Fourteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Bouldering at Way Lake, Mammoth Lakes

Westin Monache Resort
Mammoth Lakes, California
July 10, Friday – July 15, Wednesday

Announcing ASIC 2015

The Fourteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2015) will be held at the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes California. The dates are chosen to make it possible for attendees to travel on July 16 to Southern California first for the Mathematical Psychology Meetings to be held July 17-20 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach (workshops/tutorials on the 17th), a special "industry meets mathematical psychology" conference on July 21, and then to the Cognitive Science Society Annual Meetings to be held in Pasadena July 22-25 (workshops on the 22nd). The Westin is an excellent four-star hotel-- (see Lodging on this site).

The Mammoth Lakes/Yosemite airport is 10 minutes from Mammoth Lakes, and flights change on occasion. Presently there is one flight a day to and from Los Angeles airport on Alaska Airlines: one from LA at 4 PM (arr. 5:16) and a return from Mammoth at 5:45 PM (arr. 7). Driving time from Los Angeles airport is about five hours.

Mammoth Lakes is at about 8000 feet in elevation on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains providing pleasant summer temperatures and outstanding scenery and choices of outdoor activities. It also provides the best and easiest summer access to Yosemite National park (see Activities on this site).

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. The organizer is shown below atop Castleton Tower at ASIC 2014.

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 previous years' websites visit ASIC 2014, 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.

Conference Format

There is a single speaking session each day, intentionally organized to maximize the dissimilarity of each day’s presentations. If the number of participants exceeds the number of speaking slots (about 42), then the organizer will select some talks to be of shorter duration, and if necessary choose the speakers that will have the opportunity to present their work. 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.

The conference will start with registration and a reception with wine beer, drinks and food from 15:30-16:15 on Friday, July 10. On subsequent days there will be drinks and light snacks from ~16:00 - 16:15, followed by a session of about seven spoken presentations that include a mid-session drink break. The last evening of talks will be Wednesday July 15, so plan to depart no earlier than Thursday, July 16.

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 or following the conference.


You are not officially on the request list for presenting research until you register and 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.

Some possibly useful websites:

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