The 21st ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2016) will be held from March 7 to 10, 2016 in Sonoma, California. The main technical program for the conference begins on the morning on March 7 and the workshops will be held on the 10th, after the main conference.


Conference registration includes the main conference from March 7 to March 10, 2015, with keynotes, paper presentations, posters, demos, a reception, and a banquet. Please note that one-day registration includes the conference only (banquet and workshops are not included). Turorials are free of charge.
Main Conference
registration type
One Day
Until Mar 9
Until Jan 31
Feb 1 - Mar 2
After Mar 2
Regular $350 $850 $950 $1000
Member (ACM/SIGCHI/SIGAI/AAAI) $300 $750 $850 $900
Student $450 $550 $600
Workshop registration includes workshops on March 10, 2016.
registration type
Until Jan 31
Feb 1 - Mar 2
After Mar 2
Regular $200 $300 $300
Member (ACM/SIGCHI/SIGAI/AAAI) $150 $250 $250
Student $100 $200 $200


Airport Express (AirBus)

Airport Express is one of the convenient and affordable public transportations between SFO and the conference venue.

Please note that we will have discounted travel option from the SFO airport to Sonoma (and back) by the Sonoma County Airport Express, which provides scheduled transportation 365 days a year between Sonoma County and San Francisco and Oakland Airports. Please use discount code IUI2016.

You can take the bus to the stop at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. The driver can arrange to have a taxi waiting to pick you up at the stop, or you can use Uber. The cost of an Uber from the Fairgrounds to the hotel is $22-29, so we estimate the cost of a cab would be slightly more, perhaps $35.

We are looking into other transportation options that get much closer to the hotel, and will update this page shortly.

Taxi / Rental Car

Taxi or rental car may be another convenient way of getting from the airport to the conference venue. There are four area airports near by Sonoma as listed below.
Area Airport Hotel Direction Alternate Transportation* Estimated Taxi Fare** Website
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 56 miles N Shuttle California; fee: 90 USD (one way),
Rental Car
220 USD link
Oakland International Airport (OAK) 57 miles NW Rental Car 220 USD link
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 76 miles SW Rental Car 300 USD link
Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) 88 miles NW Rental Car 250 USD link
* - reservation required
** - one way trip

There are many options for car rental at SFO, from about $15/day (basic rate):
More information about transportation can be found here.

Ride Sharing / Shuttles

Here is a link to a team-up calendar for IUI’16. Please use this to leave your contact details for arranging ride shares, either in rental cars or shuttles, to help save cost and reduce carbon footprint!

The following companies provide direct shuttle service from SFO to the hotel. Their rates are varied and can be expensive. For example, California Wine Tours suggested that it would cost $60/person with a minimum group of five people.

Hotel & Venue

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa is both the conference hotel and the venue of ACM IUI 2016.

Hotel address:
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
1325 Broadway at Leveroni & Napa Roads
Sonoma, CA 95476


The March 6-10, 2016 ACM IUI Room Block is ready to receive individual call-in reservations to the toll-free number of +1 888-710-8008, and rooms may also be reserved online using the reservation hyperlink below.

You will be directed to the property’s home page with the code already entered in the appropriate field. All you need to do is enter your arrival and departure dates to begin the reservation process.

The ACM IUI Room Block consists of rooms at $179 per room per night, with a current cutoff date for individual reservations of February 16, 2016.

Association for Computing Machinery IUI

Start date: 3/6/16
End date: 3/10/16
Last day to book: 2/16/16

Marriott hotel is offering a special group rate:
  • The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa for 179 USD per night

  • You can follow the above link to book your room at the conference hotel.


    Here are a list of fun things to do during your stay in the conference hotel, The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma, California.

    Biking / Jogging

    You might want to enjoy biking or jogging in California’s great nature. Here is a nice map of the surrounding bike paths and running trails!
    Biking/Jogging Map


    The hotel is also close to many great restaurants to visit with exotic cuisine! Here are some of the restaurants the hotel recommends.
    Restaurant Recommendations Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar


    The hotel is in fact a resort with really great facilities. In case you want to explore the resort, here is a map:
    Resort Map

    The conference hotel also has a series of fun and great day-to-day activities you can join. Please check them out!
    List of Activities

    Student Travel Grant

    Due: December 20th
    Notification: January 10th

    Following the tradition of previous years, we will offer student participation support provided by SIGAI and SIGCHI to attend the IUI Conference. This support is in the form of a small stipend to cover the registration fee and partially cover the costs of travel and living expenses while attending the conference. The students will be reimbursed for their expenses after the conference. All students who get travel grants from SIGAI must send us a paragraph about their experience and a headshot before they will be reimbursed. You must be a member of SIGAI before you apply ($11 dues).

    The objective of IUI's student support is to encourage students interested in subjects related to Intelligent User Interfaces to become active members of the IUI community. To apply, the student should be actively enrolled as a student in an academic institution. Priority will be given to students who are first authors of accepted papers and to participants in the doctoral consortium. Recipients of the stipend are also expected to help the conference organization as student volunteers. The level of support will be determined by the availability of funds and the number of eligible applications. The application should include:

    1. Full name
    2. Email address
    3. The school you are attending, your major, and the country in which the school resides
    4. If you will present at the conference, please provide the title of the submission and its type (e.g., research paper, student consortium, demo). Please note if you have submitted but have not found out if your submission has been accepted
    5. A short statement describing your research interests and how you wish to benefit from attending this conference
    6. The location you are flying from and the cost for your airfare, as determined by the availability of low-cost economy fares for travel to the conference. Please describe any other expenses you expect to accrue, but do not include registration and housing costs, as they are similar for all students
    7. A letter of recommendation from your thesis or doctoral advisor (or supervising faculty member) sent separately by email to the Student Consortium Co-Chairs at If you are also applying to the Student Consortium, one appropriately worded recommendation letter can be used for both applications, or you may submit a slightly different letter for each application.
    8. You must be a member of SIGAI before you apply

    Submit your single, combined PDF (except letter of recommendation) to by the deadline!

    Visa Support Letters

    It is possible for citizens of most countries to travel and enter the United States. Visa support letters will be generated for those who have registered and request them. If you need a visa to attend ACM IUI 2016, please send your request for a letter in support of a visa application to the ACM headquarters at and include:

    • Your name as it appears on your passport
    • Your current postal mailing address
    • Include a fax number or email address of where letter can be sent
    • That you wish to attend ACM IUI 2016
    • Your ACM IUI 2016 registration confirmation number
    • If you have had a paper accepted, the title of your paper and whether you are a "co-author" or "sole author” (Speakers can provide the title of their talk)
    Please note visa support letters are issued via email by PDF. The above information can also be found on ACM's webpage