Bill Teahan, ‘Agent Inspired Design for the Creative Industries: The Game of Life but not as we know it’

Bill Teahan, ‘Agent Inspired Design for the Creative Industries: The Game of Life but not as we know it’

Mathias Hall, Music Building, October 10, 2018, 1pm-2pm

Agent Based Modelling (ABM) involves designing computational models for simulating the interactions of autonomous agents. This talk will describe Agent Inspired Design (AID) which uses agent based models for simulating the design process and helping to inspire creative designs.

This talk will first review the use of Artificial Intelligence in the Creative Industries, with a specific focus on the use of agent based modelling. Then it will define what AID is and why we need it, and explain how we can accomplish an AID process. It will then describe a novel morphogenetic method for AID that uses a simple reactive agent-based model defined by stimulus-response rules (where perception is directly coupled to action). The talk will show how the method can be used to reproduce various patterns produced by cellular automata, Conway's Game of Life, L-systems, fractals, boids and shape grammars as well as showing how many more creative designs can be produced by adding mutations to the design process. Finally, the talk will then discuss several current research projects to show how this new morphogenetic AID process can be used to help inspire creative designs for diverse areas such as digital art, music, animation for games and films, artificial life, and artificial intelligence.

Publication date: 11 January 2019