted via email regarding the deadline for your slide submission and the instructions for upload.
The poster sesions will be approximately 2 hours long. There will be self-standing double-sided poster boards provided. The posters should be of A0 size, portrait orientation (841 x 1,189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in). Pushpins for mounting the posters will also be provided.
The demo sesions will be approximately 2 hours long and will take place in parallel with the poster sessions. There will be tables for the presenters where they can show their demos on their own equipment, e.g., laptops. In addition, one poster board will be available for each demo (see dimensions above). The demonstrations will run in parallel.
The conference will provide both cable and wireless internet connection, allowing internet-based projects to be demonstrated. As the wireless connection might get overloaded in the crowded presentation room, we enourage the presenters to use cable internet.
Prague can be easily reached from popular gateways to Europe including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Helsinki, Rome, Dubai etc. In addition, Prague can be reached by train or car from nearby cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Vienna and Munich.
To get from the Prague Václav Havel Airport (Ruzyně) to the conference venue:
Taking the train is a convenient option when travelling, e.g., from Berlin or Vienna. All long-distance trains arrive to the main railway station (Hlavní nádraží). Trains arriving from Berlin/Dresden stop at the Holešovice station, too. Most long-distance buses arrive at the Florenc bus station.
To get to the venue using public transport:
Using a taxi: Take AAA taxis only. Taxi stands are located near all stations (see details for Hlavní nádraží here). The fare should not be over CZK 250 (ask about it beforehand).
A car is recommended to reach your hotel only. Prague city center has heavy traffic during rush hours and few free parking spots.
The Czech Republic is part of the European Union (incl. Schengen border-less region). Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to check if you need a visa and how to obtain it. Note that Czech embassies need 30 days to decide if they grant you the visa or not, so be sure to apply soon enough.
If you need a visa for entering the European Union, we can issue a letter of invitation for you. To ask for the letter of invitation, please register for the conference and send the following information to Ahmad Aghaebrahimian:
We will e-mail or fax the letter of invitation to you. (Embassies are usually happy to accept e-mail/fax versions of invitation letters.)
Dresden is only about 120 km away from Prague. Probably the best option is to take a train – there are direct EuroCity trains that run every 2 hours during the day (4:30AM–6:30PM), the journey takes 2:15h. You can buy the ticket online from Czech Railways (it may be cheaper if you book early).
Some of the suggested hotels within walking distance:
You can also rent an appartment, e.g., in Vlašská street, ca. 7 minutes from the Venue.
See the annotated Google Map for useful locations around the conference venue. Most of them are described below in greater detail.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of lunch/dinner options around the conference venue (you can find them all on the annotated Google Map):
Many restaurants in Prague offer daily lunch menus from about 11:30am till 2pm, with usualy two to five options, cheaper and faster than the usual menu.
Prague has an excellent public transport network that includes Metro (subway), trams, buses, suburban trains, and river ferries. It is the recommended means of transportation around the city. It operates 5am-midnight, with some night trams running overnight. It is quite reliable and safe (safe to the extent as any capital city may be – beware of pickpockets!).
Basic ticket prices (more details can be found on the Prague Transport Co. website):
Any transfers are allowed among regularly scheduled routes within the city limits and within the max.\ time bought. The unlimited 24hr/72hr tickets pay off only if you take more than 4 trips per day.
Tickets must be bought before boarding, either at ticket machines (most of them accept CZK coins only) at some tram stops and most subway stations, or at some newspaper stands. One such newspaper stand is directly at Malostranské náměstí, and a ticket machine is at the tram stop at Malostranské náměstí.
Tickets have to be stamped upon entry to the first tram/bus/subway station (stick the ticket into any of the yellow boxes with a slot; it will print the validity start time).
Taxi drivers in the Prague city center are notorious for overcharging. This happens mostly when taking a “no-name” taxi on the street, so to be on the safe side, order taxis of larger companies such as AAA, 111 airport cars, or TickTack online or on the phone. Taxi stands at the airport and the train stations should be OK (more details given above).
When using a taxi, ask about the fare and payment options (CC, EUR) beforehand.
The local currency is the Czech Crown (Česká Koruna, CZK). The exchange course was about 24 CZK/1 USD and 27 CZK/1 EUR in August 2015.
When exchanging currency on the street, always check for commission charge and/or worse rates for lower amounts exchanged. Depending on the conditions of your home bank, the best way to get Czech Crowns might be using an ATM, which are plentiful around the city (in that case, letting your bank handling the exchange is usually preferrable to using the ATM's rate).
Here are some exchange offices known to offer reasonable rates without commission charges:
The usual car rental companies (Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Sixt) and many other national ones are in the ground floor of the Prague Airport Terminal 1 building, and also in the Airport Parking garage "C".
Prague city center is full of restaurants and souvenir shops, but it might be a bit tricky to find basic groceries and other everyday stuff at reasonable prices. Here are a few shops nearby the venue:
These and some more are marked on the annotated Google Map. Most shops and restaurants in the city accept major CCs, but not all of them.
The Prague official sightseeing site offers a lot of information about the main historical sites in Prague. We list here just a few, to give you an idea.
Signature Prague sights:
Old religious buildings:
Towers with a nice view over the city:
Parks and gardens:
Prague has many museums, galleries, music clubs, theaters, and other places to find culture.
In theater, Prague's specialties are Laterna Magika and Black Light Theater; you can also find good opera and ballet in the National Theater. Note that many theaters in Prague use English subtitles, but not all of them, so be sure to check this before you buy tickets.
Regarding music, there are numerous options in the city center, starting from classical music venues such as the Rudolfinum Concert Hall, followed by jazz clubs, e.g., Agharta, Reduta, U Malého Glena, U Staré Paní, or Ungelt, up to pop/rock music clubs, such as Lucerna Music Bar, Roxy, Rock Café, or Palác Akropolis.
For dancing, regular “Tea Dances” (ballroom dancing) take place Tuesdays, Fridas, and Saturdays at the EuroDanceCenter just across the river. You can also check out some of Prague's discos, e.g., at Karlovy Lázně (largest disco in Central Europe), Lucerna Music Bar, or Radost F/X.
You can find more about other cultural events and venues in Prague here:
Photos: Prague City Tourism, Wikimedia Commons (CC3.0-BY-SA)