Eighth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

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Sarre, Valle d’Aosta, Italy
Wednesday, July 22 - Monday, July 27, 2009.

Announcing ASIC 2009

The Eighth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2009) will be held at the Etoile du Nord (http://www.etoiledunord.it/default_ENG.asp). Hotel du Nord is in Sarre, a few km west of Aosta, the main city in Valle d’ Aosta, the large and spectacular valley where Italy, France and Switzerland meet. Aosta is a couple of hours drive west of Milan. Valle d’ Aosta lies south of Mt. Blanc, southwest of Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, and north of Gran Paradiso. Useful sites: http://www.regione.vda.it/turismo/default_e.asp; http://www.initaly.com/regions/valdsta/valdsta.htm.

Richard M. Shiffrin of Indiana University - Bloomington is the organizer: Email correspondence should be directed to shiffrin@indiana.edu or mailed to Richard M. Shiffrin at Indiana University (select 'Contact' from the menu for the address).

The subject matter of the ASIC conferences is interdisciplinary, within the broad frame of Cognitive Science. ASIC uses the very successful format of previous ASIC and AIC conferences: Days are free for leisure activities and discussions among participants. The talks/posters are in the later afternoon/early evening, followed by dinner. The date has been chosen to make it convenient for attendees to bring family/friends. In addition, the dates for 2009 make it convenient to combine ASIC with the Cognitive Science Society Conference and the Mathematical Psychology Conference to be held in that order successively in Amsterdam from July 29 - August 4. The conference is open to all interested parties, and an invitation is NOT needed to attend. However, due to the small number of spots for speakers, the organizer will select the attendees to give talks, and additional attendees will have the opportunity to present posters.

Previous Years' Websites

Several parts of this year's website are still under construction. For examples of previous years' websites, visit ASIC 2008, ASIC 2007, ASIC 2006 and ASIC 2005.


The conference is open to all scholars who fit the very general theme of the conference, and their family and friends. An individual invitation is NOT needed. We encourage you to send the conference information to friends and colleagues. If you are interested in organizing a half or whole topic session, contact the organizer.

Conference Aims

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

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.

Conference Format

There is a single speaking session each day. If the number of participants exceeds the number of speaking slots (about 42), then the first half session on a day to be chosen will be devoted to posters. Information on submitting proposals for presentations (speaking or posters) is on the page of this website labeled 'Talk and Poster Submissions". Please submit talk/poster information on the website, even if you have already sent (some of) this information to the organizer.

The conference will start with registration and a reception from 15:00-16:30 on Wednesday, July 22. On subsequent days (except a poster day) there will be drinks and light snacks from 16:15 - 16:30, followed by a session of seven spoken presentations that include a mid-session drink break. If there is a poster half session, drinks and snacks will be available throughout this period.

It will not escape the careful reader that this conference format frees most of the day for various activities with colleagues, family, and friends. We expect all scientific attendees and participants to attend all sessions. The time frame will allow day trips to nearby sites, but arrange to return in time for the sessions. Travel to sites and planned activities from which a return for the session will not be possible by 16:15 should be arranged for days preceding and following the conference.


You are not officially on the request list for presenting research (talks or posters) until you send the registration fee, preferably by Paypal. visit the Registration page at this website.


A block of rooms at Etoile du Nord are presently being held, but are limited (at the price negotiated), so reserve soon. For information visit the Lodging page at this website.