IEEE Communications Theory Workshop
17-20 May 2020 // Banff, Canada


CTW 2020 will be held from May 17-20, 2020, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

The continued success of this workshop lies in its informal and highly interactive atmosphere, in contrast to more formal conferences. As always, the workshop will be single track with technical sessions, plenary and featured speakers, and a hot-topics submitted poster session. The technical sessions will consist of invited lectures given by leaders in both academia and industry.

The “Castle in the Rockies”

Our workshop venue is one of the most iconic hotels in Canada. Originally built in 1888 as one of the famous Canadian Pacific hotels, the current “castle” was constructed in 1928, and was designated a National Historic Site in 1988.

An Afternoon in Banff

Photo credit: Andrew W. Eckford

Banff offers world-class attractions for all ages and tastes. With a free afternoon in Banff, you could …

  • Go hiking: for an easy walk near the Banff townsite, you can try the Bow Falls trail, the Hoodoo trail, the Tunnel Mountain trail, or the Fenland trail; there are also many more challenging options.
  • Go for a dip in the Upper Hot Springs.
  • Ride a gondola up Sulphur Mountain and enjoy a drink or dinner at the summit.
  • Take in a round of golf at the scenic Banff Springs Golf Course, at the foot of Mount Rundle.
  • Enjoy world-class cuisine or a relaxing spa experience.
  • Rent a bike and go biking.
  • See wildlife, either with a formal tour group or just by walking around town.
  • Go for a short drive: to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Johnston Canyon, or even up to the Columbia Icefields to stand on the Athabasca Glacier.

About Banff and Banff National Park

The history of Banff is closely connected to the history of Canada. In the late 19th century, the Canadian government began construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, to link the Pacific coast of Canada to the eastern provinces. The plan for the rail line was to cross the Rocky Mountains at Kicking Horse Pass, near Lake Louise, and continue down the Bow River valley, past the present-day Banff townsite towards Calgary.  In 1883, CPR construction workers exploring near their worksite found a hot spring, and quickly realized the tourist potential of their discovery. By 1887, the Canadian government stepped in to establish the area as Canada’s first national park. In 1984, an area of the Canadian rockies including four national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay) was designated a UNESCO world heritage site.