1999 Illinois Number Theory Conference

September 17/18, 1999

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information for Participants



Participants are invited to a party Thursday evening at 8 pm, at the home of Heini and Doreen Halberstam at 1715A Lakeside Drive in Champaign (phone 217-359-0255). The home is located in Southwest Champaign. Directions: From Kirby Ave. (one of the main east-west arteries in South Champaign and the continuation of Florida Ave. in Urbana) turn left on Mattis Ave. (a four lane road about 1 1/2 miles west of the railway underpass near Neil Street), then take the first left onto Broadmoor, and the first left onto Lakeside Drive. Turn left at the end. The Halberstams' are the second home on the left, opposite the park. Online maps are available at the Champaign-Urbana Map Page.

Transportation to Halberstams' home. Those who do not have their own transportation should wait in the hotel lobby at 8 pm on Thursday. We will have cars stop by the hotel at around 8 pm to pick up any conference participants needing transportation. Transportation back to the hotel will also be provided.


Registration will be Friday, 9/17, 8 am - 8:30 am, outside the Seminar Room on the 20th floor of the Quality Hotel - University Center (formerly University Inn). There is no registration fee.


On Friday, all talks will be given in the Seminar Room on the 20th floor of the Quality Hotel. On Saturday, talks will be held in Room 245 of Altgeld Hall, the building housing the UIUC Mathematics Department. To reach Altgeld Hall from the Quality Hotel, walk 4 blocks east on John Street until you come to the end of this street when it meets Wright Street. Altgeld Hall is the historic building with a small bell tower at the other side of Wright Street.

On both days, the morning and afternoon schedules will begin with one hour talks at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm, respectively. There will be half hour coffee breaks at 10 am and 3 pm, and a lunch break from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. Contributed talks will be scheduled in 30 minutes slots. To allow for short breaks between talks, we ask that speakers limit their talks to 25 minutes or less, unless the talk is followed by a break.


All speakers are urged to prepare transparencies. The Quality Hotel auditorium, in which Friday's lectures will be given, has no blackboards. The lecture room in Altgeld Hall, which will be used on Saturday, does have a large blackboard, but we still encourage speakers to use transparencies instead of the blackboard. In both lecture rooms two overhead projectors will be available. A limited number of transparencies and pens will be available at registration for those who have not prepared their transparencies in advance.


The conference banquet will be Friday, September 17, at 7 pm, in the Quality Hotel. The banquet will offer a choice of three entrees, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Beef Bordelaise, and Fettucini Alfredo (Vegetarian). The cost of the banquet is $15; tickets need to be reserved in advance by September 8 and must be paid at registration.


A party for conference participants will be held on Saturday, September 18, at 8 pm, at the home of Bruce and Helen Berndt. Directions will be provided with the registration packet.


The campus area houses many restaurants and coffee shops, mostly of the fast food variety. The registration packet will include a list of restaurants and a map.


Those arriving at the airport and staying at the Quality Hotel can use the complimentary shuttle service provided by the hotel. Contrary to a previous announcement, there is no courtesy phone for the Quality Hotel in the airport; hotel guests arriving at the airport should call the hotel (1-800-322-8282 or 384-2100) on one of the public phones to request the hotel shuttle. (In addition to hotel courtesy vans, there is a door-to-door shuttle service which has a desk at the airport; the cost is $9 for transportation between Champaign-Urbana and the airport.)


From I-74, take the Lincoln Avenue exit in Urbana, go south on Lincoln for about 1 1/2 miles to the light on Green Street, turn right (west) onto Green Street, go about one mile west on Green Street, crossing Goodwin, Wright, 6th, 5th, and 4th Streets, turn left (south) on 3rd Street. The Quality Hotel is a high rise building half a block to your left. If you are staying at the hotel, you can park your car in the hotel`s parking garage.

From I-72 and I-57, follow the directions to I-74 east, and then continue as above.

Further directions, and maps of the UIUC campus and the Champaign-Urbana area, can be found at http://www.uiuc.edu under "Campus Maps".


Hotel guests can park their cars at the parking garage of the Quality Hotel. Those not staying at the hotel can use metered spaces in the vicinity of the hotel on 4th Street. However, these spaces fill up quickly, and it may be difficult to find a spot after 8:30 am. On Saturday, the University parking garage at the intersection of John Street and 6th Street is available free of charge to the public (except for spaces marked as 24 hour spaces). The garage is located one block from Altgeld Hall, the site of the Saturday talks.


Updates to this information, and changes in the lecture schedule, will be posted on the conference web site: https://conf.math.illinois.edu/nt2000/illinois.