The new series is entitled Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems. Other co-editors are Mirko Degli Esposti, Andrea Passerini and Pablo Gervas.
Creativity has become the motto of the modern world. It seems like every individual, institution and company has as a mission to “think out of the box”. As a result, the design of a new class of technology, aimed at assisting humans in tasks that are deemed creative.
Developing a machine capable of synthesizing completely novel instances from a certain domain of interest is a formidable challenge for computer science. This challenge has also potentially ground-breaking applications in fields such as biotechnology, design, and art. Therefore, creativity and originality are major requirements, as is the ability to interact with humans in a virtuous loop of recommendation and feedback. As a result, we need an interdisciplinary perspective, combining fields like machine learning, artificial intelligence, engineering, design, and experimental psychology. Related questions and challenges include the design of systems that effectively explore large instance spaces; evaluating automatic generation systems, notably in creative domains; designing systems that foster creativity in humans; formalizing (aspects of) the notions of creativity and originality; designing productive collaboration scenarios between humans and machines for creative tasks; and understanding the dynamics of creative collective systems.
Finally, his book series intends to publish monographs, textbooks and edited books with a strong technical content. It focuses on approaches to computational synthesis that contribute not only to specific problem areas, but more generally introduce new problems, data, and well-defined challenges to computer science.