The First Annual


Interdisciplinary Conference

Tuesday, July 30 - Monday, August 5, 2002

Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Photographer: Alistair Veitch

The First Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC) will be held in Squamish, British Columbia. Richard M. Shiffrin of Indiana University-Bloomington, is the conference organizer.

This conference will be modeled after the Winter AIC conference that has been held for almost 30 years: Days are free for leisure activities and the talks are in the later afternoon/early evening. The date has been chosen to make it convenient for attendees to bring family/friends. The conference is open to all interested parties, and an invitation is NOT needed. The subject is interdisciplinary, within the broad frame of Cognitive Science.


The conference is open to all scholars who fit the very general theme of the conference, and their family and friends. An indiviual invitation is NOT needed. Feel free to spread the conference information to friends and colleagues!

If possibly interested in attending this conference, please send an email at once to saying:

"There is a reasonable chance that I will attend ASIC. I and my family/friends would probably require (n/m) (rooms/suites), and I (would/would not) wish to give a presentation."

Conference Aims

The conference will cover a wide range of subjects in cognitive science, including:

  • neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience
  • psychology (including perception, psychophysics, attention, information processing, memory and cognition)
  • computer science
  • machine intelligence and learning
  • linguistics
  • and philosophy

We especially invite talks emphasizing theory, mathematical modeling and computational modeling (including neural networks and artificial intelligence). Nonetheless, we require talks that are comprehensible and interesting to a wide scientific audience. Speakers will provide overviews of current research areas, as well as of their own recent progress.

For information on submitting proposals for presentations (speaking or posters), see our attendees and sessions page.

Conference Format

The conference will start with a reception on the first evening,Tuesday, July 30, at 5 PM, followed by a partial session.

Each of the next five evenings, the sessions will begin at 4:30 PM (time to be confirmed later). Drinks, light refreshments and snacks will be available starting at 4:15 PM, prior to the start of the session, and at the midway break. A session will consist of 6-7 talks and a mid-session break, finishing at approximately 8:30-8:45 PM. A banquet will be held following the final session of the conference.

Note well: The conference ends Sunday evening with the banquet. Most people will have to use the following day, Monday, as a travel day.

There are no parallel sessions or presentations. We will have a separate room, day and time set aside for poster presentations, both for persons preferring this format to a spoken presentation, and for any presenters who cannot be allotted speaking slots. The time and date for the posters has yet to be decided, but we are considering an hour just preceding the regular session on one of the days of the conference.

It will not escape the savvy reader that this conference format frees most of the day for various activities with colleagues, family, and friends.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to:

Correspondence may be addressed to:

Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC)
c/o Prof. Richard Shiffrin
Psychology Department
Indiana University
1101 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405