Banquet and Tour

ASYNC 2007, 13th IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems

March 12-14, 2007, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Bechtel Engineering Center - Sibley Auditorium & Garbarini Lounge

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Tuesday afternoon and evening are left open to catch up with old friends and the new friends you've made at ASYNC 2007. We will explore San Francisco by cable car and end the day with a cocktail reception between the fish tanks of the Steinhart Aquarium, followed by dinner and the Invited Talk by Dr. Steve Jacobson. This social event is part of the ASYNC 2007 registration. Guests are welcome for an additional $85 per person, which can be paid at the conference registration desk. Details are listed below.


Tuesday afternoon is left open to explore San Francisco by cable car. You will get a street map, transportation map and tickets, and trip tips. For those who want to have lunch in Berkeley first, we'll provide a list of restaurants by type and price. For the true adventurers amongst us who cannot wait to start exploring, we'll add a few lunch suggestions in San Francisco. Take warm clothes and good walking shoes, because San Francisco is hilly and can be windy and cold. If you'd like to change clothes for the banquet, then we'll be happy to transport these for you to the Steinhart Aquarium.


  1. CABLE CAR TURNTABLE Go to the cable car turntable at Powell/Market Street, near the Powell Street BART station. Turntables are the endpoints of a cable car line. After the cable car has arrived, the passengers get off, and then the cable car is pushed onto the turntable and turned around 180 degrees by human power, as you can see in the picture.

  1. CABLE CAR MUSEUM Show your MUNI day passport to the cable car driver and get on the cable car.You are now either on the Powell-Mason line or the Powell-Hyde cable car line. Both lines stop at the Cable Car Museum at the corner of Mason and Washington Street. When you approach Washington street, signal the gripman that you'd like to get off.

Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94108
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm
Phone: (415) 474-1887

The Cable Car Museum operates as Cable Car Barn and Powerhouse. All three cable car lines Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason , and California are powered from here.

This web site shows how to operate grip and brakes on the San Francisco cable cars, and let's you drive a cable car yourself:  For more background and history, check out Joe Thompson's Cable Car home page

  1. LOMBARD STREET Continue your San Francisco exploration north, but this time take the Powell-Hyde line towards Fisherman's Warf. Get off at the top of Lombard Street , San Francisco's most famous street, and walk the 16-degree slope downhill. Unlike often advertised, Lombard Street is not the most crooked street in San Francisco: that's Vermont Avenue at 20th Street.
  2. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE You can get to the golden gate bridge via two short Muni bus rides (rides go every 15 minutes). From the street-crossing Lombard/Leavensworth just downhill the crooked Lombard section, and walk 4 blocks north to the crossing of Leavensworth with North Point to take Muni bus #30, direction Jefferson Loop/Exploratorium.
    Get off #30 at the crossing Chestnut/Laguna, and transfer to Muni bus #28 to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  3. STEINHART AQUARIUM Reverse your bus route in 4: from the Golden Gate Bridge, take Muni bus #28 to the Chestnut/Laguna crossing to transfer to Muni bus #30 and continue to street crossing at 4th/Howard, and walk 1 block to the Steinhart Aquarium at 5th Street and Howard.
    Or, reverse your cable-car route in 3: take the Powell-Mason or Powell-Hyde cable-car line back to the turntable at Powell and Market street, go south to 5th street and walk 4 blocks to the Steinhart Aquarium at 5th/Howard.

NOTE: Our ASYNC 2007 logo is an Escher-esque view of cable cars going up and down the streets of San Francisco. It was designed by Ivan and Marly. To continue the tradition of Muller C-element based logos for ASYNC, they made each cable car a three-port device. The reference to Escher becomes clear when you trace the cable of a cable car and realize it becomes the street for the neighboring cable car - and vice versa.


At 6:00 PM Tuesday evening we'll start with a cocktail reception between the fish tanks at the Steinhart Aquarium, followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. During the reception, marine biologist docents will give a tour of the Aquarium. We'll share dessert with Dr. Steve Jacobson's robot creations.

Built in 1923, the Steinhart is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States and is home to more than 600 different species of aquatic animals, one of the most diverse collections in the world! See the flooded forests of the Amazon, the mudbanks of the Mississippi River and the reefs of Hawaii without ever leaving San Francisco!

Steinhart Aquarium - California Academy of Sciences
875 Howard Street (between 4th and 5th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 321-8000

  • PARKING: The Fifth and Mission Garage is the largest parking garage in San Francisco with more than 2,500 parking spaces, and is conveniently located only a block from the Aquarium between 4th and 5th Streets on Mission. The fee is $10.00 for 3-4 hours, $12.00 for 4-5 hours. The garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • BART: Exit at the Powell Street stop in San Francisco, go to 5th Street and walk 4 blocks south to the Aquarium at 5th/Howard. We'll give handouts with detailed instructions how to take BART back to the Downtown Berkeley stop.


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