International Conference on Social Robotics


The Conference will be held at Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza 4445 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111 U.S.A.

Hotel Reservations

The Conference Hotel, Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza has agreed to provide the attendees with two special rates for students and others.

Students can be required to show proof of being a current student at the time of check-in, otherwise the regular rate will apply. Students should use the Student Reservation Link to make reservations using the Student Rate.

Other attendees (non-students) should use the Conferenece Reservation Link to make reservations using the Conference Rate.

Kansas City

It’s impossible to imagine Kansas City without these three lifelong residents – jazz, barbecue and fountains. And for good reason. They’re a testament to the city's culture, history and heart.


As one jazz genius put it, “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” And, rest assured, Kansas City has it. From the roaring '20s through the early '40s, jazz reigned supreme in Kansas City – and you can still hear its sweet sounds throughout the city to this day. Head to the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District and you’ll see instant proof to the genre's rich KC roots. Then take in The American Jazz Museum for a look into the city's jazz legacy, featuring legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Finally, take in a fierce, late-night jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation – the perfect nightcap to an unforgettable, music-filled adventure.


With more than 200 fountains trickled throughout the city, it's no surprise that KC has earned the nickname, “The City of Fountains.” Kansas City's bubbly love affair began with a rather practical purpose. The Humane Society built the city’s first fountains as water troughs for horses in the late 1800s. Now cherished works of public art, the fountains have become an attraction unto themselves, beckoning a steady stream of visitors – especially the Fountain of Neptune on the Country Club Plaza, the Waterworks Spectacular at Kauffman Stadium and the Civic Courtyard Fountain inside The Legends at Village West.


No visit to KC is complete until you can literally taste it. Luckily, it’s a taste you’re guaranteed to enjoy – legendary KC barbecue. It's practically a rite of passage for visitors to leave with at least one sauce-stained shirt. Today you’ll find more than 100 barbecue establishments in the area, each boasting its own personal house special – from staples like ribs, pork and ham to not-so-standards, like mutton, sausage and even fish. Many of these city faves are members of the Kansas City Barbeque Society – the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts.


The Plaza

The Country Club Plaza graces Kansas City with charm and elegance. In 1922, Jessie Clyde Nichols developed the Plaza and he searched the world for suitable treasures to adorn it. Today, the Plaza has become one of Kansas City 's top attractions and remains a favorite among local residents.

Located just five miles south of downtown Kansas City , the Plaza covers 55 acres and is constructed in elaborate Spanish-style architecture with red-tiled roofs, elegant towers and ornate ironwork. Much of the Plaza's beauty can be attributed to its sparkling fountains, horse-drawn carriages and outdoor art treasures from Europe, Asia and Mexico . With more than 40 fountains, many unique to the world, and more than 50 sculpted works of art, the Plaza is often referred to as an "outdoor museum." A walking art tour of these magnificent works is a delightful way to experience the Plaza. It features a waterway, Brush Creek, with lighted walking paths.

A mix of more than 180 retail and service establishments includes restaurants, nightclubs, movie theaters, shops and boutiques. The Plaza has become a major fashion center in the Midwest . Exclusive stores such as Tiffany, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Mark Shale and Laura Ashley, along with locally founded Halls, have made shopping on the Plaza rivaled only by the area's beautiful surroundings.


Surrounded by gently rolling terrain, Kansas City is located in the southern plains of the United States. It is situated on the south bank of the Missouri River at the Missouri-Kansas state line. A great escape no matter what time of year you visit, Kansas City enjoys each of the four seasons. The fall season is normally mild with a period known as “Indian Summer,” characterized by mild, sunny days and cool nights. Average temperatures for early November have a high of 65 F and a low of 40 F.

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Getting To KC

To begin your stay in Kansas City, we recommend flying into Kansas City International Airport (MCI). From there, several transportation options are available, from taxis to SuperShuttle, which will deliver you to the hotel's doorstep.

While in Kansas City, we recommend traveling by taxi throughout the city. Cabs are readily available outside the hotel entrance. The Max, a public bus service, can transport you to most destinations. Or, rent a car through the Hertz office within the hotel and explore the city on your own. The Concierge is happy to assist you with any travel arrangements.

Kansas City International Airport was built by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and opened in 1972. Its low congestion, easy terminal access and small number of flight delays have long established it as one of the most convenient commercial airports in the world.

The MCI complex spans more than 10,000 acres, and its three runways can accommodate up to 139 aircraft operations per hour. Uncongested air and ground space, short taxi time, and a low weather-related closure/cancellation rate are why MCI consistently ranks among the lowest in delays of all U.S. airports. Three runways, two of them parallel with 6,575 feet of separation, Category III instrument Landing System and other features help keep operations smooth in even the worst of weather. New surfaces on the runways, taxiways and terminal aprons, along with ongoing infrastructure improvements, enhance the airport's efficiency and convenience to air carriers. 

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Distance from Hotel: Approximately 26 miles; driving time approximately 35-40 minutes

Options for getting to and from the hotel include:

Fee: 55-60 USD (one way)

Super Shuttle
Fee: 20 USD; per person, one-way.
(816) 243-5000; Reservations are not required for airport pickup however return trips do require reservations.

Classic Car Service
866-546-6490; reservation required

Additional Shuttle Service Options:

Hotel Info

The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza provides a distinctive blend of style and convenience. Our hotel here in Kansas City, Missouri showcases well-appointed, spacious hotel rooms, quality amenities, and intuitive, friendly service. In addition, we feature a fantastic hotel location, only moments away from the renowned Country Club Plaza shopping center. Our guest rooms offer helpful perks, such as a flat-screen TV, room service, and an ergonomic work area. Indulge in flavorful cuisine at Main Street Grill, challenge yourself to a workout at our fitness center, or make use of our hotel's 15,000 square feet of stylish venue space; we provide an ideal backdrop for a wedding or business meeting. Along with unparalleled access to the excitement of Country Club Plaza, our hotel offers perfect placement near some of Kansas City, Missouri's top attractions, including Arrowhead Stadium and many world-class museums. Visit the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza for excellence in contemporary hotel lodging.

Link to reserve rooms for the conference

Visa Info for International Attendees

The U.S. Department of State provides information on how to obtain a visitor Visa for travel to the United States.

If you are coming from a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you must apply for authorization and pay a fee.

Upon completing the registration process, you will receive a confirmation letter, which will include information useful for obtaining the necessary visa to attend the conference.

Please note that this confirmation letter does not guarantee that you will receive a U.S. Visa.  Since it does require time to process, we suggest that you plan on as much lead time as possible to get your letter request in and process your visa application.

All confirmation letters will be sent using email.  If you would like us to mail or FAX the letter also, instructions for how to request additional information or a new letter will be included with the confirmation details you will receive.

We regret that we are unable to provide letters for companions and spouses who may be accompanying potential attendees.

Note that in the event that you are denied a visa, we will provide you a full refund of the conference registration if notification is received at least two weeks prior to the conference.  

Additional information on Visa processing is available at the website of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Visa Services: