Ninth International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE
TSD 2006, Brno, Czech Republic, September 11–15 2006
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Conference location
The TSD 2006 conference will take place in the city of Brno and the local organiser is the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Conference venue

Due to prolonged building works on the original venue, Faculty of Informatics, the conference site has moved to one of the recommended accommodation places, Hotel Continental.
Hotel Continental
Kounicova 6
CZ-602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

The Conference place is displayed on map of the city displaying both the Faculty of Informatics and the conference venue (high resolution version).

Reception and help desk

During the conference there will be the reception desk available at the conference lounge. Near the reception there will be technicians (dressed in yellow T-shirts) prepared to help the presenters with the computer equipment.

Phone contact to the reception: +420 739 777 011 (daily during the conference program times)

Registration for the conference starts on Monday, 11th September, 14:00-19:00 and on Tuesday, 12th September, from 8:00 at the conference site in Hotel Continental. The contact hours of the reception for all conference days are:
Monday, September 1114:00 - 19:00
Tuesday, September 128:00 - 19:00
Wednesday, September 138:30 - 12:30
Thursday, September 148:30 - 12:30
Friday, September 159:00 - 12:00
The technicians will be available during the whole conference program.

Accommodation places

Accommodation is not directly organized by the conference OC, however, TSD 2006 participants and accompanying persons can avail of special accommodation conditions in several hotels situated near the Conference venue. The Conference venue has been changed to Hotel Continental, which is also one of the recommended accommodation places. Detailed information about accommodation can be found at the Registration page. For a complete list of hotels in Brno, please see Hotels in Brno.

Reaching the Conference Site and Hotels

The overall description of how to get to the city of Brno can be found on the page

How to reach Brno

If you arrive before the start of the conference, go directly to your accommodation place. If you arrive late at night, there is a nonstop service at both the accommodation places.

By car

The Hotel Continental is very near to the city center (about 300m), so just follow the road signs to Centrum.

Parking at the hotel is available for hotel guests for extra charge of CZK 200 per day. For other participants, there is a large parking house Rozmaryn with 400 parking places just about 100 m from the hotel with the same parking fee of CZK 200 per day.

By taxi

Brno taxi services have better reputation than those in Prague. Overcharging does not happen so often and the taxi-gang wars are not an issue here. In any case, when using the taxi, ask about an approximate price in advance and make sure that the taxi-meter has been set to zero at the beginning of the ride.

An operator of City Taxi (phone number (++420-) 542 321 321) is able to speak English.

Prices for travelling from bus or railway station to the conference and accommodation sites should be roughly CZK 150-200.

From railway station

The Brno main railway station is called "Brno Hlavni nadrazi". To reach the conference site (Hotel Continental, Kounicova 6) use the tram line 1 in direction "Reckovice" and leave on second stop "Moravske namesti". From Moravske namesti walk for about 200m to Hotel Continental. To reach the students dormitory Druzba (Kounicova 50), you can use tramway line 12 in direction "(Kralovo Pole) Technicke muzeum" or "Kolejni" and leave on the seventh stop "Klusackova". At night you can use the bus line 93 in direction "Kolejni" instead of tramway line 12. Important points can be found on map of conference location.
You have to buy a standard tram ticket (CZK 13) in any news-stand before you enter the tram and mark it inside the tram. For the Hotel Continental, which is only two stops to Moravske namesti, a 10 minutes tram ticket is sufficient (CZK 8).

From bus stations

There are two big bus stations in Brno: "Grand hotel" and "Zvonarka". The first one is located near the railway station. The second one is located about 500 meters from railway station (over footbridge to TESCO store and through underpass).

From Brno airport

You can use bus line 76 to reach the railway station from the airport.


Exchange Facilities and Rates

The currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (ceska koruna, CZK or Kc). There are exchange facilities at the train/bus stations, airport and at the border. The approximate exchange rate is 23 CZK for one US dollar and 29 CZK for 1 EURO. See actual exchange rates.

Czech Crowns are available in the following denominations: 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 banknotes (see the list of Czech banknotes). We advise you to ask for at most 1000 crown banknotes when you exchange your money as these are easier to change. Do not change money on the street.

The City

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, with a population of almost 400.000, and is the country's judiciary and trade-fair centre. The first written record of Brno dates from the ninth century. City rights were acquired in 1243. After successfully defending the city against the Swedes 350 years ago (in 1643--45 during the Thirty Years' War), Brno became the capital of Moravia. The nineteenth century was a period of technological progress and development for Brno. It became one of the most prominent industrial centres in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was in Brno that J. G. Mendel formulated his theory of heredity, V. Kaplan produced the first water turbine and Leos Janacek composed his musical works. Milan Kundera wrote his first novels here. Brno is the place of birth of Kurt Goedel--- a major 20th century scientist of international standing.

The Czech Republic consists of Bohemia in the north and Moravia in the south, with Brno the capital of the latter. It had been a royal city since 1347. There are six Universities in Brno.

Historical and artistic places of interest in Brno include:

Touristical interests in the immediate surroundings of Brno are:

and many other attractions.

Time Zone and Climate

The Czech Republic is on Central European Summer Time (MET DST), two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The average temperature for September is between 15-20 degrees celsius. The weather is normally warm and sunny.


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