Keynote 1

Title: Creativity as Intelligence: challenges and approaches

Speaker: Prof. Andrew Brown


At least since Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences in the 1980s the study of creativity as a form of, or aspect of, intelligence has been a hot research topic. A distinctive feature of creative thought is its divergent rather than convergent character. From the computing perspective this means that creativity is not, unlike many computational problems, an optimisation task. It therefore lends itself to unorthodox computational approaches.

The fields of computational creativity and computer-assisted creativity have explored this territory with many interesting and at times counter-intuitive outcomes. This presentation will engage with issues raised in the confluence of computation and creativity. It will explore how creative processes within machines or between humans and machines, especially in the arts, provide opportunities for exploration and insights for researchers in many domains.


Andrew R. Brown is an educator, researcher, musician, author and programmer. He holds a Ph.D. in music and is Professor of Digital Arts at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His academic expertise is in technologies that support creativity and learning, the creation of computational music and art, and the philosophy of technology.

Andrew's creative activities focus on real time audio-visual works using generative processes and live coding performance. He has performed live coding and interactive music in many parts of the world and his digital art works have been shown in galleries across Australia, USA and China.

He is the author of Music Technology and Education: Amplifying Musicality, co-author of Making Music with Computers: Creative Programming in Python, and editor of Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. For more information visit Prof. Brown's website.

Keynote 2

Title: Cognitive-Cyber Symbiosis

Speaker: Prof. Hussein Abbass


Cognitive-Cyber Symbiosis (CoCyS: pronounced as Cookies) is an environment whereby human thinking, mental processes and indicators, and the Cyber space are blended together to improve the effectiveness of decision making. CoCyS offers the next generation artificial intelligence systems whereby humans and machines collaborate in harmony, seamlessly and effectively.

A key aspect of CoCyS is dynamic user and task profiling, whereby the cyber environment transforms human and task information into knowledge to facilitate the symbiosis process. This is similar to two humans interacting, whereby each side of the interaction uses information from facial expressions, body language, and variations of voice pitch as extra sources of information to facilitate the interaction.

In this talk, Prof. Abbass will present on CoCyS and demonstrate some experiments he did on real-time seamless integration of human brain data with the automation environment. The history of how CoCyS evolved, and its vision to optimize the sensory-to-decision decision-making cycle will be discussed. The talk will conclude with some exciting and open research questions and information on my new book "Computational Red Teaming: Risk Analytics of Big-Data-to-Decisions Intelligent Systems, Springer Verlag, 2015".


Hussein Abbass is a Professor of Information Technology at the University of New South Wales, Canberra Campus, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (UK), a fellow of the Australian Computer Society, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Prof Abbass is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine and four other journals. His work integrates cognitive science, operations research and artificial intelligence.