SCALE Participant’s Guide

Welcome from the Director 

Welcome to SCALE ’19, the eleventh annual Summer Camp for Applied Language Exploration. You follow in the trail blazed by exceptionally talented past participants who made substantive strides in HLT research during each of the previous SCALE workshops, and we are excited about the prospects for this summer’s projects. I am confident that the next eleven weeks will be rewarding, both professionally and personally, as you work with new colleagues and enjoy the activities and amenities available in the local area. I appreciate your sharing this valuable summer time with us, and welcome any suggestions you may have for future SCALE workshops.

Best Regards –

Dr. Sanjeev Khudanpur




Location, Maps, & Hours

Stieff Building

810 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211-2840


The Stieff Building houses several Johns Hopkins University tenants.  A badge is required for entry to the Stieff Building and to the HLTCOE spaces. Enter via the 810 Wyman Park Drive door (under the blue awning).  If you have forget your badge, please see the security guard on duty when you arrive.

Google Directions to the HLTCOE/Stieff Building

JHU Homewood Campus Map


Please arrive by 9:00 am daily. Notify your project lead no later than 9:00 am about any schedule changes. You are expected to report daily unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

You are welcome to work as late in the day as you like. If you leave after dark, feel free to ask the desk guard to escort or watch as you walk to your car.



Free parking is available in the open lot across the street from the Stieff Building on Wyman Park Drive. As in any large city, theft from cars can be an issue.  Park by the street/upper lot area, avoiding the tree line and woods adjacent to I-83. Do not leave valuables in plain sight. All possessions, electronic devices, cords and accessories should be placed in the trunk of your vehicle. Please respect the Reserved signs and only park in spaces reserved for COE, JHU or in open spaces. Do not park in any other reserved spaces.
The Charm City Circulator consists of four separate routes:  the Green Route runs from City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Purple Route runs from Penn Station to Federal Hill, the Orange Route runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East, and the Banner Route runs from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry. The Circulator is a useful connector to a train, bus or commuter lot, and is also an easy way to explore areas in Baltimore.
  • Baltimore Metro subway, local and commuter bus system, Light Rail and MARC train info can be found at
  • The Baltimore subway runs from Owings Mills to Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • The local bus service has 57 bus routes, which include 47 local buses, 4 limited stop routes (known as QuickBus), and 4 express bus routes (which operate from various suburbs to downtown Baltimore).
  • The Commuter Bus service provides transportation for Maryland’s suburban residents to Baltimore.
  • The Light Rail system runs from Hunt Valley to BWI Airport.
  • The MARC train is the weekday commuter train to Washington, DC.
  • Amtrak: Regional and national train service is provided by Amtrak ( ). The closest Amtrak train station is Penn Station in downtown Baltimore.  Amtrak also serves the BWI Airport Rail station.



Many hotels in the area offer discounted rates to visitors to Johns Hopkins University, so do ask if they offer a corporate rate for JHU visitors. Listed below are some suggested hotels that offer a JHU discounted rate. Homewood hotels are closest to the HLTCOE/JHU Homewood Campus.

The Double Tree Inn at the Colonnade $229 per night

4 West University Parkway

Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 235-5400

Taxi service to Inner Harbor

A short walk to campus


Radisson at Cross Keys $129.00 per night

100 Village Square

Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 532-6900

Free shuttle service to Hopkins and Inner Harbor

A five-minute drive from campus

Book online at


The Mount Washington Conference Center $105-125

5801 Smith Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21209

(410) 735-7964

Offers discounted rates to Johns Hopkins visitors

Book online to receive the special Hopkins rate

Hotel Indigo Baltimore – Mt. Vernon $129.00 per night

24 West Franklin Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

(410) 625-6200

Kimpton Hotel Monaco $148.00 per night

2 North Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21201


Use Discount Code: JHU to receive this rate.


Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor $179.00 per night

1000 Aliceanna Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

(443) 923-4000


Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor $129.00 per night

101 President Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 837-9900

Book online at Johns Hopkins University Preferred rate


Food & Dining 

  • Hampden neighborhood
  • Luigi’s – awesome deli sandwiches.   Good lunch option.
  • Food trucks (follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find out where they are and when – lobby them to come to the Stieff Silver building one day a week): @elcuervotruck @thegypsytruck  @kommiepigbbq @gatherbaltimore
  • Holy Frijoles – cheap tacos, strong margaritas
  • Spro – super high-end coffee
  • Common Ground – good coffee with less pretension than Spro
  • The Dizz –  cheap beer, good food, friendly service.
  • Union Brewery – The brewery is open to the public for free tours and tastings every Saturday from 1-4pm.
  •  R House– A high end food court with a bunch of pop up restaurants. It is considered a launch pad for Baltimore’s most exciting chef’s.  They have lots food choices such as Mexican, Korean BBQ bowls, ramen, fried chicken sandwiches, poke, and more. And it is in walking distance from the COE!
  • A bit farther: Belvedere Square Market – a fun, relaxing place with lots of fresh food choices, interesting shopping, casual table and restaurants, adjacent to the Senator Movie Theater
  • The Food Market: On the “Ave” in Hampden. The Food Market focuses on approachable, serious comfort food, in a smartly designed industrial-modern space. Award-winning Chef Chad Gauss’ value-driven menu offers our guests a complete dining experience, by combining recognizable ingredients with unparalleled technique. Free valet parking
  • Brewer’s Art: 1106 N. Charles St. (downtown Baltimore) (410) 547-6925. Restaurant and microbrewery with seasonally-changing menus featuring meats, fish, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian offerings. Dinner only. Reservations accepted:!/page_home
  • Birroteca: 1520 Clipper Rd, Baltimore, MD 443-708-1934, comfortable atmosphere, craft beer, wine and artisanal pizza, farm-to-table dishes,
  • Charleston: 1000 Lancaster Street, Sylvan Learning Center Bldg., (downtown Baltimore) (410) 332-7373. Cuisine is rooted in French fundamentals and the Low Country cooking of South Carolina. Dinner only. A coat and tie are recommended, advance reservations required.!/
  • Gertrude’s: Baltimore Museum of Art (adjacent to the University) (410) 889-3399. Dining room plus seating on the terrace surrounding a fountain and reflecting pool. Regional (i.e. Chesapeake) foods for lunch, dinner, and a very poplar brunch menu. Closed on Mondays. Reservations accepted.
  • The Helmand: 806 N. Charles St. (Mt. Vernon area) (410) 752-0311. Fine Afghan cuisine. Dinner only. Reservations accepted.
  •  Miss Shirley’s Café and Bakery: 410 W. Cold Spring Lane (Roland Park neighborhood) 410-889-5272. Breakfast and lunch only. Reservations not accepted.
  • Niwana: 3215 N. Charles at 33rd Street (just east of the Homewood Campus) (410) 366-4115. Korean and Japanese dishes. Lunch and dinner. Reservations accepted. Take-out available.
  • One World Cafe:  100 West University Parkway (Homewood area), (410) 235-5777.  Vegetarian/organic whole foods restaurant and carry out.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, open until 2:00 am.

  • Paper Moon Diner:  227 West 29th Street (walking distance from Stieff Building) (410) 889-4444.  Classic diner food with eclectic twist.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open until midnight. Reservations not accepted.
  • Petit Louis: 4800 Roland Avenue (Homewood area) (410) 366-9393. Parisian bistro. Lunch Tuesday through Friday; dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations not required.
  • Rocket to Venus: 3360 Chestnut Avenue (Hampden area), (410) 235-7887.  Restaurant and bar with a varied menu (including pierogies, grilled cheese sandwiches, deep-fried pickles and ceviche. Reservations encouraged.
  • Woodberry Kitchen: 2010 Clipper Park Rd #126, Baltimore, (410) 464-8000. “Locavore” dining at its finest. Dinner only on weekdays, brunch and dinner on weekends. Reservations strongly recommended. Chef Spike Gjerde is the 2015 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • 13.5%Wine Bar: 1117 W 36th St, Baltimore, (410) 889-1064. Locally sourced food and wines from around the world. Reservations not accepted.


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  • A guard is posted at the Stieff Building front desk 24/7.  He or she may ask to inspect your bags and for identification. You will receive an HLTCOE badge at the start of SCALE that should be worn whenever you are in the Stieff Building.
  • For information and questions about security and related matters, contact: Khaleena Hairston, Security Officer, Room 204, internal phone 6-4804, 410-516-4804,
  • At the start of SCALE, HLTCOE staff members in the Security and IT Departments will  review the policies and procedures for using JHU computers and working at the HLTCOE.
  • For IT information and related questions, contact: Joe McKnight, IT Lead, Room 205,,  410-516-5567
  • Each participant will complete specialized training during the first week of SCALE prior to working with data. The SCALE orientation will provide details regarding information technology and information assurance issues.
  • To call from one HLTCOE or JHU phone to another, dial the last 5 digits of the other party’s phone number (e.g. to call 410-516-1234, dial 6-1234).
  • Dial 9 to get an outside line to call an external phone number. Please use the HLTCOE phones only for local area calls and restrict long distance calls to business calls or emergency personal use.


Medical Resources



  • Johns Hopkins Hospital: 1800 Orleans St,  (410) 955-5000, (
  • Union Memorial Hospital (closest to the Stieff Building): 201 E University Pkwy, (410) 554-2000, (
  • University of Maryland Medical Center: 22 S. Greene St.,  1 (800) 492-5538, (
  • Mercy Medical Center;  345 St. Paul Place: 410-332-9000,
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center:  6701 N. Charles St., Towson, (443) 849-2000, (
  • Patient First (
    • 10755 Falls Road, Suite 160, Lutherville,  MD 21093-4588, (410) 583-2777
    • 5100 Eastern Ave,   Baltimore, MD 21224, (410) 815-4500
  • Concentra Urgent Care;
  • CVS Minute Clinics (
    • 630 Exeter St., Baltimore, MD 21202
    • 1001 York Road, Towson, MD 21204, (410) 823-3900
  • CVS
    • 4625 Falls Road, Baltimore  (410) 662-1670 – Store open 24 hours, call for pharmacy hours
    • 630 Exeter Street, Baltimore, (410) 962-6520 – Store open 24 hours, call for pharmacy and Minute Clinic hours
    • 2504 North Charles Street, Baltimore, (410) 662-7594 – Call for store and pharmacy hours
  • Rite Aid
    • 3100 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, (410) 338-3172 – Located in Wyman Park Medical Center on JHU campus, limited services available, closed on weekends
    • 3133 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, (410) 467-1512
  • Giant Pharmacy
    • Giant Supermarket, 1020 West 41st Street, 410-554-3730



Come to the HLTCOE Lounge (Room 300) on Mondays 3:00 p.m. for SCALEdown!  Enjoy a snack, good conversation, and a well-deserved break!

Reading – The HLTCOE Lounge is open 24 hours/day for your use.  Books are available for borrowing, but please remember to return them when you are finished.

The HLTCOE provides a variety of beverages at no cost. Water and soda is located in a water dispenser and small fridge located in Room 300, the COE lounge. A coffee/tea machine with a range of coffee and tea packs is located in Room 20, the Executive Conference Room.

The center corridor has a lunchroom kitchenette for Stieff building occupant use with a refrigerator, freezer, two microwaves, toaster oven and a vending machine. Please keep the kitchen clean at all times and remove any unwanted leftovers from the refrigerator.


JHU Gym and Pool

Hopkins Gym – Contact the JHU gym for details about use/membership.

The gym is located at:

Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center

JHU Homewood Campus

3400 N. Charles St.

Baltimore, MD 21218





  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, located at 10 Museum Drive, is just a short walk from the Stieff Building. The museum has excellent exhibits, gift shop and a delightful restaurant, Gertude’s. Summer events include outdoor jazz concerts, films and performances.  Free admission.;
  •   The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore at 600 North Charles St., with an international reputation for art exhibits. Walk-in tours are held weekly in various art galleries. Free adminission.
  • The American Visionary Museum of Art is Baltimore’s national museum of self-taught artistry, located in the Federal Hill area on 800 Key Highway.  This is a unique museum with a wonderful collection of “outsider” and folk art. Exhibits are always changing but include amazing toothpick sculptures, a warehouse full of charming automata, and a gift shop filled with wonderful and beguilingly inexpensive oddities.

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States.  Go to to find a convenient branch.

JHU’s Eisenhower  Library is located on campus (refer to the campus map.)  Your JHU badge or your HLTCOE badge will authorize access to the JHU Library System.

Barnes and Noble:

Inner Harbor: there is a huge Barnes & Noble store in the Inner Harbor, inside the Power Plant

Atomic Books – 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, 410-662-4444 (very close to the HLTCOE)

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of the world-famous conductor Marin Alsop, performs limited concerts during the summer.

Various music events are held at the Lyric Opera House. Check their summer schedule:

The only theater of its kind in Baltimore, The Charles, has the unique distinction of offering first-run specialty films in addition to Hollywood movies, foreign films and cinema classics. The 1,150-seat, 23,000 square-foot movie house, is located at 1711 North Charles St,  in one of Charles Street’s most intriguing historic buildings. Check their summer schedule:

Harbor East movie theater, 645 S. President  St.


Local Activities


Druid Hill Park is immediately next to the COE – turn to the right leaving the Stieff Building  and walk along Wyman Park Drive across the bridge that goes over I-83. It has numerous recreational activities

Baltimore Zoo:

Numerous additional bike / walking paths past the Zoo – you can bike over to Woodbury along nicely forested paths.

The Charles Theater (on Charles St., just past Penn Station) – Baltimore’s art house cinema.  For showtimes, see Charles is next door to Tappas Teatro, an excellent place for a nice meal, and Sofi’s Crepes, a cute (small) café for a delicious quick bite, and across the street from Club Charles, a bar where John Waters hangs out (the bar also has a trapeze on which an acrobatic show is purportedly occasionally performed).  Tappas Teatro has a deal on Tuesdays: $10 pitchers of Sangria.

“The Avenue” – a 6-block stretch of 36th Street, starting around Chestnut –has  lots of little charming shops and restaurants in the new trendy Hampden neighborhood.  A cool bar called “Rocket To Venus” is nearby, but not on The Avenue itself.  Check out: Golden West Cafe, The Food Market (restaurant), The Wine Source (store with huge beer and wine selection that is even open on Sundays), Atomic Books (comics, records, indie books), Grano Pasta Bar (BYOB, not for groups, good for date nights), The Corner (restaurant next to the Wine Source).  Also look for cute boutiques and furniture stores. Don’t miss the annual HonFest that takes place along the Avenue, June 10th and 11th

Camden Yards / Baltimore Orioles – Inner Harbor – A really nice place to see a baseball game.  Home runs can be hit into the nosebleed seats. There are many promotion and giveaway night and several games during the summer include postgame fireworks.

If you’re an avid baseball fan and want to go a bit farther away, check out the Bowie Baysox,  a minor league baseball team located about 45 minutes away in Bowie, Maryland. They are the class-AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play in the Eastern League.

The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York – Penn League and are play games at the Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland.

The National Aquarium – Inner Harbor – The aquarium is awesome, but the tickets are rather expensive (~$25 + 3 for the dolphin show), and admissions are staggered due to popularity. Purchase timed tickets upon arrival and plan another activity for an hour or so before admission.  The Half-Price Friday Nights summer program starts at 5 p.m.

Water Taxis – Inner Harbor – Venice is not the only place where you can get around by boat.  The water taxis aren’t exactly gondolas but they do have their own charm.  For a fun evening, take a taxi to the Canton Waterfront stop and go to Bo Brooks for crabs.

Baltimore Street Car Museum – 1901 Falls Road (near Hampden) – A labor of love museum that restores old trolley cars and street cars to their former beauty.  The $7 admission includes a ride on the beautifully restored street cars which the conductors take along a stretch of Falls Road by the river.  The retried conductors look so happy.  Like the adult versions of kids with train sets.   Open Sundays all year round, and Saturdays from June – October.

Note: State and national parks often have entrance fees, and some areas (e.g., beaches) can be crowded on holiday weekends.

Cunningham Falls St. Park / Catoctin Mountain Park (about an hour west on I-70, and north towards Gettysburg)

Cunningham Falls is the tallest waterfall in Maryland (77 ft.), and it’s more or less “climbable” for those willing to get wet.  The state park has a 44-acre lake with excellent swimming beach area (with a lifeguard), and room for fishing & boating.  The National Park (Catoctin) has a number of nice hiking trails.  There are campgrounds and picnic areas in the parks.

Elk Neck State Park:  1.5 hours away, up I-95 to Elkton, then down the peninsula.

The beach area is at the bottom of a long slope on a usually gentle river (no lifeguard). There are concessions for food, and renting boats.  There is an enormous tire playground.  There is a separate campground area, and nearby is Turkey Point light, a beautiful lighthouse at the end of a trail eight-tenths of a mile long. The trail is rocky and steep at different points, manageable by little kids but not with a stroller. Turkey Point is located just outside the beautiful, quaint, inviting little town of North East, Maryland.  For good seafood, try Woody’s Crab House in North East.

Harper’s Ferry WV (1.5 hours west out I-70; it’s possible to get there by train).  The national park has a historic town which kids love and there are campgrounds.  The historic Civil War town is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and opportunities abound for inner-tubing on a lazy river or renting a canoe.  There are rock climbing options on the VA cliffs, and hiking trails all around; the Appalachian trail runs through the town and the hike to Maryland Heights is pleasant.

Shenandoah National Park (2-3 hours’ drive into Virginia) The park is about 100 miles long and 10 miles wide, with scenic Skyline Drive running along the mountain ridge.  There are numerous picnic areas and campgrounds.   Starting along the top of the Skyline Drive, there are a number of circuit hikes that descend along a valley, and return up to Skyline Drive.  There are lots of waterfalls, deer, and quiet and observant hikers might see a black bear.  There are also cave systems to tour (e.g., Luray Caverns).

Other enjoyable destinations include Ocean City and Delaware beaches, Havre de Grace, St. Michaels, Annapolis, and lots of local and more urban parks, many of which are closer and don’t have entrance fees.

Maryland Calendar of Events:

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