|December 13th: The Return of the Light|
|The Second Örebro Winter School on "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics"|
The School will span the whole week of December 8-13, 2014, Monday to Saturday. Lectures will be on Monday to Thursday, full day, and the PhD Student Symposium will be on Friday. Saturday 13th is a free-schedule day devoted to networking activities. Students are therefore expected to arrive in Ö on Sunday 7th, and depart on Sunday 14th.
Students will be hosted in shared accommodations at the Livin' residence. This is walking distance both from the main train station (Örebro Central) and from the city center. Accommodation is provided free of charge from Sunday 7th (arrival) till Sunday 14th (departure).
Teachers and all invited senior researchers will stay at the Örebro City Hotel (Best Western). The hotel is situated near the city center, and it is walking distance from the South train station (Örebro Södra). If you prefer to go there by taxi, though, you should get off the train at Örebro central station: Örebro Södra is very small and it has hardly any taxi.
A map of Örebro showing all the relevant locations, paths, and comments is available here.
The School will take place at Örebro University in the city of Örebro, in central Sweden. There is an effective bus connection between the hotel and the University.
Lectures from Monday to Thursday will take place in room P-204 in "Prismahuset" (the prisma building). The PhD symposium on Friday will take place in lecture theater HS-T in "Teknikhuset" (the technical building). Lunches will be at the "Kraka" student restaurant, in a private room at the end of the restaurant known as "Lilla matsalen" (the small dining room). The welcome reception on Monday will be at the "Fakultetsclubben" (faculty club) in the "Entrèhuset" building. Below is a map of the University with the relevant locations.
The social dinner will take place on Thursday inside the Örebro Castle. This is 10 minutes walk from both the Livin' residence and the Best Western hotel, half way between the two.
From the Livin' residence Go to the central train station and catch bus number 20 from bay G. This is a direct connection between the train station and the University, with one intermediate stop at the University Hospital. The timetable is on the right. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes, so you should catch the 8:33 bus in the morning. Bus 20 only goes on peak hours: off-peak you should use bus 9, which takes a similar route but makes many stops.
You will find a rechargeable bus card in your welcome pack: the card can be used on all busses, just validate it every time you get into a bus. The card has been pre-loaded with enough cash for the whole week.
From the Best Western Hotel, you can either take bus number 2 or 3 at the stop "Vågustorget", 100 meters from the hotel (see map); or take a taxi; or walk about 30 minutes. If you take the bus, get off at "Studentgatan". The trip takes approximately 10 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the vending machine at the stop, or pay the driver by credit card. If you take a taxi, tell the driver to drop you at "Långhuset". Make sure to collect all receipts and tickets and to send them to me after the School for reimbursement.
Students are expected to bring their own laptops to the School, since these will be needed for the hands-on exercises. They are also expected to have pre-installed and tested all the needed software, as will be specified in the pre-school assignments
There will be wireless connectivity for all guests, both students and teachers. You will find a user name and password in your welcome bag: make sure to bring it with you.
The most convenient way to travel to Örebro is to fly to Stockholm Arlanda airport and then take a train to Örebro. It is a two hours ride from Stockholm to Örebro, with about a train every hour. Stockholm Arlanda is served by all major airlines, and by some good low-cost airline like Norwegian. Other airports from which Örebro can be reached by train are Göteborg (30' bus ride to the station plus 3 hours train) or Stockholm Skavsta (served by Ryanair, 3 to 4 hours train to Örebro). Whichever way you go, make sure to book your trip in good time (i.e., now!) since flights to and from Scandinavia tend to be rather full.
You can buy your train ticket on the internet at www.sj.se (SJ is the Swedish railway company) also available in English. This is convenient since tickets bought earlier are cheaper. Make sure to chose the option to print your ticket at home and bring the printed ticket with you. Some travel options may include a bus trip to a small station called Båltsa, and then a train to Örebro. If you prefer a simpler trip, chose the options that go via Stockholm C (Central) station. There are two types of trains going from Arlanda to Stockholm Central: the standard (regional) trains by SJ, and the fast "Arlanda Express" trains. Notice that they leave from different places inside Arlanda airport, make sure you go to the right one. Once in Stockholm, look for your train to Örebro: this is often on tracks 5, 6, 7 or 8. The final destination might be Göteborg or Hallsberg, but Örebro will also be marked as one of the main stops. Get off at Örebro Central station, which is the first stop coming from Stockholm.
Even if you do not buy your train ticket online, use the SJ website to make sure that there is a train at the time when you arrive in Stockholm, and that there is one on Sunday 14th that allows you to catch your return flight. Trains in Sweden do not run very early or very late, especially on weekends. Remember that you must check in at the hotel on Sunday 7th. Contact the chair of the school if this is not possible for you.
In case of problems: don't panic! Almost everyone in Sweden speaks English, and people are kind and helpful. If you have problems at Arlanda (e.g., your flight is late) go to the SJ desk located at "Sky City" in the middle of the airport. If you have problems at Stockholm central station, go to the SJ ticket and information office. The Sweden train system is very effective: if there is a problem, they will find a way to get you to your destination anyway!
The School will cover the accommodation for seven nights during the days of the School, i.e., from Sunday 7th to 14th; Lunches and coffee breaks during the School days; and the social dinner on Thursday 12. Registration costs are also covered by the School: students do not need to pay any registration fee. No other costs are covered.
Financial support for the School is provided by Örebro University through the program "Forskningsstrategiska satsningar" (research strategic funds, RV422/2011).
In case of need, you can contact the local organizer Federico Pecora at +46-702-842638, or Alessandro Saffiotti at +46-702-897026. For real emergencies, the 112 European emergency number is operational in Sweden.
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