Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.
Lugano lies in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere - and enjoy "dolce far niente". Thanks to its mild climate, Lugano is a popular tourist destination from spring to fall.
The town centre with its Mediterranean-style squares and arcades, and numerous parks with sub-tropical plants such as the Parco Civico on the shores of the lake invite you to laze around, enjoying the atmosphere. By the lakeside promenade are the Belvedere Gardens, where the parkland boasts not only camellias and magnolias but also countless sub-tropical plants and modern works of art. (Text and images courtesy of Swiss Tourism)
Watch the video to get a feeling of Lugano and its atmosphere!
PerDis 2017 will take place at the Lugano campus of the "Università della Svizzera italiana" - or USI for short. USI is Switzerland’s most international university, and one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland coordinated by swissuniversities.
Established in 1996, USI has grown steadily and includes today five Faculties: Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences, Informatics and Biomedical Sciences. USI currently counts also three affiliated entities, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Bellinzona), the Institute for Oncology Research (IOR, Bellinzona) and the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA, Manno).
The Faculty of Informatics stands out as a centre of competence in advanced informatics. Since its inception in 2004, it has become one of Switzerland’s major poles for informatics teaching and research, ranking third after the two Federal Institutes of Technology, ETH Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne. It features a faculty of ~30 professors, 40+ postdocs and more than 100 PhD students.
Lugano is best reachable by train or by air.
There are many options for hotels in Lugano. We do not offer any particular conference rates, as online booking platforms will usually get you the best possible prices. Below you can find a small list of hotels that are close-by, allowing you to easily walk to the conference venue. However, given the small size of the city, any hotel in the center of town is either within walking distance (some 15 minutes) or a short bus ride away.
Alternatively, check out what AirBnB has on offer.
Prof. Marc Langheinrich
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
Faculty of Informatics
Via Buffi 13
Tel. +41 58 666 4690
Fax +41 58 666 4536
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