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Logistics Information for the Third Workshop on Internationalizing SSML

13 - 14 January, 2007

The third W3C Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language will be hosted by Bhrigus Software and the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad, India, from Saturday January 13th to Sunday January 14st, 2007. The registration will be soon available.


The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT),
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, 500 032, India
#119 (Conf. hall), Main Building

Tel: +91-40-2300-0646
Fax: +91-40-2300-0044

Local contact: Raji K Bagga


The workshop program will run from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm both days.


map of IIIT, Hotel and Airport

Suggested Hotel

A block of 30 rooms have been booked in Taj Residency (15 Rooms) and Katriya Hotel & Towers (15 rooms) in Hyderabad.


Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad (about 5 Kms from Airport)
Contact Person:
Smita Jindal (+91 9885681101) or Duty Manager
Special Rates for the Workshop: (per night, including breakfast)
USD 165 /180 plus taxes on a Superior room
USD 185/ 200 plus taxes on a Executive room
USD 205/220 plus taxes on a Residency room
Transport from Airport:
At the time of booking, please request the hotel to make arrangements for pickup, which they will do at extra charge.
Distance from City Center:
3 kms


#8, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-500 082
+91 40 23325678, 66135678
+91 40 23394411, 23393366
Contact Person:
Srinivas or Suresh (at direct numbers: +91 9849597052, +91 9849597053)
Special Rates for Workshop: (per night, including breakfast)
Deluxe room single: $ 120 plus taxes
Club room single: $ 145 plus taxes
Tower room: $ 170 plus taxes
Transport from Airport:
At the time of booking, please request the hotel to make arrangements for pickup, which they will do at extra charge (for Tower Room booking, the pickup and drop off at Airport is complimentary).
Distance from city center:
3 kms


  1. The rates mentioned above for both the Hotels are guaranteed till December 26th for the conference.
  2. Please contact the hotel directly for reservation. Please mention that you are coming for the “W3C SSML Workshop” to avail the special rates. For both the Hotels, Credit Card information is required for the room reservation.
  3. The travel time from the Hotels to the venue (IIIT-H) would be approx 30-35 minutes.

Shuttle bus between hotels and the venue:

The local organizer has arranged for the shuttle bus between above hotels and IIIT (the venue).

Bus schedule:

Hotels to IIIT in the morning (both 13th and 14th January):

Katriya Hotel & Towers7:30am
Taj Residency7:45am

Note. A Toyota Qualis and An Innova are arranged for this purpose, and only Qualis will come to Katriya.



Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Code name: HYD) is the only one in Hyderabad. Lufthansa, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Air India have international flights from Hyderabad. Alternatively, Hyderabad is well connected to Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Delhi, Chennai (formerly Madras), and Bangalore. Mumbai and Delhi are well connected by all major airlines.

Getting from the airport to the city

Please request the hotel to make arrangements for pickup when you make the reservation for your room. Please see "Suggested Hotel" for the estimated taxi fare for your hotel.
Alternative to Hotel pickup, please look for a pre-paid Taxi counter at the Airport (on the right side, immediately after coming out of the terminal). All transactions are in Indian Rupees only.

VISA Arrangement

Fill out following invitation letter application form and email it to the local contact .

Invitation letter Application Form

1. Full name (with Mr./Ms./Dr. etc.):
2. Affiliation/Job title:
3. Fax number (if want to send by Fax):
4. Postal address (if want to send by snail mail):

Note: Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language Workshop III in India is co-located event of IJCAI-07 (a major international conference on Artificial Intelligence), and has received Govt. of India's approval. However, if you think that you need the copy of letter of govt. aprpoval for your visa, or the local Indian embassy request the copy of the letter to FAX it to the embassy directly, please let us know.

Welcome Dinner, lunch and refreshment

Welcome dinner funded by Bhrigus will be held on 13 January, 2007.
Note. The local contact will help you to order the dishes.

Lunches are also funded by Bhrigus. And refreshments during break time are sponsored by IIIT Hyderabad.

The Call for Participation is available and the Agenda will be soon provided in early January.

Daniel C. Burnett and Kazuyuki Ashimura, Workshop Co-chairs
Max Froumentin, Voice Activity Lead

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