Signal Processing in Photonic Communications (SPPCom)

13 - 16 julio 2014
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, San Diego, California, USA

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Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa
Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa
1775 East Mission Bay Drive, California, USA


Hotel Reservation Deadline EXTENDED: 24 June 2014

Our deluxe accommodations at this premier San Diego resort are decorated to match the bright and festive hues of this waterfront oasis. Each has been decked with luxury bedding and linens, designer furnishings and an open and airy feel that welcomes in the sun and breeze. For a true treat, opt for an extended patio guestroom complete with a captivating fire pit.

As guests at our San Diego resort, indulge yourself in spa treatments, playing tennis, wakeboarding, sailing, splashing around the pool, or taking a bike ride along the boardwalk of beautiful Mission Bay. Relax around a fire pit at Acqua Restaurant while you view Mission Bay and enjoy our California cuisine. Treat yourself to the many San Diego attractions during your time away from home. we are conveniently and centrally located to all major SD attractions such as being across Mission Bay from Sea World and a short drive to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and the San Diego International Airport.

Room Type


Single/Double USD $195/night
Extra Person USD $20/night
Taxes and Fees
(subject to change)
State and Local Taxes:
USD 12.55%

A block of rooms have been reserved for 13 July 2014 - 20 July 2014.

For the latest currency exchange, click here.

Hotel Parking Information: Self-parking is USD $20.00 per day per vehicle (on-site unlimited access parking). Off-property guests/Day drive in attendees may have complimentary self-parking. Hotel Shuttles are not available.

Activities and Services*
Amenities *
Hotel Restaurants*
Spa and Fitness*
Order a San Diego Guide Today!
*Do not book housing from these links – you will not get the group rate.
  1. ONLINE  *
    Please note that the online system will only accept reservations that are within the contracted dates. Any guests requesting to extend their stay outside of the block must call the reservation's number.
  2. Call Toll free: + 1 877.313.6645 or +1 619.276.4010 (24-hour service is available) Request: The Optical Society (OSA) group room block
*When booking your hotel room using the above link, you will see text stating you will be charged a Hilton resort fee. Please note that you will not be charged for the resort fee. Per Hilton Hotel policy, this must be stated on all websites but will not be charged when booking your hotel room within the OSA block.

If you book within the block, you can enjoy:Hotel swimming pool
  • Complimentary bottled water at check-in
  • Waived resort fee
  • Complimentary wireless access in meeting rooms
  • Complimentary wireless in-room internet
  • Attendees that are guests at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa will receive a Hilton VIP card at check-in at the front desk.  This card will give you a 10% discount in Hilton Resort and Spa restaurants, gift shop, spa, marina, etc.
           Check-in: 16:00
           Check-out: 12:00

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Hotel will charge two night’s room and tax at the time of reservation. This amount will be refundable up to fourteen (14) days prior to scheduled arrival date. In the event of a no show, one night’s room and tax will be charged and the reservation will be canceled.

Visa Information

San Diego logoThe visa application process to enter the United States has become subjected to greater degrees of scrutiny than in the past. For this reason, the application process can take up to six months or more. You will need to apply for your visa as early as possible but no later than three months before you wish to enter the United States.
Personal Interviews can be critical to successfully and efficiently obtaining a visa to enter the United States.  One factor contributing to the increase in the processing time is a personal interview that is now required for most applicants as a standard part of visa processing.  Group interviews are not recommended.  Applicants need to be prepared to clearly present their intent to return from the U.S. as well as explain in detail how they will be spending their time while in the United States.  It is not enough to just state “I will be attending a meeting”.  Embassies are looking for more details as well as documents and information that demonstrate and support these intents. 
Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact the embassy or consulate to schedule a personal interview as soon as it is known a visa is necessary for travel.  OSA is not able to contact U.S. embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry into the host country to attend the conference.

For detailed information about applying for a visa refer to the U.S. Department of State website and the National Academies International Visitors Office website.

Visa Waiver Program

There are 27 countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. If your country is on this list, and you are traveling to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less with a valid passport that meets U.S. requirements, and the listed conditions do not apply to you, you do NOT need a visa. Otherwise, you need to obtain a visa.

U.S. Customs and Border Information
Visa Waiver Program Frequently Asked Questions

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
As of 12 January 2009, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States under the VWP. This authorization may be obtained through the Electronic System for Travel.           

Letters of Invitation

Advanced Photonics for Communications Congress Letter of Invitation Request Form

Important information regarding Topical Meeting Visa Invitation Letters (please read): Invitation letters take OSA Management 7-10 days to process. Please fill out all the required information on the form completely to the best of your ability. If you are presenting a paper, include the title and session in which the paper will be presented, or if you are exhibiting, please indicate so in your request. Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form. All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive. If you wish to expedite the process, letter will be spent through Federal Express with the recipient’s Federal Express account number or credit card number with an expiration date, please also include your billing address in the request email. OSA Management reserves the right to request further information regarding the company or affiliation of the attendee to ensure the validity of requests. Meeting attendees do not need to wait until your paper is accepted to request a Visa Invitation Letter. Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must apply using the online form.

If you have any questions about the visa invitation letter application process, please contact:

  1. Email: 

  2. Fax:              +1 202.416.6100

  3. Mail:             OSA Management – Invitation Letter
                         Optical Society of America
                         2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW
                         Washington, DC 20036

Area AirportSan Diego waterfront

San Diego International Airport
3225 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619.400.2400

Conveniently located just ten minutes from downtown San Diego and serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines including non-stop flights from Japan and the UK. Flying into San Diego, passengers get a bird’s eye view of Balboa Park, downtown and the San Diego Bay on their descent down to San Diego International Airport, aka Lindbergh Field. The airport terminals are easy to navigate and rarely crowded. Disembarking the plane, collecting luggage and getting out to the street often only takes a few minutes.

Terminal Map
Information for International Travelers

Airline Discounts

American Airlines
OSA has appointed American Airlines the official airlines for the Advanced Photonics Communications Congress in San Diego, California. Discounted air travel is available. You may visit the American Airlines website at to search for available flights and use the authorization code 8574AA to receive your discount. This code is valid 09 July - 21July, 2014 at SAN-SAN DIEGO airport. You may also call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk directly at +1 800.433.1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchases. 

United Airlines
You may book online at and enter your Offer Code ZQQH451167 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at +1 800.426.1122, please give them the following information:    Agreement Code: 451167     Z Code: ZQQH
Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office. Experience dependable, first-rate service and earn miles in MileagePlus®, United’s award-winning frequent flyer program. To enroll in MileagePlus®, log on to Meeting Event Code ZQQH451167 is valid 10 July – 20 July, 2014 at SAN-San Diego airport only.
NOTE: 10 customers may have to book a flight to the same meeting with this code for the price to become valid.

Coronado bridge

By Ground

There are a number of ways to get to and from San Diego International Airport. The airport is located six miles from Hilton San Diego which is about 10 minutes. The airport is accessible by car, taxi and shuttle. 


USD $20 to $30 – San Diego International Airport to Hilton San Diego (one way)
San Diego International Airport Taxicab Service is available from curb side across street from T1 and to the east of baggage claim in T2. Courtesy vans operated by some hotels and off-airport parking companies near airport. Use courtesy telephones at reservation boards located in the baggage claim areas of both terminals to request transportation. Taxi Cab Companies
The above rate is provides as a guide to help you make transportation choices and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change. Please consult your taxi dispatcher on arrival for current fares and information.

Rental Cars

Rental Car Companies at San Diego International Airport:
If you’re looking to rent a car while in San Diego, the centrally-located airport is served by all major car rental agencies, and reservation boards with courtesy phones are located near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Shuttles regularly circle in and out of the airport to car rental outposts spotted near and around the airport, many of them on Harbor Drive and near the Commuter Terminal. Many of the car rental companies also provide convenient pick-up services at many of the San Diego hotels. Just be sure to make reservations and arrangements ahead of time. Many hotel concierge services can also offer these services, so check with your hotel on what they can provide for you.
Rental Car Discount

SAVE! Avis Rent-a-Car is pleased to offer low rates with unlimited mileage to participants attending the Advanced Photonics Communications Congress. Avis Worldwide Discount #D004076. Reservations may also be made on the Avis website.  If you wish to reserve a car please contact Todd Alexander at +1 800.525.7537 Ext. 35003 or the Meetings and Convention Department at + 1 800.525.7537. They can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars. Please mention AWD# D004076 when you call. World Wide Telephone Numbers


San Diego shuttle services are a convenient way to navigate the city and are ideal for airport pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as going to and from the convention center and cruise ship terminal. There are also local shuttle companies that offer sightseeing tours, daily excursions, and transportation for weddings and private parties.

Shuttle service from the airport is available at the transportation plazas across from the San Diego Airport Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside from the Commuter Terminal.

Shuttle Discount

SuperShuttle is the nation's leading shared-ride airport shuttle, providing door-to-door ground transportation and provides service to and from 28 major airports in 23 cities, including Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). SuperShuttle is pleased to offer 10% discount off a roundtrip or one way reservation to participants attending the Congress. Please refer to the Discount OPTIC. Discounted reservations may be made on the Super Shuttle website or by phone, +1.800.258.3826. Discount does not apply to exclusive vans (which are already discounted) or pre-existing reservations.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. It is valid on select (Booking codes: ATF, EMG, EWC, and VAN)  SuperShuttle and ExecuCar services nationwide.


Another economical way to navigate through San Diego is by bus. There are plenty of lines and routes that are serviced throughout San Diego. Be sure to check timetables and schedules, and plan your routes in advance.
For bus schedules and information, visit Metropolitan Transit System.
For bus schedules and information for San Diego's North County, visit Breeze.

Big Bay Shuttle

Between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, for only $3, visitors can hop aboard the Big Bay Shuttle for a eight-stop ride along San Diego’s bayfront from Harbor Island to the South Embarcadero, near the San Diego Convention Center. The $3 ticket price allows riders on and off privileges for the entire day. Shuttles arrive at each stop every 15 to 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
For a map and more information, see San Diego's Summer Shuttle along the Embarcadero.

Pedicabs & Carriages

Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are popular forms of transportation along downtown’s waterfront and in the Gaslamp Quarter. There are tours available as well, providing a unique way to explore San Diego’s downtown communities.

San Diego Trolley

If you’re staying in and around downtown San Diego, the iconic bright red trolley will take you in and around the city. The San Diego Trolley provides convenient services from key locations downtown, including the Santa Fe Depot and the San Diego Convention Center, crisscrossing through downtown and out to various locations like Old Town and Mission Valley. Find more information about the San Diego Trolley here.


The train is a relaxing and convenient way to get beyond San Diego, to Los Angeles, with connections to Santa Barbara and the northern Pacific Coast. Find more information on trains running in San Diego county here.
Amtrak Discount
Amtrak is offering Advanced Photonics Communications Congress attendees a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to (San Diego, CA) between 10 July – 20 July 20, 2014.  To book your reservation call Amtrak at + 1 800.872.7245 or contact your local travel agent.
Conventions cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X36Q-978 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

Driving Directions The beach

From I-5
From I-5, take the Sea World Drive exit and head west. Turn right onto East Mission Bay Drive follow past the park. The resort is located 3/4 mile on left.
From San Diego Int'l-Lindbergh Field
Take I-5 north to Sea World Drive, turn left at the top of the exit. Turn right on East Mission Bay Drive. The resort is 3/4 mile on the left.
Distance from hotel: 6 mi.
Drive time: 10 min.

From McClellan-Palomar Airport
Take I-5 south and exit Clairemont Drive/Mission Bay Drive. Turn left at the stop sign. Turn left again at the stop onto Mission Bay Drive. The resort is located 1/2 mile on the right.
Distance from hotel: 28 mi.
Drive time: 35 min.
Not coming from one of the above locations?
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Welcome to San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego written in the sand

Welcome to San Diego, California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate and friendly locals create a welcoming vibe all its own.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities. Spend a day relaxing in one of the many beach communities, then hiking in the east San Diego County mountains the next. Explore the urban neighborhoods of San Diego’s downtown, from the iconic Gaslamp District to the eclectic community of Hillcrest.  Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. San Diego’s regions are so unique and diverse; there are plenty of options to discover something new each time you visit.

San Diego reflecting on the bay.

Mission Bay and Beaches

The cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches of Mission Bay attract aquatic recreational enthusiasts all year-long. Pick from a variety of activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, wind surfing, sailing, kite surfing and sport fishing. Families can find a whole day of fun at SeaWorld San Diego or Belmont Park. Nightlife abounds in Mission, Ocean and Pacific Beach, where sandals are recommended at local dining and nightlife hot spots.

Sailboats in the sunsetMore Information on the vibrant regions of San Diego!



San Diego enjoys beautiful weather year round. A marked feature of the climate is the wide variation in temperature within short distances due to the topography of the land. Come sample coastal, mountain and desert environments all in the span of a day.Marina
July Weather in San Diego:
Average High Temperature: 76 °F
Average Low Temperature: 65°F

For the most current weather forecast, please visit here.
Standard 120v/60Hz voltage electricity is used in the United States. More information on international electricity.
The US Dollar (USD) is the currency of the United States. Credit cards are widely accepted; VISA and MASTERCARD are the most popular. Traveler’s checks are accepted at currency exchanges or banks, but are not as widely accepted. For the latest currency exchange click here.

Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa Guest Information:Happy happens in San Diego


Attendees that are guests at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa will receive a Hilton VIP card at check-in at the front desk.  This card will give you a 10% discount in Hilton Resort and Spa restaurants, gift shop, spa, marina, etc. Also at check-in, you will receive a current list of on-site activities and entertainment during their stay.

On-Site Recreational Activities
· Pool   · Sailing   · Tennis Courts  · Sight Seeing Tours   · Beach  · Fire pits   · Snorkeling   · Water Skiing  
· Beach  · Windsurfing  · Beach Volleyball  · Scuba Diving · Basketball · Bicycle Rental  · Kayaking  · Jet Skiing
· Jogging  · Table Tennis

Here you’ll find discounts on everything from trolley tours and boat cruises to the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

Check out Cool San Diego Offers and Coupons:Biking along the bay

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