AVSS 2010 will be hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University's Photonics Center. In addition to being home to the Department, the Photonics Center is an incubator for a number of high-tech companies developing advanced photonic device prototypes for commercial and military applications. Its main mission is to foster both fundamental research and practical applications of photonics.
The conference will be held on the top floor of a 9-story building with spectacular views of Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge. Located just off Commonwealth Avenue, the conference location is easily accessible by the so-called "T", a streetcar that runs underground in city center. A number of hotels are located within a walking distance with a wide range of accommodations available within a short "T" ride.
The Logan International airport is within a 15-minute taxi ride or a 30-minute "T" ride from BU Central stop.
The Amtrak South Station is located in downtown Boston within a 20-minute "T" ride from BU Central stop.
Boston and its adjoining neighborhoods are interconnected through a dense network of subway lines, buses, and commuter rail. The Photonics Building is across the street from the MBTA subway system's Green B-line BU-Central stop as well as a few minutes walking distance from the Green C-line Saint Mary's Street stop and the Green D-line Fenway Park stop. Maps and schedules of the subway system are available in the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority website.View Larger Map
Boston is a major tourist destination featuring historic downtown, numerous museums (Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Science) as well as beautiful beaches, biking amidst ocean dunes, and whale watching on Cape Cod. For sports enthusiasts, Boston is the Sportstown USA with such attractions as the Red Sox baseball, New England Patriots football, Celtics basketball, Boston Bruins hockey and New England Revolution soccer.
A wide range of restaurants, both in terms of cost and food variety, are located in close proximity to the campus. A short "T" ride away are more upscale dining options on Newbury Street or in the Old Town. More information can be found in the BU Information Center or in the interactive map