Sixteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

City Hotel Oberland
Interlaken, Switzerland
July 15, Saturday – July 20, Thursday

Announcing ASIC 2017

The Sixteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2017) will be held at City Hotel Oberland in Interlaken Switzerland, July 15 – July 20, 2017. There will be presentation sessions in the evening on each of these six days, so attendees should plan to leave no earlier than July 21. The dates are chosen to allow attendance at the Mathematical Psychology annual meeting currently planned for Warwick UK for July 22-25, and the Cognitive Science Society annual meeting currently planned for London, UK, July 26-29.

If you have a 5% or higher chance of attending, go to the link on this website 'Potential Attendees' and list yourself and your probability.

City Hotel Oberland is in the center of Interlaken, and has three adjacent buildings with two bars and three restaurants (see see ‘Lodging’ on this site). The meetings and catered breaks will be held in one of the three hotel buildings. All dinners will be held at the hotel but we will have a banquet on the final night, including beer, wine, and some special offerings. The extra costs for the banquet are included in the registration fee.

Interlaken is a resort town at an altitude of about 1800 ft., and surrounded by mountains rising to about 13,000 ft. The city lies between the scenic lakes of Thun and Brienz, two lakes connected by the river Aare running through the town. It is known as the adventure sports capital of Switzerland and offers every sort of adventure sport imaginable (see the ‘Activities’ webpage). Interlaken is a short distance by train, car or bus from a deep valley with two branches: One leads to Grindelwald, a famous mountain resort at the base of the Eiger and Jungfrau and the other leading to a dramatic adjacent valley containing the towns of Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, and Murren. These mountains near Interlaken are at such an altitude that their peaks are usually covered with snow and ice. There is a famous train ride that starts at Interlaken and allows a round trip via one valley and a return via the other, both reaching Kleine Scheidegg where the cog-train climbs steeply via tunnels through the Eiger and eventually reaches the Jungfraujoch at 11,400 ft. – see the photo above.

The north face of the Eiger, a famous mountain just south of Interlaken.

Travel to Interlaken is made easy by the Swiss rail system, by bus, by well maintained roads, and by several nearby international airports: Bern Belp (~1 hr), Zurich Kloten (~ 2 hrs), and Basel Mulhouse (~ 2 hrs).

Richard M. Shiffrin of Indiana University - Bloomington is the organizer: Email correspondence should be directed to University (for all contact info, select 'Contact' from this website menu).

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

The subject matter of the ASIC conferences is interdisciplinary, with a primary focus lying in 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 dates have 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 2016, 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 if each last 30 minutes), then the organizer will adjust talk duration, the presence of any break, and if necessary choose a subset of attendees 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 drinks and food from about 15:30-16:15 on July 15. On subsequent days there will be drinks and light snacks from 15:40 -16:00. Each of the six days will then have a presentation session of seven (or more) spoken presentations. Each session will be followed by a buffet dinner at the hotel. On the last evening this will be a banquet dinner.

The last evening of talks and dinner will be July 20, so plan to depart no earlier than July 21.

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. Registration will be open on September 1, 2016. At that time or after, visit the Registration page on 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.