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About Silicon Valley

IEEE-BIBM 2007 will be held in Silicon Valley, California. It has many high-tech companies and three nearby universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz). It can attract more experts and students from these four institutes and local industry.

History

Since its birth as a high-tech center in the 1950's and before, the name "Silicon Valley'' comes from the early 1970's, when the area had become the a center for many semiconductor companies. While still hosting semiconductor and microprocessor companies, the region how serves as headquarters for high tech companies of every kind, including many of the best known and most prestigious names in in personal computers, web search, internet auctions, networking, storage, databases, etc.

Attractions

Silicon Valley is located approximately an hour from San Francisco. Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the "City by the Bay" is home to widely known attractions such as Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Ghirardelli Square.

If outdoor adventures are more your style, state parks such as the Big Basin Redwoods State Park is also nearby, also within an hour from Silicon Valley. In close enough proximity for a day trip, a hike through majestic redwood trees allow one to escape city life and technology for an afternoon. November is one of the nicest times of the year for a hike, with high daily temperatures usually in the 60's (15-20 Celsius).

If time allows you a few days after the conference, you might consider a drive south along the central coast of California, where Route 1 winds along cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean as you make you way towards Hearst Castle. Or, a drive for just a couple of hours north will get you to Napa Valley, known for its vineyards, wine tasting, and bed-and-breakfast accommodations.

Getting around Silicon Valley

Details for getting around the area will be determined once the hotel selection is finalized.

Taxi Service

Estimated taxi fare from the three major airports to the Fremont Marriott (one of the hotels being considered for the conference) is $30 from SJC, $50 from OAK, and $75 from SFO.

Car Rental

Of course, each of the airports have many car rental agencies on-site. If we decide upon the Crowne Plaza Milpitas hotel, a Hertz car rental is located on the premises, so attendees will not need to rent cars for their entire stay.

Public Transportation

The Valley Transit Authority has extensive bus service, and depending on which hotel is used, San Jose light rail system, Caltrain, and BART rail systems may be useful.
Last update: 31 Jan 2007