Venue and Travel Information
Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague
The Conference will be held at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, one of the oldest universities of technology (engineering school) in Europe.
On February 3, 1707, the Austrian Emperor Joseph I sent a written letter to the Czech General Estates, requesting the foundation of an engineering school. This school was established as the Czech Institute of Engineering Education, reorganized as the Prague Polytechnic in 1806, and, after the disintegration of the former AustroHungarian Empire in 1918, transformed to the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Electricial Engineering as an independent subject has been taught at the Czech Technical University since the 1884/85 academic year. A separate Department of Electrical Engineering was established in 1891/92; and since the 1910/1911 academic year there has been an independent curriculum in Electrical Engineering at the School of Mechanical Engineering.
In 1920 the School of Mechanical Engineering was reorganized under the new name of the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with two autonomous sections (departments): the Section of Electrical Engineering and the Section of Mechanical Engineering. The Section of Electrical Engineering comprised five independent institutes: the Institute of Electrical Machines, the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Electricity, the Institute of Power Networks and Stations, the Institute of Electrical Drives and Railways and the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications. In 1937 a new Institute of High Frequences was added.
In the 1950/51 academic year the Faculty of Electrical Engineering was made separate from the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. During its existence about 26,000 students graduated in Electrical Engineering (equivalent to Master's degree) and 1450 PhD students. Nowadays, there are 4,300 students enrolled in all forms of study. The 430 of them are doctoral students. The faculty has 420 lecturers.
The main Dejvice Campus is located in the north-western part of the Prague close to Dejvická metro station. Technická street goes through the middle of the campus.
Basic information about Prague
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is situated in the centre of Europe. It is a country with a rich and eventful history, a country with a cultural and artistic tradition imprinted on hundreds of towns, castles, chateaux, and religious buildings.
The seat of Czech rulers was established on Hradčany Hill above the Vltava valley prior to 900 A.D. Nowadays Prague is the country's major economic and cultural centre, famous for its music, literature, and architecture. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, making the city one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe that receives more than 4.1 million international visitors annually. They can enjoy exceptional views of the city from the top of one of the seven hills on which the city centre is built, or from the banks of the Vltava River with its eight islands and eighteen bridges. The true beauty of Prague lies in its architectural variety. Centuries of historic development have left it with all of the main styles of architecture. It is a city with marvelous Renaissance and Baroque palaces, featuring buildings in Jugendstil as well as Jewish synagogues.
Prague is easily accessible using an airplane, a train or a car. Prague International Airport (Ruzyně) located just 20 minutes from the Czech Technical University campus. The area also enjoys Intercity Rail from the all cities of Central Europe.
From the airport to the main campus
Prague's RUZYNĚ Airport is located 15 km west of the city centre. There are banks and ATMs for changing money (daily 7:00 - 23:00), a car-rental office and public phones, bar, shops, etc.
You can reach the main Conference venue by city bus, airport shuttle or taxi. The city bus is recommended.
A cheap and very effective way of getting to the main CTU campus is by city bus no. 119, which brings passengers from the airport to Dejvická metro station. The bus ticket costs only CZK 20. Buy it in advance, from a booth or from the yellow ticket machine, and stamp (validate) it when you get on the bus. The service is very frequent, and the travel time to the main campus is about 20 minutes. The 119 bus terminates at the Diplomat Hotel, right next to the CTU campus at Dejvice.
From railway stations to main campus
Passengers traveling to Prague by train typically pull into one of two central stations: Hlavní nádraží (Main Station) or Nádraží Holešovice (Holešovice Station). Both are on line C of the metro system and offer a number of services, including money exchange, post office, and a luggage-storage area. The main station is usually the terminus for trains from the west (Paris, Frankfurt) and east (Budapest), while Holešovice station is for through trains from Berlin and Dresden to Vienna. The main Dejvice campus is located near Dejvická metro station. You take the metro to Muzeum station and there you can transfer to line A (green). Dejvická is the last stop at the north-west end of line A.
From Prague Highway Circle to main campus
Using a car, it is recommended by coming form north and east (highway R10, D11, D1) to ride about Prague from the south side using the circle R1. By coming from the west (D5, R6, R7) you will come directly to the circle R1 (see http://www.mapy.cz/#mm=ZTtTcP@x=133210112@y=135614464@z=9 ). If you leave the circle R1 using the Exit 28 (direction Centre) and then follow the Evropska street, you will reach lightly main campus of CTU-FEE (see green line).
To know if you need a visa to enter Czech Republic or not please check here. Please contact a Czech Republic embassy in your country for more details.We recommend you to start a process of obtaining visa as soon as possible. However, we can provide the invitation letter for you only after you have registered and completed the payment. Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will receive a visa.
For IEEE members from less rich countries in Region 8 there is an opportunity to take a travel support from IEEE Voluntary Contribution Fund. For further information and necessary forms visit IEEE Voluntary Contribution Fund web site.