All posts by Alan Chong

13 Jul 2018

Room Information

Update: We have secured the use of our Faculty’s pilot TEAL (SF3201) room for all of our workshops. You can read about them in the link below.

The University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is a busy space during the summer, with a large number of outreach programs taking place in July. Because of this, our rooms are a bit spread out across three buildings, in relatively close proximity to one another. Breaks and lunch will take place in the BA Atrium (Bahen Centre for Information Technology), but sessions may be spread across Bahen (BA), Sandford Fleming (SF), and Galbraith (GB).

Every room will have a projector and HDMI and VGA ports for connecting with your computer. Some rooms (with a full teaching station) may have a Windows desktop computer with PowerPoint installed. Information about every room used at the conference is available below, with the links a page you can use to arrive at specifications of the room (You’ll need to enter the building and room number manually). If you have any questions about the rooms, or requirements for your session, please send alan.chong@utoronto.ca an email with your question.

BA1130
BA1160
BA1170
BA1200
BA1230
BA1240
BA2135
SF1105

SF3201 Teal Room (Technology Enhanced Active Learning )
GB202 (Faculty Council Chambers)

08 Jul 2018

Conference Wifi Access

Conference attendees can access Wifi in two ways:

  1. SSID: eduroam
    The University of Toronto is also an EduRoam institution, so you may also use your own Eduroam credentials if you have them.
  2. SSID: UofT
    You may also use the UofT network via the following credentials for the duration of the conference: you may have to accept a certificate.
    Username: ProCom2018
    Password: toronto123

 

 

01 Jun 2018

Getting Around Toronto

Toronto’s a great city, but it can be a challenge to navigate.

Driving can be frustrating due to traffic and construction, but if you are driving, make sure you’re aware of the number one rule: don’t pass stopped streetcars at a stop. You’ll be honked at mercilessly.

UBER and UBERPool operate in the city fairly well, and offer a cheaper alternative to taxis, which are also plentiful. UBERPool is particularly interesting as a concept – the algorithm matches you party with another one heading to a nearby or on the way location; if you don’t mind riding with a few strangers, and taking a few more minutes to get to your destination, it can be a fun experience (or terrible – it’s really a crapshoot). Lyft has also recently moved in to provide some competition in the ridesharing space.

The Toronto Transit Commission runs the streetcars, subways, and buses in the city. If you’re looking for directions, Google and Apple Maps provide transit directions, as do many of the Transit apps. We do have a real time GPS data on buses and streetcars, through Nextbus and various apps (Transit is my favourite) to make waiting more bearable.

You can use cash, tickets/tokens, a pass, or Presto card for fares on TTC. Here’s a link to how much rides cost (approx. $3 ride (one way, 90 minute max, no hopping on/off) depending on method of payment) but remember to get a transfer from a streetcar or bus driver when boarding and paying, even if you’re not transferring to a subway or other mode of transportation. Most surface vehicles operate via Proof of Payment, and there are transit fare checkers riding around the system.

Biking in Toronto can be really enjoyable, though you will want to be careful around traffic and cars. If you’re not too confident biking in traffic, you may want to stick to the city’s bike lane/trail infrastructure, which has improved significantly over the past few years. A ride on the Martin Goodman Trail is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday down by the lake.

While there are multiple shops set up to do rentals around the city, Toronto Bike Share allows you to pick up and drop off bikes at their many bike stations located in the downtown core. There are a few locations close to campus, such as Beverly south of College or Huron and College. If you’re visiting, their $15/3 day or $7/day passes are great value: this allows you multiple up to 30 minute rentals (just enough to get you from place to place). Anything over $30 is an additional $1.50 for the next 30 minutes (and it gets more expensive if you take the bikes out for the whole day – they’re really meant for short A-B rides).

 

14 May 2018

Ontario is the Place for Summer Theatre

Planning a holiday either before or after ProComm 2018? Ontario has great places to visit and great shows to see.

The Stratford Festival, well-known for its Shakespeare productions is much more than that. This year, you can take in musicals like The Music Man or The Rocky Horror Show, American classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Long Day’s Journey into Night and, of course, Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Coriolanus and A Comedy of Errors. Stratford, Ontario itself is a lovely place to visit, with great hotels, restaurants and art galleries.

The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, right in the centre of the Niagara wine-making region has an exciting line-up with Stephen Fry, well-known from the TV series Bones, as well as dozens of major motion pictures. He will be featured in a trilogy entitled Mythos, a world premiere. For the family, there will be The Magician’s Nephew, based on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories, Grand Hotel, based on the movie musical and The Hound of the Baskervilles,for fans of Sherlock Holmes. Niagara-on-the-Lake also has wonderful hotels and restaurants. It is a beautiful place to visit.

If your planning on a few extra days in Toronto, there are musicals, Shakespeare in the Park and a new adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. The musicals are Come from Away, about the warm welcome travelers received when their flights were unexpectedly diverted to Newfoundland due to 9/11, The King and I and Wicked.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet will be performed on alternating days in High Park, and Soulpepper Theatre is the producer of Orlando.

So, if theatre is your ticket, Toronto, Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake have exciting prospects.

01 Mar 2018

Revised Submission and Feedback Timelines

To account for the extended abstract submission deadline, we’ve updated submission dates for the various types of submissions for ProComm 2018.  You’ll be receiving your notifications of acceptance soon as we sort through the review process through ExOrdo, our conference management system.

 

For those submitting only Extended Abstracts, your camera ready submission is due: May 11th, 2018

 

For those submitting Brief Papers or Full Papers, your relevant dates are:
  • March 30th, 2018: Paper submission due for peer review
  • April 20th, 2018: Peer reviews returned
  • May 11th, 2018: Camera ready papers due
These dates are now reflected on the Call for Proposals page.

 

If you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!