PROSECCO: Promoting the Scientific Exploration of Computational Creativity (FP7 Grant agreement 600653)

[The original web site of the PROSECCO project is down. This stub has been created to provide basic information about it.]

The PROSECCO project was a 4 year coordination action funded by the European Comission FETOpen FP7 program. It took place from January 2013 to December 2016.

Some basic information about the project has been compiled below.

Original Project Abstract

Creativity is a long-cherished and widely-studied aspect of human behavior that allows us to re-invent the familiar
and to imagine the new. Computational Creativity (CC) is a recent but burgeoning area of creativity research
that brings together academics and practitioners from diverse disciplines, genres and modalities, to explore the
potential of computers to be autonomously creative or to collaborate as co-creators with humans.
As a scientific endeavor, CC proposes that computational modeling can yield important insights into the
fundamental capabilities of both humans and machines. As an engineering endeavor, CC claims that it is
possible to construct autonomous software artifacts that achieve novel and useful ends that are deserving of
the label "creative". Overall, the CC field seeks to establish a symbiotic relationship between these scientific
and engineering endeavors, wherein the software artifacts that are produced are not only useful in their own
right, but also serve as empirical tests of the adequacy of scientific theories of creativity. If sufficiently nurtured,
the products of CC research can have a significant impact on many aspects of modern life, with particular
consequences for the worlds of entertainment, culture, science, education, design and art.
So that CC can achieve its potential as a future and emerging topic of research and technology development,
a range of important coordination actions are needed to solidify and promote the field while engaging with
neighboring disciplines. These include focused outreach to researchers in cognitive science, psychology,
linguistics, and neuroscience, as well as to practitioners in musicology, literary theory/art theory, design theory,
and pedagogy. The goal of the proposed coordinating action is to perform outreach to these related research
communities, in a way that maintains the coherence of the CC field without diluting its core principles.

List of partners

  • University College Dublin (Ireland) [Coordinator]
  • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London, United Kingdom) [role taken by Goldsmitsh College, London, before the end of the project]
  • Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Queen Mary and Westfield College (London, United Kingdom)
  • Institut Jozef Stefan (Lubljana, Slovenia)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)

Work packages

  • WP 1 Community Building
  • WP 2 Cross Fertilization
  • WP 3 Educational and Industrial Outreach
  • WP 4 Field Cultivation
  • WP 5 Management of Project

Description of UCM Contribution

Within the PROSECCO project, UCM was leader of Work Package 1 on Community Building.