Sala Veneziana, Monash Prato Centre

Description of Activities

  • Lightning talks: each participant will do a 3 minute presentation of the main topic they are interested to develop during the workshop: think about what would you like to see advanced in co-creative AI?
  • Topic brainstorm: collectively we will identify a set of topics that cover the research interests of the participants. Each topic may represent a chapter of the book.
  • Groups: after topics are selected, people will allocate themselves into the group(s)? they want to work in during the workshop.
  • Cultural visits: site-specific field trips in Prato and Florence will take place to inspire different ways of thinking and situate new directions of research
  • Breakout groups: groups will get together in their place of preference within the venue (suggestions will be given in the workshop) to discuss their topics.
  • Writing sessions: as part of kick-starting the collaborations for the new edited book, each group will start writing the bones of their chapters during the discussions that will take place in the breakout groups.
  • Panels: during the 1-hour panel we will discuss fundamental questions/issues surrounding co-creative AI. Please vote for the topic you would like to discuss.
  • Demo Evening: Wednesday evening session with drinks for participants to showcase their work on human-AI collaborations. Will take place on the Prato Centre Terrace.
  • Informal get-together: this is an opportunity to meet-up with those that are around on Friday afternoon (last day of the workshop).
TimeMonday (26/6)Tuesday (27/6)Wednesday (28/6)Thursday (29/6)Friday (30/6)
9:30-10:30amWelcome, Aims, Intros
Organiser Talk
Position Talk 2 (Eva Cetinic)Breakout groups & writingCultural visit to Florence (all day). Meet at Prato Centrale Station, 10.30amPosition Talk 3 (Mark d’Inverno)
10:30am-11:30amLightning talks IGroup WritingBreakout groups & writingFinal group writing session
11:30am-12:30pmLightning Talks II
Position Talk 1 (Nigel Guérin-Garnett)
Group DiscussionGroup presentationsGroup presentations, next steps
12:30pm-2:00pmLunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch FlorenceLunch
2:00pm-3:00pmBrainstorming sessionPrato Cultural visitGroup writing sessionInformal get-together
3:00pm-4:00pmBreak and chat(1/2 day)Break & chat
4:00pm-5:00pmForming topics & groupsPannel Session (vote)
EveningWorkshop Dinner in PratoDemo evening on the TerraceDinner in Florence with reflections on the day.
Current Workshop Program

Position Talks

  1. PhD Student Nigel Guérin-Garnett: Nigel is an interdisciplinary artist and practice-led researcher, building on 15 years’ working in fashion and dance theatre. His fashion performances have been shown during London Fashion Week and currently he is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art examining the relationship between human and machines through AI-affected choreography and wearable technology applications.
  2. Dr. Eva Cetinic: Eva is a junior researcher at the Digital Society Initiative (DSI), University of Zurich, where she is conducting research on “From Text to Image with AI: How Multimodal Deep Learning Impacts Art and Culture”. Her research interest is mostly focused on exploring deep learning techniques for computational image understanding and multimodal learning in the context of visual art and culture.
  3. Prof. Mark d’Inverno: Mark’s research spans AI, Creativity, Ethics, Learning and Music Performance. He is an established authority on the relationship between human creative practices and emerging technologies in AI across both research and teaching. He is currently Professor of Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London, has published over 200 articles, and led or co-led a range of research projects funded by EPSRC, AHRC and Wellcome Trust in the UK,  as well as from the EU. Mark is also a highly acclaimed Jazz pianist.  

Panel Members

Our panel members will be sharing their expertise and perspectives on the topic that has been voted as the most popular. We anticipate an active and engaging discussion with all the participants of the workshop. Meet the panel members:

  1. Kartini Ludwig: Director and Founder of Kopi Su, a Sydney based digital design and innovation studio. Her background stems from working as as a Creative Producer delivering projects at the cross-section of art and technology. She is passionate about digital and technological equality and creativity for all.
  2. Dr. Alison Pease: Senior lecturer in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee. She has worked in Computational Creativity (CC) for twenty years. One particular focus of her research is designing for therapeutic contexts in which human-machine co-creation is used as a form of creative arts therapy. She has also worked on methodological aspects of CC, investigating cognitive aspects of human creativity and translating these into computational terms.
  3. PhD student André Carvalho dos Santos: PhD Candidate in Informatics Engineering at CISUC from the University of Coimbra. His work is in the fields of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) and Computational Creativity (CC), specifically on studying tapped rhythm interactions and developing a co-creative tool that will help users leverage these interactions.
  4. Dr. Caterina Moruzzi: Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz. Her interdisciplinary academic profile provides a link between philosophical dimensions of digital technologies and the creative field. In particular, she combines theoretical and conceptual analysis with experimental research and data analysis to investigate the impact that the growing use of AI for the generation and curation of content has on creatives and creative industries in general.  
  5. PhD Student Stephen Krol (Panel Chair): PhD student at SensiLab, Monash University. His research involves investigating how the latent space of deep generative models can be shaped to enable more interesting creative interactions between humans and machines.  

Workshop Dinners

We have two official dinner events on Tuesday (in Prato) and Thursday (in Florence). Please make sure you complete the form sent to you via email to reserve your place and let us know of any dietary requirements. Please note all meals and transport costs are self-funded.