Computational Creativity Theory

Research

Introduction

In order to progress as a science, Computational Creativity research needs more formalism in terms of how we evaluate progress in the software that we write. Such formalisms can involve assessment of the increase in value of the artefacts (paintings, compositions, poems, games, recipes, theorems, etc.) that are produced by software. Other formalisms can involve assessing how much creative responsibility a piece of software has, with the value of the artefacts produced being a secondary consideration. We are developing formal models of progress in Computational Creativity research which take into account both product and process, in addition to notions related to how people perceive software, and how software presents what it does and what it has produced.

Talks

Here are a couple of talks by Simon Colton in which he addressed some of the philosophical issues raised by the study of creative software:

Publications

Below are some of the papers from the group which give overviews of the field, and address issues of evaluation, accountability and other philosophical issues, in addition to suggesting some general approaches to Computational Creativity.

Cook, Michael; Colton, Simon

Generating Code For Expressing Simple Preferences: Moving On From Hardcoding And Randomness Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity, pp. 8, 2015.

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Colton, Simon; Pease, Alison; Corneli, Joseph; Cook, Michael; Hepworth, Rose; Ventura, Dan

Stakeholder Groups in Computational Creativity Research and Practice Incollection

In: Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machines, pp. 3–36, Springer, 2015.

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Colton, Simon; Cook, Michael; Hepworth, Rose; Pease, Alison

On Acid Drops and Teardrops: Observer Issues in Computational Creativity Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the 7th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy, 2014.

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Colton, Simon; Pease, Alison; Corneli, Joseph; Cook, Michael; Llano, Maria Teresa

Assessing Progress in Building Autonomously Creative Systems Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computational Creativity, pp. 137–145, 2014.

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Pease, Alison; Colton, Simon; Ramezani, Ramin; Charnley, John; Reed, Kate

A Discussion on Serendipity in Creative Systems Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Computational Creativity, pp. 64–71, 2013.

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Pease, Alison; Colton, Simon; Charnley, John

The Turing Test and Computational Creativity Inproceedings

In: Contributed talks proceedings of the Turing Centenary Conference, 2012.

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Charnley, John; Pease, Alison; Colton, Simon

On the Notion of Framing in Computational Creativity Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Creativity, pp. 77–81, 2012.

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Colton, Simon; Wiggins, Geraint A

Computational Creativity: The Final Frontier? Inproceedings

In: ECAI, pp. 21–26, 2012.

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Pease, Alison; Charnley, John; Colton, Simon

Using Grounded Theory to Suggest Types of Framing Information for Computational Creativity Book Chapter

In: Proceedings of the Workshop "Computational Creativity, Concept Invention, and General Intelligence", pp. 7–13, University of Osnabrück, Institute of Cognitive Science, 2012.

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Pease, Alison; Colton, Simon

On Impact and Evaluation in Computational Creativity: A Discussion of the Turing Test and an Alternative Proposal Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the AISB symposium on AI and Philosophy, 2011.

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Pease, Alison; Colton, Simon

Computational Creativity Theory: Inspirations Behind the FACE and the IDEA Models Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computational Creativity, 2011.

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Colton, Simon; Pease, Alison; Charnley, John

Computational Creativity Theory: The FACE and IDEA Descriptive Models Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computational Creativity, pp. 90–95, 2011.

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Colton, Simon; de Mantaras, Ram'on L'opez; Stock, Oliviero

Computational Creativity: Coming of Age Journal Article

In: 2009.

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Pease, Alison; Smaill, Alan; Colton, Simon; Lee, John

Bridging the Gap Between Argumentation Theory and the Philosophy of Mathematics Journal Article

In: Foundations of Science, 14 (1-2), pp. 111–135, 2009.

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Colton, Simon

Seven Catchy Phrases for Computational Creativity Research Inproceedings

In: Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik 2009.

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Colton, Simon

Creativity Versus the Perception of Creativity in Computational Systems Inproceedings

In: AAAI Spring Symposium: Creative Intelligent Systems, pp. 14–20, 2008.

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Colton, Simon

Creative Logic Programming Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the 3rd. IJCAI Workshop on Creative Systems, pp. 77, 2003.

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Pease, Alison; Colton, Simon; Smaill, Alan; Lee, John

Lakatos and Machine Creativity Inproceedings

In: Second Workshop on Creative Systems, Approaches to Creativity in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2002), 2002.

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Colton, Simon; Pease, Alison; Ritchie, Graeme

The Effect of Input Knowledge on Creativity Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the ICCBR'01 Workshop on Creative Systems, 2001.

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Pease, Alison; Winterstein, Daniel; Colton, Simon

Evaluating Machine Creativity Inproceedings

In: Workshop on Creative Systems, 4th International Conference on Case Based Reasoning, pp. 129–137, 2001.

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Colton, Simon; Steel, Graham

Artificial Intelligence and Scientific Creativity Journal Article

In: Artificial Intelligence and the Study of Behaviour Quarterly, 102 , 1999.

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