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Logistics Information for the Workshop on Speaker biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0

5 - 6 March, 2009

The Workshop on Speaker biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0 will be hosted by SRI in Menlo Park, US, from Thursday March 5th to Friday March 6th, 2009. The registration page is available.


SRI International
333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025-3493

Local contact:
Debra Jacobs
Email: debra.jacobs@sri.com
Tel: +1.650.859.4405

Note. The workshop organizer suggest you print the area map and the campus map and bring them with you.

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ID badge to enter the SRI campus:

Every visitor must have a badge to enter the SRI campus. We need information on your name and country/residence to prepare for the badges. Please let us know that using the registration page.


Meeting facilities:

The workshop organizer will provide the following facilities for the workshop discussion at the meeting room.

Workshop schedule

The workshop program will run from 8:45 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday, 5 March and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, 6 March.

Airports to SRI

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest airport, but San Jose International Airport (SJC) is not very far. SRI Menlo Park is accessible via public transit.

By Caltrain (get off at the Menlo Park station):

  1. Caltrain to SRI from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or San Jose International Airport (SJC): The closest drop-off point to SRI in Menlo Park is Caltrain's Menlo Park station, a few blocks from SRI. You can connect to Caltrain from either SFO or SJC.
  2. To SRI from the Caltrain station: Walk south along the tracks to the street. Turn left (east) onto Ravenswood Avenue. Walk two blocks through the traffic light at Laurel Street, continuing along Ravenswood Avenue. Walk approximately one long block past that traffic light to SRI's main visitor entrance— it will be the second driveway on your right.  Look for the visitors' entrance sign next to the curved driveway. (You will pass part of SRI's campus along the way.)

Note. All visitors are required to enter at Building A, the main visitor's entrance.

By bus:

By car:

For those who drive to SRI, there is ample visitor parking at SRI. Driving directions are available.


There are quite a few hotels, but no one is really nearby (closest is a mile's walk). Please directly contact the hotels to make your reservation by calling them or visiting their Web sites (numbers/URIs available below).

Note. You can request the SRI rate for your stay by letting them know you are an attendee of a workshop held at SRI.

Stanford Park Hotel

(1 mile from SRI)
100 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(800) 368-2468

Menlo Park Inn

(1.5 miles from SRI)
1315 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94026

Holiday Inn Express

(2 miles from SRI)
1836 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94603

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel

(1 3/4 miles from SRI)
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Francisco/San Carlos

(8 miles from SRI)
555 Skyway Road
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 631-0777

There is a "Map of the hotels" page as well.

If you need help for making your reservation, please do not hesitate to contact <ashimura@w3.org>.

VISA Arrangement

Please check out the "List of Countries and Regions That Have Visa Exemption Arrangements with US" and the Web page of the ministry of Foreign Affairs of US right now.

If you need a copy of invitation letter for your visa, please fill out following invitation letter application form below and send it to <ashimura@w3.org> ASAP.

[Invitation letter Application Form]

  1. Full name (exactly same as passport):
  2. Passport number:
  3. Nationality & Gender:
  4. Job title:
  5. Date of entry in US:
  6. Date of leaving US:
  7. Type of visa required (single/multiple(term)):
  8. Where obtaining visa:
  9. Fax/Tel number:
  10. Postal address:
  11. Reason of visit: W3C Workshop on Speaker biometrics and VoiceXML 3.0
  12. Inviter's name: W3C/MIT

ESTA procedure

All international visitors to the US will need either a VISA or "ESTA" approval obtained ahead-of-time over the Web as since 12 January 2009. People will not be allowed on the plane without one or the other.

You can submit your application for ESTA by visiting the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Web Site.

Please see also the following pages:

Breakfast, lunch and refreshment

Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment will be funded by SRI.

The Call for Participation and the Presentation Guideline are also available on the W3C Web server.

Judith Markowitz, Ken Rehor and Kazuyuki Ashimura, Workshop co-Chairs

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