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2009 Quality & Productivity Research Conference

IBM T. J. Watson Research Ctr., Yorktown Heights, NY

June 3-5, 2009

Conference and Short Course Registration Information

The 2009 QPRC registration will be handled by the American Statistical Association. The early registration fee (available through April 30) is $200 (regular) and $75 (student). The early registration fee for the pre-conference course is $150 ($75 for students). The registration fee will include the meals listed in the Agenda.

To register click here. The registration form can also be downloaded from here.

Hotel information

The 2009 QPRC will be held at the IBM, Thomas J. Watson Research Center (TWRC), Yorktown building, located at the intersection of the Taconic State Parkway and NY Route 134. A block of rooms is being held until May 4, 2009, 6pm EST in the La Quinta Hotel in Elmsford located about 10 miles to the south of the TWRC. A shuttle bus will be provided between the La Quinta Hotel and TWRC (On June 3,4 and 5 this bus will depart from La Quinta Inn at 7am and return to La Quinta after the end of the daily program). The room rate is $99 single or double occupancy plus tax (students will be permitted to share a room based on double occupancy). The rates include continental breakfast, Internet access and parking. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel 1-914-592-3300 or by fax 1-914-592-3381. Please indicate that you are with the QPRC group.

The La Quinta Hotel Elmsford is located within 10 minute drive from the White Plains train station (1/2hr by train from New York City), 20 min drive from the Westchester County Airport, 45 min drive from La Guardia Airport (LGA), 1hr drive from Newark Airport. Its address is: 540 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY10523. For directions please call the hotel or click here.

To get from LGA to La Quinta Hotel, one can use the Hospitality Limo, Tel. 914-591-5404. The one-way flat cost is $75 (it includes tips, taxes, tolls and other expenses; please mention QPRC when ordering). Up to four people can share a ride. Costs to/from JFK and Newark airports are $85 and $100, respectively. Another possibility is Westchester Express , Tel. 800-532-3730 (LGA and JFK only): to get a shared ride, go to the Ground Transportation desk at the airport and dial 21 on the courtesy phone. The one-way costs as of March 2009 are $46 (LGA) and $49 (JFK). One could expect a 30min waiting time.

To get to TWRC from La Quinta hotel turn right from the parking lot onto Rte 9A north; go for about 1.5 miles to Saw Mill River Parkway north. Proceed to Taconic State Parkway exit, then go north on this parkway until the Rte 134 exit. Turn right and proceed east on Rte 134 two hundred yards. TWRC is on your right.

The Industry Solutions Lab (we will have a cocktail hour there on June 4) is in Hawthorne II building, located about 1 mile North of La Quinta Hotel, on Rte 9A, on the same side of the road. The pre-conference course (June 2) is in the adjacent IBM Hawthorne I building (19 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY 10532). A limo will will depart from La Quinta Inn on June 2 at 8:15am and return to La Quinta at 5:15pm.

An additional block of 20 rooms has been reserved with Comfort Inn, located on 20 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY10532 (1.47 miles North from La Quinta, on the same side of the road). The cost is $125 plus tax per room; it includes continental breakfast and internet. Tel: 914-592-8600, Fax: 914-592-7457, please mention the QPRC group (the cut-off date is May 9, 2009). The shuttle bus will make a stop at this hotel, on the way from/to La Quinta.

To get to TWRC from New York City take either a Harlem Line train to Mount Kisco or a Hudson Line train to Croton-Harmon. For Metro-North rail system map click here.

Parking information

If you come to TWRC by car, identify yourself at the gate and proceed to the Visitors Parking (a two-tier lot located across the road from the main entrance). If this lot is full, follow the signs to the back end of the building, park there, use the entrance with a concrete overhang, identify yourself to security, and follow signs to the Auditorium