Guest talk: Dan Brown "Algorithmic information theory, creativity and communication"

Professor Dan Brown from University of Waterloo will give a talk at the Department of Computer Science
Guest talk

Algorithmic information theory, creativity and communication

Dan Brown
University of Waterloo

Abstract: We build an analysis based on Algorithmic Information Theory of computational creativity and extend it to revisit computational aesthetics. Our approach gives an interesting basis to novelty, value, typicality, and a number of other basic concepts in aesthetics, while also focusing on how information is communicated between creators and audiences. In more recent work, we extend this to considering the process of review, which we present as a task that conveys information among various actors, including creators, audiences and reviewers. Joint work with Tiasa Mondol, Max Peeperkorn, and others.

This guest talk is organised by Nadia Ady, and hosted by Assistant Professor Christian Guckelsberger, Department of Computer Science.

Dan Brown

Bio: Dan Brown is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he has been a faculty member since 2000.  His research is alarmingly interdisciplinary, ranging from finding rhyme in music lyrics to identifying genes in genome sequences to preventing problem gambling to theorizing about what makes for a high-quality review to teaching computers to write poetry and tell stories. Right now, he’d be most excited if he could get an LLM to tell a good story about two men in love that doesn’t resort to cliche and stereotype. No luck so far.

Department of Computer Science
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