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Location: IEEE GLOBECOM Village / Level Two / Renaissance Grand Hotel
The entire IEEE Globecom 2005 Committee welcomes you to St. Louis! Join us as we kick off the conference with a Welcome Reception that you don't want to miss. This event is included with the conference registration. Accompanying Guests are welcome to attend.


Location: Crystal Ballroom / 20th Floor / Renaissance Grand Hotel
Celebrate with your colleagues at this biannual event honoring the achievements of IEEE and IEEE Communications Society Members.
These events are included with Full conference registration. Tickets can be purchased for $65 per person for other registration categories and guests.


Bissell Mansion, "It's a Wonderful Death"
A parody of Frank Capra's classic "It's a Wonderful Life". In this version the cantankerous Mr. Potter is found murdered, but there are so many suspects in Bedford Falls, the culprit is difficult to find.
Extra registration fee of $60.00 per person is required. Fee includes dinner and transportation. Cash bar will be available.

Buses for the event will leave from the Eight Street entrance of the Renaissance Grand Hotel.

Location: Landmark Ballroom / Level One / Renaissance Grand Hotel
Conference Banquet Dinner
Join IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 General Chair, Dr. Ann Miller for a relaxing evening of fine dining and entertainment. Catch up with old friends and spend time with the new ones you have made.

Location: Landmark Ballroom / Level One / Renaissance Grand Hotel


Jeffrey M. Jaffe, President of Bell Labs Research and Advanced Technologies for Lucent Technologies

As President of Bell Labs Research, Dr. Jaffe supports basic research to advance science and technology in areas of importance to Lucent. Advanced Technologies works with Lucent's business units in the commercial development and deployment of new technologies.

Prior to joining Lucent in 2000, Dr. Jaffe held a variety of executive research positions with International Business Machines (IBM) in a 20-year career, which included Research Vice President of Systems and Software and Corporate Vice President of Technology. Dr. Jaffe is a fellow of the IEEE and the Association of Computing Machinery. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Dr. Jaffe to the Advisory Committee for the President's Commission for Critical Infrastructure Protection. Dr. Jaffe has chaired the Chief Technology Officer Group of the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP), and has served on The National Research Council's Computer Science & Telecommunications Board.

Dr. Jaffe earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Tickets can be purchased for $100 per person for other registration categories and Accompanying Guests.

Sign up for these tours early, space is limited and we don't want you to miss out!
Buses for these events will leave from the Eight Street entrance of the Renaissance Grand Hotel.

Spouse/Guest Tours

Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Riverboat Cruise & Gateway Arch
Cost: $75.00

Includes Anheuser-Busch brewery tour, one-hour sightseeing cruise with box lunch, St. Louis overview and tram or movie admission to the Gateway Arch.

Your Destination St. Louis tour guide will familiarize you with the rich history of the colorful Busch family en route to the King of Beers - the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Situated in a complex with over 70 red brick structures on 100 acres, the brewery buildings are known for their unique architecture and several are National Historic Landmarks.

During the tour, you will see the World Famous Clydesdales, the Fermentation Building, the Packaging and Bottling Plant, the Brew House and a film about the brewing process. No visit would be complete without a stop in the hospitality room to sample the family of Busch products.

After the brewery, your Destination St. Louis tour guide will trace the history of St. Louis beginning with the city's original settlement, Laclede's Landing. It is now a nine block historic district filled with renovated turn-of-the-century buildings housing shops, eateries and offices.

Next, you will travel past the Old Cathedral, the oldest west of the Mississippi as it lies on the only piece of land in the city that has not been purchased since being set aside for a church. Across the street is the Old Courthouse, the setting of cases involving slavery, the fur trade and equal rights. The Dred Scott Case is the most notable.

It is on to the riverfront to experience the "Mighty Mississippi" during a one-hour sightseeing cruise. Aboard the boat, you will take in the dramatic St. Louis skyline and listen to the Captain's Narration on the history and significance of this major river. While on board sit back and enjoy a tasty box lunch.

Your final stop is the famous Gateway Arch, the Nation's tallest monument that commemorates the gateway to the west for thousands of 19th century pioneers. Here you may take a tram ride to the top of this 630' stainless steel architectural wonder. Those not wanting to ride the tram will enjoy Monument to the Dream, the film documenting the construction of the Arch. You may also visit the free Museum of Westward Expansion located beneath the Arch. The museum offers exhibits focusing on Indians, the early settlers in Missouri and the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, which departed from St. Louis.

Forest Park - "Meet Me In St. Louis"
Cost: $60.00

Includes Forest Park overview with a stop at the Science Center, lunch at The Boathouse and tour of the New Cathedral.

"Meet Me In St. Louis" at Forest Park - the site of the 1904 World's Fair and the third largest city park in the country. Today, Forest Park houses the world renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the History Museum, the Science Center and the Muny, the largest outdoor theater in the country, among other attractions.

Your first stop is the newly expanded St. Louis Science Center where adults and children alike learn of the wonders of science and technology through hands-on exhibits. You will have a chance to visit the Science Shop for unique "scientific" merchandise.

Enjoy a seated pre-selected lunch at the newly renovated Boathouse (or Meriwether's in the History Museum pending unseasonable weather). The Boathouse is reminiscent of the tradition of boathouse cottages of the Midwest in the early twentieth century. It is the perfect spot to view the renovation of the park. Gazing out at the lake, you can get away from urban life and get the feel of being far out into the country.

After lunch travel down Lindell Boulevard, once the grandest street in St. Louis to the St. Louis Cathedral. Here you will see the largest collection of mosaics in the world, more than 84,000 square feet in 8,000 shades of glass! The tiny pieces of stone and glass portray scenes from both Old and New Testaments, the life of Saint Louis IX, King of France, and many men and women prominent in the history of St. Louis.

Historic St. Charles, Missouri
From Past to Present
Cost: $65.00

Includes an overview of St. Charles with a stop at the Interpretive Center & Boathouse. Lunch at Lewis & Clark's American Restaurant and time to shop on Main Street.

Visit St. Charles, the oldest town on the Missouri River, with a Destination St. Louis tour guide. Founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadians, St. Charles has carefully preserved its heritage as a river town that has welcomed visitors since 1769. Thousands of pioneers replenished supplies here on the awesome journey west.

St. Charles is a source of historical encounter: the Lewis and Clark Rendezvous, Missouri's First State Capitol, origin of the Boone's Lick Trail and home to Daniel Boone.

Enjoy a driving tour of Main Street; a nine-block Historic District filled with 80 restored buildings dating from 1790 to 1900. Today, this cobblestone and gas lit street is known for its gift, antique and craft shops.

Next, visit the newly opened Interpretive Center and Boathouse. The lower level of the facility houses the three boats of the Lewis & Clark Discovery Expedition of St. Charles. Upstairs, The Nature Center is a "hands-on" museum following the adventure of Lewis and Clark into the wilderness of the West. Enjoy displays including Indian tribes, the men of the expedition with their equipment and artifacts, and a walk through the forest.

For lunch, enjoy a pre-selected seated lunch at Lewis & Clark's American Restaurant serving American fare in a 100-year old renovated building overlooking Main Street and the river. After lunch, enjoy time on your own to explore Main Street with its many craft, antique andspecialty shops.


IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 Badges and Tickets
IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 Badges must be worn at all times and are necessary for entrance into all IEEE GLOBECOM Sessions. Tickets are required for the Awards Luncheon, Conference Banquet, Social Event, Luncheon Panels and all Tours.

Conference Location
All major IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 programs and events will be held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, which is located at 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO. There will also be some events taken place at the America’s Center (convention center) located across the street from the Renaissance Grand Hotel. Please check this program for exact event location.

The Registration Center will be located in IEEE GLOBECOM VILLAGE on Level Two of the hotel. The conference Information Desk is adjacent to the Registration Center. All attendees and accompanying guests must register and receive a conference badge in order to participate in conference activities.

Hours of operation for the Registration Center and Information Desk will be:
Sunday, 27 November: 1:00PM-5:00PM
Monday, 28 November: 7:00AM-8:00PM
Tuesday, 29 November: 7:00AM-6:00PM
Wednesday, 30 November: 7:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday, 1 December: 7:00AM-6:00PM
Friday 2, December: 7:00AM-1:00PM

Conference Meals
Join us on Monday evening for a Welcome Reception. This reception is included with your conference registration. Tickets for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday and the Conference Banquet on Wednesday are included with the full registration fee and available for sale at an additional cost for accompanying guests and other conference attendees.

Conference Social Events
Please see the Conference Social Events section of this program for complete details on the Welcome Reception, the Awards Luncheon, Tuesday Evening Social Event, and the IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 Conference Banquet.

The IEEE GLOBECOM Village is located in the Majestic Ballroom / Level Two of the Renaissance Grand Hotel. The Registration Center (see hours above), the Information Desk (see hours above), the IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 Exhibit Hall, and the Internet Cafe are located in the IEEE GLOBECOM Village. The Exhibit Hall and Internet Cafe will be open from 7:00PM - 9:00PM on Monday evening and from 9:00-5:00PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Business Services
The Renaissance Grand Hotel has a full business center complete with PC's interenet access, copying, faxing and secretarial services.

Guest Hospitality and Tours
Spouses and Accompanying Guests of conference attendees can take advantage of our midwest hospitality during the conference in the IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 Guest Hospitality Room at the hotel. Please check-in at the Registration Center for more information. Enjoy light refreshments, rest your weary feet and learn about the programs we have to offer. Spouses and Accompanying Guests must show their IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 name badge for entrance to the Guest Hospitality Room. The Guest Hospitality Room will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 to 5:00 IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 has arranged optional tours for conference attendees and Accompanying Guests.

Internet Access
The IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 Exhibit Hall/Internet Cafe will be opening during the registration hours. IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 will offer free wireless access in the IEEE GLOBECOM Village. Some wireless cards will be available on the first come-first served basis. Additionally, guests rooms at the Renaissance Grand Hotel have data ports and are equipped with high-speed internet access for an additional charge from the Hotel.

All Conference Sessions and Publications will be in English.

Speaker Breakfasts
Technical Symposium Speakers/Presenters are requested to attend the speaker's breakfast on the morning of their presentation. The breakfast will be held from 7:00AM - 8:00AM in the 230 Complex / America’s Center / Level Two on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Speaker Rehearsal Room
The Kingbury Room located on the Level One of the Renaissance Grand Hotel has been set aside as the speaker rehearsal room complete with overhead and LCD projector will be available from Sunday - Thursday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM for any presenters who wish to rehearse and prepare for their presentations.

Student Travel Grants
Student Travel Grant Recipients will receive their certificates at the speaker's breakfast on the morning of their presentation.


Dress Attire
Business casual is recommended for daytime and evening IEEE GLOBECOM 2005 events.

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