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ASIC 2022 New Zealand 22nd Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

Mercure Queenstown Resort
Queenstown, New Zealand
December 21, Wednesday – December 26 Monday,

Above: The town of Queenstown

Above: Biking near Queenstown

The 22nd Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2022 New Zealand ) will be held at the Mercure Queenstown Resort on Sainsbury Road, Fernhill, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand.

[Although December is winter in the northern hemisphere, it will indeed be summer at this time in New Zealand. Of course in 2022 the conference will be bi-annual but BSIC is hard to pronounce.]

“If New Zealand is not known to be open for visitors by Sep. 1, 2022 the conference will be moved at that time to Dec 21-26, 2023, and any payments may be refunded or used as credits for 2023. In addition, If covid travel restrictions in the country of origin or in New Zealand cause you to cancel your attendance, any lodging deposit and registration fee will be refunded.”

The conference will have talks every afternoon and evening on the six consecutive days December 21, Wednesday – December 26, Monday, 2022 (the last talks will be held in the evening of December 26, so the departure date should be December 27 or later).

These dates were chosen in light of many university and secondary school schedules, in view of the likelihood than many attendees would want to spend longer in New Zealand or perhaps Australia than the six days of the conference, and because choosing dates later, including New Years Day, would have roughly doubled the lodging prices. Travelers from the northern hemisphere should consider travel times and the need for recovery from jet lag, and might find it useful at arrive a day or two early.

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

The Mercure Queenstown Resort

Above: Dining at the Mercure Queenstown Resort

The Mercure Queenstown Resort is a four star hotel with all the facilities ASIC attendees have come to expect.


Queenstown is often described as the adventure capital of the world. It lies on the South Island of New Zealand, an area that offers some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Queenstown lies in the southwest of the South Island, between Mt Aspiring National Park and Fjordland National Park, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range. It can be reached by flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch among other airports in New Zealand, and from airports in Australia as well. Travel options are found on this website on the link ‘TRAVEL’. Especially attendees from the northern hemisphere should consider staying after (or possibly before) ASIC to visit other sites in New Zealand or Australia.

Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, South Island, NZ


Queenstown and the surrounding area is one the world’s most scenic destinations and a world capital for adventure sports and activities. Summer activities include hiking (long multiday hiking, on the famous ‘tracks’ known as the ‘great walks’), scrambling and peak bagging, via ferrata, mountain and road biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, paragliding, bungee jumping, white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning, and much more. For a more complete description visit the link on this website “ACTIVITIES”.


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 websites for other ASIC conferences, visit

These websites give generally complete information including speakers, titles and abstracts.


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 December 1, 2022.

The conference will start with registration and a reception with drinks and food from about 15:30 - 16:15 on Wednesday, December 21. On subsequent days there will be drinks and light snacks from ~ 15:45 - 16:15. On each day the break will be 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, December 26, so plan to depart no earlier than Tuesday, December 27.

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.