Orlando, Florida, U.S.A

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Downtown Orlando, Florida Skyline at Sunset

Orlando is located in Central Florida and has a metropolitan area population of ~2.5M people. Orlando is one of the most-visited cities in the world primarily due to tourism; in 2018, the city drew more than 75 million visitors. The two largest and most internationally renowned tourist attractions in the Orlando area are Walt Disney World Resort (about 21 miles southwest of the city) and the Universal Orlando Resort (located in the Orlando city limits). The city is also convenient to the Atlantic Ocean (~50 min.) as well as the Gulf Coast (~1.5 hr.). Orlando is a good location for day trips in the surrounding area of Florida, including Cocoa Beach (on the Atlantic Ocean) and NASA Kennedy Space Center.

Travel Information

Orlando is reached directly by the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Lake Nona, the location of the UF Research & Academic Center (UFRAC) for the conference is only a 15 min. ride/drive from Orlando international airport. You can take an Uber or taxi to the hotel or rent a car for your visit, if preferred. Please see the MCO website for additional information.

Hotels for ICHMS 2022

The hotels mentioned below are within 20 mins walking distance from the conference venue. There are several other options in the area, but many other events will take place here in November. We urge you to make your reservations as soon as possible.


Marriott hotel offering standard rooms and one and two-bedroom suites. The permissible GSA rate for November/December is $129 per night.


Property offers upscale feature accommodations. The permissible GSA rate for November/December is $129 per night.


New Marriott “all suites” hotel at Lake Nona. Convenient access to Orlando Airport via 417 Expressway. The permissible GSA rate for November/December is $129 per night.


Upscale high-rise accommodations

Check-in at these hotels is typically 4 pm but early arrivals may be possible. All reservations with the Residence Inn include breakfast. The Courtyard Inn requires booking with breakfast, if desired.


There are several attractive restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the conference venue and hotels, including:

Canvas – Contemporary American cuisine/steak house

Bacan – Flavors of the Americas, fine dining experience

Bosphorous Restaurant– Turkish cuisine.

Boxi Park– Ecletic mix of seafood, BBQ, mexican, beer, cocktails, ice cream (in an amusement park-like setting).

Chroma Modern Bar & Kitchen– Tapas and cocktails.

Park Pizza– Pizza, salad, and craft beer.


The University has operated in Gainesville, Florida since 1906. The University is a public land-grant research university and is designated by the Florida Board of Governors as one of the three “preeminent universities” in the State of Florida. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked UF as the 5th (tied) best public university and 28th (tied) best university in the United States. The University has Carnegie classification of “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”. The University includes 16 academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master’s degree programs and 76 doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

The University of Florida’s intercollegiate sports teams are known as the “Florida Gators”. The teams compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In a 111-year history, the University’s varsity sports teams have won 42 national team championships, 37 of which are NCAA titles. In addition, as of 2021, UF students and alumni have won 143 Olympic medals.

The University of Florida (UF) currently enrolls ~66K undergraduate and graduate students through the main campus in Gainesville. UF is the fifth largest single-campus university in the United States. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) enrolls ~11K students through nine engineering departments with the majority of students majoring in Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. The HWCOE currently employs ~290 tenure stream faculty and ~75 instructional faculty. HWCOE is currently one of the top-6 producers of engineering graduates in the United States. College academic programs and research facilities related to the ICHMS include Human-Centered Computing, Occupational Safety Engineering, Systems Engineering, the UF Human-Systems Engineering Lab and the UF Transportation Institute.

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