The First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems will run from on Thursday, December 6, through Saturday, December 8, 2012. The meeting will start at 9:00 AM on the first day and end by 1:30 PM on the third day.
The event will take place in the Freidenrich Conference Center at the Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, California. The Center is located at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303, just off US Highway 101 near the intersection of East Charleston Road and San Antonio Road. The Center's general telephone number is 650-223-8700 and additional directions are available here.
The registration fee for the conference is $200 before midnight on Thursday, November 22, and $250 after that date. The same fee applies to students and nonstudents, although those in need can apply for financial assistance. To register, please complete the online registration form and pay with a credit card or a PayPal account.
There are a number of hotels and motels within short driving distance from the Oshman Center, but none that are within convenient walking distance. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Cabana on El Camino Real, but only a few rooms are left and the discounted price is over $200 per night, so you may want to consider some other options listed here.
If you are a non-local participant, you will probably fly into either the San Jose Airport or the San Francisco Airport. There are a number of options for getting from the airports to the Oshman Center and back again.
Car rental services are available at the San Francisco and San Jose Airports and at several locations in Palo Alto, including:
Car rental is likely to cost $60 a day or more, depending on the model. Online reservations typically result in lower costs, with Expedia and sites for both San Francisco Airport and San Jose Airport providing useful price comparisons.
To reach the Oshman Center by car, take US 101 either south from San Francisco Airport or north from San Jose Airport. Leave the highway by the San Antonio Road South exit in the direction of Los Altos. Take care on San Antonio Road, which is currently undergoing some roadworks. Turn right at the first stop light onto Charleston Road. Take the second right onto Fabian Way, then enter the Center driveway on the right into the parking garage. More details are available here.
To reach the Oshman Center by this longer but more scenic route, take Interstate 280 either south from San Francisco Airport or north from San Jose Airport. Leave the highway by the El Monte Avenue East exit, turn left on Foothill Expressway, and then turn right on San Antonio Road. Take care, as San Antonio is currently undergoing some roadworks. Continue until you reach Charleston Road, then turn left onto Charleston. Take the second right onto Fabian Way, then enter the Center driveway on the right into the parking garage. More details are available here.
Parking in the Oshman Center garage is free to guests. Valet parking is also available, but you will need to pay for that service.
In general, shuttles are available at both San Francisco and San Jose Airports without reservations (although these may be useful) with signs leading you to the shuttle pick up areas from baggage claim. Taxis are available in the same vicinity.