Posted November 22, 2021

This Summer Brian Magerko, professor in the School of Literature Media and Communication was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to further explore the potentials of human and AI co-creation. “This award supports research to develop a computational architecture (called PACE) to model embodied and co-creative behavior between humans and embodied intelligent machines.” 

This research is inspired by a research project called LuminAI. LuminAI is an on-going project in Expressive Machinery Lab which explores.

According to the NSF grant “The goal of this project is to develop a modular, reusable system for building embodied co-creative AI. The project team will use contemporary dance as an application domain, as its practitioners are formally trained in exploring, expressing, and collaborating through embodied non-contact physical interactions.”

The main contribution of this work are “ a) the first open-access annotated dyadic movement dataset; b) a better understanding of how human dancers co-create; c) a interface for dancers to train and improvise with AI; and d) an architecture for making co-creative AI in motor-related domains based on empirical studies of co-creativity.”

“This project also supports K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and public education through outreach and mentorship, and via public human-AI performances.”

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