IEEE 2015 Kruger


IEEE SEMINAR

FIRST IEEE SEMINAR ON FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN INFORMATION THEORY AND COMMUNICATIONS

August 16-21, 2015

It is our pleasure to announce the First IEEE Seminar on Future Directions in Information Theory and Communications to be held at the Kruger National Park from 16 to 21 August, 2015.

Internationally acclaimed researchers in Information Theory and Communications will be invited to present seminars. The seminars and discussions will be a forum for bringing together several leading researchers in Information Theory in a relaxed setting to explore future directions.

This event will be held in parallel with the 2nd African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications (see next page for details). The goal of holding the two events in parallel is to stimulate interest in Information Theory amongst young academics and researchers as well as to increase co-operation and knowledge sharing between leading international researchers, African students and universities.

All international researchers in Information Theory as well as study leaders, doctoral students and young staff members from Africa, are encouraged to participate in order to establish more high-level co-operation between African universities and international researchers.

Speakers
Invited Speakers confirmed to date include:
  • Jeff Andrews, University of Texas at Austin, USA and Chair Future Directions Committee, IEEE Information Theory Society
  • Andrew Jiang, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Frans Willems, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • EmanueleViterbo, Monash University, Australia
  • Tadashi Wadayama, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Hirosuke Yamamoto, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Organizing Committee
  • Conference Chair:
    • Hendrik C. Ferreira (University of Johannesburg)
  • TPC Co-chairs:
    • A. J. Han Vinck (University of Duisburg-Essen)
    • Hiroyoshi Morita (The University of Electro-Communications)
  • International Advisory Panel:
    • Jeffrey Andrews (University of Texas)
    • Daniel Costello (University of Notre Dame)
    • KeesImmink (Turing Machines)
    • Gerhard Kramer (Technical University of Munich)
  • Local Arrangements:
    • Wendy Smith (University of Johannesburg)
    • Allan Emleh (University of Johannesburg)
    • Lucia Pelser (University of Johannesburg)

IEEE WINTER SCHOOL

2nd AFRICAN WINTER SCHOOL ON INFORMATION THEORY AND COMMUNICATIONS

August 16-21, 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2nd African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications to be held at the Kruger National Park from 16 to 21 August, 2015. The goal of the winter school is to increase co-operation and knowledge sharing between African students and universities. Doctoral students and young staff members, from Africa and other continents, are encouraged to present and discuss their ongoing research with international experts. Students are welcome to make presentations irrespective of the phase of their research. All submitted abstracts will be scrutinized by the technical chairs for suitability. The number of topics will not be limited and we hope to have a wide range of presentations in the Information Theory and Communications field. Study leaders are also encouraged to attend in order to establish more high-level co-operation between African and other universities.

This event will be held in parallel with the First IEEE Seminar on Future Directions in Information Theory and Communications (see previous page for details).

Preliminary Speakers
Invited Speakers confirmed to date include:
  • Jian Song, Tsinghua University, P. R. China
  • Yuan Luo, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P. R. China
  • Jos H. Weber, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Ivan Fair, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Bella Bose, Oregon State University, USA
  • Luca Tallini, University of Teramo, Italy
  • Fisseha Mekuria, C.S.I.R., South Africa

Important Dates
If you would like to participate in this event, please send a short one-page paper, in PDF format, of your work in progress to telecoms@uj.ac.za by 18 May 2015 1 June 2015 (final extended deadline). Notification of acceptance will be on or before 22 May 2015 5 June 2015.. MS Word and LaTeX templates for the papers (two-column, US-letter or A4 page size) are provided at: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

Organizing Committee
  • Conference Co-Chairs:
    • Theo Swart (University of Johannesburg)
    • Ling Cheng (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • TPC Co-chairs:
    • Jos H. Weber (Delft University of Technology)
    • Ulrich Speidel (The University of Auckland)
    • Ivan Fair (University of Alberta)
  • Local Arrangements:
    • Wendy Smith (University of Johannesburg)
    • Allan Emleh (University of Johannesburg)
    • Lucia Pelser (University of Johannesburg)

Sponsored by the University of Johannesburg and the IEEE Information Theory Society


General Information

Below you can find information on accommodation and transport, amongst other things.

Call For Papers
Please click here to download the Call For Papers in PDF format

Programme & Information Sheet
The detailed conference programme can be downloaded here. For the latest information sheet please click here.

Registration
To download the Registration Form click here
Registration will include conference fees, meals, excursion, etc.

Registration Fees:
•   IEEE Member: US$500
•   Non IEEE Member: US$600
•   Student: US$60

Accommodation
Conference hotel
We have a guaranteed block of rooms with a special rate at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Skukuza, Kruger National Park. Participants are kindly advised to book their rooms as soon as possible due to the presence of several events in the area and to avoid any disappointment. Hotel rooms are held until the 10th of July.

To make your booking at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, all the guests are required to download and complete the booking forms (Accommodation Request Form and Credit Card Authorization) and send them to the following e-mail address: (banq@phkrugergate.co.za). Person to contact: Mr. Corne Bam.

Please mention the code IEEE in your booking request to get the special rate.

The room rate is:
•   ZAR 1315.00 per room per night for single occupancy,
•   ZAR 1850.00 per room per night for double occupancy.

The tourism levy is an additional 1%. Note that the room rate includes breakfast and dinner.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is about 29km from SKUKUZA Airport.

For more info about the hotel please click on the following links:
Kruger Gate Fact Sheet
Dees Spa
Photos of the area

Other hotels
Other possible accommodation in close vicinity to the conference hotel:
• Tinga - http://www.tingalegends.com/

Conference Venue
IEEE Seminar & Winter School will take place in the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Skukuza, Kruger National Park.

For more info, please click here

Transport
Note that during the first and last days of the event (Sunday 16 August and Saturday 22 August),there will be a shuttle to transport the attendees between Protea hotel and the airport. There will be a concession fee of R264 per person on arrival to Skukuza airport. Same amount will apply upon your visit to the Kruger National Park.

The main international airport in Johannesburg is called O. R. Tambo International Airport. From the airport, you can take the next flight to Skukuza airport from the domestic hall.

Please click here to book your domestic flight to Skukuza Airport. Please note that there are only two flights a day from Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo) to Skukuza Airport.

Johannesburg (JNB) to Skukuza (SZK)
10:00 am → 10:50 am South African 8861 S M T W T F S JNB-SZK
1:20 pm → 2:10 pm South African 8865 S M T W T F S JNB-SZK

The distance between Johannesburg International Airport and Protea Hotel in Skukuza is about 450km.

For more info about Skukuza airport please click here.

Rent-a-car
You can rent a car from Skukuza airport. To rent a car please click here.

Visa
If you are required to apply for a Visa to travel to South Africa, and you need a Visa Assistance Letter, then you can send us an email to telecoms@uj.ac.za. You can also contact your nearest South African Embassy or High Commission for help.

Weather
Climate of Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is an all year round destination. Whatever time you decide to safari in the Kruger National Park - you will not be disappointed!

Game viewing can be at its best during the dry winter’s months; however the wet summer season brings full waterholes, lush bushveld, much newborn wildlife and the summer migrant birds arrive.

The Kruger Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 ° C). However, mid-winter - June to August - is a very comfortable time of year to visit the Kruger as there are few mosquitoes, little if any rain and temperatures are pleasantly warm during the day and refreshingly cool at night.

For more info, please visit the following websites:
•   Climate of Skukuza
•   Climate in Kruger Park

Currency
The rand (sign: R; code: ZAR) is the currency of South Africa. The rand has the symbol "R" and is subdivided into 100 cents, symbol "c".

The current exchange rate is about 12 Rand to the USD, 14 Rand to the Euro and 18 Rand to the GBP.

For more up to the date rates, please click here.

Tourist Destinations
The Wednesday Program will include a complimentary excursion into Kruger National Park.

Daily Game Drives can be booked at the hotel.

For more info about tourism in the Kruger National Park, please click here.