Caltech campus information

About the venue

The Annenberg building on campus is the home of the Computing and Mathematical Sciences department at Caltech.

The CMS directions page is an excellent resource for detailed information about how to reach the venue, with the minor proviso that, as of December 2018, the information in Open Street Map is slightly more up-to-date than Google Maps with respect to recent campus construction around the Annenberg building.

The following is a link to the Caltech campus interactive map. The Annenberg building is #16.

The meeting will take place in 4 rooms on the first floor of the building. The following is a floor map illustrating their locations:

Parking and accessibility

Visitor parking at Caltech requires a permit during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm). The price is normally $6 per day, but the local organizers can provide attendees with parking permits. Please contact the organizers to make arrangements. Parking on Saturday and Sunday does not require a permit, but visitors must still park in unmarked ("commuter") stalls only. A PDF map of parking locations is available by clicking on the link below. The closest lot is the Holliston parking structure.

Much of the campus has paved walkways and has ramps for access by wheeled devices. The following map provides more detailed information about the campus and individual buildings. Note: unfortunately, and disappointingly, the Annenberg building lacks automatic doors, so even though the building has ramps for accessibility, the doors can only be opened manually once you get to a door. If you need assistance figuring out how to deal with access or related issues, let one of the organizers know ahead of time and we'll try to figure out what to do.

Emergency phones

There are emergency phones scattered around the campus. They are located outdoors and can be identified by blue lights on top of their posts. Click on the following image to see a map of the locations:

Local transportation options

If you are staying at nearby hotel such as the Hilton, walking is an option during daylight hours as they are only around 2 km (1.3 mi) away from Caltech. (It is also an option when there is no daylight; however, owing to rare but occasional crime in the off-campus areas, we prefer to take abundant caution and recommend not walking alone at night, so if you do walk at night, do it in a group.)

Alternatives include the following:

Food & beverages

We are planning on providing catered coffee/snack breaks as well as lunch. For food and drink in addition (or instead of) these planned occasions, there are three locations on campus that offer food and beverage services, with different selections and hours of operation. For more information, please visit the Caltech Dining Services web page at


One of the best forecast sources is Weather Underground; we recommend you check the weather before you set out to get a sense of the likely temperature range and the possibility of light rain. (Worth noting: you can change the units of temperature to Celsius if you prefer – click on the "gear" icon in the upper right of the web page.) The city of Pasadena is fortunate to enjoy mostly mild weather year-round. March is typically a very pleasant time of year, although this year, it has been more variable than usual and we have had more rain than usual.