Location & Travel


Hotel accommodations have been reserved at reduced rates for attendees at several hotels within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center. Discounted rates are only available by making your reservation through the ASA, CSSA and SSSA Housing Bureau. Use this link to get started:


The ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Housing Bureau closes on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Discounted rates may not be available after this date.

It's not uncommon for the most desirable hotels to sell out within a few week of opening, so please be sure to make your reservation early. Waiting until late September to make your reservation is not advised!

Housing is now open:

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The International Annual Meetings will be held primarily at the Tampa Convention Center and the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602


There’s plenty to enjoy in Tampa. A waterfront city with many opportunities to experience the warm waters and gentle bay breezes. Family-friendly attractions with plenty of sights and sounds to expand your mind and capture your imagination.

The restaurants and shopping sure to delight and surprise. Golf courses, parks, and nature trails beckon you outside. Museums, history, and the arts add to the rich diversity of cultures. Entertainment complexes and nightlife options are exciting and appealing. And a community that welcomes its visitors with open arms. View more information on things to do in Tampa.


Tampa is accessible by air, rail, and automobile. The Tampa International Airport is seven miles west of downtown Tampa. Amtrak offers rail service to Tampa from virtually anywhere on the continent.

Conference parking

Parking is available at the Tampa Convention Center at $5 per day. Additional parking is available throughout the downtown area.

Ground Transportation

The Tampa International Airport is seven miles west of downtown Tampa. The airport is is divided into two sides, Red and Blue, and each side is split up into two quadrants.

Super Shuttle is Tampa International Airport's only authorized shared-ride shuttle service. Passengers may make a reservation in advance online, by phone at 800-282-6817 toll-free long distance) or 727-527-1111 (local), or in person when you arrive at the airport. Using the Societies’ discount code F8YQ6 will provide a one-way ticket for $11. There is a Supper Shuttle Service desk in each quadrant of the airport.

Taxi Information: The Tampa International Airport is served by Yellow Cab and United Cab (contact info below). Both companies charge the same fares. There is a flat rate fee of $25 to downtown Tampa. For all other destinations, $2 plus $2.25 per mile with a minimum fee from the airport of $15. Once the meter exceeds the $15, the minimum no longer applies.

Getting Around Tampa

Public Transportation

In Town Trolley, a rubber-tired trolley, and the TECO Line Streetcar System connect downtown hotels to the Tampa Convention Center and numerous local attractions. The In Town Trolley operates limited hours on weekdays with service every 15 minutes at $0.25 per ride. The TECO Line Streetcar System operates seven days a week with a one-way fare of $2.50. Unlimited Rides passes are available at discounted prices.

In Town Trolley, service every 15 minutes:
Monday-Friday, 6am-9am & 4pm-6pm

TECO Line Streetcar System:
Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm: service every 15-20 minutes
Friday-Saturday, 11am-1am and 1am-2am: service every 30 minutes
Sunday, 12pm-8pm: service every 15-20 minutes

Taxi Service. Taxi service is available at the nearest hotel or by contacting a taxi company directly.

Yellow Cab, 813-253-0121

United Cab, 813-777-7777. United Cab also allows you to text the street address to 4MYCAB. You will receive an immediate confirmation text, notification when the cab is on its way, and notification when it is arriving.

There is no endorsement intended by ASA, CSSA, SSSA, or ISTVS for attractions, products, services, or vendors mentioned on these pages, nor is any criticism implied of similar attractions, service, or vendors not mentioned.


7th Americas Conference of the ISTVS

in conjunction with the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings

Tampa Convention Center and Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel, Tampa, Florida, USA, November 4-7, 2013

Conference home
Presenter information
Location & Travel
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Dates & deadlines

August 27 | Virtual poster abstract deadline
August 27 | Abstract editing deadline
September 15 | Full papers due
September 18 | Standard registration rates begins
October 8 | Onsite registration rates begin
October 8 | Housing deadline
October 9 | Presentation uploading opens online
October 28 | Presentation uploading online ends for oral presentations
November 4-7 | 7th Americas Conference of the ISTVS, in conjunction with the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings

Visit the ASA conference site for further details.

Technical Committee

Prof. Schalk Els
Ms. Heidi Howard
, Cochair
Soil and terrain modeling and characterization | Track 1

Dr. Lutz Richter
Mr. Jeff Durst

Planetary rovers and mobile robotics | Track 2

Prof. Paul Ayers
Prof. Corina Sandu
Mr. Jody Priddy

Tires, wheels, and tracks modeling | Track 3

Dr. George Mason
Dr. Lal Kushwaha

Agricultural and earthmoving equipment | Track 4

Dr. Sally Shoop
Mr. Timothy Cary
, Cochair
Operation on soils, vegetation, snow, and ice | Track 5

Mr. Randy Jones
Dr. Paramsothy Jayakumar

Vehicle dynamics, mobility, and safety | Track 6

Mr. Niels Svendsen
Ms. Pat Sullivan
Ms. Stephanie Robert

Terramechanics | Track 7