Conference Attendee Information

Welcome to the 5th international Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference!

This web page will provide LAK attendees with important information regarding conference shuttles, area restaurants, dinner shuttles, taxi cabs, weather and other travel tips, and important safety information.  Once you arrive at the conference venue our Information Desk, located in the main conference hallway, will be able to provide additional assistance.  If you have questions before arriving please contact us at

NOTE: The registration desk will be open 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. March 16–17, and 7:30 a.m.–12:00 noon March 18 just outside the entrance of the Nelly Goletti Theatre located in the Student Center (for room locations, see conference venue map).

Hotel and Dinner Shuttle Schedule

Free shuttles will be provided in the mornings and evenings to transport conference attendees between the official conference hotels and the main conference venue located at Marist College.  Shuttles will depart promptly at the times noted in the schedules below to ensure attendees arrive in time for conference events. Please be sure to board shuttles prior to listed departure times.

Pre-conference Hotel Shuttles (Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 17, 2015)

NOTE: Based on attendee feedback, we have adjusted the morning hotel shuttle departure times.  Please note that there will NOT be a second shuttle and taxi cab service in the morning may be limited.

Shuttle Run Monday Tuesday
Morning Shuttle to Marist Arrives Hotels 7:15 AM 7:15 AM
Departs Hotels 7:30 AM 7:30 AM
Afternoon Shuttle to Marist Arrives Hotels 11:45 AM 11:45 AM
Departs Hotels 12:00 Noon 12:00 Noon
Afternoon Shuttle to Hotels Arrives at Marist 1:00 PM 1:00 PM
Departs Marist 1:15 PM 1:15 PM
Evening Shuttle to Hotels Arrives at Marist 5:00 PM 5:00 PM
Departs Marist 5:15 PM 5:15 PM


Main Conference Hotel Shuttles (Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 20, 2015)

NOTE: Based on attendee feedback, we have adjusted the morning hotel shuttle departure times. Please note that there will NOT be a second shuttle and taxi cab service in the morning may be limited.

Shuttle Run Wednesday Thursday Friday* Saturday
Shuttle to Marist Arrives Hotels 7:15 AM 7:30 AM 7:30 AM There will
be a LAK15
Airport Shuttle departing
from hotels
for area airports
early Saturday morning. 
Please register
by March 10th
Departs Hotels 7:30 AM 7:45 AM 7:45 AM*
Shuttle back
to Hotels (Run #1)
Arrives at Marist 6:30 PM 5:30 PM 1:15 PM
Departs Marist 6:45 PM 5:45 PM 1:30 PM
Shuttle back
to Hotels (Run #2)
Arrives at Marist 7:30 PM   There will be a
LAK15 Airport Shuttle
departing at 1:30 PM
for area airports. 
Please register by March 10th.
Departs Marist 7:45 PM  
Shuttles to Conference
Dinner** at FDR Library
Arrives at Marist   5:30 PM
Departs Marist   5:45 PM
Shuttles from FDR
Library to Hotels
Arrives at FDR   9:15 PM
Departs FDR   9:30 PM

* - If you are departing for airports on Friday please remember to bring your luggage to Marist on Friday.  There will be a secure luggage storage area for you to use in MU 3202.

** - You MUST purchase tickets in advance for the Conference Dinner.  Tickets can be purchased online until March 10, 2015 and at the Registration Desk until Thursday (March 19th) afternoon.

Parking Information

If you are driving to the conference (see directions) you will be able to park for free on the Marist College Campus.  Please enter the campus through our South Entrance (see campus map) and make your first left into the McCann Recreational Center parking lot.  Campus Security is aware of the conference and thus you do not need a visitor pass nor do you need to check in with security.  All conference events will take place in the Marist Student Center which is #30 on the campus map.

Restaurant Suggestions

The LAK15 conference is taking place during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW) which is an annual event during which top area restaurants offer "prix fixe" (price fixed) three-course dinners for $29.95 (US) and lunches for $20.95 (US) and often showcase dishes that use local produce and products.  This is a great opportunity for attendees to try out some of our best local restaurants at reduced rates.  You can find a list of Poughkeepsie-based participating restaurants on the HVRW web site.

NOTE: Because of Restaurant Week reservations are highly recommended.

In addition, here is a short list of additional restaurants in the area:

  • Restaurant's at the Culinary Institute of America - The CIA Restaurant Group is a family of unique restaurants that provide an array of culinary experiences, from modern French to farm-to-table and from authentic Italian to new global flavors. They are united by their common passion for culinary excellence and their relationship to the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America.
  • Shadows on the Hudson - Shadows on the Hudson is an award winning waterfront restaurant located in Poughkeepsie, NY. Our building is perched on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River and just 50 feet from its eastern bank. This prime location affords us one-of-a-kind, truly grand views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge to the north and miles of open river to the south.
  • Bluestone Bistro - Bluestone Bistro is Hudson Valley's newest best kept secret for affordable and delicious cuisine. Located on IBM Road, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Bluestone Bistro serves an eclectic menu in a casual and friendly atmosphere. Bluestone's Proprietor, Michael Polasek, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and also proprietor of Simply Gourmet, which specializes in customized off site catering. Whether you are looking to sit and relax for lunch or dinner in the bistro, order take out, or have a customized event, we have you covered.  Bluestone Bistro participates in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and is in walking distance of the Hampton Inn.
  • Cosimo's Brick Oven - Cosimo's takes pride in their commitment to consistency, quality, and dedication to meeting the expectations of each of their customers. Our Regional Tuscan fare with a New World twist is both traditional and innovative, featuring a variety of fres