CSER 2013 will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center (GLC), adjacent to the Georgia Tech Hotel and nearby to many other hotels in Midtown Atlanta. There are numerous restaurants in the area, as well.
Conference hotels are listed below. The conference pricing is good only though March 1, 2013.
|Renaissance Hotel Midtown|
|866 W. Peachtree Street, NW • Atlanta, Georgia 30308|
|Reservations • Map to CSER @ GT Global Learning Center (Drive | Walk)|
|Courtyard Marriott Hotel Georgia Tech|
|1132 Techwood Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30318|
|Reservations • Map to CSER @ GT Global Learning Center (Drive | Walk)
(The Courtyard Marriott operates a shuttle that covers a three-mile radius, which includes the CSER conference site. Hours of operation are M-F 7am-10pm.)
Taxis are available at the Atlanta airport to the hotel and conference area. We would recommend that if you are coming in to the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport that you take public transportation (MARTA) as it is very fast and you are dropped off two blocks from the hotels.
MARTA: Marta runs about every 15 minutes and is a direct route from the airport to the Midtown Station which is a short distance from the Renaissance Hotel Midtown and the Georgia Tech Hotel. It is also within a few blocks of several other hotels.
You can ride the Red or Yellow line to the midtown station as these are the only trains traveling North and South and are the only trains that run to and from the Airport. The fee is $2.50 per trip.
Georgia Tech operates a trolley that runs between the Midtown Station and the conference area. The Tech Trolley loads on the south side of the station (Peachtree Place).
Please allow yourself plenty of time to get through airport security and customs when visiting Atlanta. The suggested time for international travelers to complete customs inspections is at least 2 hours.
The international terminal has its own entrance, separate from the domestic terminal. The international terminal entrance is accessible from Interstate 75 at Exit 239.
|Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal|
|2600 Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30354|
New roadway signage directs motorists to the international terminal via interstates 75, 85 and 285. Surface street signs also have been updated to direct motorists to the new facility.
Hanging signs and a color-code system will help passengers quickly identify loading and unloading zones for each ground transportation service:
- Taxis: Yellow/Zone 1
- Hotel shuttles: Green/Zone 4
- Local/regional shuttles: Red/Zone 3
- Charter buses: Purple/Zone 5
- Parking shuttles: Orange/Zone 2
International shuttle connector: Red/Zone 3
Because Atlanta-bound passengers cannot access secured areas of the Airport after they pick up their luggage at the international terminal baggage claim, the Airport has established shuttle services to link passengers at the international terminal with existing facilities.
The international shuttle connector offers direct service from the international terminal to two locations:
- Existing facilities – A 12-minute shuttle ride connects the international terminal with the domestic terminal’s ground transportation center at the west end of the building. From here, passengers can access the domestic terminal, parking areas and MARTA train service to downtown.
- Rental car center – A 15-minute shuttle ride links passengers with the rental car center, which houses all rental car transaction counters and vehicles.
The international shuttle connector is a free service and operates 24 hours a day.
Visa and Passport Information for Travel in the United States
The following information is provided to aid you in applying for appropriate documents for travel to the United States.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of State
It is recommended that you visit your country’s government-sponsored web site which provides updated passport information with specific regard to travel to the U.S.
Persons planning to attend the 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research should begin visa and passport applications or upgrading at least three to four months ahead of the conference date. Individual travelers who require special clearance or special administrative processing may need to make an earlier request for travel documents. Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. Visa wait times are available at http://travel.his.com/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html
It is important to note the expiration date of your current passport, as a renewal may require additional passport features that may take extra time to process. Even if your passport was issued by a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country, you may still need to obtain a visa as the visa may override a passport that does not meet new or newly enforced U.S. government security requirements.
To be sure that you are in compliance, research travel document requirements with the passport issuing authority in your country well in advance of planning your travel to the conference.
Applying for a Visa
The process for applying for a visa is outlined in this step-by-step guide "Obtaining a US Visa" provided by the U.S. Department of State. The process for foreign nationals entering the U.S. to attend a meeting or conference has grown longer, more involved, and more restrictive. The process will certainly require paying a fee and undergoing a background check and may take several months to process, so please plan ahead. If you are needing an invitation letter to attend or present a paper, please contact us and we will send you the appropriate information needed for your visa application.