CEMS 2017

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The 2017 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium (CEMS), now in its thirteenth year, will be held at the Inn at Penn in Philadelphia, PA, on May 4th and 5th, 2017.

The symposium is designed to be a forum for the exchange of ideas among colleagues working on theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of context and episodic memory, broadly construed.

Please note that abstract submissions are due by February 3, 2017.

Contents

Announcements

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard Shiffrin, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Shiffrin, a member of the National Academy of Science, has led the field in developing formal mathematical models of memory for nearly 50 years.

Conference Registration

Registration for CEMS 2017 is now open.

Early registration fees* are:

  • $325 for faculty
  • $225 for non-faculty

Click here for the registration form, where you will enter your personal information. Once the form has been completed, please continue to the payment page to complete registration.

*Please note that on April 21, 2017, registration prices will increase $25 for administration fees.

Location & Hotel

The venue for the 2017 CEMS will be the Inn at Penn, located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Inn at Penn is a Four Diamond Hilton hotel, located at 3600 Sansom Street in historic Philadelphia, PA.

More information on the Inn at Penn can be found on their website.

Hotel

In addition to its role as the venue for CEMS 2017, the Inn at Penn will serve as the preferred hotel for the event. A limited number of rooms are available at a special event rate of $269 per night.

To make use of this reduced rate, book your room(s) from our event page here.

Please book your room(s) by April 3, 2017, to ensure that you receive the preferred guest rate.


Click here to view this location on Google Maps

Travel

The University of Pennsylvania is served by Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak 30th Street Station, and is a short train or taxi ride away from both.

From the Airport

  • Towncar
    • Uber is a on-demand towncar service that you can summon using an app on your iPhone or Android device, or from m.uber.com, or by texting an address and city to UBR-CAB (827-222). You must create an account to request a ride.
    • Rate estimates for a ride between the airport and the Inn at Penn Airport are approximately $20-25 for a towncar, $45-60 for a luxury sedan, and $60-70 for a luxury SUV (up to 6 people comfortably)
    • Link a credit card to your account. No need to pay your driver directly, and tip is included.
    • For additional information, Uber hosts a webpage with info on travel to and from the airport.
  • Taxi
    • One-way taxi fare between The Inn at Penn and the airport is approximately $32.50.
    • For trips originating at the airport, there is an additional $1.50 fee.
    • Most cabs hold up to 3 people. An additional fee of $1 will be charged for each passenger after the first.
    • The trip takes between 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Regional Rail
    • The airport is serviced by SEPTA's Airport Regional Rail line, which makes a stop at each airport terminal.
    • In Center City, you may utilize either the University City or 30th Street Station stops on the Airport line.
    • Tickets between the airport and Center City are $8.00 per person each way when purchased on the train. Tickets purchased in advance at a station are discounted to $6.50.
    • The train is scheduled to run every 30 minutes. The full Airport Line schedule can be found here.
    • The trip takes approximately 20 minutes each way.
    • A complete SEPTA transit map can be found here

From 30th Street Station

  • The walk from 30th Street Station to the Inn at Penn is roughly 0.8 miles and goes through the campus of Drexel University.
  • There is a taxi stand immediately outside the East doors of the station.
  • SEPTA's trolley and bus lines connect at 30th Street Station and cost $2.25 (exact change and tokens only). SEPTA tokens can be purchased for $1.80 each, and may be used on all subway, trolley, and bus lines.
  • The Inn at Penn is located adjacent to the 36th Street Trolley station. Route 11, 13, 34, and 36 trolleys provide transit between this station and 30th Street.

Driving/Parking

  • The University of Pennsylvania is close to both I-76 and I-95.
  • The Inn at Penn offers valet parking at a rate of $43 for overnight parking with in and out privileges and 20.00 for daily event parking.
  • Self parking is available at a garage at 38th & Sansom, one block from The Inn At Penn. More garages may be found on this map.

Getting Around

  • SEPTA subways, trolleys, and buses run all over Philadelphia.
    • Normal base rate is $2.25 cash (exact change only), or a token. Tokens can be purchased for $1.80 each. More information about fares can be found here.
    • You may find a complete system map here. You can also find transit directions on Google Maps.
    • SEPTA Independence Passes are available for $12 per person or $29 for a family pass. An Independence Pass provides unlimited one-day travel on all buses, subways, trolleys, and Regional Rail trains.
  • Taxis are plentiful.
    • Fares are a $2.70 flag drop plus $0.23 per 1/10 mi or 38 seconds of wait time.
  • Uber is a on-demand towncar service that you can summon using an app on your iPhone or Android device, or from m.uber.com, or by texting an address and city to UBR-CAB (827-222). You must create an account to request a ride.
    • Normal rates for a towncar are a $1.25 base fare, plus $1.10 per mile and $0.18 per minute of wait time, as well as a $1.25 service fee. Minimum fare is $5.75. Luxury car and SUV rates are higher.
    • Link a credit card to your account. No need to pay your driver directly, and tip is included.
    • Sign up using this CEMS link and receive a $10 bonus credit towards your first ride.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission for CEMS 2017 is now CLOSED. Thank you for your submissions.

The symposium is designed to be a forum for the exchange of ideas among colleagues working on theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of context and episodic memory, broadly construed.

The format of CEMS is to have a relatively small number of spoken presentations each followed by a commentary given by a scientist working on related problems. The program committee aims to identify submissions that highlight major new theoretical and/or empirical advances. Papers not selected for these spoken presentations can be given as poster presentations. In previous years, posters have been a major highlight of the meeting and have been very well attended.


Past Symposia

For information about past CEMS events, please click here.

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