INCC 2008

INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS AND ATTENDEES

The International Networking and Communications Conference (INCC) 2008 will be held in Lahore, Pakistan from May 1-4, 2008. The conference is organized by the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

Venue:
Technical sessions and tutorials for INCC 2008 will be held at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) campus. LUMS is located opposite Sector "U" in Defense Housing Society (popularly known as DHA), about 5 miles from Lahore International Airport. Taxi Cabs from the Airport are available at all flight arrival times.

How to reach LUMS campus from the Lahore International Airport?
The easiest way is to take a taxi cab to LUMS campus. The cabs are available at the airport at almost all times and charge a flat rate of Rs. 300 ($5) currently. Look for the taxi cab counters which are located within the airport building, just as you come out of the arrival area after immigration and customs. Taxi drivers know about the LUMS campus and it takes about 15 minutes to reach the campus. For taxi travels with Pakistan, tips are not expected. More information about Lahore International airport is available from their website.

Where is Lahore?
Lahore is situated near the central eastern border of Pakistan (see map), about 200 miles south east of the capital city, Islamabad. Being the second largest and centrally located city, Lahore is the destination of many international airline carriers including Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Thai Airways, Indian Air, and Qatar Airways, among others.

What about weather? Are there any tours available?
The weather in Lahore is expected to be hot during the conference. It may be difficult to see around during the daytime. An evening tour of city will be available (tentative) to the registered authors. The tour will be free of cost but it will require prior registration. Information about registration for the city tour will be available on the registration page

Are visas required ?
Citizens of most countries require a visa to enter Pakistan. Please contact the Pakistan High Commssion or an alternate visa issuing entitity in your country of residence. We can furnish a letter endorsing your participation in the conference and fax it to you or to the Pakistan High Commission directly.

Accommodations:
Authors will have limited accommodation available, on payment, at the Rausing Executive Center (REC) located on LUMS campus. Reservations must be made before registration deadline. REC would charge approximately Rs. 3000 (US$50) per room per night; this rate also includes meals (breakfast and dinner). A front view of REC is shown here and more information about REC is available from their website.

Alternately, authors can stay at the Pearl Continental (PC), the Avari hotel, or the Holiday Inn in the city by directly making reservations with them; The numbers you might want to call for these direct reservations are:
1. Peal Continental: +92 42 6360210, +92 42 111505505
2. Avari Hotel: +92 42 6366366, +92 42 6375805, +92 42 6365365
3. Holiday Inn: +92 42 6310077

About Lahore:
Lahore, one of the most visited cities of the country – is Pakistan’s cultural, educational and artistic center. Located on the east bank of the Ravi, it dates back to about 2000 years. Lying on the main trade and invasion routes to the South Asia, Lahore has been ruled and plundered by a number of dynasties and hordes, reaching its full glory under Mughal rule. For 200 years, beginning from about 1525 A.D., Lahore was a thriving cultural center of the great Mughal Empire. Mughal Emperors beautified Lahore, with palaces, gardens and mosques. When the British took over in 1849, they erected splendidly pompous Victorian public buildings in the style has come to be called Mughal Gothic.

With its bustling bazaars, shady parks and gardens, and blend of Mughal and British architecture – Lahore is full of atmosphere, contrast and surprise. It has a plethora of tombs, mosques and mausoleums. You can visit the M. M. Alam road in Gulberg to see the rich enjoying fine dining in trendy restaurants, or you can visit "Data Darbaar" to witness the masses lining up for free donated food 24 hours a day!

Prominent Lahore attractions include but are not limited to:
* Lahore Museum – the best and the biggest in the country, housing superb collections of Islamic works and Buddhist stone sculpture from the Gandharan period.

* Lahore Fort – filled with stately palaces, halls and gardens. This edifice represents the grandeur Moghul architecture and contains within the "Sheesh Mahal", "Diwaan-e-Aam", "Moti Masjid", and museums from the Mughal and Sikh periods.

* Badshahi Mosque – an elegant 350-year-old, white-marble and pink-sandstone monument. This structure, built in 1674, is the world's largest exisiting historical mosque. The architecture is typical Mughal as used in the construction of Taj Mahal.

* The Old City – where a procession of rickshaws, pony carts, hawkers and veiled women fill the narrow lanes.

* Anarkali Bazaar – bargain hard in the narrow lanes and alleys filled with exciting wares including traditional crafts like leatherwear, embroidered garments, glass bangles and beaten gold and silver jewelry

* Famous Tombs - Jahangir's tomb and Noor Jehan's tomb glorify the two interesting personalities of the Mughal empire. These two personalities are right at the top in depicting Mughal's love, romance, and affection.

* Modern day Lahore is an important commercial and trade center, the site of numerous well-reputed universities and a busy, cosmopolitan city. For the shopaholic, it caters to a wide variety of tastes – running the gamut from exquisite hand-woven carpets, brassware, cottons and silks to cheap computers and peripherals at Hafeez Center. For the gourmand, it offers numerous restaurants and wayside stalls – enjoy the local sumptuous cuisine at Gawalmandi or Abbot Road.

* Lahore is easily reachable; it lies on the routes of numerous international and domestic carriers. Air, rail and road links tie it to the other cities of Pakistan. Come for a pre or post conference tour of Lahore and the surrounding region, and be charmed by the fascinating diversity this lively city has to offer.

* Shalimar Gardens - another magnificent work completed in the era of the Mughal empire. These fine gardens boast waterfalls, fountains, pools, and marble work with a classic touch of Mughal architecture. While these gardens were previously not very well-maintained, recently the local government has paid attention to maintaing these gardens to reflect at least a fraction of the original beauty they once used to impose!