The 15th OPSFA is hosted by the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation
which is an institute of the
Johannes Kepler University
in Linz. More information about RISC and its history can be found
The institute is located in the
Castle of Hagenberg,
a romantic medieval castle amidst the lovely, hilly landscape of the
20 km north-east of
the regional capital of
located halfway between Salzburg and Vienna.
of the center of Hagenberg im Mühlkreis. It shows the location of the
hotel (square 3), the lecture rooms (square 2), and the place for the welcome
reception (square 1).
The conference site is the campus of the University of Applied Sciences
which is located in the Softwarepark Hagenberg, centered around RISC.
Lectures will take place in the FH2 building, in the AudiMax auditorium
and in the adjacent lecture halls HS3 – HS6. See the
for the location of the building, and scroll down to page 9 "FH2 Ebene 0"
to see the room plan. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria
Campina in the
same building (see page 7 "FH2 Ebene 2"). You can also take a
through the campus. The student dormitory operates as a hotel during
the lecture-free time and is reserved for the OPSFA participants.
Rooms have been allocated in the
It is located in close vicinity to the conference venue and offers basic, but
good quality rooms with internet access (by cable, no wifi). The rate is EUR
44 per night for a single room and EUR 72 for a double room; these prices
include breakfast. For your convenience, the room reservation is made
together with the
(but payment is done directly at the hotel).
At Linz: For those who prefer to stay in Linz, we refer to the list of
hotels in Linz for individual booking. For commuting to Hagenberg, see
the information on
public transportation. From the center of Linz to Hagenberg it takes about
25 minutes by car.
Linz has a small international
airport (IATA-Code: LNZ) with daily connections to Frankfurt (FRA) and
Düsseldorf (DUS). Many flight booking systems also offer another
"airport" in Linz, LZS, which is actually the central railway station
(Hauptbahnhof) of Linz. Such connections are always via Vienna (VIE), where
one has to change from airplane to train for the last "flight segment"; the
trains leave directly from underneath the airport. The main international
airports nearby Linz are Vienna (VIE, 2 hours by train/car) and Munich (MUC, 3
hours by train/car).
Linz can be reached conveniently by train from Vienna, Salzburg, or Munich, for example.
Please note that there are two different railway companies that offer connections to Linz:
and Westbahn. ÖBB tickets have to be
purchased in advance (either online or at the ticket vending machine / counter
at the train station), while Westbahn tickets are sold on the train. Tickets from
one company are not valid for trains of the other company. If you book the
train connection VIE-LZS as part of your flight, you may only use trains
operated by ÖBB.
We will organize a shuttle service from the Linz airport and from the train
station in Linz to the hotel in Hagenberg on Sunday (July 21), and in the
opposite direction on Friday afternoon (July 26) and Saturday morning (July
27). If you wish to use this shuttle, please indicate your arrival / departure
dates and times when you register for the conference.
Otherwise, there is a
connection (bus no. 601) between the airport and the central railway
station of Linz. From there, one has to take a bus
(Postbus no. 313) and get off at the
station "Hagenberg im Mühlkreis Ortsmitte" (takes about 50 minutes, EUR
5,50). A taxi from the airport costs about 30 euros to the train station, and
about 80 euros directly to Hagenberg.