PhD Interaction between creative AI and humans

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: 15 Sep 2021

Creativity forms the basis for the design of all human artefacts. This Creative AI Machines project aims to research creativity and develop creative AI methods to (a) generate creative design solutions, and (b) emerge and promote creativity in (human) design processes through close interaction between AI and humans. 

Most current "creative" AI simply provides designers with a vast array of ideas. This project develops methods for creative AI interpretation and by using new technologies with respect to neural and Bayesian networks, the "inner world" of AI systems is revealed to the user and can be engaged with. Furthermore you will explore working with design process simulations, and small scale co-bots and fabrication machines engaging in collaborative creative tasks. 

As a PhD researcher from the human technology Interaction group, you will focus on developing new methods for creative interaction and researching how people engage with AI due to these methods. You will strongly collaborate with an Industrial Design PhD researcher on the Creative-AI project, who will focus on researching the design process and the interaction process between AI and humans in a more physical, embodied setting. Your job will be to reflect and capitalize on findings from ongoing studies at the TU/e and HTI on the application of Neural Networks and Bayesian Networks for creative processes. You will develop the methodology for 'Creative AI' and investigate the interaction between humans and the AI machine. As a result you will contribute to innovative human-technology interaction in our society. You will publish your findings in top-tier academic journals preferably with a multi-disciplinary audience and proactively disseminate the methodology that you will develop through education, conferences, and workshops.  

The research will be done in a multi-disciplinary approach across the departments of Build Environment (BE), Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS), and Industrial Design (ID). You will become part of the EAISI institute (Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Institute) to join forces in creating AI for the real world. You will receive day-to-day supervision from Sanne Schoenmakers (HTI, IE&IS). And you will work in a team with Kristina Andersen (ID), Herm Hofmeyer (BE), Pieter Pauwels (BE) and Wijnand IJsselsteijn (HTI, IE&IS). 

The Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI) was established in the summer of 2019 as a cross-departmental institute that brings together all AI activities of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). EAISI stimulates, supports, and organizes collaboration between TU/e AI researchers and companies and societal partners. EAISI's goal is to stimulate multidisciplinary AI research on the combination of three of TU/e's traditionally strong research domains of Data Science, Humans and Ethics, and Engineering Systems. EAISI aims to develop AI technology for autonomous decision-making in engineering systems that interact with and support humans. Working for EAISI means you are supported in creating new and exciting AI applications with a direct and positive impact on the real world, especially focusing on the application areas of health, mobility and high-tech industry. 

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe's leading research universities. The Eindhoven area, in the southern part of the Netherlands, is one of Europe's top 'innovation ecosystems', with many high-tech companies and institutes. TU/e is intertwined with many of these companies and institutes, and research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence, industrial relevance and societal interweaving.
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