Information for Participants of SampTA 2017 Tallinn

  1. Technical side of presentations

In lecture rooms we have projectors/computers for computer presentation and besides a small blackboard (in fact whiteboard for pencils).

Posters have the format A0  841×1189 mm (table is 970 mm * 2000 mm), i.e. portrait.

Free wifi is in all conference rooms as well as in all living rooms of most hotels.

  1. Conference Venue and Hotels

The conference will take place at the Original Sokos Hotel Viru conference centre, Viru Square 4, Tallinn (City-Centre) (

Most participants are accommodated in the Original Sokos Hotel Viru (conf. venue), but also in the Tallinn Hotel Euroopa, Paadi Str. 5 (10 min walk to the conference venue) and in the Tallinn Seaport Hotel, Uus-Sadama Str. 23 (15 min walk to the conference venue).

  1. Currency / money

Estonia uses euros as almost all EU countries. Almost all shops / restaurants / bars / taxis accept debit/credit cards (Visa, Master card, American Express etc.). The closest (and best) currency exchange service ( to Viru Hotel is Tavid, Aia Str. 5 (5 min walk from Viru).

  1. Arriving by Air

Tallinn Airport is located close to the city centre.

Bus No 2 takes you easily from the airport to the Viru Hotel, the Hotel Euroopa and most city-centre hotels (stop A. Laikmaa (after stop Tornimäe), ca 18 minutes, 2 Euro). If you stay in the Tallinn Seaport Hotel, then you have to take the next stop called Reisisadam D-terminaal (from the airport it takes max 20 min). The Viru Hotel is behind the shopping centre Viru Keskus.

Schedule of Bus No 2:; a ticket purchased from the driver (at the price of 2 €) will grant you the right for one ride. You can only use cash to buy a ticket from the driver of public transport vehicle. Taxi Airport – Hotel Viru is about 8-10 euros.


On Sunday, July 2 at 8:00 – 15:00 the city centre (Vabaduse Square, Pärnu Road, Viru Square, Narva Road) is closed to public transportation and any traffic due to the Procession of the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration (

  1. Registration Desk for SampTA

Open in Hotel Viru:

on Sunday, July 2 at 18:00 – 22:00;

on Monday, July 3 at 8:00 – 9:00;

also on most of the following conference days.

At the registration, please pick up your conference badge and other materials, settle open bills, confirm your participation in social events, get assistance, etc. Please have in mind that late/additional payments can only be made in cash, we cannot process credit card payments!

  1. Mini-courses on Sunday, July 2

Registration opens at Tallinn University, Astra (glass) building, Narva Road 29 (15 min walk from the Viru Hotel along the Narva Road) at 10:00.


10:30 – 11:45 Abdul Jerri

12:00 – 13:15 Ahmed Zayed

14:15 – 15:30 Götz Pfander

16:00 – 17:15 Sinan Güntürk

  1. Lunches

For those who have paid for the meal plans (18 euro/meal), the meals will be served in the Hotel Viru, restaurant Merineitsi. As an alternative, we suggest to walk along the Narva Road, in the direction opposite to Old town, and visit St. Patrick (Narva Road 5), Plaza Sushi Bar (Narva Road 6), Kohvik Narva (Narva Road 10) or Lime Buffet One (Parda Str. 4, perpendicular to Narva Road, opposite to Kohvik Narva)

  1. Welcome on Monday, July 3 at 19:00 – 21:00

Site: Tallinn University, Astra (glass) building, Narva Road 29 (15 min walk from the Viru Hotel along the Narva Road)

Activities: Welcome drink, light dinner, SampTA 2017 group photo in the forecourt, meeting with the representative of the US Embassy Tallinn, presentation of the IEEE Estonia, pibroch sound-back (bagpipe music).

  1. Excursions on Wednesday, July 5 at 13:00 – 21:00

Option A:

More or less a pure bus trip:

Viru Hotel – Türisalu pank (nice views from the coast bank (cliff)) – Keila-Joa (, – Laulasmaa (sand beach, swiming ?) – Harju-Madise church – ruins of the Padise monastery ( – Keila church ( – Dinner in Hüüru Veski

Option B:

Easy hiking/walking in Viru bog nature trail (ca 4 km) + bus trip:

This is walking in the wild nature, the trail passes through the forest and marsh landscapes. Typically people will not step into the wet soil.


Viru Hotel – Jägala waterfall – Kiiu Tower ( – Viru bog – Kolga manor house – Kuusalu church ( – Dinner in Kuusalu

  1. Dinner on Thursday, July 6 at 19:30 – 21:30 in tavern “Kochi Ait”

Location: The storehouses that were built between the 1870s and World War I by an influential merchant in Tallinn, Joachim Christian Koch, have found new content and use. One of the rooms of the storehouse accommodates now the tavern “Kochi Ait” that seats 200 people and is characterised by Estonian folk style. (


Conference site: Original Sokos Hotel Viru ( ), reception

Local organizers: Olev Märtens, mob +372 5130494

Police/Fire dept/Ambulance: phone 112

News / Updates: April 29, 2017

Extended deadlines of SampTA 2017

May 8: Final manuscripts uploaded in EDAS

May 12: Extended early registration closes (fee 260 Euros, valid with the hotel reservation)

Mini-courses (5 ECTS) for doctoral students / recent PhD graduates on July 2 – 4, 2017

Application submission deadline is extended until May 8 (look at Acceptance notice will be posted by May 12. Although the registration (only for mini-courses) is open until June 6, please take care of accommodation.

Tentative program/schedule (to plan your travel)

Sunday, July 2, 11:00 – 18:00: Mini-courses at Tallinn University (Narva Str. 29, 15 min walk from the conference venue); 19:00 – 22:00: registration of SampTA at the conference venue Original Sokos Hotel Viru, Viru Square 4.

Monday, July 3, 8:00 – 18.10: registration and SampTA (2 plenary lectures), 19:30 Welcome + Shannon 100 Lecture

Tuesday, July 4, 8:30 – 18:30: SampTA (2 plenary lectures), incl. posters and Mini-courses participants awarding

Wednesday, July 5, 8:30 – 12:00: SampTA (1 plenary lecture), 13:00 – 21:00 excursion.

Thursday, July 6, 8:30 – 18:30: SampTA (2 plenary lectures), incl. posters; 19:30 Conference Dinner.

Friday, July 7, 8:30 – 18:20: SampTA (2 plenary lectures); Closing and good-bye hugs.

Please, if speakers have any special requests concerning the timetable of the program, contact Maria Zeltser,, who is coordinating the technical program.


Extended deadline for the Original Sokos Viru (conference site): Please make reservation by 26th May 2017.


SampTA 2017 Local Committee