Computational Creativity Support:

Using Algorithms and Machine Learning to Help People Be More Creative

...a one-day workshop at CHI 2009...

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Boston, MA, USA

Submission to the workshop is closed.

For more information:

Who are the organizers?

Dan Morris, Microsoft Research Computational User Experiences Group

Jimmy Secretan, University of Central Florida Machine Learning Lab

What is the workshop about?

Amateurs and professionals in a variety of artistic disciplines use computers every day to support their creative processes. Musicians record to digital studios, photographers process digital images, visual and industrial designers explore prototypes digitally, and writers depend on computer systems to create and distribute their artistic output.

Although these existing systems are powerful and widely used, recent advances in signal processing, natural language processing, and machine learning will offer unprecedented expansion of the capabilities of creativity support tools. Computational techniques will allow even novice users to explore new creative disciplines, to leverage existing media in the creation of new media, and to harness the power of the online community to conduct massively collaborative creative projects.

The one-day workshop described here will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds in the HCI, design, art, machine-learning, and algorithms communities to facilitate the advancement of novel creativity support tools.

What are the goals of the workshop?

When you say “Creativity Support Tools”, what creative disciplines do you mean?

We welcome contributions that pertain to all artistic disciplines, including music, visual art, literature, photography, sculpture, industrial design, etc. We are particularly interested in identifying approaches, challenges, and tools that are common to multiple disciplines, and building a vocabulary and methodology that will contribute to the entire field of creativity support.

Who should submit to this workshop?

As described above, this workshop is intended to bring together participants from multiple communities who share an interest in creativity support. Participation is encouraged even if authors have not previously published in the creativity-support domain. For example, contributions may come from designers whose methodologies may be appropriate for creativity tool development, from machine learning researchers working on algorithms that apply to creative media processing, from artists seeking to expand their set of tools, or from usability experts with insights that may apply to the evaluation of creativity support systems.

What's going to happen at the workshop?

After initial introductions, small-group brainstorming activities will be the primary tool through which this workshop addresses the goals described above. Participants will assemble into multidisciplinary teams to produce sketches or mockups of creativity support tools that leverage algorithmic techniques, which will be shared with the larger group later in the day.

The workshop will conclude with targeted, group-wide discussion of challenges and resources that are common to all areas of creativity support, such as evaluation of creativity support tools, relevant implementation resources, sources of funding, publication venues, and existing demonstrations or commercial products that can serve as guiding examples.

Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to present forward-looking concepts that require complementary skill sets to pursue further. For example, a discussion might be seeded by a description of a relevant algorithmic technique that requires user-experience-design expertise to develop into an interactive tool, or a vision of an end-user experience that can be realized with data-processing or machine-learning techniques which may outside of the presenter’s expertise.


Sounds like fun... how do I submit to “Computational Creativity Support 2009”?

Important dates

Submission deadline: October 30, 2008

Notification of acceptance: November 28, 2008

Final camera-ready submissions: January 21, 2009

Workshop: April 4, 2009


If you’re interested in participating, you should submit a position paper in the HCI archive format. Position papers should be a maximum of four pages long, and we encourage you to include multimedia components in your submission. Submissions should be e-mailed to, and we appreciate the submission of large multimedia components as links. The reviewing process will not be anonymous, so please include your contact information as specified in the HCI archive format.

Position papers are encouraged to discuss:

What happens if my submission is accepted?

We’ll be notifying authors of acceptance on November 28th, and will require final position-paper submissions on or before November 28th. Authors will be expected to prepare a 3-minute presentation about their own work, and a 5-minute discussion-stimulating presentation about opportunities they see in creativity support and challenge or questions they’d like to pose to the community.

What does the workshop cost?


Presenters will be required to register for the workshop and for at least one day of the CHI conference. Registration fees are not yet set, and are not determined by the workshop organizers. More information about the registration process and costs is available on the CHI 2009 Workshops FAQ.