Bryn Mawr College Department of Computer Science Presents
A Colloquium by Dr. Tom de Smedt
St. Lucas University College of Art & Design
Thursday, April 4, 4pm-5pm (refreshments served)
Park Science 338
Why do ants seem so purposeful and creative when they cooperate to harvest food; or where did spiders learn to make such intricate webs, when nature is inherently "blind", that is, pragmatic but not principled? How does human creativity work? How exactly do we think new thoughts and construct creative solutions, which we unconsciously apply to everyday problems such as luring the house cat down from a tree, or (rarely and with much more conscious effort) to invent a new theory of physics?
In this talk, De Smedt discusses the thought-provoking question of if and how machines can be creative, and explore computational models of creativity, through data mining, multilingual natural language processing, sentiment analysis, machine learning, graph analysis and visualization.
Tom De Smedt has a Ph.D. in Arts, a Master's degree in Audiovisual Arts and a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering. He is affiliated with the Computational Linguistics Research Group (CLiPS, University of Antwerp, BE) and co-founder of the Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG, St. Lucas University College of Art & Design, Antwerp, BE). His research interests include generative art, computational creativity, natural language processing, machine learning and cognition.