ProSECCo - Promoting the Scientific Exploration of Computational Creativity

Description

Creativity is a long-cherished and widely-studied aspect of human behavior that allows us to re-invent the familiar and to imagine the new. Computational Creativity (CC) is a recent but burgeoning area of creativity research that brings together academics and practitioners from diverse disciplines, genres and modalities, to explore the potential of computers to be autonomously creative or to collaborate as co-creators with humans. As a scientific endeavor, CC proposes that computational modeling can yield important insights into the fundamental capabilities of both humans and machines. As an engineering endeavor, CC claims that it is possible to construct autonomous software artifacts that achieve novel and useful ends that are deserving of the label "creative". Overall, the CC field seeks to establish a symbiotic relationship between these scientific and engineering endeavors, wherein the software artifacts that are produced are not only useful in their own right, but also serve as empirical tests of the adequacy of scientific theories of creativity. If sufficiently nurtured, the products of CC research can have a significant impact on many aspects of modern life, with particular consequences for the worlds of entertainment, culture, science, education, design and art. So that CC can achieve its potential as a future and emerging topic of research and technology development, a range of important coordination actions are needed to solidify and promote the field while engaging with neighboring disciplines. These include focused outreach to researchers in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience, as well as to practitioners in musicology, literary theory/art theory, design theory, and pedagogy. The goal of the proposed coordinating action is to perform outreach to these related research communities, in a way that maintains the coherence of the CC field without diluting its core principles.

Researchers

Funded by

7th Framework Programme - FET Proactive initiatives and Fostering

Partners

University College Dublin (IRE), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK), Universidade de Coimbra (PT), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (ES), Queen Mary and Westfield College (UK), Institut Josef Stefan (SLO) and Uniuversity of Helsink

Total budget

997 633,00 €

Local budget

103 769,00 €

Keywords

Computational Creativity

Start Date

2013-03-01

End Date

2016-08-31

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