ASIC 2021 Twentieth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Grand Hotel Des Alpes
San Martino di Castrozza, Italy
July 14, Wednesday – July 19, Monday, 2021

Above: Views of and from San Martino

The Twentieth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2021) will be held at Grand Hotel Des Alpes, Via Passo Rolle, 118, 38054 San Martino di Castrozza TN, in the Dolomites of Italy. The conference will have talks every afternoon and evening on the six consecutive days July 14, Wednesday–July 19, Monday, 2021 (the last talks will be held in the evening of July 19, so the departure date should be July 20 or later). These dates were chosen to allow attendees to combine ASIC 2021 with either or both of the Mathematical Psychology Meetings (to be held in July approximately July 21-24 possibly in Europe and possibly virtually) and the Cognitive Science Society Meetings (to be held in Vienna, Austria, 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, your probability, and your email. See the hotel website at Grand Hotel Des Alpes is highly rated with two highly rated restaurants. It has a conference room that ASIC will use if attendance is not too high (otherwise we plan to use a city conference center 200 meters distant). The breakfasts and dinners will be held in the hotel. The hotel will cater the breaks to start each session at the meeting room site. The hotel should have sufficient rooms (41). If there are too many attendees, the manager has arranged for additional rooms at a nearby hotel with breakfast only; dinner would be held with the group at Hotel Des Alpes. For reservations, descriptions and details, visit the links on this website “LODGING” and “MEALS”.

Above: Grand Hotel Des Alpes

San Martino di Castrozza

Aerial View of San Martino

San Martino is in the eastern Dolomites of Italy about two hours by car north of Venice. It is a famous resort town in both winter and summer. In summer it offers a huge range of activities that are mentioned below but outlined in more detail on the link on this website: “Activities”.

The nearest international airports are Venice, about two hours south by car, or Innsbruck, about three hours north by car. It is accessible also by train and bus. Travel options are found on this website on the link ‘TRAVEL’.


San Martino and the surrounding area offers a huge array of summer activities, including include hiking, scrambling, and peak bagging, via ferrata, mountain and road biking, rock climbing, mountaineering (though most mountaineering would have to take place before or after the conference, given the time required), paragliding, and canyoning. There are also many leisure activities such as sightseeing, fishing, tennis, and golf. For a more complete description visit the link on this website “ACTIVITIES”.

Hiking near San Martino

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

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

Conference Subject Matter

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

Several parts of this year's website are still under construction. For examples of ASIC websites from 2005 through 2019, most listing speakers, titles and abstracts, visit the link titled: ASIC Websites. The 2020 conference was cancelled due to the pandemic, but it is anticipated that it will be held in the same place (Chamonix) and roughly the same dates in June, but in 2022.


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 15.

The conference will start with registration and a reception with drinks and food from about 15:30 - 16:15 on Wednesday July 14. 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 break. The last evening of talks will be Monday, July 19, so plan to depart no earlier than Tuesday, July 20

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.