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Important Dates:

Dec 12, 2016: Application deadline
Dec 19, 2016: Acceptance notice
Jan 3, 2017: Hotel Check-in
Jan 4-7, 2017 Winter School Dates
Jan 5-7, 2017: Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
Jan 8, 2017: Hotel Check-out

Questions: Email Winter School Organizer: Prof. Paul Oh [email protected]

New: Winter School Photos

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Which hotel am I staying?

    There are 2 hotels: (1) Fortune Hotel & Suites (325 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169) Google Map and (2) Extended Stay America - East Flamingo (1550 East Flamingo Road, Las Veas, NV, 89119) Google Map. Students have been emailed to know which one they are booked with.

  2. How do I go to the hotel?

    Both hotels are less than 2-miles from McCarren International Airport (airport code: LAS). A taxi or shared-ride (e.g. Uber/Lyft) from the airport will take about 10-min and should cost less than $15.

  3. What's the schedule?

    First, hotel check-in is Jan 3, 2017 (15:00). The Winter School begins with at 07:30 on Jan 4, 2017. Click the Schedule tab above or click here for the Program.

  4. Where's the Winter School and how do I get there?

    Aside from the CES Field Trip, the Program will be held at the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). DASL is located on the corner of East Flamingo and Escondido Street. The entrance is on Escondido. The GPS address is 4137 Escondido Street, Las Vegas, 89119 (NB: Don't forget "Street"; some GPS units confuse Escondido Street with another roadway called Escondido (which several miles away from UNLV) - see Google Map.

    For those staying at the Extended Stay America - East Flamingo, one can simply walk 5-min across the street, to DASL.

    For those staying at the Fortune Hotel and Suites, we will provide car pools to/from DASL. Car pools will meet in the lobby starting Jan 4, at 07:30.

  5. When and how do we go to CES?

    Jan 5, car pools will depart DASL (at Noon) after the morning session. Car pools will leave CES around 17:00 to return to DASL for dinner and the Social/Networking event. Also, Jan 6 morning is free time - one can elect to go to see more of CES if they choose to. More details will be announced at the Winter School.

  6. How do I pick up my CES Registration badge?

    Most of you have confirmed they received email from CES that their Exhibits-only registration has been approved. If you arrive at McCarran Airport, you can pick up your badge early (starting Jan 2!). This is recommended - as the lines at CES may be very long. See badge pick-up details on the CES site's Badge Pick-up page.

    If you forget to pick it up at the Airport or are driving into Las Vegas, we will work with you to get your badge on Jan 4 or at the CES Venue on Jan 5.

    If you are still awaiting approval for your CES registration, don't panic. We will work with you, UNLV and the CES folks - you won't be left out!

  7. What do I need to bring with me for the Winter School?

    The hands-on Workshops (see "About" tab) showcases the products you'll be working with. It's recommended that you bring your laptop - so that you can follow along with the SDKs, and generate your own working demonstrations.

    The Jan 5 evening Social/Networking event brings together about 100 folks from the art, tech, and VC community. There will be exhibits, so feel free to bring your or your lab's Research Poster(s) (e.g. ICRA/IROS style). These do not have to be specific to Consumer Robots. Your poster invites opportunities to engage interest in your work.

  8. What are the Hands-on Workshops and Hack-a-Thon?

    There will be 3 Workshop sessions (see Schedule). Each session will host 6-7 parallel tutorials on equipment (e.g. Vive, Amazon Echo, Google at Home). This gives a student an opportunity to learn 3 different pieces of equipment.

    The Hack-a-Thon begins with a "Lightning Round Pitch" Jan 4 late afternoon (see Schedule). Here, one can propose a prototype solution and solicit skills from others. It's imagined that groups of 3-6 students will work on a prototype. Most likely the group collectively attended all the workshops - and have the skills to prototype a solution.

    The prototypes essentially try to address "pain-points" lectured by the Hotel Executives. These pain-points stem from innovating and enhancing hotel guest experiences. Example experiences include hotel concierge (e.g Amazon Echo), gaming (e.g. e-Sports), entertainment (e.g. Virtual Reality), and hotel retail, and food-and-beverage sectors.

  9. Which Workshops should I attend?

    Several tutorials have been posted. These are good starting points to: (1) begin learning; (2) downloading/installing large files/SDKs; and (3) identifying questions at the Workshops.

  10. Who do I contact in case of questions etc?

    Prof. Paul Oh is the Winter School Coordinator. If a simple question, then best to email at [email protected]. If there's an emergency , then best to call his cell: 215-880-5288.