9th International Conference on

Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security

(AIMS 2015)

June 22-25, 2015, University of Ghent, Belgium

Ghent University, Belgium

The AIMS 2015 conference will take place in the city of Ghent. Ghent is located in the northern, Dutch speaking, part of Belgium close to Brussels and Bruges. The city is home to a beautiful and authentic historic city centre. It is well known for its large shopping facilities, fashion, Belgian chocolate shops, boat tours, museums and historical buildings. In 2011, The Lonely Planet ranked Ghent 7th in the top 10 cities worth visiting. In the November 2008 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine, Ghent was chosen as the 3rd most authentic historical destination world-wide.

Much of the city's medieval architecture is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is the largest carfree area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece, the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour. Ghent established a nice blend between comfort of living and history - it is not a city-museum. The city of Ghent houses also three b├ęguinages and numerous churches, among which the Saint-Jacobs church and the Saint-Nicolas Church as the most beautiful examples. The beguinages, as well as the belfry and adjacent cloth hall were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 1998 and 1999.

The conference will take place in "Het Pand". It is an old Dominican monastery (originally built in 1201) located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants. Ghent University decided to acquire the building since they were very much convinced of its value, and the transaction took place in 1963. It was decided to arrange 'Het Pand' as the cultural center of the university, and the Direction of the Buildings was entrusted with its renovation and restoration. Since 1991, the building was completely renovated and maintained until today.

"Het Pand" is located at Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent.

Floorplans Het Pand

Ground floor of Het Pand.
First floor of Het Pand.
Second floor of Het Pand.