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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: "International Summer School on Agent-based Models of Creativity",15 - 20 September 2013, Cortona, ITALY


Researchers in Artificial Intelligence and related fields are invited to participate in a 
summerschool on AGENT-BASED MODELS OF CREATIVITY, focusing in particular on the domains of 
language and music. Musical creativity underlies musical composition, Jazz improvisation, 
musical performance, and active listening. Language creativity occurs whenever speakers go 
beyond canned phrases to express new meaning in novel ways and whenever hearers need to 
flexibly apply their linguistic knowledge and extend the conventions of their language to 
make sense of an utterance. 

The school is intended for postdocs, lecturers and predocs with a background in computer 
science (artificial intelligence) or computational linguistics (corpus linguistics or natural 
language processing) and a strong interest in music and language. There will be background 
lectures that introduce concepts from biology, anthropology, psychology, music theory and 
linguistics that are helpful to understand the nature of creativity, the role and intimate 
relations between language and music, and the mechanisms underlying cultural evolution. It 
contains technical lectures on the fundamental computational components required for language 
processing and technical ateliers to learn how to set up evolutionary linguistics experiments. 
Participants have the opportunity to present their latest research in a poster session. The 
school also features artistic ateliers in which participants create new creative works and 
engage in performance.

The summer school will be held in Cortona, Italy from Sunday 15 September to Friday 20 
September 2013. Lectures, activities and meals are all collocated in Hotel Oasi and the 
Palazzone di Cortona. Participants will all stay at Hotel Oasi.

The Cortona Summerschool promises to be an incredibly exciting event, taking place in the 
setting of the medieval town of Cortona (halfway between Rome and Firenze) in a monastery 
and Palazzone overlooking the hills and valleys of Tuscany.

Interested researchers can apply by following the registration information that is available 
on the website. There are a limited number of scholarships available that cover participation 
and accommodation fees.

ENQUIRIES: cortona2013@ai.vub.ac.be

Cost: Includes registration, full board and accomodation (740 eu in shared room and 920 eu 
in single room)

Registration closes: 1 september. Decision for registration are made on a first come first 
served basis so please register as soon as possible. 

Two SCHOLARSHIPS are available for young participants specializing in (symbolic) Artificial 
Intelligence in relation to robotics, donated by ALDEBARAN.  Application for these scholarships 
closes 20 august. 

For information and queries, please visit the website http://ai.vub.ac.be/cortona-2013/ or 
email cortona2013@ai.vub.ac.be.