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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: WHITEHEAD LECTURE - The science of serendipity... and other curious things, Wed 20th Feb, Goldsmiths, London, UK

The fourth Whitehead Lecture of spring term 2013 will be given by Alison Pease. Alison is a 
Research Associate on the Computational Creativity Theory project at Imperial College London.

An abstract for the lecture and short biography for the speaker are appended below.

The lecture will take place at 4pm on Wednesday 20th February in the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre, 
Goldsmiths, University of London  


The science of serendipity... and other curious things

ABSTRACT:  Computational Creativity is the study and simulation, by computational means, of 
behaviour, natural and artificial, which would, if observed in humans, be deemed creative. In 
this talk I look to examples of human creativity to suggest aspects of creativity which have 
not yet received much attention from the CC community. In particular, I consider serendipitous 
discovery, and whether it is possible to build a system which makes serendipitous discoveries. 
I also consider the role of framing information in creativity; that is, the context around a 
piece of creative work, including the artist themselves, their motivations for creating the 
piece and how they think it fits into a current artistic landscape. Finally, I consider which 
methods are appropriate, or inappropriate, for measuring progress in CC.

BRIEF BIO: Alison Pease is a Research Associate on the Computational Creativity Theory project 
at Imperial College London. Her main interest is in creativity in mathematics, and has investigated
 the use of analogies, conceptual-blends and embodied reasoning in mathematics. She holds a PhD in 
Artificial Intelligence, in which she built a model of social interaction between mathematicians, 
based on a theory by the philosopher Imre Lakatos. She has a background in philosophy and 
mathematics and was a mathematics teacher for several years.