The Conference Venue
Nestled between redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is an idyllic college town of about 60,000 people located on the California coast. As well as the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), the town features beaches, beautiful coast line and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with amusement rides on the weekend and games throughout the week. Restaurants are plentiful and varied. September is generally sunny and pleasant with highs in the low seventies Fahrenheit (20-23 C).
Santa Cruz is well located for those wishing to explore northern California before or after the conference. Monterey and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium are located 45 miles south. Heading further south will take you to Big Sur and some of the prettiest coast line in the state. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is just north of the city. San Francisco, one of the most eclectic cities in the US, is located 75 miles to the north, featuring world class museums, Victorian houses, Alcatraz and many beautiful neighborhoods to explore.
The conference will be held on the UCSC campus. The Workshops on Saturday and will be held in the Engineering Buildings, the AIIDE Conference Sessions on will be held in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), and the Opening Reception and Poster Session (), will be held in the University Center. Please see the "Registration" tab for information about parking and purchasing parking permits.
The Santa Cruz Metro runs frequent buses from downtown locations to the UCSC campus.
Santa Cruz Metro - Public Transportation
Santa Cruz does not have its own international airport, but is serviced by the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose airports. San Jose has the closest airport, although the other two airports may occasionally have more economical fares. Please be aware that depending on arrival/departure time, travel time to and from Oakland may be significant due to traffic. Shuttles from these airports can be arranged in advance.
Airport Shuttle Service
Santa Cruz is home to many excellent restaurants. Here are some resources that you may use to plan your dining excursions in the city:
Santa Cruz is a popular holiday destination and offers a wide range of accommodation. We are offering options for varied budgets.
All rooms are limited and available until sold out or noted expiration date is reached.
For your convenience, AAAI has reserved a small block of rooms for AIIDE-15 attendees at the hotels listed below. Attendees must contact the hotels directly. Please identify yourself as an AIIDE-15 conference attendee to qualify for the reduced rates. Attendees are encouraged to reserve early due to the limited number of rooms reserved.
Other Accommodation options
The Dream Inn is a beachfront hotel in Santa Cruz, offering upscale accommodations. Ideally located a few blocks from The Boardwalk and close to UC Santa Cruz, the Dream Inn is Santa Cruz’s upscale boutique hotel.
This distinctive Santa Cruz, California bed and breakfast inn is situated on a bluff across from Cowell's Beach and the famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. This Four Sisters Inn blends the modern luxuries and sophisticated services of a boutique hotel with the traditional amenities and architecture of a B & B.
Perched atop one of the most spectacularly scenic vantage points on the entire Santa Cruz coastline, Beach Street Inn and Suites offers guests breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay and the main beach directly below. Their newly renovated ocean view rooms overlooking the bay are equipped with flat screen TVs, ipod docking stations, wireless internet and free WiFi.
At the Sea and Sand, every room has an ocean view, free continental breakfast, selected rooms with spas, suites with hot tubs on private patios overlooking ocean, complimentary wireless Internet service in every room, Mediterranean climate, European charm, and within easy walking distance to the Santa Cruz wharf and Boardwalk.
The Seaway Inn is a charming Santa Cruz hotel perched on a hillside overlooking Monterey Bay. It has all the warmth and coziness of a classic beach hotel with a full array of modern amenities. It is just a short walk to family fun at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, world-class surfing at Steamer Lane, fine dining at the Municipal Wharf, and unique shops and entertainment in bustling Downtown Santa Cruz.
The Ocean Pacific Lodge is a Santa Cruz beach hotel. The hotel is only two blocks away from the Santa Cruz wharf which offers boating tours, fishing, local shops, and fine dining. Just a block further, the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a must see for visitors to the area.
The hotel is located on Pacific Ave. just minutes away from lively downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, beautiful beaches and one of California's most scenic coastlines. They are within walking distance to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and a variety of local restaurants and bars. The Bay Front Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast, free wireless internet, free parking, and pet-friendly accommodations.