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RecSys 2008 in Lausanne January 17, 2008

Posted by Andre Vellino in Collaborative filtering, Recommender service.
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The second (apparently, now, annual) Recommender Systems Conference will be held in Lausanne, 23-25 October 2008.

I grew up in Geneva and I know this region like the back of my hand, so I feel confident about the following recommendation: if you go to the conference, try to extend your stay by a few days and explore one or other of the most picturesque spots in Europe: the Valais or the Bernesese Oberland. It shouldn’t be too cold yet to do some fall mountain hiking – even just a ride on a mountain train is worth the 1.5 – 3 hour train trips from Lausanne.

Despite the endless flock of tourists, Zermatt and Saas-Fee are two of my favourite places in the Valais: you really feel the spirit of the mountains there. Don’t bother with some of the other famous resorts like Verbier (even for skiing) or Montana-Crans unless you enjoy mountain summer Golf or skyscrapers.

It takes a little longer to get to Interlaken and Wengen (in the canton of Berne) but even if you go there just take the Jungfraujoch mountain train, you won’t have wasted your time (only if the weather is good, naturally.)

One thing I like about both Wengen and Zermatt: they have no automobiles – at least not the kind that use an internal combustion engine.

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