Three regional airports serve the greater Washington, D.C. area: Dulles International Airport (IAD); Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA); and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). All three are within an hour drive to the campus and local hotels. Detailed driving directions from each airport to the UMD campus are available above.
Significant construction is taking place on the UMD campus due to the Purple Line, a new light rail that will extend from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Silver Spring and Bethesda in Montgomery County. Therefore, parking is unavailable for visitors on campus, and pedestrian detours are likely. The closest parking lot is diagonally across the street from the Iribe Center next to The Hotel, available via the parking app SpotHero.
Typically, the university is accessible via the College Park/U of MD station on the Washington Metro system’s Green Line. However, parts of the Green Line serving College Park will be closed during QCrypt due to ongoing maintenance. Buses are provided at closed stations in lieu of the Metro trains, but they are usually overcrowded and inefficient. If you do travel to the College Park/U of MD station by bus, a free UMD shuttle bus #104 is available every eight minutes on weekdays between the station and campus.
The venue for QCrypt2023 is the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, a state-of-the-art building that houses the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), which is the parent organization of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS). The building includes the Antonov Auditorium that collaboratively seats 300 people, a second 100-seat auditorium for overflow, an expansive lobby space for poster sessions, sponsor tables and coffee breaks, and a number of seminar and classrooms for breakout sessions. The building’s official address is: 8125 Paint Branch Dr, College Park, MD 20742.
Local AccommodationsThe Conference and Visitor Services for the University of Maryland has partnered with many local hotels to provide competitive rates for UMD visitors. These hotels can individually be accessed here, or go here to compare available rates.
VISAIf needed, the responsibility for obtaining a visa is on the attendee. Attendees from certain countries may qualify for a visa waiver. However, attendees will still require Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. A visa letter can be requested upon completion of the registration.
Regional AttractionsThe University of Maryland is located approximately 10 miles (16 KM) from Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. is well known for its dramatic neoclassical monuments and buildings on The National Mall. A gem of the city’s amenities is the Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest complex of museums, galleries and a zoo, which are free to visit.
Located about 30 miles (50 KM) from UMD is Annapolis, Maryland’s capital. This beautiful harbor city is described as a “museum without walls” where centuries of architecture blend with the lively and contemporary.