Conference Handbook

ACM FAT* 2019 Conference Handbook Link

The ACM FAT* conference will take place January 29-31, 2019 at Sheraton Atlanta at 165 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Stay tuned for more information about attending ACM FAT* 2019!. For more information on registration, click here.
To reserve a hotel room at the Sheraton, click here.

About Atlanta

From the City’s History Page: Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line (it was first named Marthasville in honor of the then-governor's daughter, nicknamed Terminus for its rail location, and then changed soon after to Atlanta, the feminine of Atlantic -- as in the railroad). Today the fast-growing city remains a transportation hub, not just for the country but also for the world: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest in daily passenger flights. Direct flights to Europe, South America, and Asia have made metro Atlanta easily accessible to the more than 1,000 international businesses that operate here and the more than 50 countries that have representation in the city through consulates, trade offices, and chambers of commerce. The city has emerged as a banking center and boasts the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country.

Atlanta is the capital city of the Southeast, a city of the future with strong ties to its past. The old in new Atlanta is the soul of the city, the heritage that enhances the quality of life in a contemporary city. In the turbulent 60s, Atlanta was "the city too busy to hate." And today, in the 21st century, Atlanta is the "city not too busy to care."

Here is the link to the Atlanta’s Visitors web page. It has links to several useful deeper dives:


January is on average the coolest month in Atlanta. Highs for late January and early February are around 52 degrees F and lows are around 34 degrees. There is a usually a about a 30% chance of precipitation.

ATL Convention and Visitor's Bureau :

Aimed at conventioneers, this site offers events (best to check about 1-2 months before our event to see what is going on that week); dining, hotels, and an explore link that offers more ideas for things to do, insights on the different Atlanta neighbours

Getting To Atlanta

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

Hotel: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta GA 30303

  • Please note: The 2019 Super Bowl (an American football championship game) will be taking place in Atlanta on February 3, 2019. The city will be very busy the weekend afterACM FAT* . Please plan your flights and hotels accordingly.

The hotel is approximately 10 miles away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They do not offer a shuttle service. Public transportation (MARTA) will take you from the airport to the hotel in 25 minutes. You are also welcomed to use ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber.

Ground Transportation (MARTA)

This page lists some car rental offerings, what to do if you’re in an accident, and rules on street parking. It also links to MARTA, Atlanta’s commuter rail service and the Atlanta Streetcar—a 2.7 mile loop that provides last mile connectivity from Centennial Olympic Park to the King Historic District in Downtown Atlanta —is at the same site.

  1. Take the Gold Line (Gold Northbound headed to Doraville Station) or Red Line (Red Northbound headed to Springs Station)
  2. Exit at the Peachtree Center stop
  3. Walk approximately 0.3 miles west along Andrew Young International Blvd NE to Courtland Street.
  4. Arrive at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Driving Directions (from ATL)

Take I-85N and continue on I-75N/I-85N. Take exit 248C for Freedom Parkway towards GA-10E/Andrew Young International Blvd. Use the left lane to follow signs for International Blvd. Continue onto Andrew Young International Blvd. Turn left onto Courtland Street SE and then left into the property.

Things to do

This list covers Museums (9) and Walking tours; Family focused activities (3: children’s museum, the zoo, and center for puppetry arts); Attractions (e.g. World of Coca-Cola, the Aquarium (largest in the world for 7 years), the Botanical Gardens); Fine arts; Event venues; Music venues; Landmarks; Sports teams; Public Art; and Public events and festivals


Parks & Recreation – This page points you to the city’s overall park service. Here is a list of parks. Here is a list of dog parks. Here is a link to where Piedmont Park (Google Map) is; the Botantical Gardens are on the park grounds. And here is a link to the Beltline, which is a great walk, run, bike path with shops, food, and parks off the path.


  • .5 miles from Sheraton Atlanta – Emory Hospital – Downtown -165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta GA 30303
  • .7 miles from Sheraton Atlanta – Grady Hospital – Downtown - 80 Jesse Hill Jr Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • .7 miles from Sheraton Atlanta – Emory Hospital – Midtown - 550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
  • 1.1 miles from Sheraton Atlanta – Wellstar Medical Center - 303 Parkway Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30312


This page lists the colleges and universities in the area (19 including UGA in Athens, GA).

Dining Options

Crazy Atlanta
Bar, Mexican, American
182 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1722+1 404-975-3343

Nikolai's Roof
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
255 Courtland St NE, 255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1265
+1 404-221-6362

Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30303-1716
+1 404-577-8788

Trader Vic's
Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
55 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1265
+1 404-221-6339

Cuts Steakhouse
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1716
+1 404-525-3399

Hsu's Gourmet
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1712
+1 404-659-2788

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
231 Peachtree St NE, Suite a-05, The Mall at Peachtree Center, Atlanta, GA 30303-1603
+1 404-996-2837

Metro Cafe Diner
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
229 Peachtree St., Suite B-17, Atlanta, GA 30303
+1 404 577 1423

Alma Cocina
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1740
+1 404-968-9662

Amalfi Pizza
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303
+1 404-228-7528

For quick bites
The Mall at Peachtree Center, Food Court
231 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1603

Things to see and do

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St, Atlanta, GA 30313-1809

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
450 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312-1504

Center for Civil and Human Rights
Shopping, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-3003

Agatha's Mystery Theater
Concerts & Shows, Dinner Theaters
161 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1795

Escape The Room Atlanta
Fun & Games, Room Escape Games
200 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1704

World of Coca-Cola
Museums, Specialty Museums
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-1807