New Tools and Methods for
Very-Large-Scale Phonetics Research

University of Pennsylvania, January 28-31, 2011.
Important Dates
Venue & Accommodation
Penn Forced Aligner

Venue and Accomodation

Workshop Location

The conference will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. The main workshop will be at Claudia Cohen hall and the tutorial and STELARIS workshop will be at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS).

The workshop organizers have negotiated a discount rate at the nearby Sheraton University City Hotel. Workshop participants will be able to book rooms for $174/night. This rate will be available until January 14, 2011, through this web link.

Below you can find information on other accommodation options as well as transportation.

Other Accommodation Options

The University of Pennsylvania is situated in University City, Philadelphia, a short distance from West Philadelphia and Center City. Hotels in Center City are reasonably close to campus, and are readily accessible by public transportation. Accommodations in West Philadelphia are usually a 15-30 minute walk (or shorter bus or trolley ride) from the campus, and are located in a residential area of Philadelphia where many Penn students and professors live. Powelton Village accommodations are a 10-20 minute walk to campus, and are also located in a residential area of Philadelphia, north of Penn's campus. Most accommodations in these neighborhoods are small hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Please note: There will not be luggage storage facilities at the conference site.

University City
Hotel Rates Comments
Sheraton University City
36th & Chestnut
from $174

Located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania; a short walk to your event location. Please book before January 14, 2011, using the link on the left to get the conference rate.

Penn Towers
Civic Center Boulevard
at 34th Street
(215) 387-8333
from $145

Located on the campus of the University of Pensylvania. Guestrooms have one king or two double beds; can accommodate a maximum of two guests.
Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
(215) 222-0200
(800) 445-8667
from $200 Located on the campus. A four diamond hotel. Includes business center (guests have complimentary use of printer, fax, computers; fee for copying); in-room internet access via web tv, dial up, or DSL; 24 hour fitness center; room service; many in-room extras (bathrobes, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, toiletries); complimentary USA Today.
West Philadelphia and Powelton Village
Spruce Hill Manor
3709 Baring St
(215) 472-2213
$140-$165 Located in West Philly. Bed and breakfast with three full suites (w/ bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchenette). Suites hold a maximum of 4 people.
Inn between Bed and Breakfast
321 South 46th Street
(215) 748-7757
$85 - $125 for single
$110 - $175 for double
Located in West Philly. Bed and breakfast with both single and double rooms, with either shared or private bath. Wireless internet access available.
Cornerstone Bed and Breakfast
3300 Baring Street, 19104
(215) 387-6065
$165-$205 Powelton Village bed and breakfast with private bathrooms, flat screen TVs, and wireless internet access.
Center City
Apple Hostels Philadelphia
32 Bank St
$36 for a dorm bed
$91 for a private room
This hostel is located in the Old City area of Philadelphia, close to many restaurants and bars. There are various form of public transportation from this area to the University.
Club Quarters
1628 Chestnut
(215) 282-5000
$114 for standard
$99 for club size
Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to Penn, 30th Street train station, and Rittenhouse Square.
Alexander Inn
Spruce at 12th Street, 19107
(215) 923-3535
(877) ALEX-INN
from $119 for single
from $129 for double
Boutique hotel in downtown Philadelphia in Center City; breakfast included; parking available in a lot nearby.
Best Western City Hotel
501 N 22nd Street, 19130
(215) 568-8300
from $110 Located in the Art Museum area.
Rodeway Inn
1208 Walnut Street, 19107
(215) 546-7000
(877) 424-6423
from $129 Located in Center City. Free continental breakfast, free local calls and a 24-hour concierge; free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms and access to copy and fax services.
Holiday Inn Express Midtown
1305 Walnut Street, 19107
(215) 735-9300
from $150 Located in Center City. Free high-speed, wireless Internet access.
Hampton Inn
1301 Race Street, 19107
(215) 665-9100
from $169 Located slightly north of downtown Philadelphia, close to Chinatown.
Hotel Windsor
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(215) 981-5678
(877) 784-8379
from $190 Located in the Art Museum area.
Double Tree Hotel
237 South Broad Street, 19107
(215) 893-1600
from $199 Located in Center City; 432-room center city hotel with great views of downtown Philadelphia and its landmarks. Valet and self-parking available in adjacent garage and wired and wireless high-speed Internet.
Other Options

You may find hotels farther from campus with cheaper rates. Please note, however, that the areas of South Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and New Jersey are significantly farther from campus than Center City. In many cases, public transportation from these areas to the University is available, but can be time consuming and costly, and is not available 24 hours a day. If you choose to stay farther away, please investigate your transportation and parking options before booking a room.


Public Transportation:
    The 21 bus runs west on Walnut Street and returns east on Chestnut Street. It will drop you off at 36th and Walnut.

    The Market-Frankford subway (blue line) runs east to west on Market Street, with stops at 40th, 34th (University of Pennsylvania), 30th, 15th, 13th, and 11th Streets (and others farther east and west).

    The 34, 36, 13 and 11 trolleys stop at 36th and Samson Street and 37th and Spruce Streets. You can find time tables and maps here:

    One ride on the bus or subway costs $2 (bills and/or coins accepted, exact change required) or 1 token. For weekend schedules, maps, and information on other routes, refer to the SEPTA website.


    From Center City, a taxi to campus takes 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. From University City, taxi queues in front of hotels are reliable places to find taxis.


    There are several public parking lots on/near campus. See this map.

    In addition, metered parking is available on the street. If you choose to park on the street, be advised that parking regulations are strictly enforced. Keep the meter full of quarters or expect a parking ticket. Also pay close attention to signs. On some streets, parking is prohibited during rush hour (e.g. on Chestnut Street from 7-9am and on Walnut Street from 4-6pm). Violators are towed promptly.

    For safety reasons, avoid parking on quiet streets near campus (e.g. Samson); break-ins are more frequent there than on busy streets like Chestnut and Walnut. Generally, lots are also safe.

    The cheapest lots cost $8-10 for all day. Metered parking costs $1 per hour, 8am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Guests of the Penn Tower Hotel can park for $9 per day in their parking garage. Non-guests can also park in the garage, space permitting, at a significantly higher rate.

Getting to and from the airport

    SEPTA operates a regional rail line from the airport to the University Area/Center City. It runs every half hour, and takes 15-20 minutes to Center City. From the baggage claim area, follow signs to the train (there is a stop at each terminal). Purchase a ticket from the machine located near the elevator ($7.00) or from the conductor on board the train. Get off at the University City stop (Convention Ave. at South St.), 30th Street Station (30th and Market Sts.), or Suburban Station (16th Street and JFK Blvd.) depending on where your hotel is. Taxis are available from 30th Street Station.


    Information is available at the ground transportation desk located in each terminal near the baggage claim area. Some shuttles that service University City and Center City are:

      Lady Liberty Transportation, 215-724-8888
      Penn Express, 215-223-1887
      Philly Shuttle, 215-333-1441

    A taxi from the airport to University City or Center City areas costs $30-$35 and takes 20 minutes assuming no major traffic problems.


    Directions from the airport to campus, and from nearby cities to campus are available here.
Phonetics Laboratory
Department of Linguistics
623 Williams Hall (campus map)
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Telephone: (215) 898-0083
Fax: (215) 573-2091
For more information, contact Jiahong Yuan at