ICRA 2019 “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO”

Safe Travels to Montreal! Important information to read before you leave for ICRA 2019.

Collect your registration on Sunday, May 19 between 15:00-20:00 and avoid the Monday morning line-ups.

Plan to be on time for the Opening Ceremony. Yoshua Bengio's Plenary talk will start at 9:15 sharp.

While at home

  • ICRA 2019 is offering a variety of tools to view the program, build your agenda, see who is attending etc.
    View the program

  • The video program can be viewed here:
    View the video program

  • If you are an INTERACTIVE SESSION “POD” PRESENTER, please review and respect the presenter guidelines. If you would like to get your poster printed in Montreal, we recommend MP Repro. You can email your request to cad@mprepro.com.

  • Bring your job postings and special announcements
    Message boards will be available in the Bosch International Lounge in the exhibit hall. Feel free to post your job postings / offers and other special announcements.

  • ICRA-X: Robotic Art Program
    ICRA 2019 is proud to be the first international robotic conference to offer a central space to art in its program. ICRA 2019 will address the importance of artistic contributions to the field of robotics research, and to its social and cultural impacts. Robotic art installations, student art creations, a keynote speech and a full-day forum are on the agenda.
    Detail for the ICRA-X: Robotic Art Program

  • There is still time to book a tour. The following remain available:

    Tour Date Time
    ÉTS – École de technologie supérieure May 20 15:30 - 17:30
    IREQ – Hydro Québec Research Institute May 21 09:30 - 13:15
    Concordia May 21 15:15 - 17:15
    FP Innovations Domtar May 23 07:30 - 19:30
    Beauharnois Power Station May 23 13:15 - 17:30
    Université de Montréal et Polytechnique Montréal May 23 13:30 - 15:30
    15:30 - 17:30
  • Child Care Services
    The child care service is provided by KiddieCorp on a daily basis from 08:30-17:30 at a cost of $10 US per hour per child. Please pre-register your child at the below link:
    Register for child care services

  • Dress code
    We want you to be comfortable at all our special events! Our dress code is: NO dress code, simply be comfortable.

  • Know what to pack
    We recommend bringing a range of clothing and dressing in layers. Temperatures in May can range from 10C to 20C. It generally gets chilly in the evenings.
    Check the local weather forecast

  • Remember to bring your charger and adapters.
    Electrical outlets are 110 volts (60 cycles) and require this plug.

When landing in Montreal

  • Airport welcome desk
    Upon your arrival, look out for the ICRA welcome desk in the international arrivals hall on May 19 and 20. You can get advice on transportation options to go downtown. This is a great meeting point to arrange for taxi sharing.

  • From airport to downtown
    Upon your arrival, look out for the ICRA welcome desk in the international arrivals hall on May 19 and 20. You can get advice on transportation options to go downtown. This is a great meeting point to arrange for taxi sharing.

    The one-way fare is $10. Coins only, bills are not accepted on the bus. It also provides travelers with a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network for the next 24 hours. Most hotels are at stop 7 or 8. A Montreal Bus Card for the entire week, allowing you to use unlimited buses and underground in town, is available at some 25-30 CDN$ (16-17 US$ or Euro). This card can be purchased at the Airport.
    More details about the airport bus

    The airport also has a taxi stand. A taxi to downtown is a flat fare of $40 plus 10-15% tip. See on the rear door window behind the driver for the transit authorities’ prescribed flat fare. You have to take the first taxi in the line-up. If you wish to pay by credit card, check with the driver before leaving. No taxi will accept foreign currency.

    Uber is also available from the airport and signage directs you to door 6 on the departure level.

  • Venue - Palais des congrès de Montréal

    Registration area: Viger Hall (200 level)
    Main entrance: 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
    Closest entrance to registration:  201 Viger Avenue West
    Closest Metro station: Place d’Armes
    Getting to the Palais (Conference Center)

At the conference

  • Bring one piece of official photo ID to collect registration materials on your first day at the Conference. We strongly encourage you to collect your registration materials on May 19 between 15:00-20:00 rather than waiting in line on Monday morning (May 20).

  • The Palais des congrès de Montréal is a smoke-free environment.

  • Take note that substantial media presence from major news outlets is expected.

  • Service Hours
    Registration desk phone number: +1-514-789-3400

    Day Register Viger Hall Exhibits Room 220 Child Care Room 525
    Sunday, May 19 15:00 - 20:00    
    Monday, May 20 07:00 - 19:00 10:00 - 19:00 08:30 - 17:30
    Tuesday, May 21 07:30 - 17:00 10:00 - 17:00 08:30 - 17:30
    Wednesday, May 22 07:30 - 18:00 09:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 17:30
    Thursday, May 23 07:30 - 17:30   08:30 - 17:30
    Friday, May 24 07:30 - 17:30   08:30 - 17:30
  • RAS Activities

    Activity Date Time Room
    Photo Scavenger organized by RAS Student Activities Committee May 20-24    
    RAS Lunch with Leaders (ticketed event) May 20 12:00 - 13:30 519
    RAS Women in Engineering (WIE) Breakfast (ticketed event) May 21 07:30 - 08:39 519
    RAS Lunch and Learn Keynote – open to all May 21 12:00-13:30 519
    RAS Young Professional TC Networking Event May 21 17:00-18:30 725 (tent)
    Award Luncheon May 22 12:45-14:30 210
    RAS Town Hall – open to all May 22 17:00-18:00 517cd
    More details about RAS activities
  • Social Program

    Event Date Time Room
    Welcome Reception May 20 17:30 - 19:00 220
    Conference Party “Winterfest” May 21 18:30 - 22:00 210 + 710
    Farewell Reception May 22 17:30 - 19:30 710
    Find bar and restaurant suggestions here
  • Industry Luncheon

    TOPIC: Human Robot Interaction – Research Challenges
    Monday, May 20 | 12:30-13:30 | Room 517ab
    Sponsored by Kinova

    Peter Corke, Queensland University
    Tapomayukh Bhattacharjee - School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

  • Social Event with actor Cas Anvar from The Expanse

    Monday, May 20 | 19:00-20:00 | Room 518ab

  • Forums

    Forum Date Room
    Industry Forum May 20 518ab
    Government Forum May 21 518ab
    ICRA-x Robotic Art Forum May 22 518ab
  • Competitions

    Take some time to check out the competitions.

  • Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Make sure to visit our many sponsors and exhibitors.