MC5 Computational Creativity: Evolving Artistic Creativity


The course will provide an overall view of Computational Creativity both from a scientific and an engineerig perspective. It will include a condensed introduction to the main concepts and terminology, an overview of how the study of human creativity and nature influence the field, a formal characterisation of creative processes, and a discussion about models for the evaluation of creative systems. We will analyse cognitive and computational architectures that have been proposed for concept creation. We will discuss computational techniques that have been used in the implementation of creative systems, with a focus on artistic applications. Available resources that can support the development of simple creative systems will be presented.


Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to have gained:
- a clear understanding of the main concepts of computational creativity;
- a broad understanding of the main models and methods used in the field;
- an understanding of the main challenges that the field is facing;
- the ability to design a simple creative system at the conceptual level.


• Boden, Margaret A. The creative mind: Myths and mechanisms. Routledge, 2004. ( )
• Wiggins, G. A. (2005). A Preliminary Framework for Description, Analysis and Comparison of Creative Systems. Journal of Knowledge Based Systems, 23.
• Ritchie, G. (2007). Some Empirical Criteria for Attributing Creativity to a Computer Program. Minds and Machines, 17(1), 67–99. doi:10.1007/s11023-007-9066-2
• Martins, Pedro, Francisco C. Pereira and Amílcar Cardoso. “The Nuts and Bolts of of Conceptual Blending: Multi-Domain Concept Creation with Divago”. In Veale, T., Cardoso, A. (Eds.), Computational Creativity: The Philosophy and Engineering of Autonomously Creative Systems. Springer, 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-43610-4
• Veale, Tony. Exploding the creativity myth: The computational foundations of linguistic creativity. A&C Black, 2012.
• Cardoso, Amílcar, Tony Veale, and Geraint A. Wiggins. "Converging on the divergent: The history (and future) of the international joint workshops in computational creativity." AI Magazine 30.3 (2009): 15.
• Colton, S. and Geraint A. Wiggins: Computational Creativity: A Final Frontier?. Proceedings of ECAI, 2012.
• Colton, Simon, A. Pease, and J. Charnley. "Computational creativity theory: The FACE and IDEA descriptive models." Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computational Creativity. 2011.

Reference sites:
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Lecture Room 3

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