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Frequently Asked Questions

When and where will the faculty summit be held?
The Microsoft Research Asia Faculty Summit will be held October 18–19, 2010, at the Hyatt on the Bund Hotel and the Microsoft Zizhu Campus in Shanghai, China.

How do I register for the summit?
Please submit your registration information through our online registration website. You will receive an email confirmation after successfully completing the registration. Should you have any further questions about the summit and logistics, please contact our faculty summit service team at

What is the basic conference schedule?

  • Sunday, October 17, 2010: Arrival in Shanghai, China, and pre-registration
  • Monday, October 18, 2010: MSRA Faculty Summit – day 1
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2010: MSRA Faculty Summit – day 2
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2010: Computing in the 21st Century Conference (optional)

View the detailed conference agenda

What does Microsoft pay for? What is not covered?
Microsoft will host sponsored Faculty Summit participants during the conference dates, October 18 and 19, 2010, to include Microsoft direct-paid economy class round-trip air ticket, program meals, program events, and hotel accommodations. Any item purchased directly by the participant is the responsibility of the participant. If traveling with a spouse/companion, all travel expenses for the spouse/companion will be the responsibility of the participant and are not covered by Microsoft. Other costs incurred at the hotel—such as phone, fax, Internet, mini bar, and laundry—will not be covered by Microsoft.

How do I get to the hotel from the airport and how long does it take?
We recommend you take a taxi from the airport.

  • From Hongqiao International Airport:18 kilometers, 25 minutes by taxi
  • From Pudong International Airport: 45 kilometers, 1 hour by taxi

For further information, visit Event Transportation.

Is transportation provided for the conference?
Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the event venue, dinner venues, and Computing in the 21st Century Conference. Microsoft will not provide ground transportation from airports to the event hotel. We recommend you take a taxi from the airport or the train station. For further information, visit Event Transportation.

What is the dress code?
Please dress casually and comfortably. You do not have to wear a coat or tie. Autumn (September to November) is one of the best times of the year for visiting Shanghai. The weather is generally sunny and quite pleasant. Since there is much rain during that period, it is advisable to bring an umbrella or light rain wear.

How can I be reached at the hotel?

Hyatt on the Bund
199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, People's Republic of China 200080
Tel: + 86 21 6393 1234
Fax: + 86 21 6393 1313

Hyatt on the Bund website

Are meals provided at the conference?
A meal coupon for a buffet dinner will be provided at the Hyatt on the Bund hotel for dining on Sunday, October 17, from 18:00 until 21:00. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on October 18 and 19. Please note that Microsoft cannot reimburse you for any meals that you purchase directly.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
You are asked if you have any dietary requirements or food allergies during the registration process.

May I use my phone during the conference?
We ask that you set your pager or cellular phone to silent or vibrate during the conference presentations. If you need to leave the presentation room, please do so with a minimum of disruption to other participants. The agenda has been arranged with morning and afternoon breaks for email and phone access.

Is smoking permitted in the conference venue?
Smoking is not permitted in the conference venue. Smoking is permitted in designated areas.