Conference Venue

The QEST'06 Conference will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California at Riverside.

Most of the technical activities will take place in the recently-inaugurated Engineering Building II, which houses the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and of Electrical Engineering.

Engineering Building II

The UCR campus provides wireless connectivity to the internet. In addition, a workstation room will be provided for tool demos and internet access. Each tutorial and conference room will have a screen and digital projector.


The CSE Department at UCR

The Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of California, Riverside. grew out of CS-oriented degree tracks in the departments of Mathematics and Applied Science in the early 1970s, and became a department in 1990.

The department has an enrollment of well over 500 undergraduate students and awarded almost 200 bachelor degrees in CS, IS, or CE in the 2003/2004 academic year. The number of graduate students has been steadily increasing at a fast rate, with an enrollment surpassing 100 in 2002 and now close to 150. Recently, the department has awarded an average of 15 Master and 4 PhD degrees per year, with excellent placements. Research awards to the department have exceeded $3M per year.

Since 1992, the CSE Department has been part of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. COE is composed of four departments: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and includes three major research centers: Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), and Center for Research in Intelligent Systems (CRIS).

The University of California at Riverside is one of ten campuses of the University of California System, widely recognized as the preeminent public university system in the world. Located in the rapidly growing Inland Empire region of Southern California, the 1,200-acre UCR campus lies at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains in Riverside.

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The city of Riverside

The historic City of Riverside is noted for its palm-lined avenues, its orange groves, and its mild climate. The combination of the unrivaled climate of Southern California with easy access to deserts, mountains, Pacific Ocean beaches, cultural activities, shopping, and other attractions make Riverside a wonderful place to live and work. The metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego are all within easy reach.

Riverside is located at the center of the so-called Inland Empire, which had a $77B economy in 2000, and leads California in job creation.

  • ranked Riverside in the ten most livable mid-sized cities in the USA.
  • Forbes Magazine ranked the Riverside Metro area as the 34th best place for business in the USA.
  • Inc. Magazine ranked Riverside as the second best place in the USA to start a business.
  • Time Magazine ranked Riverside as the 11th best metro area for recreation in the USA.
Downtown view of the MIssion Inn

The Downtown Wireless Mall provides free high-speed wireless Internet access to the Main Street Pedestrian Mall in downtown Riverside to anyone with a laptop computer or PDA with wireless capabilities.

Among its numerous architectural and landscaping gems, Riverside lists

  • The Fox Theater. Opened in 1929, the Spanish Colonial Revival style theater served the community as a combination cinema/vaudeville house and attracted well-known performers including Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. The theater was the site of the first public screening of ``Gone with the Wind'' in 1939.
  • Victoria Avenue. One of California's great historic avenues, lined with palms, eucalyptus, and rose bushes. Bicycle paths run alongside this distinctive 7 mile divided avenue bordered by orange groves.
  • The Mission Inn. Initially a small guest hotel designed in the Mission Revival style, it was embellished and expanded over the years into a world-famous unique resort favored by presidents, royalty and movie stars. The Reagan's honeymooned there, the Nixon's were married on its grounds. Teddy Roosevelt planted a tree in its courtyard, and a special chair built for William Howard Taft when he visited is still in the Inn's collection. Today, the Mission Inn is a four-star hotel privately owned by the Historic Mission Inn Corporation.

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Riverside has a warm and dry weather, with nice cool nights. In September, the average high temperature during the day is 33C (91F) degrees and the average low temperature during the night is 16C (60F) degrees. The average rainfall for the entire month of September is 5.1mm (0.2in).



Information on how to reach Riverside can be found on the transportation page.

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