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San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
19 - 23 August 2018
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Onsite Services

Information on this page:
 • Speaker Check-In and Poster Setup
 • Internet Access and Charging Stations
 • SPIE Bookstore
 • SPIE Education Services
 • SPIE Press Room
 • SPIE Luggage + Coat Check
 • Business Center
 • Restaurant & City Information
 • Lost and Found
 • Child Care Services
Lobby Services and Amenities
 • Urgent Message Line
 • Food + Beverage Services

Onsite Registration Hours / Badge Pick-Up

Marriott Marina Foyer (Level 3)
Conference Registration  
 Saturday, 18 August 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center
Sails Pavilion (Upper Level)
Conference + Exhibition Registration
Sunday, 19 August 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, 20 August 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 21 August 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, 22 August 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday, 23 August 7:45 am to 4:00 pm

Speaker Check-In and Preview Station

Speaker Check-In
Conv. Ctr. Room 27 (Upper Level)

Sunday through Thursday .....................7:00 am to 5:00 pm

All presenters must stop by Speaker Check-In to upload their file(s) at least four hours before their scheduled talk. Authors are not able to present using their own devices. All conference rooms have a laptop, projector, screen, lapel microphone, and laser pointer.

Poster Setup Instructions

Monday, 20 August
Conv. Ctr. Room 20C

Setup: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; Session: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 22 August
Conv. Ctr. Room 20C

Setup: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; Session: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Poster presenters must set up their posters between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm on the day of their assigned presentation.

- Paper numbers will be posted on the poster boards in numerical order; please find your paper number and post your poster in the designated space.

- A poster author or coauthor is required to stand by the poster during the scheduled poster session to answer questions from attendees.

- Presenters who have not placed their papers on their assigned board by 4:30 pm on the day of their presentation will be considered a “no show” and their manuscript will not be published.

- Presenters must remove their posters immediately after the poster session. Posters not removed will be considered unwanted and will be discarded. SPIE assumes no responsibility for posters left up after the end of each poster session.

Internet Access

Complimentary wireless access is available throughout the upper level lobbies of the Convention Center; instructions will be posted onsite.

Charging Stations
Take a quick break to charge your devices at one of our 27 charging stations, located along the lower level.

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SPIE Bookstore
Conv. Ctr. Sail Pavilion (Upper Level)
Stop by the SPIE Bookstore to browse the latest SPIE Press books, proceedings, and educational materials. While there, get a t-shirt or educational toy to bring home to the family. 

SPIE Education Services
Conv. Ctr. Sail Pavilion (Upper Level)     
Browse course offerings or learn more about SPIE courses available in portable formats such as Online and customized, In-company courses.

SPIE Press Room
Conv. Ctr. Room 21 (Upper Level) 
Open during Registration hours
For Registered Press only. The Press Room provides meeting space, refreshments, access to exhibitor press releases, and Internet connections. Press are urged to register before the meeting by emailing name, contact information, and name of publication to media@spie.org. Preregistration closes approximately 10 days before the start of the event.

SPIE Luggage and Coat Check
Conv. Ctr. Hall D Lobby  (Ground Level)
Sunday through Thursday

Sunday through Wednesday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Complimentary luggage, package, and coat storage are available. Please note hours; no late pickup available.

Business Center
FedEx Kinko, Convention Center, Hall D Lobby (Ground Level)
Monday through Thursday. . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Services include photocopying, faxing, printing services, and shipping. Office supplies are also available.
Phone: 619-525-5450.

Restaurant and City Information
Conv. Ctr., Hall D Lobby (Ground Level)
Sunday through Thursday. . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Services include sightseeing, shopping, and restaurant information.

Lost and Found
Cashier, Conv. Ctr. Sail Pavilion (Upper Level)
Open during Registration Hours
Found items will be kept at Cashier the duration of the meeting. At the end of the meeting, all found items will be turned over to the San Diego Convention Center Security, lost and found hotline: 619-525-5407.

Child Care Services
Marion’s Childcare, Inc.
Email: amy@hotelchildcare.com
Office: 619-303-4379 or Text 619-663-4379
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Note: SPIE does not imply an endorsement nor recommendation of these services. They are provided on an "information only" basis for your further analysis and decision.  Other services may be available.

Lobby Services and Amenities


Courtesy Phones
For local calls

Nursing Mother's Lounge
These are located in the Women's Restroom outside of Hall E and in the Women's Restroom in Lobby A.

Gender Inclusive Bathroom
The Conference Center offers a gender inclusive bathroom, which can be found in Lobby A.

Urgent Message Line
An urgent message line is available during registration hours:619-525-6200.

Food + Beverage Services

Coffee Breaks

Complimentary coffee will be served between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. daily. Check individual conference listings for exact times and locations.

Sunday, Monday Upper Level Lobby
Tuesday,Wednesday & Thursday morning Exhibition Hall, Sails Pavilion (Upper Level)
Thursday afternoon Upper Level Lobby

Food and Refreshments for Purchase

Hot and cold snacks, hot entrees, deli sandwiches, salads, and pastries are available for purchase. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Convention Center, Lobby E (Ground Level)
Sunday & Monday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm


7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Mrs. Field's Cookies / Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Conv. Ctr. Lobby 20A (Upper Level)

Sunday through Thursday


7:30 am to 4:00 pm


Snack Cart
Conv. Ctr. Lobby 20B (Upper Level)
Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Assorted Gourmet Salads and Sandwiches, Fruit, Chips, Snacks and Assorted Beverages are available for purchase.  Cash and credit cards accepted.

Exhibition Hall, Coffee Area
Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Complimentary tickets for dessert snacks are included in course and conference attendee registration packets.

Beer & Pretzel Closing Celebration
Exhibition Hall A/B1
Thursday Noon – 1:30pm
Join exhibitors and colleagues for beer and pretzels to celebrate the closing of the event. A raffle and prize drawing are also offered. Open to all paid attendees. 
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