Fifteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Hotel Oswald
Selva, Val Gardena
Italian Dolomites
July 3, Sunday - July 8, Friday

Announcing ASIC 2016

The Fifteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2016) will be held at Hotel Oswald in Selva, Val Gardena, Italy, July 3-8, 2016. The dates are chosen so as to reduce conflicts with the 2016 annual meetings of the Cognitive Science Society and the Mathematical Psychology Society that will take place in Philadelphia later in the summer.

Hotel Oswald is a highly rated hotel with an excellent restaurant (see --see Lodging on this site).

The meetings and catered breaks will be held in a city conference room adjacent to the hotel, and lodging and dining will be at Hotel Oswald.

Possibly the most highly rated previous ASIC conference was held in 2013 in the adjacent valley to the east, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, and this year's site was chosen in an attempt to replicate that experience without repeating a prior site. The entire area is outstanding in every respect and has been a Unesco World Natural Heritage site since 2009.

Travel to the Selva site is fairly easy, from major airports at Venice, Milan, and Innsbruck, among others, and from those by rental car or bus (see Travel on this site).

Selva 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 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.

Previous Years' Websites

Several parts of this year's website are still under construction. For examples of previous years' websites visit ASIC 2015, 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 interested parties, and their family and friends. 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. It will be of particular interest to scholars who fit the very general theme of the conference. 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 about 15:30-16:15 on Sunday, July 3. On subsequent days there will be drinks and light snacks from ~15:45 - 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 Friday, July 8, so plan to depart no earlier than Saturday, July 9.

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 hope and 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 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.

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