Travel and Lodging

The conference will take place on the campus of Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931.

The town of Houghton is the gateway to the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The regional airport is Hancock, Michigan, (CMX), located 7 miles north of Houghton, with two daily flights to/from Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Other nearby airports are: Marquette, MI (MQT) (2 hours drive from Houghton); Escanaba, MI (ESC) (3 hours); Green Bay, WI (GRB) (4 hours); Duluth, MN (DLH) (4 hours); and Wausau, WI (CWA) (3.5 hours). The conference will provide local transportation.

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Super 8 Houghton. To get access to the room block / block rates, you will need to call the hotel directly at 1-(906)-482-2240 and ask for the MTU block. Please book your accommodation before June 14. Unused rooms in our block will be released on 6/15. Each room has two queen beds, in case participants wish to share rooms to lower costs. Please contact us if you are interested in sharing a room.  Other lodging choices within walking distance to campus (in order of distance) include Hampton Inn & Suites, The Vault, Quality Inn and Suites, Ramada by Wyndham. August is a busy month in Houghton. We encourage attendees to book early to secure accommodations close to campus.


In general, a citizen of a foreign country wishing to enter the United States for this workshop must first acquire a visa (often a Business B-1 visa), or a combination B-1/B-2 visa if you also intend to stay for some tourism. The following countries are part of the visa waiver program and may enter the United States without a visa: (link opens in new tab).

Please visit for more information about visitor visas. The conference organizers are happy to provide a letter of invitation to the CBMS conference.  Please send an email to



You can park at meters (see Parking Map, select options on map). Or you can get a parking permit: Go to Parking and Permits and click “Visitor Parking Permits” at the middle bottom.


Michigan Tech is a member of eduroam, a wireless network that lets visitors securely connect to the internet when they travel. Alternatively, guests can also select “MichiganTechGuest” in the WiFi networks.


There are many restaurants in the Houghton and Hancock area as well as a Starbucks and the North Coast Grill and Deli in the Memorial Union Building on campus.

Students walking on campus
Aerial view of Portage Lift Bridge, Houghton, MI