Professor of Computational Creativity (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & School of Electronic Engineering and Queen Mary University of London)
June 5th (14:30-15:30)
Geraint A. Wiggins studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and holds PhDs in Artificial Intelligence and in Musical Composition, from the University of Edinburgh. He is Professor of Computational Creativity in the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Previously, he was Head of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. He is Associate Editor (English) of Musicae Scientiae, the journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, a consulting editor of Music Perception and an editorial board member of the Journal of New Music Research. From 2000 to 2004, he chaired the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, the UK learned society for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, and from 2004 to 2014, he chaired the international Association for Computational Creativity, of whose Journal he is now Editor-in-Chief. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Geraint has worked in artificial intelligence, computer music, and cognitive science since 1984. He was one of the founders of the research field of computational creativity, which studies creative intelligence, and was the first in the world to hold a professorial chair in that research area. His current work relates to cognitive architectures that explicate the relationship between perception, learning and creativity, in the sequential domains, most notably language and music.
Sequential art and entertainment, including TV, movies, narrative poems, music, theatre, opera and many other kinds of human activity generally involve some kind of tension: that is to say some kind of ebb and flow of expectation and excitement. In his keynote talk “In his keynote speech, “Expecting not to be surprised: tension and enjoyment in sequential art and entertainment” Geraint will discuss how some insights from music theory and music cognition may help support wider modelling of human response to more general notions of tension, and how such models may be used to guide computational creativity.