A gentle reminder that the conference rates for the hotels are available until January 31st. Please reserve your room before that or you will risk the rate being higher.
We have conference rates available at two hotels: The Courtyard Marriott Pensacola Downtown and the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel. Directions for reserving a room, as well as some pros and cons for the two hotels are available on the KSCO web site: http://ksco.info/ksco-2012.html
Likewise, if you have not registered for the conference, please do so. While there is no cut-off date for the registration, the sooner you register, the better we will be able to estimate the number of attendees and prepare for the conference. We also have two exciting social activities planned for the conference, a reception on Wednesday evening and the conference dinner on Thursday night.
Registration for the conference is available at: http://ksco2012.eventbrite.com/
. Conference registration is only $100 ($50 if you are a student). You can pay either using a credit card or pay at the door via check or cash (select the pay at door option when you register). Please note that if you wish to use a credit card, you must register online - we do not have any means to process your credit card onsite.
The preliminary program for the conference has been posted on the website. We have an exciting program this year, including some excellent keynote speakers and panels. Please note that the program is still in some flux, and we urge everyone to stay through Friday afternoon - as there is a very good possibility that the program will be extended through Friday afternoon. We are still awaiting confirmation for a keynote speaker and two additional speakers.
Also, as you plan your travel, keep in mind that the conference occurs just before the Mardi Gras celebration throughout the Gulf Coast. If you are *very* adventurous, you could try to go to New Orleans for the weekend (a three hour drive). But, many hotels have already sold out and those that are still available will be expensive.
While Pensacola is not New Orleans, we do have a Mardi Gras parade here in town on Saturday, February 18th. Here is a web site with some information: http://www.pensacolamardigras.com/
. Please email me if you would like any specific information.
Also, Pensacola is renowned for our Beaches. While the weather may be cold in February, you might find warm days to visit the beach (it was 72 degrees (F), 21 degrees (C) today!). Here is a website about our beaches: http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/
Unfortunately, Pensacola is not known for its public transportation! If you stay at one of the conference hotels, you will be within walking distance to IHMC (the conference location). You are also within walking distance to the downtown area (for example, to go to the parade). If you want to explore other areas, you will most likely have to rent a car or rely on taxis.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the city, lodging, restaurants, transportation, etc. Also, please forward this to your colleagues that may not be on this list.
Thanks and look forward to seeing many of you in Pensacola!
Niranjan Suri, Ph.D.firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Scientist at Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition