Welcome to FUSION 2015
Welcome to FUSION 2015 and Washington D. C., one of the most exciting cities in America. We hope you have a technically rewarding time at the conference and enjoy all that Washington D. C. has to offer. Our social activities will highlight a few parts of the city, but there are many other sites that should be visited.
The International Conference on Information Fusion is a premier forum for interchange of the latest research in information fusion and discussion of its impacts on our society. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners from industry, government, and academia to report on the latest scientific and technical advances. Authors are always invited to submit papers describing advances and applications in information fusion.
The 18th Fusion conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D. C., USA. It is a flagship hotel centrally located, near all key sites and attractions. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall within walking distance of the conference venue. The greater D. C. area provides a variety of tourist attractions that can satisfy even the most demanding visitor. By hosting 176 foreign embassies as well as headquarters of many international organizations, D. C. offers a culturally rich environment ripe for exploration. The conference will be held the week following the US Independence Day, July 4th. This creates an opportunity for those coming to the conference to arrive a bit earlier and enjoy the best the city can offer at this special time.
We chose the Grand Hyatt Hotel, because of its location and ability to serve our conference well. While this flagship Hyatt is huge in many ways, regarding the facilities, all Fusion 2015 technical activities will be held at the Independence level, which will be exclusively devoted to the Fusion conference.
The Grand Hyatt Washington is located at easy walking distance from the National Mall and with a convenient internal access to the Metro Center subway station, the hotel is an ideal choice for Fusion 2015 attendees. Local attendees will have easy access via the metro subway system and visitors will enjoy privileged access to the city’s major attractions. The facility includes top-notch room and suites, five restaurant and bars, an indoor swimming pool, and a host of world-class services and amenities.
Among the attractions that are within walking distance from the hotel are the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, the Eastern Market, Georgetown, various historic monuments (e.g. Lincoln memorial, Washington monument, FDR memorial), the International Spy Museum, the Newseum, the Museum of Crime & Punishment, and the Smithsonian Institution museums at the Washington Mall (e.g. Museum of Natural History, Airspace Museum, and many others). The hotel is also close to the Verizon Center, the Nationals Park, and the FedEx Field.
In addition to the internal access to Metro Station, the hotel is in an area where there are plenty of transportation alternatives, such as taxis, buses and limos.
The social events schedule includes an “Ice-Breaker” reception at the conference venue on Monday at 1730, the Opening Reception at the Mansion on O Street on Tuesday at 1830, and the Gala Banquet at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture on Wednesday at 1900. There will be shuttle service available for the Opening Reception.
Conference General Co-Chairs: Kathryn Laskey and Paulo Costa