Contact Information
CVC Research Secretariat
Computer Vision Center
Edifici O, campus UAB
Bellaterra 08193
Tel: +34935813841



About Barcelona

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, at the north-east corner of Spain. The region is divided in four provinces named after their capitals: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The city of Barcelona lies between two rivers, the Llobregat and the Besós, and it is backed by the Collserola hills which rise to a 512m peak at the Tibidabo amusement park. The city grew up as the industrial sweatshop of Spain, though the shunting yards and the seaside warehouses have now gone. Around 4 million people live in Barcelona and its suburbs – about half the population of Catalonia – which makes Barcelona Spain’s second city after Madrid.


The School venue: The Computer Vision Center at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

The Computer Vision Center (CVC) is a non-profit institution founded in 1995 by CIRIT (Consell Interdepartamental de Recerca i Innovació Tecnològica), CIDEM (Centre d'Innovació i Desenvolupament Empresarial) and UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). The strategic objective of CVC is to do both Research and Development of good quality on Computer Vision. From a scientific point of view, the CVC wants to contribute to increase the knowledge in this field. From a technological point of view, the CVC aims to contribute to innovation and industrial competitiveness collaborating with companies to develop technological projects. The CVC model plans a natural co-operation between Research and Development towards technology transfer.

The Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a comparatively young institution, founded in 1968, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace. It currently has more than 40 thousand registered students and comprises 54 academic departments and an equally high number of associated institutes and research centres located in three campuses in Barcelona. The Bellaterra campus, the main campus of the UAB and the location of the WSETM2009 venue, is situated at the very heart of the greater Barcelona metropolitan area about 20km away from Barcelona city-centre and next to an important technological park.

Other Useful Information

  • Currency. The euro (€) is the official currency of the European Union and can be exchanged at banks. The approximate exchange rate to 1 U.S. dollar = 0.668
  • Climate. The local climate is Mediterranean. During the time of the school, the temperature typically ranges between 25°C and 32°C.
  • Language. In Barcelona, official languages are Catalan and Spanish. People in Barcelona can normally speak English so you should have no problems getting around. Check also the Phrasebook at the end of the booklet.
  • Time Zone. Barcelona Time is in the Central European Time Zone which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
  • Electricity. Electric outlets in Barcelona can accommodate European plugs only. Barcelona follows the standard electric current of 220 volts/60 cycles, with two pin plugs.
  • Credit Cards. Shops, hotels and restaurants accept VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express credit cards, as well as Eurochecks and Eurocards.
  • Telephone. Coins or prepaid cards may be used at any local pay phone. The international access code for Spain is +34. Foreign cellular phones work in Spain. The international prefix to call abroad is 00. In case of medical emergency dial 061, in case of a police emergency 091.

Arriving in Barcelona

Barcelona has a major international airport located 18km from the city centre, with flights coming from Europe, America and the rest of the world. There are also airports in Girona and Reus with bus links to Barcelona while you can also reach Barcelona by boat and by train.

The new south terminal (T1) of Barcelona airport was inaugurated in June 2009. Pay attention to which terminal you arrive at, as train links to the city are still only available through the old terminal (T2). There are continuous shuttles running between the two terminal buildings that take about 10 minutes.


From the Airport to Barcelona City Centre

By Bus. Buses A1 (to T1) and A2 (to T2) link the airport to “Plaça Catalunya”, the central square of the city. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.Timetable: Departures from Pl. Catalunya every day 5:30 to 00:30. Departures from the airport every day 06:05 to 01:05. Buses run every 7 to 15 minutes. Fares: Single trip: €5 (A1) / €4.25 (A2). Return trip: €8.65 (A1) / €7.30 (A2). More information: http://www.emt-amb.com/

By Train. Line of the suburban train links the airport with the “Sants Barcelona” train station. The trip takes about 20 minutes.Timetable: Departures From the airport from 06:00 to 23:44. Departures from the Estació de França from 05:20 to 22:42. Trains run every 30 minutes. Fares: The Airport falls within zone 1 of the integrated fare system. Single trip, €1.35; 10-trip card (T-10), €7.70. More information: http://www.renfe.com/

By Taxi. Barcelona’s taxis are yellow and black and display a green light when they are free. You can get a taxi from outside any of the airport terminals. Fares: Approximate rates from the airport on working days (from 07.00 to 21.00): to Plaza España, €14.90; to Plaza Catalunya, €17.20. Approximate rates on Saturdays, holidays and at night (from 21.00 to 07.00): to Plaza España, €17.80; to Plaza Cataluña, €20.60. These rates include the airport supplement. The luggage supplement is 0.90 € per item. The cost payable is as indicated on the meter. Users are advised to request a receipt (see also Phrasebook section). Reservations: +34 933 033 033 More information: http://www.radiotaxi033.com/

From City Centre to UAB Campus

By Metro. Lines (Pl. Catalunya – Sabadell) and (Pl. Catalunya – Univ. Autònoma) connect the UAB campus to the city centre. The journey time is 30 minutes. The metro stop closest to the school venue is “Bellaterra”. Timetable: Departures approximately every 10 minutes. Fares: The UAB campus falls within zone 2 of the integrated fare system. Single trip, €2.05; 10-trip card (T-10) €15.40. More information: http://www.fgc.net

By Bus. The SARBUS service , connects Barcelona (“Fabra i Puig” Station) to the UAB, while there is also a night bus, , that operates between Pl. Catalunya and the UAB campus. The bus journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Timetable: Departures A3, every 30 minutes. Departures N62 from Pl. Catalunya (1:05 to 4:05) every hour. Departures N62 from UAB campus (0:18 to 3:18) every hour. Fares: The UAB campus falls within zone 2 of the integrated fare system. Single trip, €2.05; 10-trip card (T-10) €15.40. More information: http://www.sarbus.com/paginas/horarios.php

By Car. The easiest way to get to the UAB by road is to take the motorway. If coming from the North take AP-7, direction “Tarragona-Lleida”, if travelling from the Barcelona or the South, take AP-7 direction “Girona”. Alternatively from Barcelona you can take C-58 (Barcelona – Sabadell – Terassa).

Around the UAB Campus

Within the UAB Campus and within walking distance from the school venue, there are shops, restaurants and cash points. Below is a map indicating some of them, as well as the closest metro stations (FGC) and the train station (RENFE). Full view of the map here

Cost of living overview:

  • Cost of a cab ride from the airport to the school venue:40,00 €
  • Cost of a cab ride from the airport to Barcelona:20,00 €
  • Cab minimum charge : 1,40 €
  • Bus and metro fares: 1,15 € (one way), 7,30 € (10 ways)
  • Regular meal : 8,50 – 25,00 €
  • Coffee and refreshment : 1,80 €
  • Ticket for the cinema : 6,00 €
  • Ticket for the theatre : 27,00 €
  • Museum entrance : 5,50 €
  • Newspapers :1,00 €
  • Souvenirs and gifts : 6,00 – 37,00 €
  • VAT in Spain : 7% on hotels, restaurants food & beverage, transportation, coaches