Autumn School on Computational Creativity


Sponsored by

  • Hecse, Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Computer Science
  • FICS, Finnish Doctoral Programme in Computational Sciences

Call for participation

PROSECCO Autumn School on Computational Creativity 2013

November 18-22, 2013, Porvoo, Finland

The University of Helsinki and the PROSECCO Network for Promoting the Scientific Exploration of Computational Creativity will organize an international autumn school on computational creativity. We cordially invite PhD and MSc students and interested researchers to participate in the school.

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 explores 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". 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.

The autumn school covers computational creativity from several different angles, in lectures given by leading experts:

  • Tony Veale, University College Dublin, Ireland:
    • Introduction to Computational Creativity
    • Creativity as Web Service
  • Simon Colton, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK:
    • Building an Automated Painter
    • Philosophical and Formalisation Issues
    • Guiding Principles of Building Creative Systems
  • Geraint A. Wiggins, Queen Mary University of London, UK:
    • Computational Creativity in Music and Music Cognition
  • Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University, Israel:
    • Optimal Innovation and Creative Interpretations of Literal and Non-Literal Language
    • On the Creativity of Negation: The Case of Negative Sarcasm
  • Amilcar Cardoso, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal:
    • Conceptual Blending in Computational Concept Creation
  • Pablo Gervás, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain:
    • Computational Creativity in Literary Artifacts: Narrative and Poetry
  • Nada Lavrač, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia:
    • Text mining for Creative Cross-Domain Knowledge Discovery
  • Rob Saunders, University of Sydney, Australia:
    • Multi-agent Simulations of Social Creativity
  • Graeme Ritchie, University of Aberdeen:
    • Evaluating Quality in Creative Systems
  • Bipin Indurkhya, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, India:
    • A Hands-On Creativity Workshop

See the Programme page for the schedule of the school.

We also encourage participants to demonstrate/exhibit/perform/play/cite either their scientific work in computational creativity (see the demo and poster programme) or the creative results in a special session (the Computational Creativity Club on Wednesday).

While we primarily target audience with a background in computing, we very warmly welcome participants from other related disciplines. Especially, we hope to interact with students and researchers in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience, as well as practitioners in musicology, literary theory/art theory, design theory, and pedagogy.

The PROSECCO network offers grants for student and junior researchers to participate in the school. See the page on Registration and Grants.

Important Dates:

ECTS Credits:

The University of Helsinki will give 3 ECTS credits to its students for participation in the full autumn school programme. Students of other institutes will be given a letter as a proof of their participation in the school.


12.11.2013 - 22:04 Hannu Toivonen
24.05.2013 - 16:00 Hannu Toivonen