General Information

Audio-Visual Policy

Standard Audio-visual Set-up in Meeting Rooms
All rooms come equipped with a projector, which can be connected to an in-room computer, a laptop of one of the speakers, or an in room document camera.  There are no overhead/transparency projectors.

(If people plan to use the document camera, I recommend they prepare slides on white paper rather  than on transparencies.  I also suggest "landscape format". 



The building is wired for wifi.  Attendees can use guest access (which is present all the time).  Guest access is limited  to browser based applications.


Local Area

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The average temperature in Raleigh during October varies between 71° F (22°C) and 48° F (9°C).  Remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.



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Poster Session

The poster session is scheduled for Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 PM.  Poster presenters are requested to set up their poster material on the provided 40” by 60” ( 1m by 1.5m) boards in the Roosevelt Room (at the Brownstone Hotel) between the hours 5:00 PM 6:00 PM. Alternately, poster presenters may leave their posters at the registration desk before 4:00 PM on Thursday, and the poster will be set up for them.  All materials must be posted by Thursday, October 6, at 6:00 PM, the official start time of the session.  Poster displays must be removed by 8:00 PM. Posters remaining after this time will be discarded.  SIAM is not responsible for discarded posters.

Note: Any poster presenter who fails to show and present a confirmed presentation will be considered a no-show.  No-shows will be billed $55 per accepted poster.


SIAM Books and Journals

Display copies of books and complimentary copies of journals are available on site. SIAM books are available at a discounted price during the conference.  If a SIAM books representative is not available, order forms are available at the display.  Orders can be mailed to SIAM (information is on the order form) or books can be ordered online using the coupon code.


By Air
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), 2400 W. Terminal Blvd., Morrisville, NC, is about twelve miles northwest of the meeting site on campus and is served by most major airlines.

Ground Transportation

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel.  A one-way taxi fare to campus from the airport is about US$30; limo service is about US$55.  SuperShuttle is also available for about US$18.

The Triangle Transit Authority runs a bus 100 roughly every 30 minutes to 1 hour between the airport and downtown Raleigh.  The stop at Hillsborough Street and Brooks Avenue is closest to North Carolina State University and the Brownstone Hotel.  The stop at Morgan and Dawson is closest to the Clarion.  The fare is US$2.  Unfortunately, this bus does not run on Sunday.  Other public transport around Raleigh can be found at
By Train
Amtrak has a rail station in Raleigh.  To make train reservations through Amtrak, call (800) USA-RAIL, go to  Taxis are available at the train station for transportation to the hotel.

Rental Cars
Many major car rental companies have offices inside the airport terminal. You can make your arrangements when you arrive at the airport or you can make them through your own travel agent.

Driving Directions
Take I-40 East to exit 289 (Raleigh North and East), which becomes Wade Avenue. At third traffic light make right on Faircloth Street, then at first traffic light make left on Hillsborough Street. North Carolina State University will be directly ahead on the right. The Holiday Inn-Brownstone is less than one mile from North Carolina State University entrance.

If renting a car, please obtain a map and directions from your rental car company. Another option is to visit Mapquest, or another similar web site. SIAM highly recommends you contact the hotel directly or visit their web site for driving directions. 

Visa Information

International attendees at conferences in the US may already be aware that there have been changes to the visa program for scientific visitors, which affect even people from visa waiver countries. The site, maintained by The National Academies, provides guidance on obtaining the necessary documents.

As of January 12, 2009, a valid ESTA approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. Please visit for additional information and procedures regarding the visa waiver program as maintained by the US Department of State.

Letter of Invitation

Confirmed speakers in need of a Letter of Invitation to assist in the visa application process, please fill out the Letter of Invitation Request Form. Please allow three to four weeks for processing and delivery.

If you are not planning to present at the conference or are not yet a confirmed speaker and need a letter of invitation before acceptance notifications are sent, please fill out the form AND provide the following information to [email protected]:

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