The Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM) was founded in 1926 and built by the donation of the Chilean philanthropist Federico Santa María. The USM is a prestigious technical university.
A solid education has marked the history of the University in Engineering, Science and Technology, and by the promotion of an integral spirit through the development of culture, physical and sports activities, solidarity activities and entrepreneurial skills ... USM specialises in the following areas: Electronics, Mining, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Informatics, Business, Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics), Aeronautics, Architecture, Construction, and Environmental Sciences, among others.
The University is easily accessible by public transportation. From Santiago International Airport: 1 hour 30 min by bus. From the city of Valparaíso or Viña del Mar: 5 minutes by taxi, 10 minutes by subway or bus, 20 minutes walking.
Valparaíso is one of the oldest cities in Chile, and it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2003. Greater Valparaíso is the third-largest metropolitan area in Chile. Its historic quarter with multiple urban elements that shows the cultural and architectural wealth of the city. Valparaíso is a coloured city, with a natural amphitheatre-like setting with impressive open views, characterized by a natural urban fabric adapted to the hillsides.
Neighbouring Valparaíso is the tourist capital of Chile, Viña del Mar, which is only 15 minutes from the conference venue, and thus, it is also an excellent alternative to look for hotels.
For more information about Chile, visit the official webpage.
For more information about Valparaíso, visit the official webpage (In Spanish).
The main entry point to Chile is the International Airport of Santiago de Chile (SCL). There are many direct flights available from all main cities in Latin America and also from overseas. A detailed list of origin, price, and connection time are provided at the end of this proposal. Examples of direct flights to Chile are:
Valparaiso is 110 km from the International Airport of Santiago (SCL). The travel may be done by taxi, transfer shuttle, or bus. Direct buses from the airport to Valparaiso run twice a day at 9:50 and 14:30.
Check current prices and itinerary at the following webpage.
Airport SCL → Valparaíso (using the shuttle bus): 1:30 h
Alternatively, buses from the airport to the Pajaritos interconnection station are available each 10 min, from there buses to Valparaíso depart every 15 minutes, several companies provide this service. The transport time, by bus, for these two sections is as follows
Airport SCL → Pajaritos bus station: 15 min
Pajaritos bus station → Valparaíso: 1:15 h
To enter Chile, you have to present your identification documents, like your ID card or passport. Moreover, depending on your country of origin, a stamped VISA.
Citizens from South America, the European Union, the USA, Canada and Australia do not need tourist VISAs. However, some countries must pay a tax in cash (reciprocity tax) upon arriving at the airport in Chile.
Also, remember that if you're bringing animal or vegetable products, upon entering you must declare them to the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Servicio Agricola y Ganadero – SAG); in this way, you’ll be contributing to protecting the varied flora and fauna of the country.
For those how need a VISA, please keep in mind that the VISA process takes about 20 working days, and applications that are not presented with at least that time in advance are rejected. You should start the process 90 days in advance. Here is a list Chilean embassies and consulates worldwide https://chile.gob.cl/en/consulados/.
To apply for a Tourist VISA to enter Chile, you must:
The convenient location of the conference venue between Valparaíso and Viña del Mar combined with the strong tourism industry in the region permit a large offer of hotels at different prices. Below we provide an example of hotels, with distance to the venue and reference price. A comprehensive list can be found here.
|Name||Distance to Venue||Estimated Prices per Night|
|Hotel Ibis Valparaíso||3 Km||55 USD|
|Hotel Diego de Almagro||2 Km||80 USD|
|WineBox Valparaíso||3.5 Km||100 USD|
|Hotel Brighton||3.9 Km||70 USD|
|Cirilo Armstrong||4.4 Km||100 USD|
|Fauna||4.3 Km||165 USD|
|Hotel Da Vinci||4.3 Km||53 - 88 USD|
|Cariño Porteño Bed & Breakfast||0.55 Km||29-46 USD|
|Tunquelen||2.9 Km||38 USD|
|Best Western Marina Del Rey||4.2 Km||100 USD|
|Sheraton Miramar||3.7 Km||230 USD|
|Vista Velero||3.6 Km||140 USD|
ACM-W program from the Association for Computing Machinery supports research conferences attendance for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs. The student does not have to present a research article nor any preliminary results for attending the conference.
Online application form for attending the Latin American Summer School on Cognitive Robotics (LACORO) should be completed until June 15th, with decision notification on June 30th.Application Form
To apply, you will need to submit the following:
For an application to be considered for an award, all sections must be completed. The support letter is essential to your application. Applications without recommendation letters submitted by the corresponding application deadline will not be reviewed. Each applicant must set up an ACM web account to complete the application — the account is free to set up.
Further information about application dates for this and other conferences can be found on the official ACM-W Scholarships website.