Frequentley Asked Questions

Is it too late to register for workshops?

No, you can add a workshop on to your registration up until the day of the workshop as long as there is still room. Check workshop availability here: 

I’m a new mom and need access to a lactation room, what do I do?

Email and we will direct you on how to schedule the room throughout the LAK conference.

I’m new to LAK? What can I expect?

A busy week! We have a jam packed schedule of events. We encourage all new attendees to participate in as many sessions as possible to gain the all around experience. There are plenty of networking opportunities built in to the program so please take advantage of them. We are also reserving tables at the Wednesday breakfast for first time attendees, please feel free to come mingle with other first timers and SoLAR Executive Committee members. 

Where should I go when I arrive at ASU campus?

No matter which day you arrive, before you head to any workshop or session, you must go to the ASU Student Pavilion building to register in the lobby, pick up your badge and conference bag. You must be wearing your LAK19 conference badge to attend ALL sessions. No exceptions.

I’m not going to have a car while at LAK19, how should I get around Tempe?

While downtown Tempe is quite walkable, you may wish to use the Orbit, a free shuttle provided by the City of Tempe. For information, including routes, visit:

If you are looking to explore the Valley, you may also wish to use the lightrail to visit downtown Phoenix or Mesa. Scottsdale, just north of campus, can best be accessed by rideshare. 

LAK19 Organizers have also secured a discount code for Lyft. Download the Lyft app and use the following codes: LAKC for new users with $5.00 off the first 4 rides, and LAKC19 for existing Lyft users to get 10% off 2 rides.

In addition, many of the area hotels may offer shuttle service. Please check in with your individual hotels to see what might be available. 

What’s the best way to get to Tempe from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport?

Tempe offer an airport shuttle, check here to see if your hotel does: If your hotel is not listed, contact them directly. If not, there are a several rideshare companies available such as Lyft and Uber. Download their apps to schedule a ride. 

LAK19 Organizers have also secured a discount code for Lyft. Download the Lyft app and use the following codes: LAKC for new users with $5.00 off the first 4 rides, and LAKC19 for existing Lyft users to get 10% off 2 rides.

If I’m driving to the conference, where can I park at ASU?

We are recommending all LAK attendees to park at the Apache Blvd Parking Structure which is located at #7 on this map: There is a $15 maximum per day fee for parking on ASU campus.

I’m attending the Conference Dinner, how do I get there? How about return trip?

Conference Organizers have arranged for bus transportation from ASU at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 6. For the return trip, there will be shuttles leaving the Desert Botanical Garden periodically starting at 8:30pm. Each return bus will make two stops, one in downtown Tempe close to most conference hotels and one near the ASU campus close to other hotels (the Graduate, Holiday Inn Express, etc.)

For more information: 

Have an additional question that is not answered here?

Email and a LAK19 Organizer will respond.

What’s new at LAK19?

Welcome breakfast for anyone attending their first LAK conference

It will take place in the main eating area in the Arizona Ballroom, just look for the reserved signs to mingle with others new to LAK and to meet some of the SoLAR Executive Committee!

Speed Mentoring Event

The Inclusion Working group, an extension of the SoLAR Executive led by Inclusion Chair, Shenita Ray, will be introducing a new Speed Mentoring Event. This event is intended to help students and early career researchers network and ask questions to Senior Faculty and Researchers in the field. This event will be available on a first come, first serve basis on Wednesday afternoon, 4:30pm in the Arizona Ballroom.

More display time for Posters & Demos

With the amount of posters and demos at LAK conferences, we felt that we needed to provide an additional forum for not only authors and presenters more time to display but for attendees to review the posters ahead of the Poster/Demo Session. This way both parties can have more meaningful interactions during the poster session. Poster & Demos will have the opportunity to display on Wednesday & Thursday (split evenly, half on Wednesday and half on Thursday) during the day in Senita B&C (where Sponsors are located and Coffee Breaks will take place). All posters and demos will be on display at the Poster and Demo reception on Thursday evening. Don’t forget to vote for the best poster and best demo awards! Voting will take place during the reception on Thursday Evening. 

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59 GMT-11

Submission deadline for main track categories (Research, Practitioners, Workshops, Tutorials and Doctoral Consortium) 1 October 2018
Notification of acceptance for Workshops and Tutorials 15 October 2018
Accepted Workshop Open for Submission 29 October 2018
Notification of acceptance for Research, Practitioners, Doctoral Consortium 19 November 2018
Submission deadline for Posters/Demos and Workshop Papers 3 December 2018
Camera-ready papers for ACM Proceedings: Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers 17 December 2018
Notification of Acceptance for Posters/Demos and Workshop Papers 4 January 2019
Early-bird registration closes 8 January 2019
Camera-ready papers for Companion Proceedings 4 February 2019
LAK19, Tempe, Arizona 4-8 March 2019