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Media & Interaction

Media & interaction is where artificial intelligence and machine learning meet philosophy, cognitive science, and the creative arts. Examples of research questions in this domain are: 'Can an algorithm be creative by human standards?', 'Can creative processes, such as composing music or writing poetry, be modelled?', and 'How can algorithms optimally support human creativity?'

[a]social creatures lab

The [a]social creatures lab focusses on understanding social interaction with and between artificial creatures. Research on social interaction with artificial creatures is typically performed with anthropomorphic robots that have human characteristics, such as speech, emotions, gestures and other nonverbal behaviors. The group studies the boundaries of what social interaction with artificial creatures means by varying form, complexity and function including humanoids, abstractly shaped robots, intelligent virtual agents, avatars, non-playing characters, conversational agents and swarm robots. To understand the role of robots in society, they also investigate less favorable impact of human robot relationships on people and the society of the future.

Creative Intelligence Lab (CIL)

The Creative Intelligence Lab is an interdisciplinary place which connects researchers with different backgrounds across the cognitive and computer sciences. The main shared interest is in the foundations of intelligence, both 'in carbo' and 'in silico', and researched using methods from various fields including AI, linguistics, the arts and psychology. The group focuses on precisely those aspects of human intelligence that we still find hard to grasp in AI such as creativity, curiosity, emotion, culture, language, art and intentional reasoning (a.k.a. mindreading or Theory of Mind). They recognize playfulness and creativity as key factors in scientific innovation and encourage alternative research output besides academic papers, such as physical installations, exhibitions, and public events.
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Game Research Lab (GRL)

The Game Research Lab (GRL) uses digital games as a medium for academic research, and consider ‘serious’ games and entertainment games equally valuable objects of study. The GRL develops novel computational approaches for designing, creating, playing, and analysing games. It pursues both the application of state-of-the-art AI research to games, and new insights for AI from games. The GRL is fundamentally interdisciplinary and actively pursues collaborations that challenge the current understanding of games. Our research has strong links to HCI, cognitive science, social science, and digital humanities.
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