IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Games

Perth, Australia
15 - 18 December 2008

The symposium will be held at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, the largest state in the country. Bringing together river and ocean-side living with a Mediterranean climate, Perth features a relaxed outdoors lifestyle that is renowned worldwide. Enhanced by state-of-the-art infrastructure, a safe and secure living environment, and a magnitude of recreational and cultural facilities, Perth was ranked amongst the world's top five locations to live in according to the 2006 Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability survey.

Popular tourist activities include:

  • picnicking in Kings Park, a magnificent 400 hectare parkland located just minutes from the Perth CBD.
  • enjoying the sun, pristine waters, and the soft white sand at a world-famous beach.
  • climbing the Swan Bell tower, home of the UK's St Martin-in-the-Fields bells.
  • visiting the Perth Mint, Australia's oldest operating mint.
  • exploring the port suburb of Fremantle, an infusion of modern multicultural living with historic convict origins. Popular activities include: the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison, the Little Creatures Brewery, and the Fremantle "Cappuccino Strip".
  • sampling the award-winning wines on offer in the Swan Valley.
  • snorkelling and cycling around Rottnest Island, a car-free holiday island just off the coast of Perth.

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Symposium Venues
The symposium will be held at the Crawley campus of The University of Western Australia (UWA). The main symposium venue is the Computer Science building, located in the north-west quadrant of the campus (refer to the UWA campus map for orientation information). Registration, morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and wired-internet services will be available from here. Technical sessions will be held in Lecture Theatre G.16 (marked as GPLT on the campus map linked above), located nearby in the opposite building.

The symposium welcome and poster reception will occur 6:30pm-8:30pm on Monday, 15 December at St George's College, a residential college affiliated with The University of Western Australia located a little to the north-east of the main University entrance. A Pub Quiz will occur 8:00pm-11:00pm Tuesday, 16 December at the Captain Stirling Hotel in Nedlands. Finally, the symposium banquet will occur 7:30pm-11:30pm Wednesday, 17 December at Fraser's Restaurant in Kings Park. Transport to and from the banquet location will be available from St George's College.

Historically, the weather conditions during December are warm to hot, with the average daytime temperature likely to be 27-30oC. Although not impossible, rain at this time of year is very unusual.

A number of accommodation options surround the UWA campus. Budget accommodation is available in the neighbouring residential colleges, with more "up-market" accommodation only slightly further away. More information about accommodation options is available from the Accommodation page.

The Perth Airport website contains a good amount of information about commuting to and from the airport. A number of different Taxi companies service the Perth area. Information, including contact numbers, can be found from this website.

Direct bus links with the city and nearby suburbs make commuting throughout the city and to the university relatively painless. Refer to the (exceedingly good) Transperth website for route-planning and timetabling information.