Creativity is one of the most interesting, surprising and productive cognitive skills that has driven human civilization, but also a very complex multi-faceted skill to study.
Ana-Maria Olteteanu is the Principal Investigator of the ‘Creative problem solving in cognitive systems’ (CreaCogs) project. CreaCogs is a unified theoretical framework of creativity, aiming to implement a small set of processes, and account for a varied typology of creativity tasks. Various parts of the framework were computationally implemented as a set of cognitive systems prototypes. These cognitive systems model the Remote Associates Test, the Alternative Uses Test, and offer the promise of solving insight problems.
This talk provides on overview of some of the computational systems within CreaCogs so far, with a focus on models related to creative association. The difficulties in building computational implementations in specific creativity domains are discussed, from a research methodology perspective. Tools and datasets created to conquer these difficulties are highlighted.
An unexpected side effect of building cognitive AI systems solving creativity tasks is acquiring a new level of precision in creativity measurement tools. This and its potential future impact on creativity research are briefly explored.
Ana-Maria Olteteanu is the Head of the Cognitive Systems Group at Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany and the Principal Investigator of the ‘Creative problem solving in cognitive systems’ (CreaCogs) project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany.
Ana-Maria has a multidisciplinary background: She is a former concert pianist and has a PhD in Musicology on Aesthetics and Musical Form analysis from the National University of Music Bucharest (2011). In March 2016 she defended her second doctorate summa cum laude in Artificial Intelligence which got nominated for the EurAI Dissertation Prize, the Cognitive Science Society Glushko prize and won the 1st Prize by the OLB for the best Doctoral Dissertation in Science in NW Germany.
Ana-Maria authored over 30 papers on the topic of creative problem solving in cognitive systems, and is currently writing a book on creative problem solving - Cogs in the Creative Machine. Additionally, Ana-Maria is a Topic Editor of the Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence journal; Frontiers in Psychology, Cognitive Science journal; and an Associate Editor of the Cognitive Systems Research journal. She is also an Expert Scientific Reviewer for the European Commission, Future and Emerging Technologies, H2020, and for various European institutes for Advanced Studies.
In this talk, Ana-Maria is returning to one of her alma maters - Ana obtained an MSc with Distinction in Cognitive Computing in 2011 at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Ana-Maria’s visit to Goldsmiths is funded by the ‘Goldsmiths’ Research Development Funds 2017/18’ as part of a research collaboration with InLab, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London.
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