MAPS Working Group Meeting - May 11-13, 2016  Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Venue, WiFi and Parking


The meeting and our group dinner will be held on the beautiful Central Campus of the University of Michigan at the historic Michigan Union The building is a central gathering place on the Central Campus and is a short walk (10 min, 1/2 mile) from the hotels we have reserved.

The Michigan Union offers a full compliment of services, including guest Wifi, lots of eating options and a Starbucks. It is located at the corner of State Street and South University Avenue, and is a stop for the University and Ann Arbor buses as well as cabs and airport shuttles.

The meeting is being held in the Rogel Ballroom, on the second floor of the building. See links to maps of the building below.

We are quite happy that the room we have booked is large enough to accomodate both our discussion/talk session as well as the posters (which will be able to remain up all week). This we allow us to easily talk about the poster before and after the meeting and during breaks.

Michigan Union
530 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308
* Visit website. Maps of the venue are available here.
* Maps of campus

WiFi Options During the Meeting

There are two different easy wifi options that are available to guests in the Michigan Union. Please check out these options to see if they meet your needs. Accounts with higher levels of access are possible, but more complicated to set up. We hope one of the two easy options meets your needs, if not please contact us before April 1, 2016 to let us know.


The University of Michigan offers eduroam Wi-Fi Internet access to visitors from other institutions that are eduroam-enabled. eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam is available at most European universities, many US universities, at JPL and at ESA labs. Becoming part of it makes traveling in our field very convenient. Before traveling to U-M, configure and test eduroam at your home institution. For a full list of participating institutions and more information, visit the UM eduroam website.


MGuest is a network provided for guests visiting the University of Michigan. To access the network you simply connect to the MGuest WiFi network and open a web browser. The MGuest welcome page will appear so that you can enter your email address and agree to terms to gain network access. The MGuest has some limitations. For more information visit the UM MGuest website.


Parking is a challenge on Central Campus and downtown. The easiest way to deal with parking is to use one of the two hotels in the central campus area where we have reserved rooms. These hotels have free parking and then you can just walk to the meeting and to dinners. However, if you book a hotel somewhere else or need to park for some reason there are a few options.

UM Lot W13
Corner of Thompson St. and E. William St.
Small, limited number of spaces. Pay at a machine. 3 minutes walk to Union.
* MAP (grid F5)

Maynard St. Structure, Ann Arbor City public lot
Entry from either Thompson St. or Maynard St.
Large structure with lots of spots. Pay on exit. 7 minute walk to Union (only slightly less than the hotels).
Hourly rate is $1.20/hour.
* Information
* MAP (grid F3)

Fourth and William Structure, Ann Arbor City public lot
Entry from either Fourth St. or William St.
Large structure with lots of spots. Pay on exit. This lot is NOT close to the Union where the meeting is being held. It is the best lot to use for visiting the downtown area for dinner.
Hourly rate is $1.20/hour.
* Information

Street Parking Meters

Street parking meters cost approximately $1.60/hour between 8 am and 6 pm, otherwise they are free. Please be advised, however, that street parking meters are scarce and parking enforcement is very strict - the fine for an expired parking meter is $10 to $20, and after several tickets, you risk the inconvenience and the expense of several hundred dollars if your car is towed. Parking tickets received are the responsibility of the owner.


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