TitleCOINVENT: Towards a Computational Concept Invention Theory
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSchorlemmer M, Smaill A, Kühnberger K-U, Kutz O, Colton S, Cambouropoulos E, Pease A
Conference NameFifth International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2014)
Conference LocationLjubljana, Slovenia
Date Published10/06/2014

We aim to develop a computationally feasible, cognitively-inspired, formal model of concept invention, drawing on Fauconnier and Turner’s theory of conceptual blending, and grounding it on a sound mathematical theory of concepts. Conceptual blending, although successfully applied to describing combinational creativity in a varied number of fields, has barely been used at all for implementing creative computational systems, mainly due to the lack of sufficiently precise mathematical characterisations thereof. The model we will define will be based on Goguen’s proposal of a Unified Concept Theory, and will draw from interdisciplinary research results from cognitive science, artificial intelligence, formal methods and computational creativity. To validate our model, we will implement a proof of concept of an autonomous computational creative system that will be evaluated in two testbed scenarios: mathematical reasoning and melodic harmonisation. We envisage that the results of this project will be significant for gaining a deeper scientific understanding of creativity, for fostering the synergy between understanding and enhancing human creativity, and for developing new technologies for autonomous creative systems.