BSN 2014

The conference and workshops are held in Zurich, Switzerland, from June 16 - 19, 2014. The workshops will take place on Monday and Thursday, June 16 & 19, the main conference is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 17 & 18, 2014. All events will take place at the ETH Zurich Downtown Campus (street address: Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich). Below you will find more information about the venues.

About Zurich

With a population of some 390,000 inhabitants, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is surprisingly compact, though, with a wealth of old churches, fountains, and cobbled streets with buildings, some of them more than 700 years old, housing charming galleries and small shops. The city of Zurich was established as a Roman customs post (called "Turicum") in 15 B.C. It is situated some 400 metres (1,340 ft) above sea level at the northern end of the 27 km (17 miles) long Lake of Zurich. Its well-preserved Old Town is to be found on both banks of the River Limmat, which flows out of the lake in a northerly direction. In Mercer's annual "Quality of Living" survey, Zurich regularly claims one of the top spots, as it does on Monocle&+39;s "Most Liveable Cities Index".



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Hotels

There is no dedicated conference hotel. Discounted rates for several close-by hotels are available until 16th April 2014 (code BSN14) at the following hotels. For the locations of the hotels, please see the map above.

Please make your hotel reservation using the code BSN14 NO LATER THAN 16th APRIL 2014 to qualify a room under our special rates. City-Tax may not be included.
Cheaper alternatives without any reserved rooms can be found with the following organizations:

Restaurants and bars

More information will follow.

Getting to Zurich

Zurich is extremely easy to reach by train and air, as well as by car.

By plane

Zurich airport is a major European hub. It is served by over 80 different airlines that offer over 170 direct flights world-wide. The main carriers are Swiss International Airlines and German Lufthansa (through its hubs in Munich and Frankfurt), which through their "Star Alliance" network offer excellent world-wide connections.

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse is a major hub for low cost carriers. The airport serves 47 destinations in Europe and is only a 70 minutes train ride away from Zürich.

By train

By rail, Zurich is just 4 hours away from major European hubs, such as Frankfurt, Paris, or Milan. Additionally, direct trains link it to Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, and Hamburg, making it possible to reach Zurich from most major European cities with only a single change of trains.

By car

Major European highways connect Zurich in 3.5 hours to Frankfurt or Munich, and in 3 hours to Milan. Cities in southern Germany (e.g, Karlsruhe or Stuttgart) are less than 2.5 hours away, eastern France (e.g., Grenoble) only 3 hours, and northern Italy (Genova, Torino, Bologna) only 5 hours.

About ETH Zurich

The Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, or - to use its German acronym - the ETH Zurich, was founded by the Swiss government in 1854 as a polytechnic and opened its doors in Zurich in 1855. Until 1969, when the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (known by its French acronym as EPFL) was established, ETH Zurich was the only national university in Switzerland. In its core areas of engineering, natural sciences, architecture, and mathematics it is one of the leading academic research institutions worldwide.

The ETH itself comprises 16 departments. Over 500 professors and more than 10,000 staff members - with a 30% proportion of women - work in teaching, research and administration. Current statistics of the ETH show 17,780 registered students. Each year about 3,100 receive a Bachelor or Master degree and a further 650 complete a doctoral thesis. Current annual expenditure is 1.47 billion Swiss francs. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining its excellent reputation.

The Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering features 30 professors, 300+ PhD students and research assistants, and over 20 postdocs and senior scientists. In research and education, the department covers the broad area of electrical engineering, ranging from integrated circuits to computer networks, from wireless communications to signal processing, and from control theory to power electronics. In addition, it also has a strong biomedical engineering section focussing on imaging technology and neural information processing.

The interdisciplinary Wearable Computing Group which is headed by Prof. Gerhard Tröster consists of 3 PostDocs, 20 PhD students and 2 technicians. The core expertise lies in miniaturized mobile and flexible electronics, thinfilm technology and smart textile, as well as in signal processing, sensor fusion, machine learning and sensor platforms. The lab capitalizes on its expertise in designing wearable computers capable of smart assistance.

Conference venue

The conference and workshop venue is located on the ETH Zurich Downtown Campus (called "ETH Zentrum" in German), which is located in the city center of Zurich. It is easily accessible from downtown, as well as from the airport, with tram lines 6, 9, and 10. All events take place in the main building of ETH (building code HG) at

Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich
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Getting There

There are number of stations from where it is easy to reach the workshop venue:

If you are not located near any of the above stations SBB offers a great route finder/navigator service.

From Zurich main station

From tram stop "Bahnhofplatz/HB":
Tram no. 10 (direction Flughafen or Bahnhof Oerlikon) to tram stop "ETH/Universitätsspital" or tram no. 3 (direction Klusplatz) to tram stop "Central" (first stop), from "Central" by Polybahn (departing every 3 minutes) to the Polyterrasse.
Journey time: about 8 minutes

From tram stop "Bahnhofstrasse/HB":
Tram no. 6 (direction Zoo) to tram stop "ETH/Universitätsspital".
Journey time: about 6 minutes

For this trip you need a valid ticket for zone no. 110 ("Stadt Zürich").

From Zurich Airport and Oerlikon

Tram no. 10 (direction Bahnhofplatz/HB) to tram stop "ETH/Universitätsspital". The tram operates daily from 6 a.m to 11 p.m. with trams departing every 7 to 15 minutes.
Journey time: 30 minutes

If you wish to travel from the airport to the city centre (main station), you should travel by S-Bahn or train. The trains leave from the station "Zürich Flughafen".
Journey time: about 10 minutes

From within Zurich

To reach the conference venue from within the city of Zurich, e.g., from the hotel, please consult the local transport website and check their network plan.

Parking

Parking in Zurich is quite tricky. We recommend you to use public transport and leave your car at a parking garage (this might be expensive, though).

There are very few parking lots available at the workshops and conference venues and they are liable with costs (payment on-site). Available parking garages close to the conference venue are shown here. More information about parking at ETH Zurich can be found here (in German).

You can also find the parking garages closest to a place you want to go in Zurich using this web site (in German). Information on parking tickets, parking spaces for physically disabled drivers and parking spots around the city can be found here (in German).

Visa requirements

Since 12 December 2008 Switzerland is an associated member state of the Schengen agreement and hence part of the Schengen area. Please check the visa requirements for your nationality under the following link: Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality. Schengen visas are valid for Switzerland and all other areas of the Schengen member states (provided nothing to the contrary is noted on the visa). The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police maintains a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Visa issues. You can also find links to websites for Swiss embassies and consulates worldwide at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The embassy and consulate websites have very helpful information about procedures, timelines, communities served, required documentation, and fees.
Please consider that a visa request might need several weeks or months to be processed by Swiss embassies and that the Conference Organizers cannot provide support on visa issues that go beyond visa letters. Please contact your local Swiss embassy for more information.

Letters from conference organization

International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements, and should plan travel well in advance. Please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to registration@bsn2014.org. Use the subject line "BSN2014 Visa" and include your name, passport number and mailing address. Also make sure to indicate which embassy/consulate you are applying to. Authors of accepted papers/posters/etc. should also include the title. If you have already registered, please also mention the payment type and any registration fees paid.

You can click on this link to pre-fill your email accordingly.

Support letters for non-authors

Due to the high volume of fraudulent visa requests in recent years, a request for a letter in support of a visa application from non-authors must be accompanied by:


Please contact us first with the above information before registering.