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Measuring Creative AI at ISEA

I’m excited that our workshop, Measuring Computational Creativity: Collaboratively Designing Metrics to Evaluating Creative Machines will be featured at ISEA2020 – Why Sentience? in Montreal in October. Eunsu Kang, Jean Oh, and I, together with ISEA participants, will develop metrics to assess computational creativity. We will address questions including:

How do we make a creative machine? Creativity is not a sudden burst out of blank space. It involves “a multitude of definitions, conceptualizations, domains, disciplines that bear on its study, empirical methods, and levels of analysis, as well as research orientations that are both basic and applied – and applied in varied contexts.” From Newell, Shaw, and Simon’s insights on computational creativity to Boden’s definitions such as combinational creativity, exploratory creativity, and transformational creativity, defining what kind of creativity, which is appropriate for the specific task of a machine, would be a sensible first step to build a creative algorithm/machine. Yet some questions remain. Can we computationally model ambiguity? Would a novelty search result in valuable discoveries? Where is the threshold between randomness and creativity? Last but not least, how do we evaluate the creativity of an algorithm? This workshop is a first attempt to establish evaluation metrics assessing computational creativity in our current international Arts and Machine Learning (ML) research renaissance.

You can read more about the preliminary programming here: http://isea2020.isea-international.org/preliminary-programming/

New Course – Data Science and the Arts

I’m thrilled to offer my new course through the Halicioglu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego. It’s been in the works for about a year now.

StyleGAN trained on Childrens Drawings

This course addresses the intersection of data science and contemporary arts and culture, exploring four main themes of authorship, representation, visualization, and data provenance. The course is not solely an introducing to data science techniques, nor merely an arts practice course, but explores significant new possibilities for both fields arising from their intersection. Students will examine problems from complementary perspectives of artist-researchers and data scientists.

Read more here: dsc160.roberttwomey.com

Cultured Data Symposium

How can data science and the arts and humanities learn from one another?

Two days of events February 7-8 considering the growing digitization of the cultural record and the explosion of new data generation, collection, and analysis practices create a new state of cultured data: culture as data, and data as a driver of culture. Our symposium examines this emerging condition, considering both how analytic techniques enable new understandings of culture, and how the proliferation of data in everyday life changes how culture is produced, distributed, and influenced. In these panels, we wrestle with new modes of scholarship and cultural production enabled by data-forward analysis methods, and consider perspectives from the arts and humanities for data science practice. What can these disciplines teach one another about their possibilities and limits towards realizing a more just, informed, and culturally-rich future?

With 200 RSVPs for both days, and a robust and diverse turnout, the event was a success!

Day 1 Talks @ Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego: https://youtu.be/3qBd5t0iV8c?t=1365

Stay tuned for complete archives of the talks and performances on the website: cultureddata.net

Workshop @ CMU: Reading and Writing Inhabited Space

This Friday I’m speaking to the Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity students at CMU.

I’ll give a talk followed by a workshop and demo exploring artistic applications of smart home technologies. Topics include wireless sensing, computer vision, and machine listening to create narratives of inhabited space. We consider the creative possibilities and personal consequences of life with ubiquitous sensing, perceiving machines.

Workshop: https://github.com/roberttwomey/housemachine-workshop

Course website: http://cmuems.com/2017/60210c/machines-for-living-by-robert-twomey/

Amazon Cloud Research Grant

I’m happy to say that I received an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Credits for Research Grant to support my digital arts research! The grant supports proof of concept research to employ the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as a platform for my machine listening, structure from motion, and computational photography work as part of the Rover project.

 

 

YSU3DP Workshops 2016 – 2017

I am running a series of hands-on workshops in 2016-17 to introduce students, faculty, and staff to 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies. These classes will familiarize the YSU community with current trends and possibilities in digital manufacturing, introduce the significant 3D printing resources and research on campus, and provide participants direct experience with printing tools. Finally, these workshops aim to raise the visibility of YSU 3D printing research, and contribute to a community of interest around the technology.

Workshop webpage: YSU3DP