Ninth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

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Bend, Oregon, USA
Saturday, July 31 - Thursday, August 5, 2010.

Announcing ASIC 2010

The Ninth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2010) will be held at the Phoenix Inn Suites in Bend, Oregon

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These venues are in the center of Bend, a few blocks from the town park and the Deschutes River, and close to restaurants and other points of interest in Bend. Bend is the center of a region of Oregon offering many outdoor activities (see the section on this website: ACTIVITIES). See also:;

ASIC 2010 occurs just prior to two closely related meetings to be held in Portland OR:

  1. The 2010 Annual Meetings of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, Aug 7-10, and
  2. The 2010 Annual Meetings of the Cognitive Science Society, Aug 8-11. [Portland is about 2.5-3 hours by car from Bend.]

We are pleased that the Cognitive Science Society is sponsoring an award for the Best Student Paper given at ASIC. The award will consist of a $250 prize and a complimentary membership in the Cognitive Science Society for the following year.

The time slot between ASIC and these meetings allows cyclists to tour from Bend to Portland, and those with cars to visit the Oregon coast or other points of interest between the meetings. Bicycle tour from Bend to Portland.

Richard M. Shiffrin of Indiana University - Bloomington is the organizer: Email correspondence should be directed to 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. 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 Previous ASIC Websites.


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

The lodging is at the Phoenix Inn, and the meetings and conference dinners at the Old Stone Church (except for Sunday when a poster session will be held at the Phoenix Inn).

There is a single speaking session each day except Sunday. 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 15:30-16:15 on Saturday, July 31. On subsequent days (except the poster day) there will be drinks and light snacks from 16:00 - 16:15, followed by a session of seven spoken presentations that include a mid-session drink break.

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 16:00 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 the Phoenix Inn Suites are presently being held. The Inn does not accept reservations more than six months prior to the start date, so you should reserve as soon as possible after February 1, 2010. The Inn has a 24 hour cancellation policy, so there is no harm in reserving early, and doing so will guarantee a room or rooms at the conference rate. For information visit the Lodging page at this website.


On four nights, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday there will be catered dinners for the group at the Old Stone Church immediately following the talks. The charges for these four dinners are included in the registration fee. On Sunday and Wednesday, participants are free to sample any of the many local restaurants. An extended continental breakfast is available as part of the lodging fee at the Phoenix Inn. Most participants will be away during the daytime, so lunches are not arranged as part of the conference. The Thursday evening dinner will be the conference ‘banquet’ with beer and wine included.