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2nd Greater Chicago Area System Research Workshop (GCASR) 2013

Northwestern University, Evanston IL -- May 3rd, 2013



It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the 2nd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Workshop. This workshop is a great opportunity for leading-edge systems researchers in Chicago to get acquainted, share results, and find synergies. The workshop program has been posted. The workshop is free of charge (courtesy of our generous sponsors from Northwestern University); please register by April 25th, 2013 if you would like to attend. For last year's workshop agenda, please click here.  


This workshop will focus on Computer Systems, broadly construed, and related areas. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Important Dates


The 2nd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Workshop will take place at:

Louis Room, Norris University Center 205B
Northwestern University
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Map to Norris University Center:
Norris Floor Plan

Northwestern University is located on the North Shore of the Chicago area.

The Northwestern campus can be conveniently accessed via the L Train (Purple Line; stop at Foster and walk 10 minutes east on Foster to Norris University Center) or by car or Taxi. Detailed directions and parking information can be found at

For those of you traveling from outside the city, and woulf like to stay overnight close to the Northwestern University campus, see the information below.
The Hilton Orrington is in downtown Evanston and about 15 mins walking distance from the workshop. Northwestern typically used this hotel for its guests.

The Hilton Garden Inn is another option, but adds another 2-3 mins to the walk.
The Homestead is also a short 15 mins walk.

Please be advised that parking is very limited in the area and campus parking lots quickly fill up to capacity.  The construction of a new building on campus has temporarily disabled several hundred parking spaces, and street parking is limited. The campus can be conveniently accessed via the L Train (Purple Line; stop at Foster and walk 10 minutes east on Foster to Norris University Center). If you choose to drive, make sure you allocate enough time to purchase a parking permit from the Northwestern Parking Office on your way to the workshop. The Parking Office is open between the hours 8am-4pm, and it is located at 1819 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL, a short 2-minute drive to campus. A Visitor's day permit costs $8.25. The Parking Office's phone number is 847-491-3319, and its web site is The site has links to maps of both on-campus parking sites, as well as City of Evanston's public parking lots and extended meters. The parking maps are also attached to this email (Map-1 and Map-2). The pins in Map-1 mark the Norris University Center where the event will be held, the two most convenient parking lots, and the location of the University Parking Office on Hinman Ave (blue pin).

For the Poster and Oral Presenters only that are not affiliated with Northwestern University, we will provide one free visitor parking permit to the main presenter of each poster and oral presentation. The attached Map-3 (also available online at marks two spots. The North pin marks the Norris University Center where the workshop takes place. The South pin marks the meeting location to distribute the free visitor parking permits to the oral and poster presenters. To get there, turn right at the corner of Chicago Ave and Sheridan Rd, turn left on Campus Drive, and follow the signs to Norris Center until you reach a traffic arm that prevents you from driving further into campus. A student will be waiting there between 7:30-8:30 am. If you are a presenter, we suggest that you drive to that location, provide your name, obtain your visitor's parking permit, continue to the parking lot of your choice to park, and then walk to Norris Center. If you arrive after 8:30 am, you will need to obtain your permit from one of the workshop volunteers at Louis Room in Norris.

Electronic Devices
  • Please charge fully your electronic devices ahead of time. There will be some extension cords along the sides of the room, but the power outlets will be limited.
  • There is free guest WiFi covering the entire Northwestern campus, including the Norris University Center. You will need to sign up, but you will not need any password to access the network.

Abstract Submission

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (for either oral or poster presentation) of not more than 300 words, plus a biography of the presentation author. The abstract must be submitted online through the Google Form at before the deadline of April 11th, 2013 at 11:59PM CDT. Abstracts will be reviewed for relevance and institutional coverage. Notifications of the decisions will be sent out by April 15th, 2013. For more information, please see    



Steering Committee


The GCASR 2013 workshop has received generous financial support from Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University.