InterLab 06

InterLab 2006

General Information

   Tutorial: October 24, 2006
Workshop: October 25-27, 2006

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Batavia, Illinois USA
Hotel To Hotel To Fermilab Parking Shuttle Bus
Transportation Registration Tutorial Welcome Reception Banquet Dinner
Fermilab Site Seeing Internet Access


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Pheasant Run Resort and Spa located in St. Charles, Illinois. The Resort is offering a greatly reduced rate of $95 per night plus 11% tax for a single room and $105 per night plus 11% tax for a double room. This room rate includes the resort fee and complimentary high speed wireless connection within the sleeping rooms and in other public areas of the Resort.
Guest check-in cannot be guaranteed prior to 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Checkout time is 12:00 noon.

Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by calling 630-584-6300 or going on the web to the hotel reservation site at:
When placing reservations by telephone, please inform the hotel that you are part of the Fermilab InterLab 2006 group.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card or a deposit in the amount of one night's accommodation. Guaranteed reservations are held (without occupancy) for one night only and not the entire length of the stay. Reservations guaranteed to a credit card must be cancelled 48 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid a charge of one night's accommodations. Deposits from attendees are refundable if notice of cancellation is received at least 48 hours prior to arrival date.

The cut-off date for hotel reservations is October 11, 2006
. After that date, accommodations at the Workshop rate will be possible on a "space available" basis only. The Resort has agreed to honor the Workshop rate two days prior to and two days after the Workshop only for attendees and guests utilizing the pre- and post-meeting days continuous with and contiguous to the days of the Workshop. Please note that these additional days outside the time of the Workshop may be limited by availability.
All guests are required to present a valid credit card or cash deposit upon registration at the hotel unless prior credit approval has been obtained from the Resort.

Fermilab On-Site Housing
A very limited number of dormitory rooms may be available in the Fermilab on-site housing. Each room has a single bed and telephone, with central shower/bath facilities, kitchens, and lounge areas located within each dormitory. Dormitory rooms range in price from $14 to $18.50 per night. For further information, please contact the Housing Office by e-mail at or by telephone at 630-840-3777.

Driving Directions to Pheasant Run

From O'Hare International Airport
Take I-90 West to Route 59 South. Exit south on Route 59 and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (west) on North Avenue. The Resort is located 3 miles west of Route 59 on North Avenue (Route 64) on the south side of the street.

From Chicago
Take I-290 West to I-88 West. Continue west on I-88 to Farnsworth (Kirk) North. Exit north on Farnsworth (Kirk) and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (east) on North Avenue and continue approximately 1 mile. The Resort is located on the south side of the street.

From Chicago Midway
Take Cicero Avenue North to I-55 South. Get on I-55 South and continue to I-355 North. Exit onto I-355 North and continue to I-88 West. Exit onto I-88 West and continue to Farnsworth (Kirk) North. Exit north on Farnsworth (Kirk) and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (east) on North Avenue and continue approximately 1 mile. The Resort is located on the south side of the street.

From the South
Take I-294 North to I-88 West. Exit I-88 West at Farnsworth (Kirk Rd.) North and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (east) on North Avenue and continue approximately 1 mile. The Resort is located on the south side of the street.
Take I-55 North to I-355 North to I-88 West. Exit I-88 West at Farnsworth (Kirk Rd.) North and continue to North Avenue (Route 64). Turn right (east) on North Avenue and continue approximately 1 mile. The Resort is located on the south side of the street.

From DuPage Airport
Take a right onto Kautz Road. Go north 1 mile. The Resort entrance is located on the east side of the street (right side), just south of North Ave (Route 64).

Driving Directions to Fermilab from Pheasant Run

From Pheasant Run parking lot, turn left (west) onto Rt. 64 toward St. Charles. Travel on Rt. 64 until you reach Kirk Road (1.0 miles). Turn left (south) onto Kirk Road and remain on Kirk Road until you reach the Pine Street entrance to Fermilab (5.6 miles). Turn left (east) onto Pine Street and travel to guard post. Provide guard with photo I.D. and purpose of visit, i.e., attend InterLab06 Workshop. Once authorized by guard, continue on Pine Street to Road A. Turn right (south) onto Road A and travel to parking lot on either side of Wilson Hall (sixteen-story hi-rise building).

Parking at Fermilab

Parking on site can be frustrating. While we have many parking spaces surrounding Wilson Hall, many along the building are restricted and one must have a parking permit in order to park in those spots.
We also have spaces that are marked as one hour or fifteen minute drop-off, as well as handicapped spaces. These spaces are well marked.

Shuttle Bus

Shuttle bus service from the hotel to Fermilab and return will be provided daily by the Workshop. Transportation from Wilson Hall to the Chez Leon restaurant for the Workshop banquet will be provided by volunteers with cars. Sign-up for this transportation will be available at registration.
There will be no mid-day shuttle back to the hotel. Please note that there is no public transportation from the hotel to Fermilab, so if you miss the shuttle buses you will have to make arrangements for a private taxi.


The Resort is located less than one hour from Chicago, next to the DuPage Airport, with easy access to O'Hare International and Midway Airports via limousine, rental car, or taxi. There is no public transportation to the Resort, and taxi service is costly. You are strongly encouraged to sharing where convenient.
Limousine and rental car information may also be found at the hotel web site.
The following are some useful phones to help you make your arrangements. (You may find more information on Fermilab's Visitor Information pages):

Limousine Services West Suburban Limousine 1-800-345-LIMO or 630-668-9600
  Sunset Livery Service (630) 801-1056
Taxi Services American Taxi, Naperville (630) 305-3908
  Aurora American Taxi (630) 892-2300
  Fox Cab, St. Charles (630) 587-8822
  Fox Cab, Geneva (630) 262-8822
  Naperville Cab (630) 355-7855
  Wheaton Auto Ride Cab (630) 653-2500
  Sunset Livery Service (630) 232-1603

Workshop Registration

The registration fee covers only the costs associated with the registration material ( writing material, program printouts, name tags etc), the transportation to/from the hotel, the snacks during the breaks as well as overtime costs related to Fermilab personnel helping with the setup/cleanup for the workshop.

XML Tutorial

The XML tutorial will be taught by Prof. Bebo White on October 24th, 2006 at the Feynman Computing Center (FCC) in the conference room FCC2A at the second floor of the building.
The tutorial fee covers all costs associated with the tutorial.


A welcome reception sponsored by Autonomy, Inc. will be held on Wednesday evening, October 25, 2006 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall.  All participants and companions are invited to attend.  Shuttle-bus service will be provided back to the hotel at the end of the reception.

Banquet Dinner

Universities Research Association, Inc. will host the Workshop banquet at the Chez Leon restaurant on Thursday evening, October 26, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The restaurant is located in the Users Center in the Fermilab Village. Participants may wish to get together at the Users Center for a social hour (cash bar) before the dinner. Transportation will be provided from Wilson Hall to Chez Leon and then again at the end of the evening back to Pheasant Run. Companion tickets for the banquet are $50 each and will be available for sale at registration and at the Secretariat. Payment for these tickets must be made in cash or by check made out to "Chez Leon." All tickets must be purchased by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 25.

Fermilab Site Seeing

Tours will be offered at three different times as described below. We would appreciate if you can sign up ahead of time for one of the tours.
Wednesday and Thursday (October 25, 26 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm): Lunch break tour of the Linear Accelerator building where you will see the Cockcroft-Walton, the components in the linear accelerator gallery and the Main Control Room.
Friday (October 27): After the workshop, from 1:30 - 4:00pm (approximately) there will be a tour that will start at the same areas as above and will continue to the CDF experiment and magnet facility areas. You may join the tour for as long as you wish. There is local transportation to bring you back to Wilson Hall, allow 20 minutes.

Internet Access at Fermilab

Guest Computing

There are six windows desktops at the E-Mail center on the ground floor on the north side of Wilson Hall. Account name and passwords are attached to the desktops.

Computer Security

Anyone conducting work at the Laboratory or using the Laboratory's computing resources (including the network) must register his or her hardware address. For information please refer to our documentation in pdf format: two page brochure or one page flier).

Visitor computers brought onsite which apply for a temporary DHCP address will be scanned and must demonstrate the same level of computer security required for all lab machines. Please turn OFF any peer to peer software you have - for music downloads etc. If this software is on you will get blocked and won't be able to access the internet. The easiest way to ensure a machine is secure is to run an operating system with up-to-date patches and current virus signatures. For machines found to have critical vulnerabilities, there will be a physical network connection near the helpdesk (in the E-Mail Center, ground floor of Wilson Hall) that visitors can connect to and download patches from their vendor or university. This connection will not have internal access to the Fermilab network but will have access to the internet.

Note that only those critical vulnerabilities identified on the following web page will cause a system to be denied a temporary address:

Machines with non-critical vulnerabilities (anything not on the above list) will be granted a temporary address and you will receive email notification with instructions describing how to remediate the remaining vulnerabilities.