ETRA 2010: Eye Tracking Research & Applications Symposium 2010

Conference Hotel

ETRA 2010 will be held at the Omni Austin Downtown Hotel in Austin, Texas, USA.

The special conference rate (payable on check out) is $179/night for singles and doubles for the conference period March 21st through 24th March.

The price will be the same from March 20th through March 27th, subject to availability. Better advanced rates may be available, but these require pre-payment. Bookings may be made on line at

The rate will be available until February 18th, 2010.

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Welcome to Austin!

Austin is a great place to visit and it is considered to be the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin is situated on the Colorado River and has average temperatures of 51-73F (11-23C) during March, with 115 sunny days per year.

Austin was named the "Greenest City in America" by MSN and the 2nd Best Big City in "Best Places to Live" by Money magazine. Austin is ranked as fifth-safest city in the US.

South by Southwest festival

If you love music, why not attend both the South by Southwest festival and ETRA on the same trip! The dates for SXSW 2010 Music are March 17-21, so it is just before the conference.

The SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 1,400 performers playing dozens of venues around Austin over four days. For those who love music, we recommend that you buy the tickets now (later they will get real expensive) and consider arriving for example already on Friday. For more information, see

Visiting Austin

Over 50 Things to Do in Austin

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More detailed info about historical sites, shopping, transportation and more can be found at:

101 Great Things To Do in Austin

  1. Ascend all 106 steps of Mt. Bonnell to enjoy the view. 512-478-0098
  2. Take a friend to Hamilton's Pool and experience the miracle of Nature. 512-264-2740
  3. Take a moonlight tour of the Wide Basin Preserve. 512-327-7622
  4. Go for a ride on the lone star riverboat or Capitol Cruise. (seasonal) 512-327-1388, 512-480-9264
  5. Join hundreds standing in line for a chance to see a taping of "Austin City Limits". 512-471-4811 ext. 310 or write from out of town: P.O. Box 7158, Austin, TX 78713
  6. Walk, jog or bike the Hike and Bike Trail along Town Lake. 499-6700
  7. In the summer, at dusk, sit on the banks of Town Lake and watch the nightly debut of thousands of bats coming out from under the congress Ave. Bridge. 512-327-9721
  8. Spend an afternoon at Austin History Center. 512-499-7840
  9. On a Saturday or Sunday, take a tour of the Westcave Preserve to view native flor and fauna. 512 825-3442
  10. Explore Austin's historic cemeteries where Texas Legends have been laid to rest. 512-478-8930
  11. Stroll through Zilker Rose Gardens and Taniguchi Oriental Garden. 512-477-8672
  12. Drive across the award-winning Pennybacker Bridge. 512-478-0098
  13. View the unique, late 19th-century MoonlightTower. 512-478-0098
  14. Attend a service at the oldest Protestant church west of the Mississippi (St. David's Episcopal Church). 512-472-1196
  15. Go to an outdoor concert at Symphony Square. 512-476-6064
  16. Watch the UT Longhorns play at Memorial Stadium. 512-471-1420
  17. Swim in the constant 68 degrees, spring-fed Barton Springs (512-476-9044) or the heated Stacy pool. 512-477-7273
  18. Play a round of golf on one of the many first-class Austin golf courses. 512-478-0098
  19. Prepare your best pun and participate in the O. Henry Pun Off (May). 512-472-1903
  20. Run in the Capitol 10,000 (April). 512-445-3596
  21. Enjoy live music 7 nights a week in one of the many local clubs. 512-478-0098
  22. Go to Sixth Street on Halloween for a Spook-tacular time. 512-478-0098
  23. Celebrate July 4th by listening to the Austin Symphony and watch the fireworks on Auditorium Shores. 512-476-6064
  24. Take a tour of the Governor's Mansion, weekday mornings. 512-463-5518
  25. Stroll the twelve-acre grounds at Laguna Gloria Art Museum and enjoy an exhibit. 512-458-8191
  26. Spend a few hours experiencing rural central Texas as it was in the 1880's at the Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm. 512-837-1215
  27. Visit the George Washington Carver Museum and Library. 512-472-4809
  28. Picnic at Rosewood Park during the Juneteenth Celebration (June). 512-472-6838
  29. Take a tour of the University of Texas campus. 512-471-1420
  30. Celebrate Diez y Seis y Seite de Septiembre at Fiesta Gardens (Sept.). 512-476-7502
  31. Take a Historic Walking Tour of downtown Austin. 512-478-0098/512-442-1004
  32. Go sculling, paddle boating or canoeing on Town Lake. 512-478-0098
  33. Camp and swim at Sandy Creek. 512-469-6867
  34. "Take a hike" on Barton Creek Nature Preserve. 512-478-0098
  35. Stay in one of Austin's historic bed & breakfasts. 512-478-0098
  36. Go to a play at Mary Mood Northern Theatre. 512-448-8484
  37. Visit the 1840's French Legation, a foreign embassy. 512-472-8180
  38. Follow the Walk of Stars on Six Street. 512-478-0098
  39. Visit the Elisabet Ney Museum, studio and home to this German sculptor. 512-458-2255
  40. Shop at the downtown Bluebonnet Market Place. 512-476-3484
  41. Spend a morning/afternoon at the Travis County Farmers' Market. 512-454-1002
  42. Tour Austin's local wineries and sample award-winning wines. 512-478-0098
  43. Experience unique shopping at Sixth Street's "West End". 512-478-0098
  44. "and they're off!" Horse racing at Manor Downs. 512-272-5581
  45. Ride the train or fly a kite in Zilker Park. 512-477-7273
  46. Spend some time at Discovery Hall, a hands-on science center. 512-474-7616
  47. Tour our historic State Capitol Building. 512-463-0063
  48. View the spectacular sunset from the Oasis Cantina del Lago. 512-266-2441
  49. Research your roots in the genealogy department at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives & Library. 512-463-5463
  50. Attend the Austin/Travis Country Livestock Show & Rodeo (March). 512-473-9200
  51. Spend a day or two at the Old Pecan St. Spring/Fall Arts Festivals. 512-448-1797 (May & September)
  52. Park at Palmer Auditorium, take the "Dillo" and tour not narrated) downtown Austin and the UT area. 512-478-0098
  53. Have a western hat made by the famous hatmaker Manny Gammage. 512-441-4287
  54. Attend an outdoor theatrical or musical performance at Zilker park. 512-397-1463
  55. Go boating on Lake Austin and stop at The Pier to listen to a local band. 512-327-4562
  56. On a hot, sizzling day, ice skate at Northcross Mall. 512-451-5102
  57. Take the children to the Austin Children's Museum. 512-472-2494
  58. Tour a historic home, the 1850's Neill-Cochran House. 512-478-2335
  59. Visit the museum and library of the 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 512-482-5137
  60. Explore the grounds of the national Wildflower Research Center. 512-929-3600
  61. Attend a performance by the Austin Lyric Opera. 512-472-5927
  62. In May, go to Laguna Gloria's "Fiesta". 512-458-8191
  63. Attend a performance at the Capitol City Playhouse. 512-472-2966
  64. Watch the summer regattas on Lake Travis. 512-478-0098
  65. See a play at Hyde Park Theatre. 512-452-6688
  66. Camp at almost any of the LCRA parks. 512-469-6867
  67. Bicycle on scenic Loop 360. 512-478-0098
  68. Enjoy the Austin Symphony at Bass Concert Hall. 512-476-6064
  69. Attend a concert at the Frank Erwin Center. 512-477-6060
  70. Attend the annual "Spamarama".512-280-7961
  71. Sail, jet ski or scuba dive at Lake Travis. 512-478-0098
  72. Take in over 400 up and coming bands performing during the annual South X Southwest Music and Media Conference. (March) 512-467-7979
  73. Browse around the Huntington Art Gallery. 512-471-7324
  74. Buy something unique at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. (Dec.) 512-447-1605
  75. Enjoy legendary Blues music on "the Drag". 512-478-0098
  76. Attend "Safari" at the Austin nature Center. (April) 512-327-8181
  77. Join in the Celebration at the Cinco de Mayo Festival. (May) 512-472-7142
  78. Watch the performance of the Living Christmas Tree Concert. (Dec.) 512-338-4473
  79. Visit the 126-year old authentic German Bier Garten-Scholtz's. 512-477-4171
  80. Watch legendary golfers at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf PGA Seniors Tournament. 512-329-1076
  81. Take in a show at one of Texas's oldest theatres, The Paramount. 512-472-5411
  82. Take a scenic drive through the Hill Country. 512-478-0098
  83. Play Frisbee Golf at Zilker Park or Pease Park. 512-477-7273
  84. See the peacocks while enjoying Sunday brunch at the historic Green Pastures Restaurant. 512-444-1888
  85. Put on a costume and samba at "Carnaval". (Feb.) 512-476-5461
  86. Attend the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival. (Apr.) 512-329-0770
  87. Visit the Austin Garden Center for Florarama. (May) 512-477-8672
  88. Shop early for Christmas at the Junior League's Christmas Affair. (Nov.) 512-467-8982
  89. Sample the best food and drink from some of Austin's top chefs at the annual "Taste of the Town". 512-476-2729
  90. Watch or play in the "Hoop It Up" street basketball tournament. (Oct.) 512-474-2255
  91. Expand your art collection at the Austin Artists Harvest. 512-473-3866
  92. Watch the best in high school sports at the UIL state competitions. 512-471-5883
  93. Windsurf at Windy Point. 512-345-3897
  94. See a performance of "Tuna Christmas" or "Greater Tuna". 512-472-5411
  95. Spend the day at Emma Long Metropolitan Park. 512-346-1831
  96. Walk the historic Bremond Block and view several historical homes. 512-478-0098
  97. Enjoy a performance by Ballet Austin. 512-476-9051
  98. Visit the Old Bakery & Emporium - a registered national landmark, now a shop filled with arts & crafts made by local senior citizens. 512-477-5961
  99. Visit the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens and Museum. 512-455-5582
  100. Browse through the Austin Antique Mall. 512-451-5705
  101. Enjoy an evening watching a professional Ice Hockey Team, the Austin Ice Bats. 512-927-PUCK(7825)