Communication systems in realistic environments
The INSPIRE M18 workshop will take place in Eindhoven High Tech Campus on October 7-9, 2013. The topic of the workshop is: "Communication systems in realistic environments".
How to get to Eindhoven
Amsterdam airport (Schiphol, train station name: Amsterdam Airport) has a rail link to Eindhoven Central Station and trains depart every 15 minutes (00, 16, 30, 46 minutes after the hour, on Sundays after 8 pm only at 00 and 30). The journey takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and depending on the train a change in Utrecht Central Station might be required – this holds for every second train whereas the rest goes directly to Eindhoven. Train tickets are available from the yellow ticket machines near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza (near the main entrance of the airport) or at the ticket offices if you don’t have enough cash with you - the machines only accept Dutch debit cards. The ticket offices are situated close to the red/white-checked cube at Schiphol Plaza. Staff at the ticket offices will also be able to provide you with train departure information. You can also buy tickets online at the Dutch Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) site: http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home. Useful information about the train schedule can also be found on this site. Please check it before arrival in case there are changes in the schedule – choose Eindhoven and not Eindhoven Beukenlaan as your destination.
Amsterdam airport is our recommendation for all visitors unless they are lucky to find a flight directly to Eindhoven airport (e.g., there are daily Ryanair flights from London Stansted). You can find the list of airports connected to Eindhoven airport here: http://www.eindhovenairport.com/en/. Buses 400 and 401 leave every 15 minutes in front of the airport entrance and reach Eindhoven Central Station (northern side of the station) after a 20 minute drive. Taxis are also an option and the journey should cost about 20 Euro. Other possible airports are Brussels or Dusseldorf but the connections to Eindhoven are not always straightforward and the journey takes much longer.
There are a lot of hotels in the city center and for a complete list of hotels in the city center you can refer to the following link which also has an interactive map link on left: http://www.vvveindhoven.nl/en/hotels/spending-the-night/hotels/?ligging=centrum. A few of our picks are:
- Crown Inn Hotel: Great location (Markt - right in the city center), very reasonable prices ~60-100 Euro per night: http://en.crowninn.nl/;
- Hotel Queen: Great location (Markt - right in the city center), very reasonable prices ~60-100 Euro per night: http://en.queeneindhoven.nl/hotel-information;
- Sandton Hotel Eindhoven City Centre: As the name says great location, very reasonable prices ~70-100 Euro per night: http://www.sandton.eu/en/eindhoven;
- Mandarin Park Plaza Hotel: Good location, more luxurious ~110-140 Euro per night: http://www.parkplaza.com/eindhoven-hotel-nl-5611-sc/neteindh;
- Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne Hotel: Good location, more luxurious~110-130 Euro per night: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-5374-pullman-eindhoven-cocagne/index.shtml;
- Best Western Premier ART Hotel Eindhoven: Designer hotel, luxurious and very interesting design~150 Euro per night: http://www.arthoteleindhoven.com/eng/arthotel-english.html (in todays -20-08-2013- newspaper is was mentioned that the hotel has financial problems, so you might do an extra check before booking)
Getting around in Eindhoven
The workshop will take place at the High Tech Campus (HTC), which is about 6 km away from the city center (http://goo.gl/maps/U5O0Q). Please do not confuse it with the university campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology, which is close to the station. To reach it by public transport you can use the buses 407 and 17 which stop at the back (northern) side of Eindhoven Central Station. The bus tickets are 3.50 Euro in one direction. In the case of traveling with a group it is not much more expensive to use a taxi – the taxi station is in front (south side) of the central station and the cost should be around 20 Euro. In case you want a real Dutch experience (and in case the weather plays along) you can rent a bike for 9.50 Euro per day at the VVV in front of the central station: http://www.vvveindhoven.nl/en/tourist-shop/bike-rental. Electric bikes and scooters can be rented as well. It will take you 15-30 minutes to reach the HTC by bike from the city center.
Outside workshop hours
You can use the VVV homepage to find out about things worth seeing and events in and around Eindhoven at the time of your visit: http://www.vvveindhoven.nl/en/things-to-do/.
One interesting event happening during the workshop days is the light route (Lichtjesroute) – a 22 km route through Eindhoven that is illuminated by hundreds of thousands of light bulbs, LED’s and gas-discharge lamps to commemorate the liberation of Eindhoven by the Allies on September 18th 1944. More information can be found here: http://www.lichtjesroute.nl/.
People interested in bouldering can visit the Monk boulder gym which can be reached on foot in 15 minutes from the central station - http://www.monkeindhoven.nl/english/. For rope or lead climbing you can visit 2 Neoliet climbing halls, with one being right next to the High Tech Campus: http://www.neoliet.nl/vestiging-eindhoven.html. In case you want go for an early-morning jog we recommend the University campus with the 2 lakes behind it due to its proximity to the city center.
Most of the workshop is paid for by us but you will need money for the taxis/bus and for drinks/snacks in bars outside the workshop hours. You can pay almost everywhere in the Netherlands with a credit card but not everything, e.g., not the taxis and the bus tickets. Therefore, please have some cash on you for these situations.
Monday 7th of October
9.15: Start of the workshop, welcome
9.30: Presentation 1: IPR & patent policy
10.30: Presentation 2: Open (source) Innovation at Philips
11.30: Lab visits, some demos
13.30-17.00: Open innovation game
18.00-19.00: Visit to the Philips museum, downtown Eindhoven
Tuesday the 8th of October
9.00: Parallel program in two rooms:
- Project & progress update presented by the fellows
- Rehearsal for midterm assessment presentations by the fellows
13.30: Presentations of the Associate Partners about the real world conditions they face and would like to explore through fellow secondments
15.30: Supervisory Team meetings with fellows (3x parallel)
17.00-18.00: Supervisory Board meeting & administrative issues
Wednesday the 9th of October
9.00-17.30 Midterm Review with project officer
Thursday 10th of October
Fellow-day, details to be announced
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