Twelfth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

A refugio in the mountains near Cortina d'Ampezzo

Grand Hotel Savoia
Cortina d’Ampezzo
Dolomites, Italy
July 24, Wednesday – July 30, Tuesday, 2013

Announcing ASIC 2013

The Twelfth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2013) will be held at the Grand Hotel Savoia, in Cortina d/Ampezzo, in the Dolomites of northern Italy. The dates are chosen to make it possible for attendees to travel on July 30 to Berlin for the Cognitive Science Conference Aug 1-4 and the Mathematical Psychology Conference Aug 4-7.

Grand Hotel Savoia (not the refugio shown above--see the lodging page on this website) is a five star hotel with spa facilities. The hotel website is at:

The closest international airports are at Venice and Innsbruck, both about 150 km distant. The hotel may be reached from these airports by car, train+bus, or bus.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is the major resort town in the Dolomites, and was once the site of the Winter Olympics. It is surrounded by Dolomite mountain groups, many with lifts that operate in the summer and bring visitors high in the mountains to hiking trails, biking trials, climbing areas, rifugios, and via ferrata. The area offers activities too many to list here (but see the link ‘Activities’).

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

ASIC 2013 Organizer, Rich Shiffrin, atop Torre Grande, near Cortina

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 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 choose the lengths of talks.

Previous Years' Websites

Several parts of this year's website are still under construction. For examples of websites for other ASIC conferences, visit ASIC 2012, ASIC 2011, ASIC 2010, ASIC 2009, 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.

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.

Lago Misurina, a few km east of Cortina

Conference Format

There is a single speaking session each day. In past conferences we have had seven 30 minute talks each evening. If the number of attendees is larger than usual this year, the speaking time will be extended by 30 minutes, allowing six additional talks, 48 in all. If this number is insufficient, one day will be devoted to shorter talks (no shorter than 15 minutes). If the number of speakers exceed 56, then the organizer will decide which attendees will speak.

Information on submitting proposals for presentation is on the page of this website labeled “Talk Submissions". Please submit talk information on the website, even if you have already sent (some of) this information to the organizer. Please note: It is important to indicate your strength of preferences for speaking, as requested on this form.

The conference will start with registration and a reception with wine beer, drinks and food from 15:30-16:15 on Wednesday, July 24. On subsequent days there will be drinks and light snacks from ~16:00 - 16:15, followed by a session of seven (or more) spoken presentations that include a mid-session drink break. The finish time and the start of dinner will depend on the decision (to be made later) about session duration.

It will not escape the careful reader that this conference format frees most of the day for either discussions with colleagues or various other 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.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Famous Dolomite Towers near Cortina


You are not officially on the request list for presenting research until you send the registration fee. Visit the Registration page at this website.


A block of ‘standard’ rooms are presently being held, but are limited (at the price negotiated), and unreserved rooms will gradually be returned to the general public, so reserve soon. For information visit the Lodging page at this website.


The hotel is about two blocks downhill from the center of town on the main road into town (one way toward the town center). It is on Via Roma 62. If one approaches from the east on SS51 (d’Alemagna) follow the one way traffic onto Via Roma and the hotel is on the left.