General Information

Audio-Visual Policy

Standard Audio-visual Set-up in Meeting Rooms
The PLENARY SESSION ROOM will have TWO OVERHEAD PROJECTORS, TWO SCREENS, and ONE DATA PROJECTOR.  All other breakout rooms will have one screen and one data projector.  Overhead projectors will be available in the breakout rooms upon request. If you would like to request an overhead projector for your session, please email Jennifer Fasy ( no later than January 27, 2010.

SIAM does not provide computers for any speaker.  When giving an electronic presentation, speakers must provide their own computers.  SIAM is not responsible for the safety and security of speakers’ computers.

All speakers, please visit prior to the pre-registration deadline.


Individuals staying within the SIAM room block will receive complimentary T-Mobile Hotspot wireless internet. Individuals will be asked to accept charges for Internet usage upon accessing the Internet via T-Mobile Hotspot. The charges must be accepted, however, the fee will be waived and will not appear on the room bill.

Local Area

Visit for more information on Seattle and the surrounding area. See Local Restaurants and Guide to Downtown [PDF, 114KB] prepared by local Co-Chair, John Lewis.

The average temperature in Seattle during February varies between 37° F and 51° F.  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, February 25, 2010 at 8:30 PM.  Presenters are requested to put up their posters no later than 18:30 PM on Thursday, the official start time of the session.  Boards and push pins will be available to presenters beginning Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00 AM.For information about preparing a poster, please visit

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, completed order forms and payment (credit cards are preferred) may be taken to the SIAM registration desk.


By Air

SIAM has selected Uniglobe Wings Travel to assist attendees in making travel arrangements.  To book your reservations through Uniglobe Wings Travel, contact Amy Hueber at +1-215-628-3322 or toll free (US and Canada) at 866-71-WINGS. Press two (2) when you hear the recording, and ask to be transferred to Amy. Be sure to mention you are attending the SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing.  Uniglobe Wings Travel will issue your ticket and mail it to you. Please be aware there is a fee for this service.

You also have the choice of using your own travel agent or an Internet service.  There are many web sites available to allow you to search for and purchase airline tickets online.  Expedia , Orbitz, and Travelocity are just a few.

Ground Transportation

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel; fares are estimated at $45, including 15% tip.  Supposedly there is a flat rate of $32 from downtown to the airport, but this is not widely known to locals; it only applies to the trip to the airport.  Boss Limousine, a locally recommended limousine service, has agreed to coordinate shared limo service to and from the airport, with a fixed price of $45, including tip, for up to four travelers.  Call Gary at 206-605-0496 to have them meet your flight; mention “SIAM Applied Math” to get the special fixed rate.

Shuttle Express provides shared van service, with round trip (return) fares of $27 each way for 1 or 2 travelers together.  One way fares are $32.  A third rider in a group adds $8 to the fare in each direction.  Subsequent additional riders add $12 each to the fare in each direction.  See to get these slightly discounted fares at their reservation web site.

The cheapest way is by public transit.  Link Light Rail runs from Seatac Airport to downtown, with one way fares of $2.50 - see the e attached detailed directions [PDF, 171KB].

Please visit the Grand Hyatt Seattle web site,, and click on “Local Attractions” and “Map & Directions” to find local directions.  SIAM also suggests you contact the hotel directly for any information about sharing transportation. 

By Train
Amtrak has a rail station in Seattle.  To make train reservations through Amtrak, call (800) USA-RAIL, go to or contact Uniglobe Wings Travel.  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 Uniglobe Wings Travel or your own travel agent. Uniglobe Wings Travel can make your car rental reservations at the same time you make your flight reservations. See information above regarding how to reach Uniglobe Wings Travel.

Driving Directions
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 at +1-305-374-0000 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 a confirmed speaker, please fill out the form AND provide the following information to

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