Computer Science Events

Nov 8

CS Tea Talk by Dan Brown, University of Waterloo

Dan Brown, Professor of Computer Science, University of Waterloo will be giving a talk.

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 pm / CMC 209

Title: Can computers write good poetry?  What does that even mean?


Computers can be programmed to do a variety of tasks which, if a human had done them, we might identify as creative tasks.  But does that mean that they themselves are creative? We examine the state of the art in computer-generated poetry, and examine a variety of ways in which potentially sensible ways of assessing whether a system is creative don't actually work well in practice.  Finally, we discuss a few attempts to incorporate advanced aspects of human poetry writing, including editing one’s own work to improve it, into a computational creativity system.

Joint work with PhD student Carolyn Lamb and with my colleague Charlie Clarke.

Sponsored by Computer Science. Contact: Sue Jandro, x4360