Conference Venue

TALE 2018 will be held from 4 to 7 December 2018, at the Novotel Northbeach Wollongong, a few steps away from the beach, ocean pools, parks, restaurants and free bus service that loops across the city. A 10min free bus trip sees you in the city centre or at the University of Wollongong. Stunning walking tracks allow you to easily explore Wollongong. A family friendly and safe venue.


The hotel features 204 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites, with Superior options offering ocean views and private balconies. Each room features everything needed for a relaxing stay, including a flat-screen TV with Austar and pay-per-view channels, an iPod dock, WIFI access, a spacious work station and a minibar.

Wollongong is located 80km south of Sydney CBD and only 60mins from the airport. It is nestled between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean providing visitors with many different experiences. Spend time exploring the beaches, go for a swim in an ocean pool, go fishing at the lake, go mountain climbing or discover a rain forest, go sky diving or take it easy and go shopping. Wollongong is a family friendly city with lots of things to do with the kids so bring your whole family along. For example, take your family to any of the local parks such as the Wollongong Botanical Gardens, to the Science Centre or the Early Start Discovery Centre. Always feel safe and welcome in this multicultural city.

If you would like to explore the greater Wollongong region, on Friday the 7th of December we are providing (extra cost - not included in registration) two optional tours.

Accommodation Options

The Novotel is providing discounted nightly rates for TALE participants:

  • AU$229 for a standard room with buffet breakfast for one (discounted from AU$314)

  • AU$239 for a superior ocean view room with buffet breakfast for one (discounted from AU$364)

  • AU$249 for a superior ocean view room with balcony with buffet breakfast for one (discounted from AU$414)

To receive these rates, you must place your booking directly with the hotel, which can be done by completing this form and emailing to Alternatively, you may call the hotel and speak to their reservations team at +61 (02) 4224 3111. (Mention that you are attending the IEEE TALE 2018 conference.)


University Accommodation: - NO LONGER AVAILABLE

TALE 2018 has partnered with the University of Wollongong to offer basic accommodation through its student accommodation services. Approximately 30 - 35 beds will be made available for registered participants of TALE2018. Four nights accommodation will be provided with a check-in date of Tuesday the 4th of December and check-out date of Saturday 8th of December 2018. A fixed rate of AU$330 per person applies for the 4 night stay. The cost is fixed, regardless of the number of nights that you would like to stay. That is, you can check in a day later or check-out one or two days earlier, but the price remains the same and no extensions can be made beyond the dates advertised. There are no hotel services provided. Rooms will be made up on arrival with two towels provided per guest. Guests will be assigned a unit. Units comprise of 3 or 4 single rooms, each with a single bed, desk and cupboard. Unit has share bathroom, share kitchenette with sink. Please note there are no kitchen utensils or appliances in the unit. Guests may purchase snacks, coffee and light meals from the Campus café. Guests can take the free bus for a 5-10min trip to the conference venue. Payment will be made via the TALE2018 website in the second half of this year. Rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


University accommodation can be purchased during registration. Please note that there are only a limited number of rooms and are targeted at people from developing countries.


Normandie Motel and Function Centre

Providing a 10% discount on nightly rates for TALE participants. You must book with them directly to receive the rates.

From the motel website enter the discount code TALE2018. Alternatively, contact them directly at

Boat Harbour Motel

Providing nightly rates as indicated below. To make a reservation please email

  • AU$145 city view single

  • AU$155 city view twin share

  • AU$165 ocean view single

  • AU$180 ocean view twin share

  • Saturday and public holidays a $20 surcharge applies


Please note:

December is a popular time of year (start of Australian summer) for tourists to visit Wollongong, so we strongly suggest that you try and book your accommodation as early as possible to lock in a room and great price.

A Short Drive or Train Trip to Sydney

Wollongong is a stepping stone to Sydney. If you are interested in exploring the Sydney CBD, Opera House or Harbour Bridge then it is a 90min drive or train trip away. Trains from Wollongong go straight into the heart of the city and staying in Wollongong is much cheaper, leaving you with more money to spend on the sights.

However, you may have seen Sydney before and looking for a new adventure. If that is the case Wollongong is close to many beautiful and amazing tourist attractions. By exploring the surrounding areas you will get to appreciate many of the best things Australia has to offer. Explore our pages to find out what you could be experiencing:

Important Dates

16 Apr 2018

First-time author OPTIONAL  submission (CLOSED)


15 May 2018

Feedback to first-time authors (COMPLETE)

24 Aug  2018

Paper subsmission deadline (EXTENDED)

17 Aug 2018

Notification of review outcomes


01 Oct 2018

Camera-ready papers due

08 Oct 2018

Early-bird and presenter registration deadline

04 Dec 2018

Conference opening

04 Dec 2018

05 Dec 2018

06 Dec 2018

07 Dec 2018 

Pre-Conf Workshops + Opening + Welcome Reception

Main Technical Program + Conf Dinner

Main Technical Program + Closing Ceremony

Social Program (optional tours)

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