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As the largest engineering school in Canada, the École Polytechnique de Montréal (ÉPM) is recognized as a major research organisation with a significant commitment to graduate student training and innovative R&D. Fostering collaboration among researchers is a core part of the mission of the ÉPM.
Incidentally, since summer 2005, the Department of Computer Engineering and Software Engineering is located into a brand-new, spacious, high-tech building, i.e., the Pavillon McKay-Lassonde. This new building offers several rooms of various sizes, fully equipped with audio and video facilities, which can welcome up to 150 people each. Each year, several events, including international conferences and workshops, are organized in this new building.
The ÉPM is located on the campus of the UdeM and can be easily accessed via metro or bus from Montréal downtown. Public transportation is available between 5am to midnight and runs every five minutes during rush hours. The time of travel from downtown varies from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the starting location and of the selected public transportation (metro or bus). Taxis are also convenient, safe, and affordable. A hike through the Mont-Royal Mountain is also possible for the physically more fit participants.
Montréal is a place where people from all around the globe come together to enjoy a Canadian city with a European life-style. An island set along the mighty St. Lawrence River, Montréal is known as the city built around a mountain, “Mont Real” meaning “Real Mountain”, which is dominating the city and from the top of which can be enjoyed a breathtaking view (local transportation, walking paths, and organised tours are available). Montréal has an international reputation for excellent dining. You can find anything you want and it's a great place to try something new! Montréal offers a restaurant for every budget and every taste. Each year, its infrastructure accommodates thousands of tourists enjoying the many international events, such as the Jazz Festival or the International Film Festival. Montréal has one of the lowest North American crime rates. No dangerous area exists and visitors can safely walk around the city at any time of day or night. In public places, restaurant or public transportation, the usual precautions suffice to make a period spent in Montréal enjoyable and safe.
Montréal offers a variety of attractions, both at a close and further distance, see for example:
Both Ottawa and Québec City, the national and provincial capital respectively, can be reached by bus or train in two hours and offer the possibility of visiting museums and the parliaments.
Montréal Pierre-Elliot Trudeau international airport (formerly Dorval airport) has daily direct flight connections with all major European and North American hubs and airports. Daily direct flight from London, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich are available. Ground transportations between the airport and Montréal downtown are available at the cost of $CA 8 (bus) or $CA 38 (taxi, fixed rate). Greyhound and train transportations are also available, connecting Montréal to major North American cities. Off-season flights from Europe cost from $US 800 up to $US 1,500 round-trip and tourist class.
More than 23,000 rooms are available in Montréal and about 12,000 are located downtown. The cost varies between $CA 60 and $CA 250 per night. Participants will have no difficulty to find an accommodation for a price ranging between $CA 100 and $CA 160. A non-exhaustive list of hotels includes:
Direct flights to Montréal are available from main hubs worldwide with a round-trip between $US 800 up to $US 1,500. Hotel cost will range between $US 700 to $US 1,120. Excellent dining is available starting at $US 20. For example, l'Entrecôte Saint-Jacques at 394 St-Jacques Street West, offers excellent classic dinners, three course meals, for about $CA 25. Most hotels include breakfast in their room. Thus, a participant can expect to spend between $CA 200 and $CA 300 for food, excluding meals and coffee breaks during the conference. Hence, overall living expenses for an oversea's participant for one week in Montréal begins at $CA 2,000, including air transportation, but excluding conference registration.
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