ASIC 2019: Eighteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Hotel Bergresort
Seefeld, Austria
June 17, Monday – June 22, Saturday 2019

Austrian Alps near Seefeld, at Wildsee

The Eighteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2019) will be held at Hotel Bergresort in Seefeld, Austria, with talks every afternoon and evening on the six consecutive days June 17, Monday – June 22, Saturday, 2019 (the last talks will be held in the evening of June 22, so the departure date should be June 23 or later). The dates are chosen to reduce possible conflicts with the Cognitive Science Society meetings to be held July 24 – 27 in Montreal, and the Mathematical Psychology Meetings likely to be coordinated with that meeting.

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

Hotel Bergresort (see is highly rated, award winning, and has spa facilities and a superb restaurant. The meetings, catered breaks, and breakfasts and dinners will be held in the hotel. For reservations, descriptions and details, visit the links on this website "LODGING" and "MEALS".

Hotel Bergresort

Seefeld is 20 km northwest of Innsbruck Airport, about 30 minutes by car. It lies on a plateau at 1200 m elevation. It is in the midst of mountains, and adjacent to a mountain rising to 2300 m.

Seefeld Austria

Travel to the resort is quite easy from the closest international airport at Innsbruck--about 30 minutes by car or an hour or more by train depending on connection times. Travel options are found on this website on the link 'TRAVEL'.

There are a huge number of outdoor activities in or near Seefeld, including hiking, mountain and road biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, via ferrata, parasailing, canyoning, touring, golf, tennis, and adventure parks. For a more complete description visit the link on this website "ACTIVITIES".

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. Italy

The subject matter of the ASIC conferences is interdisciplinary, but with a primary emphasis upon a wide variety of scientific domains 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

See the link on this years’s website titled "ASIC WEBSITES"


The conference is open to all interested parties, and their family and friends. An invitation is NOT needed to attend. 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 and invitation to friends and colleagues.

Due to the small number of spots for speakers, in the event that too many attendees desire to speak, the organizer will adapt the lengths of talks and/or select whom will give talks.

Conference Aims

The conference is truly interdisciplinary and will welcome interesting talks aimed at a general audience on any subject, but most talks have ranged across a variety 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 (no posters), intentionally organized to maximize the dissimilarity of each day’s presentations. If the number of participants exceeds the number of speaking slots (either 42 or 48), then the organizer will select some talks to be of shorter duration, and if necessary choose the speakers who 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. Your information, such as authors, title, abstract and so on can be deleted, replaced, or altered at any time up to June 1.

The conference will start with registration and a reception with wine, beer, drinks and food from about 15:30 - 16:15 on Monday, June 17. On subsequent days there will be drinks and light snacks from ~ 15:45 - 16:15, followed by a session of about seven or eight spoken presentations that may include a mid-session drink break. The last evening of talks will be Saturday, June 22, so plan to depart no earlier than Sunday, June 23.

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 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.