Indiana University Bloomington
Home to the Research Technologies division of University Information Technology Services, a center in the Pervasive Technology Institute at IU, Indiana University is a renowned research university with over 42,000 students and a beautiful campus. October is a wonderful month to visit Bloomington, with a multitude of activities on and around the campus.
Bloomington is home to thriving music, arts, and theater communities, and a diverse restaurant scene where a range of international restaurants rub elbows with American cafes and pizza joints.
Venue: Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
Most events will be held at the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, located in the heart of the Indiana University campus. Additional events will be held at the Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB) and the Innovation Center (IC).
If your journey requires plane transport, we recommend flying into Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The transportation center is across the walkway from the baggage claim as you leave the terminal. There are several shuttle services to Bloomington. The GoShuttle charges $24 one-way. The buses are comfortable and (mostly) have onboard Wi-Fi and power.
If you plan to drive to Bloomington from Indianapolis airport, take Ameriplex Parkway to South Highway 67, head south until Martinsville, and then take Highway 39 east through Martinsville towards Highway 37/69. Highway 37/69 will take you the rest of the way to Bloomington. It takes just over an hour to get to Bloomington from Indianapolis airport.
All conference events and lodging are within walking distance of one another (see map). If you prefer to take public transport, IU buses are red and free. The E route is the most convenient for reaching event venues. For getting around town, Bloomington Transit (BT) fares are $1 one way, with free transfers. The DoubleMap App has bus tracking and route information. There are plenty of taxi/Uber/Lyft options in Bloomington, but you will need to call them. Visit the cab stand on 6th and College, or hail them with an app. All options are convenient and easy, but most places are easily walkable within 30 minutes.
Parking is available at the conference venue on a daily basis.
Lodging for participants has been reserved on the Indiana University Campus (see below). Conference lodging may be booked as soon as you register for the conference. Information regarding how to reserve a room in the hotel block is on your registration receipt, sent to you via email.
Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference venue, The IMU Biddle Hotel & Conference Center. These rooms include: free parking, free campus WiFi, full, queen, or king size bed, private bathroom, premium television, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, coffee maker, work desk, alarm clock (with MP3 connect), daily housekeeping, an on-site fitness center, and Starbucks and food outlets.
The conference itself is located within the IMU. You can go bowling or play billiards within the IMU itself, and off-campus dining and nightlife options are only a six to 12-minute walk away in downtown Bloomington.
Rooms cost $120-157 for single occupancy + applicable local and state taxes. You can check in after 4pm and check out by 1pm.
Bloomington has over 100 locally owned restaurants with an abundance of fresh produce from local providers. The diverse restaurant scene offers a vast range of international and national dining experiences. Bloomington was named one of the Top Food Towns in America in the Rand McNally 2012 Best of the Road competition.
See the Visit Bloomington Restaurants page for more details on food options.
The Visit Bloomington site has a wealth of local information: