Conference Venue

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Just across the river from Boston, Cambridge offers an exciting multicultural setting where visitors from around the world mingle in the shadow of two of the world's premier educational institutions: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Teeming with cafes, bookstores, and boutiques, Cambridge is often referred to as "Boston's Left Bank".

Old Cambridge encompasses the original village of Newtowne -- established by founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. The customs and institutions of Newtowne's first residents are discernible in the street plan of their settlement, which survives almost intact in Harvard Square. The neighborhood of Old Cambridge remains a residential, commercial, and academic center. The buildings here span four centuries of Cambridge history and have witnessed the development of a wilderness village into an international community. The most famous house along "Tory Row" on Brattle Street is the Longfellow National Historic Site, former home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and briefly the headquarters of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Kendall Square

Home to MIT and the heart of Massachusetts' booming high tech and biotechnology industries. Shop at the nearby CambridgeSide Galleria with over 100 nationally-recognized stores, an international food court, and several fine restaurants. Then, step onto a riverboat for a relaxing tour of Cambridge and Boston along the scenic Charles River. And, don't forget to allow time to visit the nearby Museum of Science which offers interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and a state-of-the-art IMAX Theatre.
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ICWSM-13 Conference Location

The main conference sessions on July 8-10 will be held in Kresge Auditorium on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus.

Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue
See MIT interactive map at (Building W16)

The workshop and tutorial programs on July 11 will be held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center.

Microsoft New England Research & Development Center One Memorial Drive
Suite 100
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: (857) 453-6000

Airport Transportation

Silver Line to and from Logan Airport

The Silver Line Route SL1 (Logan Airport - South Station via Waterfront) bus rapid transit service is your best direct connection to and from the Red Line at South Station, and your best option for transportation to:

  • Cambridge
  • Downtown Boston
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MIT

The Silver Line SL1 is the most convenient option and your best connection to and from the Airport with drop-off and pick-up directly in front of each Logan Terminal. There are no shuttle transfers and room to store your luggage.

For service to Logan Airport using the Silver Line SL1, take the MBTA Red Line or Commuter Rail to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Route SL1. The Silver Line SL1 will drop you off in front of your Logan terminal.

For service from Logan Airport using the Silver Line SL1, make sure you first purchase a CharlieTicket at any of the machines inside or outside your airline terminal before boarding the Silver Line rapid transit bus service. Airport terminal personnel are happy to assist you in purchasing your CharlieTicket. After purchasing your CharlieTicket, board the SL1 at the front of the bus to insert your ticket in the fare box.

The Silver Line SL1 is accessible for the disabled and runs from approximately 5:30AM to 12:30AM every day of the week.

For more information about airport transportation options, please see this link.

Public Transportation

There are a number of trains and buses, which provide public transportation to the Cambridge/Boston area. The No. 1 bus stops at MIT's main entrance (77 Massachusetts Avenue) and provides service to Harvard Square and downtown Boston. The CT1 bus departs from Central Square and also stops at MIT's main entrance. The CT2 bus departs from Kendall Square and stops at the corner of Vassar Street and Massachusetts Avenue. One-way bus fare is $2.00 (CharlieTicket/cash-on-board); $1.50/ (pre-purchased CharlieCard).

The MBTA Red Line provides train service to the MIT area via stops at Central Square (on Massachusetts Avenue) and Kendall/MIT (on Main Street). Both stops are approximately a 10-15 minute walk to the conference site. Subway fare is $2.50 (CharlieTicket/cash-on-board); $2.00 (pre-purchased CharlieCard). Most public transportation service runs between the hours of 5:30AM and 12:30AM. You may find out more information, including information on purchasing a Charlie Card, at the MBTA web site:


There is no parking on the MIT campus. The closest parking to Kresge Auditorium is at the 55 Franklin Street Garage, (next to Le Meridien Hotel) and at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. There is also a small public lot on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue & Vassar Street, but spaces fill very quickly. Additional pay lots and the conference venue is highlighted on this map: here. Public parking is in the range of $25/day.


Taxis are available during the day at 77 Massachusetts Avenue (MIT's main entrance) or outside any of the local hotels. You may also call Ambassador Cab at 617-429-1100 or Checker Cab at 617-497-9000.

Getting around campus

The Tech Shuttle provides free transportation around the MIT campus on weekdays from 7:15 am to 7:15 pm. The Tech Shuttle vehicles are accessible to those with disabilities. For the current schedule and information, visit the MIT Parking and Transportation Office website.

Emergency Services

For emergency services while on campus, dial 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone. MIT Campus Police will answer your call.

Additional general information on visiting MIT is available at:


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