Q: WHat do i do to get Visa support?

The ACM directly assists in the visa process. Email ACM  at supportletters@acm.org directly with the subject line: Visa Support Letter for ACM COMPASS 2018.


Q: Where should I stay?

The conference will not be arranging for hotels, unfortunately. Please find one on your own. If you would like suggestions on where to stay, hotels/AirBnBs in Menlo Park/Atherton/Palo Alto would serve you well. You can also stay in San Francisco and commute to the conference. If you would like more info, please email us.


Q: does compass have a code of conduct?

Yes, of course. Like every other self-respecting conference. Here is is. 


Q: what template should i use for my paper/note?

A: Please use the ACM SIG Conference Format (sigconf) here for papers and notes. Accessible submissions are recommended.


Q. What is the difference between Papers and notes?

A. Papers are 7-10 pages long while notes are up to 4 pages long. The contribution of the paper/note should be commensurate with the length. If you have further questions about your project in particular and whether it would be a legit paper or note, please get in touch -- email Ellen Zegura at ewz@cc.gatech.edu.


Q. How long do we speak for?

Notes are scheduled for 10 minutes (8 speaking + 2 questions) while Papers are 20 minutes (15 speaking + 5 questions).


Q. How strict is the page limit and what precisely does it include/exclude?

A. References do not count towards page limits for papers or notes. However, figures, appendices, abstracts, tables, etc. all do. Submissions that exceed these limits will be rejected without consideration. There will be no exceptions to this rule.



A. Papers and notes will both be double-blind peer reviewed. Authors should remove their and their institutions’ identities from the paper, including the title, header, and metadata. Acknowledgement sections are better left blank during the review process. Citations to relevant previous work by the authors should be included, however, and cited in a way that obscures the authors’ relationship to it, so that reviewers can ensure that prior research has been taken into account in the current work.

Poster submissions should not be anonymized and authors are encouraged to include institutional identities and any relevant citations.


Q. Who counts as a conflict?

A. During the submission process, authors should mark conflicts with any program committee members who they have collaborated with in any capacity over the last two years.


Q. What are reviewers of papers/NOTES looking for?

A. Papers and notes will be assessed based on relevance to topics listed in the CfP, novelty, methodological rigor, soundness of analysis, and clarity of presentation. Acceptance rates have generally been 20-25% for this track in past conferences. The conference reserves the right to desk reject submissions that are obviously not viable research contributions.


Q: who can i email if i have a burning question that can't wait?

A: Please email Ellen Zegura at ewz@cc.gatech.edu with your questions.