FOR 21-23 OCTOBER
All cheap hotels and B&Bs in Cambridge and Boston are
sold out for the weekend, due to the Head of the Charles Regatta,
an annual international skiff rowing contest.
(If the weather is nice, you may want to enjoy some
of this on Sunday; it starts at 7:30 am, with successive races
beginning every half hour or so near the BU bridge, not far
from MIT, and goes on all day until 4 pm. Click
here for more information.) The only rooms available in
Cambridge and downtown Boston start above $300/night.
It is still possible to find rooms
under $150/night that are on the Redline subway line, about
30 minutes from MIT, in Quincy. Use a google search for hotels
“Quincy MA”. In addition, you can check the subway
map for possible cheaper locations along other subway lines.
For example, the green line in Brookline has some places nearby.
You can see subway stops if you go to maps.yahoo.com, enter
Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, or Boston, and then on the
lower right-hand corner click on public transportation. All
subway stops are immediately visible, with details available
by hover and more details by clicking. Of course, the further
out you go, the cheaper the rooms, including some under $100.
If you are driving, there are several
places out on the Mass Turnpike Extension (Newton, Framingham)
which also have cheaper rates, as well as places north of
We may have a few free rooms available
in the homes of local people coming to the conference. If
you are in need of a free room in order to be able to attend
the conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject Need
Room and message including the following information: your
name, address, telephone, email, how you will be coming to
the conference, and when you are arriving and leaving Boston
TO MIT CAMPUS FROM OUT OF TOWN
From Logan Airport: Two choices, first about
45 minutes, second may be same or shorter, but with two changes
instead of one: Option 1: Take the new airport
silver line bus to South Station (using special access road);
change to redline subway outbound, heading to Alewife; get
off at Kendall Square. Option 2: Take the
airport terminal shuttle bus to the subway Blue Line inbound,
go about 4 stops; change at Government Center to the Green
line (any train not going in direction of Lechmere), go one
stop; change at Park St to the redline outbound heading to
Alewife. I urge you not to take a taxi from
the airport due to exceptionally bad traffic that weekend;
there will be long delays around and in the tunnel from airport
to downtown Boston.
Amtrak (or Metro) South Station train: Following
signs to the Redline “T” subway. Take the redline
subway outbound heading to Alewife; get off at Kendall Square.
Note: Memorial Drive and
Storrow Drive approaching MIT, and the Turnpike Extension
exit leading directly to Memorial Drive, Cambridge, near MIT
may be very seriously backed up on Friday afternoon and Saturday
more than the usual rush hour traffic), due to the Head of
the Charles Regatta, a worldwide rowing contest on the Charles
River on Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 4, with rowing teams
and spectators entering the city for the Regatta on Friday
afternoon. For Saturday, the race course and spectators start
just before the BU bridge and go down past Harvard ending
near the riverside park (Herter park) in Allston. Traffic
in and around Harvard Square will also be bad (or even closed).
to MIT without using Storrow or Memorial Drive, the Turnpike
Extension, or Harvard Sqare:
-- Driving from north and northwest and from
airport in rental car (not recommended): Take route 93 (or
McGrath O’Brien Highway); exit onto Washington St in
Somerville. Take Washington going toward Somerville or Cambridge,
to Tremont, turn left on Tremont and go to Hampshire, turn
left on Hampshire. Continue on Hampshire, which merges with
Broadway, to Vassar St, take a right on Vassar. Go one block
and take a left on Main. Park right there in the East garage.
-- Driving from south and southwest: Use
93 as directed above, or: Take 95/128 to Route 2 to Concord
Ave, or Belmont Ave via Brattle to Concord Ave. Stay on Concord
to Cambridge Common. Bear left at the end of Concord (instead
of turning right into Harvard Square) circle around and under
Harvard overpass, bear right and come out onto Broadway. Stay
on Broadway to Vassar, right on Vassar, go one block, left
on Main St, park in East garage.
FROM SUBWAY OR BUS OR CAR TO BUILDINGS ON MIT CAMPUS
You can find any building or parking lot on the MIT campus
at the following search page: http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg
MIT maps are good for navigating the interior of the campus,
where there are no street names. Mapquest or Yahoo maps are
better for checking street names, using the address 292 Main
St, Cambridge MA 02139 (east end of campus) or 77 Massachusetts
Ave, Cambridge MA 02139 (main entrance to MIT, mid-campus).
All MIT maps have a link to Mapquest.
map of MIT with street names
The MIT campus runs along the Charles River from Main St and
Wadsworth (Kendall Square) at the East End to Audrey St at
the West End (near the Hyatt Regency). You can see the whole
campus and the streets from which meeting Buildings and parking
lots are accessible on this :
Arriving at MIT: If you go to the Mapquest MIT map
shown above you will see the main entrance to MIT at 77 Massachusetts
Ave (Cambridge MA 02139). You can see details of the east
end of campus when you specify this address: 292 Main St,
Cambridge MA 02139 (the address of Building E38, Center for
International Studies). 292 Main St/E38 is located right at
the Kendall Square redline subway stop, exit closest to Harvard.
It is across the street from the Marriott Hotel and the Harvard/MIT
Coop, and close to Legal Seafood Restaurant.
to Friday and Saturday panels if coming by Redline subway
Map with Overview from Kendall Square Subway Station to Buildings 54
the redline Kendall Square station at the end of the train
near Harvard (across from or next to 292 Main St / E38). From
there, walk straight through the beginning of the MIT campus
to and a few steps down Carleton St. Go up the first stairs
on your right and through the medical Building (E23), coming
out on the other side facing the Ames St. Cross Ames St, and
then walk forward through the campus about one block until
you can see Building 54 (tall and skinny, on two stubby legs)
on your left, the location for the Friday panels. For the
Saturday panels in Building 26, keep going past Building 54
to the end of the campus walkway; go through the glass doors
on the right, and then down the hall to the right past vending
machines. You will go through an outside passage that is covered
and then into Building 26.
to Friday and Saturday panels if coming from the main MIT
entrance on Massachusetts Ave,
by bus (or dropped off by car) and to cheap eats for lunch
on Saturday (instead of the $25 Morrison luncheon):
Busses and eateries: Busses stop in front of the
main entrance to MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA
02139 (see MBTA
website for bus lines and schedules).
The MIT entrance has lots of steps going up into Building
7. On the opposite side of the street, to the right, is the
Student Center. There are several places to eat or get take
out food in the student center, all quite reasonable. There
is usually also a falafel/sandwich truck near the MIT main
entrance around lunch time.
get from 77 Mass. Ave to the Green Building (Building 54)
for the Friday program,
go up the steps into Building 7, down the long hall (known
as the “infinite corridor”), and out the door
at the other end. Turn left out the door, then walk forward
(same direction as infinite corridor) until you come to the
Green Building (This involves going past and slightly around
To ge from 77 Mass. Ave to the
Compton Building (Building 26),
take same path up steps and through main Building. When you
get to the end of the Infinite Corridor, do not go out the
door; instead turn left just before the door, go down the
stairs and continue forward through Building 16. Exit that
Building, cross outdoor passageway, and enter Building 26.
to Vannevar Bush Building 13 for Reception, 6-8 pm
with Overview of Building 13 and Other Buildings
Bathroom Note: Please use the bathrooms in
Building 26, Building 16, Building 9 or any of the main buildings
– 7, 10, 8 – before going to the reception, where
there may be long lines.
If going to the reception from Building 26:
go back to the covered passageway in the middle of Building
26. Take a right, go forward one short block. Building 13
will be on your left.
If going directly to the reception from the MIT main
entrance at 77 Mass. Ave: Facing the stairs, take
a left and walk half way down the block toward Vassar Street.
Go past Building 9 (modern) and at the driveway that is blocked
with a chain, turn right and walk forward. The next major
door entrance on the right (about one short block forward)
is the Building 13 lobby, where you will see preparations
or reception underway through glass walls.
going directly to the reception from the Kendall Square redline
Exit the redline Kendall Square station at the end of the
train near Harvard (292 Main St/Building 38). Walk straight
through the beginning of the MIT campus to and a few steps
down Carleton St. Go up the first stairs on your right and
through the Medical Building (Building E23), coming out on
the other side facing the Wiesner Building and Ames St. Cross
Ames St, and then walk forward through the campus until you
reach the end of the campus walkway. Go through the glass
doors on the right into Building 16, turn left, exit through
glass doors in front of you. Turn right and walk forward until
you come to roadway (one block). Turn left on roadway and
walk one block forward. Building 13 will be on your left,
to the MIT Faculty Club for the Morrison Luncheon
The Faculty Club is at the east end of the campus, near Kendall
Square, in Building E52 (Sloane School) Faculty
Club E52 Map
Faculty Club by public transportation: The redline
T stop at Kendall Square is close by. Exit from the end of
the train closest to Boston and walk toward Charles River/Boston
until you come to Wadsworth St. Take a right on Wadsworth,
walk up to Memorial Drive, take a left, and enter the Sloan
School. Take elevator to 6th Floor.
Parking near the Faculty Club: The Sloan
Lot Directly next to Building 52. Entrance to the lot is at
the intersection of Main and Broadway streets. Sloan
Parking Lot Map
Wheelchair/handicapped access: Near the Sloane building,
the parking lot has a ramp down under Dewey. Park there, entrance
to Sloane through door to left of ramp leads to an elevator
that goes to 6th floor.
between the Faculty Club and Saturday panels in Building 26:
From room 26-100, walk back toward Building 16. Continue through
building 16, bear left and exit through glass doors into courtyard.
Keep going forward, through or left around Hayden library,
until you reach Memorial Drive. Turn left. Go forward on Memorial
Drive across Ames St, then one long block, across Wadsworth.
Sloane School is on the corner, entrance on Memorial Drive.
Parking close to Friday Panels in Green Building (Building
East Garage Parking Lot
Starting at 2:30 on Friday and for the rest of the weekend,
this garage is open to visitors. The entrance is on Main Street,
just past the corner of Vassar street heading toward Boston.
From the back end of the garage it is a short walk--out of
the garage, then into and out of a glass enclosed passageway--to
close to Saturday Panels and Reception (Buildings 26 and 13):
• Best choice is East Garage (see above),
even though it is a bit further to these buildings.
choices for reception parking are three smaller outdoor lots.
The first two of these may be slightly closer to Building
13, compared with East Garage:
Parking Lot Map on Albany Street near
Mass Ave, open to visitors starting at 5 pm on Friday for
Lot Map, open to visitors starting at
5 pm on Friday afternoon and for rest of weekend; entrance
from Mass. Ave via Amherst Alley.
Annex Lot Map on Vassar street (next the
West Garage), open to visitors starting at 2:30 pm on Friday
afternoon and for rest of weekend. (a bit of a hike from Mass.