Romania`s second largest city, Constanta, is built upon the ancient ruins of the Greek strong hold Tomis, and is a pole of economic exchanges in the Black Sea Region and South-Eastern Europe.
Constanta is more than just the entry point to the Black Sea coast. It is a place with a long and interesting past, attested by its many Roman vestiges, historic buildings, facades and mosques that color the Old City Centre.
An ancient metropolis and Romania's largest sea port, Constanta traces its history some 2,500 years. Originally called Tomis, legend has it that Jason landed here with the Argonauts after finding the Golden Fleece.
Founded by Greek colonists from Miletos in the 6th century BC, Tomis was conquered by the Romans in 71 BC and renamed Constantiana by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great in honor of his sister. The name was shortened to Constanta during the Ottoman era.
Constanta is located in a region of Romania called Dobrogea which is the land between the Danube River to the west and Black Sea to the east.
Dobrogea is the territory between the Danube Delta and the Black Sea, which are the 2 main destinations of this area. The northern part of this territory contains some of the planet's oldest mountains, the Macin Mountains. Over the years, around 4 million years, they have eroded to only 500m high when initially they were 3000m high. Here you will find many archaeological monuments important to Romania's history, some dating back to 1700 B.C. from the Greek, Roman, and Ottoman civilizations.
The east has an abundant of numerous bathing and health resorts, mainly located along the 72km of sandy wide beaches by the Black Sea. The Danube Delta is home to thousands of protected species of wildlife, the biggest natural reserve in Europe.
The conference will be held at Constanta Maritime University. It is situated in the centre part of the city.
Maritime University of Constanta is the main maritime technical university in Romania, offering advanced study programs in engineering, technology and management of maritime transport.
Constanta Maritime University has long-standing 37 years old traditions dating back to the establishment of the Merchant Maritime Institute in 1971.
In 1990, during the sweeping changes brought about by the Romanian Revolution, the Merchant Marine Faculties split from the navy and founded the Merchant Marine Institute of Constanta. In 2000 the name of the institution was changed into Constanta Maritime University and it is the sole institution legally empowered to train students for the maritime and shipping industry.
During the month of May 2006 BVQI recertified the university for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, certification of compliance with standards for the environment. Proof of quality of educational standards is the university national and international affiliation: IAMU Member (International Organization of Maritime Universities) IMO consultative status, IMLA (International Maritime Lecturers' Association) member. BSUN ( Black Sea Universities Network) member since 1998. CMU was audited by the European Maritime Safety Agency, and it is under the jurisdiction of the Romanian Naval Authority on the White List of providers of higher education graduates, certified for managerial level.
Constanta is easily accessible from Bucharest (Bucuresti) by plane (approximately 35 minutes), by train (approximately 4 1/2 hours) and by car or bus (approximately 3 1/2 hours).
- Mihail Kogalniceanu airport is 15 miles from downtown Constanta. It offers seasonal charter flights from Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.
- Constanta Train Station - There are daily trains from/to Bucharest, Iasi, and Suceava. Trains from/to other major cities in Romania and destinations in Europe connect in Bucharest.
- Public Transportation - Buses, trams and trolley buses operate as one system, running from 5 am to 11:30 pm. Tickets are interchangeable for all three forms of transport. Route maps are available at yellow kiosks near bus, tram, and trolley bus stops. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks displaying the RATC logo. Be sure to stamp your ticket on boarding.
The Proceedings of the "SpeD 2009" Conference can be found in the IEEE Xplore using the Persistent Link (OPAC): http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/
The abstracts and the posters of the "SpeD 2009" Conference can be found on the EURASIP site (http://www.eurasip.org/) at the menu "EURASIP Open Library".
The Proceedings of the 5th Conference Speech Technology and Human Computer Dialogue "SpeD 2009" are included in the IEEE Conference Publications Program (CPP). The IEEE catalog number is CFP0955H-CDR.
SpeD 2009 is an EURASIP sponsored conference (http://www.eurasip.org/
SpeD 2009 is an IEEE sponsored conference (#15566).