Visitor Information for ISAR '01

ISAR '01 will take place on October 29th/30th at Columbia University, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA.

New Information On Monday, October 29th, the symposium will be held at On Tuesday, October 30th, it will resume at
ISAR locations Please click on the thumbnail image to see a bigger map with the ISAR locations.

A day of post-conference open laboratory visits will be held at Columbia and at Siemens Corporate Research on October 31.

The live Columbia webcam shows part of the campus near Lerner Hall.

Symposium Cell Phone Number

If during the conference you run into any kind of serious problems, like losing your way to the next scheduled event, needing emergency assistance with demo/poster setup or similar things, here is a cell phone number with people who will be trying to help you out:


Online registration is hosted by the IEEE. Advance Registration (for lower rates) is available until October 5th. After that date, online registration is still available (for the standard rates) until October 24th. On-site registration will start in the early morning of Monday, October 29th, at the registration desk in the Schapiro Research Center (CEPSR) and will also be available on the second day in Lerner Hall.


General directions to the campus

There is a limited number of hotels in the immediate neighborhood of the Columbia campus (Morningside Heights). If you are out of walking distance to the campus, the two most convenient ways to get to Lerner Hall from your hotel of choice are NYC subway and bus information

Computing and Network Facilities

Both buildings, Schapiro CEPSR building (first day) and Lerner Hall (second day) are covered by 802.11b access points (SSID Columbia University). To use these access points, you must bring your own laptop with 802.11b WiFi compliant wireless ethernet card. DHCP services are provided for automatic configuration of clients connecting via the wired and wireless ethernets. There are no access restrictions or authentication procedures to use the network, but users must abide by the AcIS accepable usage policy.

Lerner hall (second day) has a number of ColumbiaNet Kiosk stations available for public use. These stations provide short-term access to the web.

At Lerner Hall we will also have a limited number of ethernet jacks available for conference attendees. Please bring your own notebook or laptop computer, ethernet card and the appropriate cabling (RJ45).

Hotel Information

ISAR 2001 has arranged for block reservations with the following hotels. These are not necessarily the best rates you can get. You are encouraged to make your own inquiries. There are a lot of webpages that list hotels in New York City, some of which offer discount prices that might beat the block reservation rates by a considerable margin. Below you find a few pointers to Manhattan hotel pages.

If you choose to take advantage of the block reservation, please mention ISAR 2001! The hotels agreed to hold the block reservations until September 30th.

Here you find a map of the hotels with block reservations and how they are located relative to the 1 and 9 subway stations.
Hotel Name Address Phone Room Rate Available Rooms Comment
Ellington Hotel* 610 West 111th St 212-864-7500 $180.00 15 10 minute walking distance
  Between Broadway & Riverside Drive      
The Newton 96th and Broadway 212-678-6500 $105.00 20 10-15 minutes by subway
The Beacon 2130 Broadway 75th Street 212-787-1100 $190.00 10 5min walk + 15 min by subway
Astor on the Park* 465 Central Park West 212-866-1880 $180.00 15 25 min walk or 10-15 min walk (to 103rd/Bdway) and 5 min subway ride
  Between 106 & 107th      
Excelsior Hotel 45 W. 81st Street 212-362-9200 $170.00 20 10 min walk plus 15 min subway ride
Westpark 308 W. 58th Street 212-246-7515 $129.95 20 Columbus Circle, 25 min by subway
Belvedere 319 W. 48th Street 212-245-700 $17"0.00 20 Close Times Square. 5 min walk and 30 min subway ride
The Travel Inn 515 W. 42nd Street 212-695-7171 $140.00 20 3 blocks from Times Square. 10 min walk and 30 mins subway to Columbia
All rooms are exluding taxes.
*) inclusive Continental Breakfast

Other accomodation resources:

Web pages listing Manhattan hotels (online reservations possible): Here are a few pointers to NYC hostels for budget travellers:

Hostelling International is a large hostel in walking distance of the conference site (15 min walk). The following two sites list other budget accomodations in the city.

You can contact Angelika Formento or Tobias Höllerer for more information.