Thirteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

ASIC 2014 at Moab Valley Inn, Moab Utah
June 23, Monday - June 28, Saturday, 2014

Announcing ASIC 2014

The Thirteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2014) will be held at the Moab Valley Inn in Moab Utah.

Moab is in a famously scenic part of the American Southwest, and is a center for a variety of outdoor adventures (for example, see:

The dates for ASIC 2014 were chosen to take advantage of somewhat lower temperatures in the Moab area, and to prevent possible conflict with travel to the annual meetings of the Cognitive Science Society and the Society for Mathematical Psychology to be held in Quebec City in late July 2014.

Richard M. Shiffrin (pictured above) of Indiana University - Bloomington is the organizer: If you have not already done so and might attend ASIC 2014, please notify the organizer by email. Correspondence should be directed to

Having fun on a typical desert tower

Previous Years' Websites

Several parts of this year's website are still under construction. For examples of previous years' websites visit ASIC 2013, 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.

A slot canyon near Moab Utah

Conference Format

The conference will start with registration and a reception from 15:30-16:15 on Monday, June 23. On subsequent days there are drinks and light snacks from ~15:50 - 16:15, the talk session from about 16:15- 20:00 (with a brief refreshment break midway), and then dinner.

There is a single speaking session each day. If the number of participants exceeds the number of 30 minute speaking slots (about 42), then the talk times will be adjusted, and/or the speakers will be chosen by the organizer. The talks each day are not organized by theme: In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, the talk topics each day will be chosen to maximize diversity. Information on submitting proposals for presentations is on the page of this website labeled 'Talk Submissions". Please submit talk information on the website, rather than directly to the organizer.

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.


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


A block of rooms at the Moab Valley Inn 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.