ICITS 2011  5th International Conference on Information Theoretic Security

Amsterdam, The Netherlands    
May 21 - 24, 2011



Venue & Directions

Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. With its impressive architecture, picturesque canals that criss cross the city, world-famous museums and historical sights, great shopping, and easygoing people who nearly all speak English well, Amsterdam is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity, and there is something for everyone's taste, whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.

The conference will take place at CWI and at the Trippenhuis. CWI is the national research center for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands and is part of the Science Park Amsterdam, which houses several highly reputed research labs and parts of the University of Amsterdam. The Trippenhuis is a beautiful historic building at the heart of Amsterdam and the seat of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Its rooms, corridors and stairwells had been richly decorated by the great painters working in Amsterdam at the time, and many of these ornaments have been preserved over the centuries and still decorate the interior.

Getting around in the Netherlands

Amsterdam has an extensive public transport system; you can plan your trip at 9292.nl. You must have a public transport chipcard to take the underground ("metro"), and it is highly recommended (much cheaper) to use a chipcard in the trams and buses. The card can also be used in the trains. You can obtain these chipcards at all major stations, including the railway station at Schiphol airport.

You can also walk, if the distance is not too great, or "go native" and use a bicycle; Google Maps can be useful.

Getting from and to Schiphol airport

You will most likely arrive at Schiphol airport. The most convenient way of getting to and from your hotel is by public transport (there is a railway station under Schiphol): use 9292.nl to plan your trip.

You should consider buying a public transport chipcard, see above.

Café Vertigo: Vondelpark 3

Café Vertigo is situated under the Film Museum in the well-known Vondelpark. It is within walking distance of the Carlton and City Centre hotels (go to the Leidsestraat and keep walking, the Vondelpark is a very noticeable park); if your hotel is further away, use public transport.


By shuttle bus
On Sunday, Shuttle buses will bring attendees to CWI. The bus from the Carlton hotel will leave at 9:00am (if you're staying at the city centre hotel, just walk to the Carlton hotel.) The bus from the tropen hotel will leave at 9:10am.
Public transport
Plan a route to Science Park 123, Amsterdam; you will likely take bus 40 (from Amstel station to Muiderpoortstation) or 240 (from Amstel station to Science Park). Leave the bus at the first stop after an overpass. Once you've left the bus, walk back a few meters and then go right (with your back to the overpass). CWI is on your left hand, about 200 meters (650 feet) away; enter through the gate (press the intercom button in case the cate is closed) and into the building with the red CWI logo (behind SARA, about 50 meters from the gate).

Tokyo Cafe: Spui 15

Tokyo Cafe is close to the Carlton and City Centre hotels; from the Carlton, go to the Muntplein and walk along the Kalverstraat (the Netherlands' most famous shopping street) until you meet the Spui; turn left there. From the City Centre hotel, walk south along the Spuistraat and turn left into the Spui. Tokyo Cafe is at Spui 15. If your hotel is further away, use public transport.

Trippenhuis: Kloveniersburgwal 29

The Trippenhuis is within walking distance of the Carlton and City Centre hotels; from the City Centre hotel, it's easiest to walk down the Spui to the Singel, arriving at the Muntplein, which is very close to the Carlton. In either case, walk along the Amstel and go left (north) on the other side of the canal; the Trippenhuis is at number 29. If you're staying elsewhere, you'll most likely want to use public transport to come to the Trippenhuis.