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When December 8, 2016, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Cognition & Creative Technologies

December 8, 2016

Cognition & Creative Technologies Thursday, Dec. 8, 11: 00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Disney Research, CIC Building CMU alumnus Brian Magerko, associate professor of digital media at the Georgia Institute of Technology, explores the intersection of creativity, cognition and computing. Magerko has been research lead on over $12 million of federally-funded research; has authored over 60 peer reviewed articles related to cognition, creativity, and computation; has had his work shown at galleries and museums internationally; and co-founded a STEAM-based learning environment for computer science - called EarSketch - that has over sixty five thousand users worldwide. He will give a talk on the integration of studying human creativity and cognition with the purpose of creating computational media experiences. It will present multiple works on this theme of creativity, cognition, and computation, including: the Computational Play Project, an NSF-funded multi-year effort focused on the cognitive study of human pretend play behaviors to inform interactive narrative technologies; LuminAI: AI, an AI-based interactive art installation that represents both dramaturgical theories of movement on stage as well as inactive theories of cognition; the Digital Apprentice, a co-creating sketching tool for ideation and artistic production; and EarSketch, a learning environment that leverages student creativity to learn computing principles through the remixing of music with code. The above and other projects (including the world's first AI / human rave) will be used as exemplars of Dr. Magerko's research in leveraging human creativity for the design of computational media technologies and experiences. This talk will conclude with a description of the long-term trajectory for this research in entertainment and educational computational media applications with examples of upcoming work. Magerko received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon (1999) and his MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan (2001, 2006). Disney Research is sponsoring this event.

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