SPAA 2006 Local Information


Visa Requests

For traveling to the United States to attend SPAA 2006, please allow extra time for travel planning. Attendees visiting the U.S. should be particularly aware and careful about visa requirements, and should plan travel well in advance. Visa information can be obtained from the sites and Both sites have links to web-sites for U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. The embassy and consulate web-sites have very helpful information about procedures, time-lines, communities served, required documentation, and fees. If you need a visa to attend SPAA, please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to Stephanie Smith ( at ACM headquarters, and include your name, mailing address, and fax number. Indicate that you plan to attend SPAA (authors of papers and brief announcements should also include the title).

Room Reservation

The SPAA 2006 conference will take place in the

The Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Phone: +1-617-864-1200
Fax: +1-617-864-5715

The negotiated room rate for single and double rooms is $175.- a night. This rate applies for reservations made for the period of July 30 to August 2. You will receive this rate only if you reserve a room until July 4. If you also need a room for July 29-30, then in addition to sending a fax or calling the hotel for the reservation, send an email to Alissa Findlen noting that your stay includes July 29-30 in order to obtain the negotiated rate for July 29-30.

All room requests require an advance deposit or credit card to guarantee the reservation. Should a guest desire to cancel their reservation, their deposit will be refunded in full if they notify the hotel at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to scheduled arrival date. Credit cards will not be charged until actual check-in or late cancellation. If you have any questions or problems with your room reservation, please contact Alissa Findlen at 617-234-8096 or

For more information, please visit

Finding a Roommate

In order for us to match you with some roommate(s), please send an email to containing the following information:


The directions to the Charles Hotel webpage are here and the Google map of its location is here

To amplify the MBTA (subway, also called the "T") directions, here's how you get to the Charles Hotel from the airport. For many, this is the cheapest and easiest way to get from the airport to the hotel, but it does require walking a couple of blocks.


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