Proposed Director of Studies: Dr Rob Saunders

 

Project Partner: TBC

 

Project Details:

 

The MetaMakers Institute, Games Academy and School of Communication Design at Falmouth University, Cornwall, invite applications for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to undertake research into craft-like skill acquisition in Computational Creativity.

 

Computational Creativity is a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence, seeking to produce computational systems that create art, music, poetry, etc. Computational Creativity, however, like many other scientific fields of creativity research often emphasises thinking over making, ideation over craft-like activities. Drawing extensively on representational theories of creativity from cognitive science, computational systems often reduce the rich material, technical, social and cultural milieu, to the traversal and transformation of ‘problem spaces’.

 

The aim of this project is to challenge this bias in Computational Creativity, by exploring the potential for computational systems to engage with the material, technical, social and cultural ecosystem that shapes creative practices. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to investigate the use of computational systems through interdisciplinary means, either specialising in an creative practice in which they have relevant experience, or engaging with communities of practice. Alternatively, a successful applicant may choose to embark on a technical exploration of the challenges of developing systems capable of acquiring craft-like activities, e.g., developing robotic systems and applying suitable machine learning techniques to support the acquisition of craft-like skills.

 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned researchers in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Creativity and Creative Robotics, as well as experts across a wide range of creative practices.

 

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email: rob.saunders@falmouth.ac.uk