Other Dissemination Activities

The information below is presented in date order with the oldest first. Further details will be added as they become available.

December 2 - 4, 2013
Location/Event: BCCN Sparks Workshop “Neuroengineering the Brain”. Tutzing (near Munich), Germany.
Person(s) involved: Frank van der Velde
Brief description of activity: Outline and discussion Neural Blackboard Architecture (WP1).

March 21, 2014
Location/Event: World Poetry Day
Person(s) involved: Amilcar Cardoso and Hugo Gonçalo Oliveira
Brief description of activity: PoeTryMe application announced which resulted in many press articles. Full articles (mainly in Portuguese and Spanish) can be found here

August 25 - 27, 2014
Location/Event: Leiden, The Netherlands. INCF Neuroinformatics Congress 2014.
Person(s) involved: Frank van der Velde
Brief description of activity: Presentation and discussion Neural Blackboard Architecture (WP1).

September 1 - 3, 2014
Location/Event: SemDial 2014, Edinburgh, UK
Person(s) involved: Matthew Purver
Brief description of activity: Invited talk: Ask Not What Semantics Can Do For Dialogue, Ask What Dialogue Can Do For Semantics: DialWatt p4

October 6 - 12, 2014
Location/Event: Frankfurt International Book Fair 2014, Germany
Person(s) involved: Jukka Toivanen
Brief description of activity: Exhibiting the Brain Poetry poem generator that produces poetry from the user's brain waves. During the six days, almost 4500 unique poems were generated and there was a constant queue to the installation. According to the media analysis by FILI -- the Finnish Literature Exchange, Brain Poetry received around 50 media hits and it was the most mentioned attraction of the Guest of Honour Pavilion of Finland.

November 4, 2014
Location/Event: Workshop “Cuando las personas y las máquinas juegan con las palabras” located in Science Week of Madrid, Facultad de Informática. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain
Person(s) involved: Pablo Gervás (Facultad Informática. UCM). Asunción López-Varela (Facultad de Filología. UCM). Carlos León (Facultad Informática. UCM). Susana Bautista (Facultad Informática. UCM). Raquel Hervás (Facultad Informática. UCM). Gonzalo Méndez (Facultad Informática. UCM). Alberto Díaz (Facultad Informática. UCM) Ana Abril (Facultad de Filología. UCM). Mercedes Jiménez (IES Isabel la Católica, Madrid)
Brief description of activity: Workshop studies how play with words, especially from the point of view of writing poetry. Particpants could play to write a poetry by hand, later they can observe how computers can write poetry. Results achieved could be compared for both cases.

November 18, 2014
Location/Event: 1st Workshop on Humanoid Robots and Creativity, Madrid, Spain
Person(s) involved: Sascha Griffiths
Brief description of activity: First joint meeting of the Computational Creativity and Robotics communities. Link to Humanoid Robots and Creativity webpage.
Kleomenis Katevas, QMUL presenting at the Humanoid Robots and Creativity Workshop
There will also be a special issue on Special Issue on Robotics and Creativity

November 24, 2014
Location/Event: Royal College of Art, London, UK. Design Interactions programme
Person(s) involved: Matthew Purver
Brief description of activity: Invited talk

November 28, 2014
Location/Event: DR (Danish Radio)/"Harddisken: Fra van Gogh til van Google?"
Person(s) involved: Hannu Toivonen
Brief description of activity: An interview about computational creativity research for Danish Radio.

December 1, 2014
Location/Event: Lecture for QMUL student Union's "AI Society" QMUL.
Person(s) involved: Sascha Griffiths
Brief description of activity: talk "The Future of AI" included talking about creative computing as one of the "new frontiers".

December 9, 2014
Location/Event: Selected topics in language technologies and computational creativity - Lecture given at the Slovenian Academy of theatre, radio, film and television
Person(s) involved:Senja Pollak
Brief description of activity:The lecture covered three topics: a) introduction to language technologies, b) the use of corpora, c) computational creativity.
The first part covered basic technologies of natural language processing: how text is preprocessed and understood by "computers", how can text be automatically generated, what are the most common applications.
The second part addressed more generally the use of corpora for research and public use, especially focusing on Slovene corpora that can be used by the Academy students (for research of word contexts - collocations-, for research on Slovene dialects, for specific use of e.g. Twitter language.
The last part was focused on computational creativity, by presenting the field and describing selected applications: fictional ideations, metaphor generation, jokes, slogans, scientific discovery, ...

January 10, 2015
Location/Event: Helsinki, Finland/Science Forum
Person(s) involved: Hannu Toivonen
Brief description of activity: A keynote talk about computational creativity for the general public at the Science Forum science festival in Helsinki. The talk covered concept creation in music, with a premier of Koodike, a composition by Computer and composer Lotta Wennäkoski, performed by Juho Laitinen (cello) and Heikki Nikula (bass clarinet).

January 12 - 19, 2015
Location/Event: CodeCamp on Computational Creativity (org: PROSECCO), University of Coimbra, Portugal
Person(s) involved: Amilcar Cardoso, Penousal Machado, Hugo Oliveira, Pedro Martins
Brief description of activity: A poster of the project was in exhibition in the coffee-breaks room during the whole event

February 7, 2015
Location/Event: Newspaper article Dnevnik, ISSN 1318-0320 Vol. 65, Num. 35, pp. 6 Full article Here
Brief description of activity:Dr. Nada Lavrač, dr. Martin Žnidaršič : members of the Department for Knowledge Technologies at the Jožef Stefan Institute. The interview is focused on computational creativity, the related projects, activities and issues that are interesting for the public regarding this field of research.

February 11, 2015
Location/Event: YLE TV1 (Finnish TV)/Prisma Studio
Person(s) involved: Hannu Toivonen, Anna Kantosalo, Jukka Toivanen
Brief description of activity: A 30 minute science proram on Computational Creativity, on Finnish national TV at prime time. Professor Hannu Toivonen was interviewed, Jukka Toivanen participated in the discussion in the studio and demonstrated the Brain Poetry art installation, Anna Kantosalo had taken an interactive pedagogical poetry engine to a primary school, and additionally the programme played music automatically composed from sleep measurements.

March 2 - 4, 2015
Location/Event: European Institute for Theoretical Neuroscience, Paris, France. 1st community workshop HBP network simulator.
Person(s) involved: Frank van der Velde
Brief description of activity: Outline and Discussion population dynamics and simulation for basis for Neural Blackboard Architecture (WP1).

April 8, 2015
Location/Event: Participation in Computer Science Week, Facultad de Informática. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain
Person(s) involved: Susana Bautista. Alberto Díaz. Gonzalo Méndez. Virginia Francisco. Paloma Galván. Teresa Aro. Adrián Rabadán
Brief description of activity: In this event our research group participated given a talk about our research lines and different projects where we are working. In addition, a demo session of our actual applications developed in the group was carried out. Students of the university had the opportunity to ask us about them.

April 9, 2015
Location/Event: Queen Mary University of London, UK / Joint Event on Computational Creativity
Person(s) involved: Amilcar Cardoso, Pedro Martins
Brief description of activity:Presentation of two demos in the industry focused "Show, Tell and Imagine" workshop: “Photogrowth” and “Visualizing Music with Swarms”

April 9, 2015
Location/Event: QMUL, London, UK/Show, Tell and Imagine workshop
Person(s) involved: Hannu Toivonen, Petri Myllys
Brief description of activity: Demonstration of Musicreatures iPhone app to industry practitioners.

April 9, 2015
Location/Event: QMUL, London, UK/Show, Tell and Imagine workshop
Person(s) involved: Polona Tomašič, Martin Žnidaršič
Brief description of activity: a demonstration of Automated slogan generation

April 14 - 17, 2015
Location/Event: IWCS 2015 workshop on Interactive Meaning Construction,Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
Person(s) involved: Matthew Purver and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
Brief description of activity: presentation of "From Distributional Semantics to Distributional Pragmatics?"

April 14 - 17, 2015
Location/Event: IWCS 2015 workshop on Advances in Distributional Semantics, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
Person(s) involved: Matthew Purver and Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh
Brief description of activity: presentation of "Geometry of Meaning from Words to Dialogue Acts"

April 24, 2015
Location/Event: Lisboa, Portugal, Digital Art Panel of the IN Festival
Person(s) involved: Penousal Machado
Brief description of activity: talk “Data visualization: giving life to facts and figures”

June 10 - 13, 2015
Location/Event: Lisboa, Portugal, AMS international Meeting
Person(s) involved: Penousal Machado
Brief description of activity: communication “Evolutionary Art: Beyond Interactive Evolution”

June 19, 2015
Location/Event: 4th Symposium on Languages Applications and Technologies (SLATE 2015), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Person(s) involved: Hugo Gonçalo Oliveira
Brief description of activity: Lightning talk about two Portuguese Twitter bots: a mere generation example (Debaixo dos Lençóis) and a knowledge-rich bot (MemeGera)

June 22 - 26, 2015
Location/Event: Activity in Primary School “La Quinta” using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (AACs), Madrid. Spain
Person(s) involved: Raquel Hervás (Facultad Informática. UCM). Susana Bautista (Facultad Informática. UCM). Pablo Gervás (Facultad Informática. UCM). Paloma Galván (Facultad Informática. UCM). Carlota Blanco (Primary School “La Quinta”). Luisa Mesías (Primary School “La Quinta”).
Brief description of activity: Our application predictor editor using pictograms developed in the group has been used in primary School “La Quinta” during last week of June. One teacher of the school, Carlota Blanco, has used this application in the classroom to present daily routine to the students with specials needs. They use pictograms to communicate and this application let teacher use new technologies to carry out this activity.

August 16 - 21, 2015
Location/Event: Nelijärve, Estonia/14th Estonian Summer School on Computer and System Science
Person(s) involved: Hannu Toivonen
Brief description of activity: Three double lectures on Computational Creativity in the 14th Estonian Summer School on Computer and System Science. The lectures introduce basic concepts of computational creativity with some examples. Part of the lectures draw from and describe the work carried out in Concrete.

October 20 - 22, 2015
Location/Event: ICT-2015 exhibition
Person(s) involved:JSI team
Brief description of activity: Organized by the European Commission in Lisbon and hosted at the booth of the FET FP7 project MUSE, the team of Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) presented the ClowdFlows web-based workflow construction and execution engine, whose fork ConCreTeFlows is being developed within the FP7 computational creativity project ConCreTe.

October 23, 2015
Location/Event: Tampere, Finland/Technology Forum
Person(s) involved: Hannu Toivonen
Brief description of activity: A keynote talk about computational creativity for the general public at the Technology Forum festival in Tampere. The theme of the session was big data, and the talk focused on data-driven computational creativity and the role of adaptivity and learning in it.

December 8 - 10, 2015
Location/Event: Information Society conference IS-2015, Cape Town, South Africa
Person(s) involved:JSI team
Brief description of activity:Demonstration of RoboChair creative conference session assistant

December 16, 2015
Location/Event:Studying Creativity via Computational Modelling. In Methods for Studying Creativity: Ahead of the Curve, Royal Statistical Society, London
Person(s) involved:Matthew Purver
Brief description of activity:Training event organised by National Centre for Research Methods
Full details of event

January 21, 2016
Location/Event: FET Article on the Digital Agenda for Europe web page
Person(s) involved: Geraint Wiggins
Brief description of activity: Article entitled
"ConCreTe project: mimicking, modelling and enhancing human creativity with a computer"

February 22 - March 5, 2016
Location/Event:London Musical 'Beyond the Fence'
Person(s) involved: Pablo Gervas
Brief description of activity: 'Beyond the Fence' marks a new dawn in the evolution of musical theatre – the first show in the world conceived and substantially crafted by computer!

March 21, 2016
Location/Event:World Poetry Day - start of PoeTryMe web application'
Person(s) involved: Hugo Oliveira
Brief description of activity:A few days before the World Poetry Day (21st March), the bot started to operate as well as the PoeTryMe's web application, and there were a few press releases or small articles about it.
Full articles (mainly in Portuguese and Spanish) can be found here

March 29, 2016
Location/Event:Text mining and creative cross-domain knowledge discovery
Person(s) involved:Nada Lavrač
Brief description of activity:Invited talk at Language seminar JOTA of Slovenian Language Technologies Society, at Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

April 22, 2016
Location/Event:Nordic Data Journalism Conference
Person(s) involved:Anna Kantosalo, Hannu Toivonen, Mika Hämäläinen, Olli Alm,
Brief description of activity:Dada Journalist (dada.exmachina.cc) is an interactive dadaist poetry installation. Dada Journalist produces draft poems, inspired by current news by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE, to be edited by the user to a publishable form in a game-like setting within a limited time. Dada Journalist is a sibling of the Poetry Machine, an interactive poetry writing tool helping authors such as school kids be more creative.

July 31, 2016
Location/Event:Järvenpää church as part of Kotimusiikkiviikko
Person(s) involved:Helsinki
Brief description of activity:Suven laulu is a composition by Sampsa Ertamo for mixed choir SATB, flutes (offstage), soprano recorders (offstage), and strings. The lyrics have been written by the P.O. Eticus-Apparatus software.

September 5, 2016
Location/Event: CC-NLG: Computational Creativity in Natural Language Generation workshop
Person(s) involved:Mathew Purver, Sascha Griffiths and Pablo Gervas
Brief description of activity:in the context of 9th International Natural Language Generation conference (INLG 2016), University of Edinburgh, UK. Several Computational Creativity papers were presented. Important contacts with the Natural Language Generation scientific community were achieved.

September 23, 2016
Location/Event: New Scientist Live
Person(s) involved:Geraint Wiggins, Stephen McGregor
Brief description of activity:"Anything You Can Do AI Can do Better" What happens when artificial intelligence challenged humans on creativity? Comedian Dara O'Briain and Goldsmiths professor Simon Colton in discussion with Geraint Wiggins and Stephen McGregor of Queen Mary University of London.

October 25, 2016
Location/Event: Future Advocacy, IET
Person(s) involved:StephenMcGregor
Brief description of activity:"An Intelligent Future" Maximising the Opportunities and Minimising the Risks of Artificial Intelligence in the UK

cs4fn on Computational Creativity
During the duration of the project two issues of cs4fn have been published covering Computational Creativity. Issue 18 of the cs4fn magazine was on computational creativity. Issue 22 was also on creative computing.