The 28th SAC edition will be held at the Institute of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (ISEC-IPC), Coimbra, Portugal.

To facilitate your travel, the local organizing committee will provide valuable information about the conference venue, hotels, travel info, local excursions, transportation info, food services, and other information. As you plan your travel, please check this page for latest updates. Please note that the local committee is making every effort to facilitate your travel arrangements to Coimbra, Portugal.

Please note that the organizing committee has negotiated with designated hotels special room rates for SAC attendees (see Accommodation section below). We encourage all attendees to consider these hotels for their stay in Coimbra. In addition, the conference is provide shuttle service between SAC designated hotels and ISEC (SAC location) in the mornings and afternoons. Click HERE to see the Bus schedule.

This page provides the following information:

Visa Information
Conference Venue
Travel Information
Hotels Information
Excursions



Visa Information

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Conference Venue:

The 28th Symposium on Applied Computing will be held on the campus of the Institute of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (ISEC-IPC), Coimbra, Portugal.

Coimbra, one of the most enchanting Portuguese cities. It is located in the center of Portugal, 40 km east of the mouth of Mondego river, 195 km north of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, and 120 km south of Porto, the second Portuguese city. Coimbra was the first capital of Portugal, founded in 1143 by King Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal. Having ceased to serve as the capital of Portugal in the 13th century, Coimbra has nevertheless retained considerable importance as the capital of the former Beira province, now designated the Center region. It is considered the most important city of Portugal besides Lisbon and Porto Metropolitan Areas, playing a role as the chief city of the whole central area of the country. With a dense urban grid the city of Coimbra is famous for its monuments, churches, libraries, museums, parks, nightlife, healthcare and shopping facilities, but above all for its intense cultural life, centered on the University of Coimbra, one of the oldest universities in Europe. This relevance within the context of the country's cultural life can be seen in the large number of writers, artists and academics connected with the city, which has thus secured throughout its history a reputation as the Lusa Atenas (Lusitanian Athens).



The city name is derived from the bishopric of Conimbriga which moved to the area in the 9th century. Before than that, the town of Conimbriga was inhabited, at least, between the 9th century B.C. and 7th-8th A.D. When the Romans arrived, in the second half of the 1st century B.C., Conimbriga was a florescent village. Thanks to the peace established in Lusitania, a quick romanization of the indigenous population took place and Conimbriga became a prosperous town. Following the deep political and administrative crisis of the Empire, Conimbriga suffered the consequences of the barbaric invasions. In 465 and in 468, Suabii captured and plundered partially the town abandoned by part of its population. Conimbriga nowadays is an area designated as national monument, defined by ordinance in 1910.

Lively Coimbra is renowned for its University, which was established in the 13th century and is the 3rd oldest University in Europe. Centuries of history lie under by a fine mantle of huddled white washed houses, intersected by endless winding streets, steps, arches and lanes that decorate this beautiful, centuries old upper Coimbra. For more information about Coimbra, please visit http://www.turismodecoimbra.pt/en/.


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Travel Information:

Coimbra can easily be reached by train or by bus from Porto International Airport or Lisbon International Airport, the two nearest international airports. Coimbra is located in the center of Portugal, 120 km south of Porto and 195 km north of Lisbon. On both airports, there are frequent flights at modest prices from and to the most important hubs in Europe, such as Frankfurt, London-(Heathrow and Gatwick), Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Zurich, Geneva, Milan (Malpensa and Bergamo), and Madrid, from which it is virtually possible to fly to any part in the world. There are also some intercontinental direct flights (e.g. from/to USA). The frequent connections between Porto or Lisbon and other European cities have a duration between 1h00 and 2h30 and usually costs less than 250€ (less than $350 USD).


Localization of Coimbra in the map of Western Europe.

The companies that have regular flights from/to Porto International Airport are: TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa, Sata International and Airberlin. The following low-cost companies also fly between Porto and several European airports: easyJet and Ryanair. Besides many European destinations, there are also direct flights to USA, Brazil, and Venezuela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Main Portuguese Airports: Lisbon International Airport (left) and Porto International Airport.

The companies that have regular flights from/to Lisbon International Airport (some of them in code share with TAP Air Portugal) are: TAP Air Portugal, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, SAS Braathens, Ibéria, Alitália, Swiss, Krasair, Sata International, Finnair, Turkish Airlines, Airberlin, Air Asturias, Aigle Azur, SkyEurope, Blue Air, Ukraine International, Egyptair, Royal Air Maroc, Tunisair, TAAG, TACV, Air Moldova, Germanwings, Aer Lingus, Air Nostrum, Clickair, Vueling, and bmi baby. There is also a low-cost company - easyJet - which flies between Lisbon and several European airports. Besides many European destinations, there are also direct flights to USA, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Angola and Mozambique.

The best way to reach Coimbra is to take a plane to Porto (first option) or Lisbon (second option) and then take a train to Coimbra (station Coimbra-B). Trains to Coimbra from either Porto or Lisbon are frequent, fast and comfortable. Another option to travel between Porto or Lisbon and Coimbra is to take a bus (http://www.metrodoporto.pt/en).

From Porto International Airport

Once arriving at Francisco Sa Carneiro International Airport (Porto International Airport), there are two choices to go to the railway station:

  • The best option is to take metro (http://www.metrodoporto.pt/en) (violet line) from the airport to Porto-Campanha railway station. The connection takes about half an hour, the cost is about 1,20€($1,68 USD) and is very frequent (during day, it runs every 20 minutes).

  • A second option (more expensive) is to catch a taxi to Porto-Campanhã railway station, which should take around 30 minutes, but it may vary depending on traffic conditions.

 

 

 

 

 





Metro of Porto.

It takes about one hour to travel between Porto-Campanhã and Coimbra-B by train and there are trains approximately every hour (http://www.cp.pt). The cost is about 15,50€ ($21,70 USD) for “Alfa Pendular” (the fastest one) and about 11,00€ ($15,40 USD) for “Intercidades”.

 

 

 







Trains to Coimbra from either Porto or Lisbon: “Alfa Pendular” (left) and “Intercidades” (right).

Alternatively, the trip between Porto and Coimbra can also be done by express bus. The trip cost is about 11,00€ ($15,40 USD).

From Lisbon International Airport

Once arriving at Lisbon International Airport, the most convenient way to go to Lisboa-Oriente railway station, also known as “Gare do Oriente”, is to take a taxi. This trip takes about 10-15 minutes and usually costs about 10€ ($14 USD). Once arriving at “Gare do Oriente”, the Lisboa-Oriente railway station is located on the top floor.

 

 

 

 




Gare do Oriente: front view (left), taxis on ground floor (middle) and Lisboa-Oriente railway station located on the top floor (right)..

It takes about two hours to travel between Lisboa-Oriente and Coimbra-B by train and there are trains approximately every hour (http://www.cp.pt). The cost is about 21,50€ ($30,10 USD) for “Alfa Pendular” (the fastest one) and about 15,50€ ($21,70 USD) for “Intercidades”.

Alternatively, the trip between Lisbon and Coimbra can also be done by express bus. The trip cost is about 13,00€ ($18,20 USD).

Local Transportation in Coimbra

When arriving at Coimbra-B railway station, there are two options:

  • Taking an urban train (departs every 15 minutes) to the downtown railway station called Coimbra-A. The cost of the urban train is included in the train’s ticket from Porto-Campanhã to Coimbra-B). Then, take a taxi to the hotel/meeting place.
  • Simply catching a taxi at Coimbra-B railway station and going to the hotel/meeting place.

Note: SAC is providing shuttle service between the designated hotels and ISEC during mornings and afternoons. Click HERE to see the Bus schedule.

Coimbra has a network of local buses that serves the whole city (http://www.smtuc.pt). From Coimbra¡¦s downtown, buses 5, 11, 11C, 24, 24T and 33 are the most convenient to reach the conference location.


The Buses Network in Coimbra.


The conference location in the map of Coimbra.


SAC 2013 Location

SAC 2013 location is the Institute of Engineering of Coimbra (ISEC), one of the 6 colleges of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC).



Institute of Engineering (ISEC) of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra.

ISEC is located at Rua Pedro Nunes – Quinta da Nora, in a modern residential part of Coimbra, near to Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), Coimbra Shopping (one of the three biggest shopping malls in Coimbra: Coimbra Shopping, Dolce Vita and Forum Coimbra) and campus 2 of University of Coimbra, at a distance of 3km to the city’s downtown. Although ISEC is very well served by Coimbra’s public transportation system, through lines 5, 11, 11C, 24, 24T and 33.

The conference is providing shuttle service between designated hotels and ISEC. Please click HERE to see the Bus schedule.


Location of ISEC – the conference location – in Coimbra’s map.

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Hotels:

The organizing committee has negotiated with the three hotels to be SAC designated hotels. SAC attendees will receive special rates at these hotels. We encourage all attendees to consider these hotels for their stay in Coimbra. In addition, the conference is providing shuttle service between these hotels and SAC location (ISEC) in the morning and afternoon during the conference days. Please click HERE to see the Bus schedule.

Hotel Tryp Coimbra ****

Located in Celas, a modern residential zone of Coimbra.
133 rooms
Web: http://www.trypcoimbra.com/
E-mail: tryp.coimbra@solmeliaportugal.com

SAC Rates: (include breakfast buffet and Taxes)
Single room: 57,00€
Double room: 67,00€

Free Internet access throughout the hotel including the rooms.

For reservation, send an email to tryp.coimbra@solmeliaportugal.com and identify yourself as SAC 2013 participant using the reservation code "Computing'.

Deadline: February 25, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

Hotel Dona Ines ****

Located in the downtown area.
122 rooms
Web: www.donaines.pt
E-mail: reservas@donaines.pt

SAC Rates: (include breakfast buffet and Taxes)

Single room 51€
Double room 61€

Free Internet only in public places within the hotel, not the rooms.

For reservation, send an email to reservas@donaines.pt and identify yourself as SAC 2013 participant.

Deadline: February 25, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra ****

Situated in the historic town centre of Coimbra.
211 rooms and 18 junior suites
Web: www.vilagale.pt
E-mail: coimbra.reservas@vilagale.pt

SAC Rates: (include breakfast buffet and Taxes)

Rates are for March 17 - 23, 2013

Single standard BB – 58.00€ (BB = Bed & Breakfast)
Twin standard BB – 69.00€

Single with view to the pool BB – 68.00€
Twin with view to the pool BB – 81.00€

Single superior BB – 68.00€
Twin superior BB – 81.00€
(mini bar, water, fruit, and parking ire included for this room type)

Single with view to the pool superior BB – 75.00€
Twin with view to the pool superior BB – 94.00€
(mini bar, water, fruit, and parking ire included for this room type)

Suite Junior BB – 86.40€ (for 1 or 2 people). Available upon request.

Free WiFi at the lobby, bar, and restaurant. Internet in the rooms cost 5.00€/day.

Reservation process: sending email to coimbra.grupos@vilagale.pt identify yourself as SAC 2013 participant.

Deadline: February 25, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excursions:

In order to make a reservation for options 1, 2, and 3, please email the following information to tryp.coimbra@meliaportugal.com:

1. The excursion destination and date
2. Your name and contact information
3. Number of people in your party
4. Credit card details

Monday March 18, 2013

Option #1: Half day - Coimbra

Coimbra is a city of narrow streets, patios, winding stairways and medieval arches. It is the birthplace of six Portuguese kings and home to the first university in the country, which is also one of the oldest in Europe. It is a city worth exploring fully. Discovering the old alleyways of the Alta area, admiring the River Mondego from the university, shopping in the pedestrian streets of Baixinha, marvelling at the façades of the 'Republics', the student houses where tradition and irreverence go hand in hand. Go to the bookshops, discover the antiques, and try the local culinary delights. The tour including visit to the University and Santa Clara-a-Velha monastery.

Minimum 30 participants - 33 €/person (includes: entrances on Palace of Schools, Hall of Capelos, Private Examination Room, Living Weapon, St. Michael's Chapel, Baroque Library, Intermediate Level and Academic Prison), touristic bus travel and guide)

Option #2: Half day -Luso / Bussaco

Luso is an attractively situated spa resort whose famous bottle mineral water gushes freely from its fountains. In the 11th century it was just a village linked to a monastery at Vacariça, long before its hot-water springs became popular in the 18th century. What to see. The spa centre specialises in the treatment of arteriosclerosis, an arterial disease occurring mostly in the elderly, characterised by inelasticity and thickening of the vessel walls, with lessened blood flow. The thermal waters, which originate from a spring below the chapel of São João, are said to be of addtionanal value to sufferers of renal problems and rheumatism. Nearby. Luso lies on the fringe of the Serra do Bussaco, a wooded ridge about 15 km long running northwards from Penacova on the River Mondego. Protected as a national park, the forest is noted for its huge cypress trees of Mexican origin, which stand in a walled enclosure several kilometres in diameter, on the southern slopes of the mountain. The area is also famous for being the scene of Wellington's victory over the French under Massena in 1810.

Minimum 30 participants - 19 €/person (includes: touristic bus travel and guide)

Option #3: Full day - Porto (including lunch and visiting Wine Cellars)

Private guided by the most typical streets of Porto. The best way to understand the historical center of Porto is on foot and accompanied by a guide. We will start in front of the Porto City Council, visit the city's most emblematic monuments and finish by tasting the famous Porto wine at the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. In a colourful urban landscape, with many centuries of history, know the most picturesque corners and witness the magnificence of the great architectural symbols of Invicta, like the Cathedral, the neo-Classical Stock Exchange Palace, The Cathedral Quarter and Church St. Francisco, leading exponents of Baroque art. Moments of an unparalleled richness.

Minimum 30 participants - 55 €/person (includes: touristic bus travel, lunch, guided tour of the cellars with tasting of two Porto wines and guide)

Option #4: Half day - Visit to Institute of Systems and Robotics

The Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra (ISR) is a Portuguese private, non-profit research institution. ISR was founded in 1992 together with the global purpose of setting up a first class multi-disciplinary research team, able to carry out leading edge interdisciplinary research in several important areas of science and technology, with a special emphasis in systems and robotics to improve the quality of life and for sustainable development. Currently, over 100 researchers, of which 26 with a Ph.D., are involved in the activities of ISR-UC. ISR promotes advanced multidisciplinary R&D in the areas Robotic Manipulation, Medical Robotics, Assistive Systems, Autonomous Mobile Robotics, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Computer Vision, Biomedical Engineering, Automation, Control Theory, Operations Management and Sustainable Energy Systems.
During this visit to ISR, the participants will have the opportunity to know the on-going research projects at ISR, see demos and interact with researchers."

The tour will be offered on Monday afternoon. The participation is free of charge for SAC attendees, but it is subject to seat availability and requires registration before Mar. 8.
To register to this tour option ONLY, please contact Ms. Andria Lopes at sac2013@isec.pt (for other options, please see instructions above)
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