Travel

The Conference Venue

AIIDE 2014 will be held on NC State University's Centennial Campus.  Workshops will be held in EB2 (Engineering Building 2) and in the Hunt Library fourth floor and the main technical program will be held in the James B. Hunt Library.

Registration will be held in the first floor lobby of the Hunt Library from October 3 to 7.  An interactive map of NCSU Centnennial Campus os available here (search for the Hunt Library). A PDF map of Centennial Campus is available here.  A map of the Hunt Library is available here.  Maps will also be available onsite to attendees.

Need help inside Hunt Library?  Hunt's fabulous support staff are available around the clock to provide support for AIIDE attendees inside the library.  To get help, pass throughout the open turnstiles on the second floor entrance to Hunt and look for the large ASK US station just to the right.  Can't make it to the ASK US station?  Feel free to call, text or IM using the contact info here.

Registration hours will be:

Friday, October 3
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, October 4
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 5
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday, October 6
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, October 7
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Parking

Hourly/daily parking is available in the Poulton Paylot immediately across the street from the first floor entrance to the Hunt Library. This lot is gated and requires a credit card to enter and for payment upon exit.  Rates for parking in this lo are $2/hour with a $10/day maximum.

Daily visitor parking permits for the  Oval West near the library are available at the Visitor Information Booth on Varsity Drive for $5 per day.

Parking on NCSU campus during weekends is free.

Dining Options

There are a number of convenient dining options on-campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Coffee and pastries are available from the Common Grounds coffee shop in the first floor of the Hunt Library, adjacent to the AIIDE registration tables.  More extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available from the four restaurants located in food court at On The Oval, a short walk across the Engineering Quad from the Hunt Library.  Additionally, food trucks are located each week day in front of the Venture II building on Main Campus Drive, a five minute walk from the Hunt Library.  A schedule of food trucks and menus are available here.

Nearby off-campus food options include the restaurants located at the Mission Valley Shopping Center, a 5 minute drive from the Hunt Library. More details about the restaurants available at Mission Valley, along with directions can be found here.

Options for dining farther afield from campus can be found at various Raleigh restaurant guides (e.g. TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon).  Some nearby options include David's Dumplings and Noodle Bar, Irregardless Cafe and Neomonde Cafe.  Downtown Raleigh hosts a range of additional restaurants.  Further afield, a selection of dining options can be found in adjacent towns like Cary (a 10 - 20 minute drive from campus), Morrisville (a 20 - 30 minute drive from campus) and Durham (a 30 to 45 minute drive from campus).

Local Bus Transportation

NCSU's Wolfline bus service is the most convenient way for public transit rides to travel from the conference to Mission Valley for lunch.  The Wolfline stop at the Hunt Library at Partners Way is directly outside the first floor entrance to the library, just outside where the AIIDE registration tables.  The Wolfline's Rt. 8 Southeast Loop line runs from the Hunt Library into NCSU's Main Campus and goes directly past Mission Valley Shopping Center on Avent Ferry Drive.  Attendees  riding from the Hunt Library can take the Rt. 8 Southeast Loop line to the Avent Ferry at Centennial Pkwy (inbound) stop, then walk north directly into the Mission Valley shopping center.  Returning from Mission Valley, riders can take the same line back, boarding at either the Avent Ferry at Centennial Pkwy (outbound)  stop or the Avent Ferry Complex stop.

Over our lunch break, the Rt. 8 bus comes to the Hunt Library stop every 9 minutes.  Transit time between the library and the Avent Ferry stop is 6 minutes each way.  There is no charge for riding the Wolfline buses.

You can get a live map of the Rt. 8 buses and their locations here:

http://ncsu.transloc.com

and the more conventional time tables are here:

http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/transportation/wolfline/fall-springService.html

Attendees seeking public transportation from the Holiday Inn Express to campus can catch the Capitol Area Transit (CAT) Route 11 bus at the bus stop on Thistledown Road just outside the hotel parking lot exit.  To head in towards campus, catch the inbound bus on the same side of Thistledown as the hotel.  The fare for CAT rides is $1.  Attendees heading to Hunt Library should get off at the Avent Ferry and Varsity Drive stop.  From there, it is an 11 minute walk (0.6 miles) to the Hunt Library.

To return to the hotel, attendees should walk from the Hunt Library back to the intersection of Avent Ferry and Varsity Drive, cross Avent Ferry at the light and board the outbound #11 bus heading back down Avent Ferry.  They can then get off at the Thistledown stop in front of the hotel on the opposite side of the street.  Travel time on the Route 11 bus takes approximately 10 minutes each way.

Route 11 -- Avent Ferry information, including a route map and timetable, can be found at the CAT website here:

http://www.raleighnc.gov/services/content/PWksTransit/Articles/CATRoute11.html

The Route 11 bus runs about every 30 minutes Monday Through Friday and every hour on Weekends.  Riders should contact CAT for specific details on timing for the Thistledown stop by calling 919-485-7433.

AIIDE-14 Hotel Block

AAAI has reserved a small block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at NC State S.W. during AIIDE-14. Conference attendees must contact the hotel directly to make reservations. Hotel accommodations are very limited in Raleigh over the conference dates, so attendees are encouraged to reserve early.

The Holiday Inn Express property boasts an enjoyable country setting while being convenient to all the big city attractions and businesses in Raleigh and is just a few miles from North Carolina State University (the location of AIIDE-14). The hotel is also proud to offer a 100% smoke-free facility and a location just off I-40 at exit 295.

Complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel, and has a Business Center that allows you to print, copy and fax. Additional hotel amenities, like the indoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool and Fitness Center, make your stay more enjoyable. Be sure to fill up on sausage, bacon, eggs and their signature cinnamon rolls at the complimentary Express Start Breakfast while you watch one of the 52-inch cable TVs in the Great Room. 

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites near NC State University
(Distance to Hunt Library (location of AIIDE-14 Registration, Workshops and near main conference sessions): 2.2 miles)
3741 Thistledown Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606 USA
Hotel: 919-854-0001
www.hiexpress.com/raleighnc

Group Rates
King or Two Queen Beds: $99.99
King Suite: $109.99
Discounted rooms available Thursday, October 2 - Thursday, October 9, 2014
Reservations by phone: 919-854-0001 or 1-800-HOLIDAY (refer to AIIDE Conference)

Online Reservations (group code AII):
Click here to reserve or go to http://www.hiexpress.com/
Check-in Time: 3:00PM
Check-out Time: 11:00AM
Cut-off for reservations at discounted rate: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Parking at Hotel: Complimentary

All rooms are subject to applicable taxes (currently 6% occupancy tax and 6.75% State Sales tax) in effect at time of check-in. A guarantee of all room charges is required by credit card at time of reservation. Cancellations must be made before 6:00PM (local hotel time) on the day of your check-in. Failing to show, will result in a charge of 1 night per room to your credit card. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation.

Arriving By Air

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) has direct flights to 38 domestic and international cities on 352 daily flights and serves over 9 million passengers annually.  The airport is located in the heart of the Research Triangle Park and just 14 miles from NC State University.  

RDU provides a number of options for local transportation, including a range of on-site rental car agencies, taxi service and transportation services (http://www.rdu.com/groundtrans/limos.htm). The easiest and most affordable option is often the taxi service available from the taxi stand available curbside (http://www.rdu.com/groundtrans/taxis.htm). Attendees can call RDU Taxi Inc to schedule a ride ahead of time at 919) 840-7277 but cabs are readily available on an on-demand, walk-up basis during airport hours.  Taxi fare from RDU to NCSU and/or the downtown hotel area is approximately $35 one way.