January 17, 2006

Computational Aesthetics Workshop at AAAI

by Nick Montfort · , 1:48 pm
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                Computational Aesthetics:
  ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Approaches to BEAUTY and HAPPINESS

         AAAI 2006, Boston, July 16 or 17, 2006

http://www.computationalaesthetics.org

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Our aesthetic agency for beauty and emotion is one of the most 
celebrated bastions of humanity.  If machines could understand and 
affect our perceptions of beauty and happiness, they could touch 
people's lives in fantastic new ways. Drawing variously from work in 
diverse fields such as psychology, cognitive science, and philosophy,
recent applications of artificial intelligence have begun their foray
into the computation of, inter alia, art, music, poetry, and affect. 
Both the theory and praxis of aesthetics by computational means are 
seeing rapid advances, and the time is ripe for thematic integration.
Hence, this workshop will bring together AI theorists and 
practitioners across various realms in study and celebration of its 
central thematic, COMPUTATIONAL AESTHETICS.

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The goal of the workshop is to create a forum for researchers working
on problems related to computational aesthetics. We encourage the 
submission of novel, non-traditional, and exciting work (EXOTIC IDEAS
ARE WELCOME!) on areas concerned with discovering or generating human
feelings of beauty and happiness with the help of a computer. The 
following is a list of possible topics:

    * affective interfaces
    * semiotic models of aesthetics
    * intimate interfaces
    * taste-based recommender systems
    * estimation of emotional experiences
    * modeling of personalities and attitudes
    * computational humor
    * generative poetry
    * interactive fiction systems
    * music analysis and generation
    * painting analysis and generation
    * computational art criticism
    * inspirational interfaces
    * tools for self-reflection
    * dream analysis
    * computational models of culture and identity
    * aural, haptic, and olfactory visualizations

Since the thematic of the workshop is highly interdisciplinary, we 
encourage the participation of people working in different fields of 
artificial intelligence such as human-computer interaction, natural 
language processing, vision, cognitive science, social media, 
semiotics, and others. 

The workshop relates to previous successful events such as the FLAIRS
special track on Artificial Intelligence in Music and Arts, the 2005 
Eurographics Computational Aesthetics Workshop, and the AAAI 2004 
Spring Symposium on Style and Meaning in Language, Art, Music, and 
Design, except that we hope to look at the thematic through a 
semiotic lens, and in particular at the technologies that speak 
directly to the manipulation of beauty and happiness.



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The workshop will last for one day, and will consist of:
- An invited talk, TBD
- Several sessions including full-paper presentations, position papers,
  late-breaking results, and possibly short computer-generated papers
- A series of demos showcasing work presented in the research papers


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Submitted papers will be reviewed by our eminent and thoughtful 
program committee according to: (1) the significance of the result 
to the goals of the broader field of computational aesthetics; 
(2) the potential impact of the result on the advancement of beauty 
and happiness by AI means; and (3) the clarity of the presentation 
to a wide AI audience. Potential authors should absolutely feel free 
to bounce paper ideas off of the workshop co-chairs Hugo and Rada, 
if they are unsure of the workshop's scope.

Papers should be formatted according to AAAI'06 formatting guidelines. 
Submissions should be sent as a PDF file to both hugo at media.mit.edu 
and rada at cs.unt.edu, no later than April 11th, 2006. We will accept 
either full research papers of 8 pages max, or short position papers 
of 4 pages max. We will also accept computer-generated papers of 
1 page max. Moreover, we encourage the inclusion of sample output 
wherever appropriate, e.g. an example of poetry created by your 
prose-bot, or a print of your automatically generated painting 
(in cases of sample output, 1 extra page is allotted). We expect to 
make arrangements with a publisher for a special issue or a volume 
that will include selected papers from this workshop.


        
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Regular paper submissions (8 pages)	April 11, 2006 
Position papers/late-breaking 
  results papers (4 pages)		April 11, 2006 
Computer-generated papers (1 page)	April 11, 2006 
Notification of acceptance/rejection	May 3, 2006 
Camera-ready papers		        May 17, 2006 



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Hugo Liu, Media Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
hugo at media.mit.edu

Rada Mihalcea, Computer Science and Engineering 
University of North Texas
rada at cs.unt.edu




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   PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Elisabeth Andre, Augsburg University, Germany 
Joyce Chai, Michigan State University
Timothy Chklovski, USC / Information Sciences Institute
Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium 
Glorianna Davenport, MIT Media Laboratory 
Pieter Desmet, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands 
Pablo Gervas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain 
Gary Greenfield, University of Richmond 
Gregory Grefenstette, CEA, France 
Jeffrey Huang, Harvard University / Graduate School of Design 
Lewis Johnson, USC / Information Sciences Institute 
Joseph Kaye, Cornell University 
Max Kazemzadeh, University of North Texas 
Henry Lieberman, MIT Media Laboratory 
Penousal Machado, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Portugal 
Bill Manaris, College of Charleston 
Nick Montfort, University of Pennsylvania 
Erik Mueller, IBM Research
Ian Parberry, University of North Texas 
Warren Sack, University of California Santa Cruz 
Marc Schroeder, DFKI, Germany 
Push Singh, MIT Media Laboratory 
Ramesh Srinivasan, University of California Los Angeles 
Carlo Strapparava, Istituto di Ricerca Scientifica Trento, Italy 
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One Response to “Computational Aesthetics Workshop at AAAI”


  1. andrew Says:

    This is certainly unusual for AAAI, no? I’ll be very interested to see the program / proceedings, and would love to attend.

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