April 8 – Dr.Philippe Pasquier -Generative Systems at the Metacreation Lab

Generative Systems at the Metacreation Lab.

Abstract:
The ability to invent and use tools is a defining characteristic of human beings: from the invention of the wheel to the development of cell phones, technology and humans have been co-evolving. In recent years, artificial intelligence has been successful at endowing machines with autonomous and proactive behaviors to achieve tasks that normally rely on human intelligence. Computational creativity, a.k.a. metacreation, is a new and expanding field that attempts to simulate human creativity, and to discover creative processes that are beyond human capability. This field brings together scientists and artists to design systems that are capable of making creative decisions at human competitive levels. This presentation will introduce and motivate this subfield of Artificial Intelligence through the presentation of generative systems designed and developed at the Metacreation Laboratory.

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Bio:

Philippe Pasquier is Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He is both a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence and a multi-disciplinary artist. His contributions range from theoretical research in artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems and machine learning to applied artistic research and practice in digital art, computer music, and generative art. Philippe is the Chair and investigator of the AAAI series of international workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME), the MUME-WE concerts series, the International workshop on Movement and Computation (MOCO), and he is the Symposium director for ISEA2015. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed contributions, presented in forums ranging from the most scientifically rigorous to the most creatively arty.

Links:

More on Philippe: http://www.sfu.ca/pasquier/
MAMAS laboratory: http://www.metacreation.net
More on SIAT: http://www.siat.sfu.ca/

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When: Wednesdays from 12:30-2:20 pm, April 8
Where: SUR 5380.

All are welcome to attend!