ASIC 2020: Nineteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference

UPDATE: ASIC 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic but I plan to reschedule it in the same hotel in Chamonix at about the same dates in 2022, so I leave this website up until the 2022 site is ready: The information in this website should mostly be accurate.

ASIC 2021 will be held in San Martino di Castrozza, July 14-19, 2021. That website will be available soon.

Hotel Le Mercure Les Bossons
Chamonix, France
June 16, Tuesday – June 21, Sunday 2020

Above: The town of Chamonix

Above: Mt. Blanc from Brevent Cable Car Station

The Nineteenth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference (ASIC 2020) will be held at Hotel Le Mercure Les Bossons four km from Chamonix at 59 Route de Vers le Nant, Les Bossons 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France. The conference will have talks every afternoon and evening on the six consecutive days June 16, Tuesday – June 21, Sunday, 2020 (the last talks will be held in the evening of June 21, so the departure date should be June 22 or later).

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 Hotel Le Mercure Les Bossons is newly renovated, has a new restaurant and has all the facilities ASIC attendees have come to expect. 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".

Above: Hotel Le Mercure Les Bossons


Chamonix is in the heart of the Alps, adjacent to Mt. Blanc, in Eastern France near the borders of Italy and Switzerland. The nearest airport is Geneva, a little over an hour by car and two hours by train, but Chamonix is also readily accessible by car, train and bus from a number of other international airports. Travel options are found on this website on the link 'TRAVEL'.


Chamonix and the surrounding area is one the world’s most scenic destinations and one of the world's capitals for both adventure and leisure sports. Summer activities 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, white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning, glacier walking, and many leisure activities such as sightseeing, fishing, tennis, and golf. 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 examples of websites for other ASIC conferences, visit ASIC 2019, 2018, ASIC 2017, 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. These websites generally list speakers, titles and abstracts. See the link on this website titled: ASIC 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 drinks and food from about 15:30 - 16:15 on Tuesday, June 16. 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 Sunday, June 21, so plan to depart no earlier than Monday, June 22.

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.