The conference will be hosted at CNRS Délégation Paris Michel-Ange, a national research center located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The center is easily accessible from public transportation (Michel-Ange - Auteuil station, metro lines 9 and 10), and a few minutes from the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower.
IMPORTANT:A valid ID is needed at all times to enter CNRS, otherwise you will not be able to attend the conference. Make sure you do not forget your passport at the hotel!
The center is located at 3, rue Michel-Ange, 75016 PARIS (StreetView)
Important note for attendees - If you need to bring large items such as a robot for demonstration purposes, please contact one of the conference chairs first. The CNRS has to warned in advance for security purposes. This does not apply to common items such as laptops.
Paris has a very large choice of hotels in a wide range of prices, but we propose a list convenient locations close to the conference site. We were able to obtain discount rates for some of these hotels, which are noted accordingly. Note that the prices are approximative for this period of the year, and we cannot guarantee availability or price at this point. All prices are per night rates.
For cheaper options, Paris is also home to a large selection of youth hostels that are listed on aubergesdejenesse.com.
Since Paris is a popular international destination, there are many travel options and indications are easily available in English. Paris is home to two major international airports: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). Both are accessible through public transportation and require at least an hour and a half of travel from the site of the conference in the best of conditions, so we recommend to plan accordingly. Taxis and direct bus lines are also available, but are not necessarily faster.
For general information about public transportation inside Paris, you can visit the RATP website. For planning trips, vianavigo.com is very useful and updated with traffic information. Tickets are available as singles or unlimited multi-day passes. Paris transport is divided into five fare zones, and a single ticket cannot cross zones. However, the conference site and major locations are all in zone 1, and thus do not require tickets that can reach all five zones. Farther locations such as both airports and Versailles are in zones 4 and 5 and do require specific tickets or passes.
October is fall in Paris, with an average daily high temperature of 16 C and usually fresh nights, so a jacket or sweater is recommended.
The only accepted currency is the Euro, but major debit and credit cards are accepted all around the city. Sales tax is almost always included (noted as "TTC", or all taxes included), unless noted otherwise ("HT", without taxes). Service is included in the price at restaurants, so tipping is not expected. However, you can always show your appreciation for good service in the form of a tip.