Social & Recreational Highlights

43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

December 14-17, 2004
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Social Events

Opening/Welcome Reception:
Monday, December 13
7:00-9:00 p.m.
at the DIG DECK.
There will be a Welcome Reception for all conference attendees and their accompanying guests. A ticket for one complimentary drink is included with each full registration packet. The DIG DECK is Location D on the Map. To get to the Dig Deck walk through the Casino and enter the Dig through the Great Hall of Waters. The Dig is a series of interconnected passageways and chambers displaying ruins from the imaginary ancient Atlantis and very interesting marine life.
Companion Orientation:
Tuesday, December 14
9:00-10:00 a.m.
A get-together for companions of conference attendees will be held, and information on activities and local attractions will be provided. FATHOMS is location E on the Map.
Newcomer and Student Reception:
Tuesday, December 14,
7:00-8:15 p.m.
An informal get-together for students and CDC newcomers to socialize, make new friends and meet some of the award winners and officers of the Control Systems Society. Refreshments and snacks will be available. The CAVES BAR & GRILL is location A on the Map.
Awards Ceremony & Reception:
Thursday, December 16,
6:15-7:45 p.m.
At the ceremony, award winners both from the Control Systems Society and the IEEE will be honored for their exceptional and outstanding contributions. A brief reception will follow the ceremony. WATER’S EDGE PRIVATE is location C on the Map.
Conference Banquet:
Thursday, December 16
8:00-10:00 p.m.
One banquet ticket will be provided with each full-registration (not included with reduced-registrations). Additional tickets may be pre-ordered through the advance registration process or purchased on-site. The MAYAN DUNE location F on the Map.
Farewell Reception & 50th CSS Anniversary Celebration:
Friday, December 17,
7:00-9:00 p.m.
All attendees and their accompanying guests are invited to attend. Relax, say good-bye to friends, and make plans for the next CDC, as well as celebrate this special occasion: the 50th anniversary of the IEEE CSS. The RIVER POOL AREA is location B on the Map.

For more maps of the conference facilities, please see the Conference Maps Page.


Bahamas: When approaching the islands of the Bahamas from the air, the first thing noticeable is the extravagant color everywhere. The sea, vivid with turquoise, teal, bright blue and aqua; and the land lush with intense green foliage and dotted with pretty flowers. Even the most modest houses are painted in pretty pastel shades. But most dazzling of all are the flowering trees that send up sprays of intense red, pink, orange, yellow, lavender and purple in season.

The Bahamas is known for its water-skiing, windsurfing, diving, fishing, sailing, parasailing, seaside restaurants, beach bars, and local entertainment. Many people come to The Bahamas for its phenomenally clear waters and its abundant and varied marine life. In fact, almost 5% of the world's coral reefs are located here, an amount surpassing even Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Bahaman Islands, rich in beauty, history, and personality, has something for everyone.

Nassau: Nassau is the home of the Bahamian national capital. It has been the bustling hub of the Bahamas since the shipwrecking days of the legendary pirate, Blackbeard. Nassau is comprised of ancient forts, elegant architecture, and fine local and international crafts and goods. It is also home to luxurious hotels, sparkling casinos and exquisite white sand beaches.

Interesting spots in Nassau include the Bahamas Historical Society Museum, Doongalik's Junkanoo Museum, the Government House and Fort Fincastle, the Queen’s staircase, the Water Tower which is the highest point on the island and has terrific view, and the Pirates of Nassau Museum unraveling the mysteries of the infamous Black Beard Pirates.

Paradise Island: Connected to Nassau by bridge is tiny Paradise Island. Its gorgeous expanse of white sand against the clear blue sea provides a perfect setting for several beautiful hotels, action-packed casinos, and restaurants, including the world renown Atlantis resort.

Atlantis Resort: Atlantis offers plenty of fun activities to help you unwind as you reflect on the rigorous Conference program. The Atlantis offers virtually every conceivable water sport. There are also a host of local providers offering a variety of pastimes and adventures from diving, fishing, sailing, and golf to encounters with dolphins, helicopter and seaplane tours, canoeing, and bird watching.

More Information: More information as well as a comprehensive list of local providers with contact information can be found at . If you do not make plans in advance, Atlantis has a tourist office (located in the lobby of Coral Towers) with specialized representatives that can explain options and make reservations.