Date: 3 May 2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Computing, Queen Mother Building
Host: Dr Alison Pease
Title: On the Role of Computers in Creativity-support Systems
Abstract: We will present here our experiences with designing computer-based creativity-support systems over several years. In particular, we present the design of three different systems incorporating different mechanisms of creativity. One of them uses an idea proposed by Rodari to stimulate imagination of the children in writing a picture-based story. The second one is aimed to model creativity in legal reasoning. And the third one uses low-level perceptual similarities to stimulate creation of novel conceptual associations in unrelated pictures. We discuss lessons learnt from these approaches, and address their implications for the question of how far creativity can be tamed by algorithmic approaches.
Bio: Bipin Indurkhya did his BE (Electronics) from REC, Bhopal (MP), ME (Electronics) from Philips International Institute of Technological Studies, Eindhoven (The Netherlands), and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA). He spent about twelve years teaching at various universities in the US, most of which was at Boston University. After that he was at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan for over eight years. In the last two years of this period, he was in the Mechanical Engineering Department, where he started a robotics lab and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in robotics, which were very popular. He has been with IIIT-Hyderabad since 2004, where he started a Cognitive Science Lab, secured industry and government funding for various research projects, and started a PhD program in Cognitive Science. Since 2011, he has moved to Kraków (Poland), and is a visiting faculty at the Computer Science Department at AGH University; and at the Computer Science and Cognitive Science Departments at Jagiellonian University.
His current research activities include studying and modelling creativity underlying metaphors and designing creativity-support systems, usability studies involving perceptual and cognitive aspects, and developing IT and robotics tools for assisting cognition and communication for autistic and dyslexic children. He has also lectured about robotics to the school children in Japan and in India, and has conducted many hands-on robotics workshops for children and college students in both countries.