Upcoming Workshops

Creativity and Cognition in Engineering Design

At Creativity and Cognition 2009

27 October 2009

to be held at Berkeley, CA

organizers: Aditya Johri,; Helen Chen,; Micah Lande,

Workshop Website:

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First International Conference on Computational Creativity

7-9 January 2010

Lisbon Portugal

Papers due 26 September 2009

organisers: Geraint A. Wiggins (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Dan Ventura (Brigham Young University, USA, Amilcar Cardoso (University of Coimbra, Portugal, Simon Colton (Imperial College London, UK)

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Previous Workshops

CreativeIT Principal Investigators Meeting and Exhibition

Supported by the NSF CreativeIT Program

15-16 January 2009

to be held at the NSF Building in Arlington VA

organizer: Brian Magerko;
details about the workshop: David Roberts
email-list of participants:
Workshop Page

ICT’2008 Session “Human Learning and Creativity: Creatively Learning and Learning to Be Creative”,

Lyon, November 2008

Description:: Learning-Creativity- ICT2008.pdf

ICT Website:

Creativity and Rationale in Software Design

Supported by the NSF CreativeIT Program

15-17 June 2008

Penn State University

contact: John M. Carroll;


Short Description

Creativity and rationale connote the complementary natures of design: creating new worlds through lightning bolts of innovation versus analyzing the underlying tradeoffs in current artifacts and systems to guide the incremental development of new ones. The workshop premise is that these poles should not be merely opposed world-views, and that coordinating them and integrating them is a key to ever having a serious Science of Design.

post-workshop reflections

Al Selvin — at:
Jack Carroll "Creativity and Rationale in Software Design" — at: carroll-CR-Manifesto.pdf

NSF International Workshop on Studying Design Creativity'08

Design Science, Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience Approaches: The State-of-the-Art

10-11 March 2008

University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

contact: Professor John Gero;

(An invitation only workshop)


Short Description

Design has become a fruitful research area for cognitive psychologists, cognitive scientists and for design scientists. For the former it represents a particularly rich and open environment within which to study complex human behaviour. For design scientists the tools to study designers are only now becoming available. Design involves the creation of worlds and entails the interaction between minds and the artefacts they produce. This opens a variety of areas for study since designers work with tools, operate solely or within teams. They collaborate with others who are co-located or at a distance. Designers use external symbol systems extensively, particularly sketches which implies a high level of visual reasoning. Designers can be studied in-situ or in laboratory settings or through models of design processes.

post-workshop reflections

Gerhard Fischer "Design Creativity: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective" - at: post-ws-reflections-gf.pdf

Symposium on Computational Approaches to Creativity in Science

March 29–30, 2008

Center for the Study of Language and Information,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

host:Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise

contact: Will Bridewell


Creative Intelligent Systems

AAAI Spring Symposium Series

March 26-28, 2008

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

contact: Dan Ventura


Short Description

Although it seems clear that creativity plays an important role in developing intelligent systems, it is less clear how to model, simulate, or evaluate creativity in such systems. In other words, it is often easier to recognize the presence and effect of creativity than to describe or prescribe it. The purpose of this symposium is to explore the synergies between creative cognition and intelligent systems in a cross-disciplinary setting that fosters cooperation both in designing creative systems and in creatively designing systems. This focus on creativity in the context of intelligent systems has the potential for increasing innovation in existing fields of research as well as for defining new fields of study, including Artificially Creative Systems, Computational Models of Human Creativity and Intelligent Systems for Supporting Creativity.

post-workshop reflections

Dan Ventura, Mary Lou Maher and Simon Colton "Creativity and Rationale in Software Design" — at:

Workshop on

“Success factors in fostering creativity in IT research and education”

January 18-20, 2008

Arts, Media and Engineering program (AME), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

contact: Professor Thanassis Rikaki;


some results posted here

Workshop on Synergies Between

Creativity and Information Technology, Science, Engineering, and Design:

Defining a Research Emphasis

November 2 and 3, 2006

Hilton Arlington Towers Hotel, Virginia

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Workshop on Creativity Support Tools

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

June 13-14, 2005, Washington, DC

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