Travel & Visa Information

Getting to Boston

Getting around in Boston

MBTA operates public transport in Boston. You can travel with a contactless CharlieCard or a magnetic CharlieTicket. Both options offer the possibility to load a balance and pay as you go, or to purchase a pass (1-day or 7-day). Here you can find more information on fares and passes.

The nearest subway stations to the conference venue are: Northeastern University and Symphony on the Green Line, Massacchusetts Ave. and on the Orange Line. For more information you can download the MBTA rapid transit map, use the MBTA Trip Planner, or the Citymapper app.

As an alternative to public transportation, you can also get around using:

Conference Venue

The conference will be held on the 17th floor of the East Village building at Northeastern University, 291 St Botolph St, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

The East Village building is number 82 on this map.

Visa Information

Information about entry requirements for those traveling to the United States to attend IMC 2018 are available at International registrants should be particularly aware and careful about VISA or ESTA requirements, and should plan travel well in advance.

Please note that the Association for Computing Machinery does not issue formal invitation letters for visas to attend ACM sponsored conferences. However a visa support letter can be issued upon request.

Requesting Visa Support Letters

As part of the visa application process, you may be required to provide a visa support letter. ACM is able to provide visa support letters to attendees as well as authors with accepted papers, posters, or members of the conference committee.

To request a visa support letter, register for the conference and then email your request to The request should include the following information:

  1. Your name as it appears on your passport
  2. Your current postal mailing address
  3. The name of the conference you wish to attend (“ACM IMC 2018”)
  4. Your Registration Confirmation Number
  5. If you have any papers accepted for the conference, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the “sole author” or a “co-author”
  6. A fax number or email address of where the letter can be sent

Visa support letter requests are handled in the order they are received. You should allow 7-10 business days to receive it.

Please note that support letters will only be sent to participants who have registered and paid for the conference. Should participants withdraw from the conference after the issuance of a support letter, the consulate will be notified of the withdrawal accordingly.

If you have any questions about the visa support letter process, feel free to contact ACM IMC 2018 registration chair Taejoong Chung.