AI, robotics & cognition


Research staff working in AI, robotics & cognition

Tim Blackwell  /  Mark Bishop  /  Rebecca Fiebrink  /  Marco Gillies  /  Mick Grierson  /  William Latham  /  Frederic Fol Leymarie  /  Atau Tanaka

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What-If Machine

We aim to build a software system able to invent, evaluate and present fictional ideas such as stories, jokes, films, paintings and advertisements. WHIM website

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EPSRC-funded project on grafitti, perception, computing and robotics. AutoGraff website

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Computational Creativity Theory

This project aims to bring more formality to the assessment of computational creativity (and our perception of it). We challenge foundational notions such as the usage of Turing-style tests, raise philosophical issues and propose new formalisms. Led by Simon Colton with funding from EPSRC. Computational Creativity Theory website

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‌Book by Ephraim Nissan

Computer Applications for Handling Legal Evidence, Police Investigation and Case Argumentation provides an overview of computer techniques and tools ― especially from artificial intelligence ― for handling legal evidence, police intelligence, crime analysis or detection, and forensic testing. Free preview website

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A 3-year EU coordination action to promote the scientific exploration of computational creativity. A collaboration between University College Dublin, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Queen Mary, University of London, Institut Josef Stefan, Ljubljana and University of Helsinki. PROSECCO website

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The Painting Fool

A computer program that wishes to be taken seriously as a creative artist in its own right. The Painting Fool website

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Tungsten Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics

Using artificial intelligence to develop software for financial analytics Tungsten Network. Goldsmiths Analytics website

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Machine Learning as Design Tool

By enabling people to instantiate designs of new musical instruments, game controllers, character animations, and other systems from data, rather than by writing code, we make design more efficient and accessible to more people, as well as enabling people to discover new design possibilities. Several research threads in the department link into this theme of making machine learning usable, creative tool. Rebecca Fiebrink, Marco Gillies, Atau Tanaka, Mick Grierson.

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Swarm Intelligence

Using swarms to solve difficult problems. The current focus is on search in high dimensional space. Tim Blackwell's website

  • Blackwell T M 2011. 'A Study of Collapse in Bare Bones Particle Swarm Optimization'. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 16(3), pp. 354-372. ISSN 1089-778X
  • Antoniou P., Pitsillides A., Blackwell T. M. Engelbrecht, A. and Michael L. 'Congestion Control in Wireless Sensor Networks based on Bird Flocking Behaviour'. Computer Networks 57 (2013) 1167-1191, Elsevier
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The Integration & Interaction of Multiple Mathematical Reasoning Processes

An EPSRC-funded portfolio of projects which develop the automation of mathematical reasoning processes for practical application. Dream Platform Grant website

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‌Aikon 1+2

Art, perception, computing and robotics. Led by Frederic F. Leymarie, P. Tresset with funding from the Leverhulme Trust. Aikon website