Giovanni LION

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PhD Researcher
Mr Giovanni Lion

ORCID iD
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4526-0642

PhD Title
Concept Formation in Computational Creativity: a Comparative Study of Algorithmic Approaches

Keywords
Concept formation, Computational Creativity, Artificial Intelligence

Research Abstract
The objective of the proposed research is to advance and extend the theory of concept formation in computational creativity. The primary focus is to understand how novel concepts come about in humans and whether it is possible for artificial agents to generate new concepts in a similar manner. I will adopt a transdisciplinary approach to this problem, investigating the interplay between existing theories developed in the fields of Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Design, Psychology and the state of the art in machine learning and artificial general intelligence. The aim is to formalize a theoretical framework and a methodology to evaluate the concept formation capabilities of multiple categories of artificial agents and then test the different algorithmic approaches against several problem spaces in multiple domains.

Research Methodology
The primary research methodology adopted is a comparative analysis over the quantitative output of computer simulations. These computer simulations are formulated in such a way that they represent different theoretical frameworks in their corresponding algorithms. The simulation comprises of a diverse set of creative tasks that each artificial agent will try to accomplish. The output is compared across agents in order to collect insights on the validity of the agents’ underlying frameworks.

Qualifications
BSc – Bocconi University
MSc – Bocconi University
MSc – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Supervisors
Prof. dr. dr. Johan Hoorn (Main)
Prof. dr. Gino Yu (Co)

Specialization / Interests
Algorithmic Composition, Generative Art, Co-creative Systems, Generative Deep Learning

Date of Completion
Summer 2022

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