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Déjà Vu All Over Again: On the Creative Value of
Familiar Elements in the Telling of Original Tales. In
it, Veale explores how fictional characters can be
reused creatively in new contexts for ironic, comedic,
or surprising purposes, further adding to the debate
on generation versus evaluation in CC by controver-
sially arguing that a creative act can occur without
generation. The runner-up for best paper went to the
first published advice on how to teach CC, by Mar-
gareta Ackerman, Ashok Goel, Colin Johnson, Anna
Jordanous, León Carlos, Rafael Pérez y Pérez, Hannu
Toivonen, and Dan Ventura, with their Teaching
The award for the best student paper went to Simo
Linkola, Anna Kantosalo, Tomi Männistö, and Hannu Toivonen for their model of computational
metacreativity in Aspects of Self-Awareness: An
Anatomy of Metacreative Systems.
The runner-up for best student paper went to
Mason Bretan, Gil Weinberg, and Larry Heck for their
popular A Unit Selection Methodology for Music
Generation Using Deep Neural Networks.
This conference included a record number of satellite
events related to creativity and computers. Three
workshops were held: Musical Metacreation, Com-
putational Creativity and Games, and Computation-
al Creativity and Social Justice. Two tutorials — Lit-
erary Creativity and Narrative Generation, and Tweet
Dreams Are Made of This: Building Creative Twitter-
bots — were also help, along with a Doctoral Con-
The conference closed with a community meeting,
and a healthy debate on future directions of the field.
Widening participation in many areas was thought
to be important — online as well as offline, industri-
al as well as academic, in scientific fields as well as
artistic arenas. It was announced that the 2018 ICCC
conference3 will be held in Salamanca, Spain (June
25–29 2018) with the ceremonial Mexican shaker
being passed along to the next chair. ICCC’ 19 will be
back in the USA.
With a new journal in the pipeline and an increasing number of satellite events and related conferences, a creative future looks hopeful. This push to
creativity will be enhanced by establishing links with
industry to build on academic ideas and by cementing new relationships with colleagues from underrepresented countries and domains.
The ICCC 2017 conference was sponsored by the
US National Science Foundation, the Artificial Intelligence Journal, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the
Georgia Tech GVU Center, and the Association for
Alison Pease is a senior lecturer in the Argumentation
Research Group in the School of Science and Engineering at
the University of Dundee. Her main research areas are reasoning and collaboration in mathematics, automated theory formation systems, and evaluation of computational creativity.
Anna Jordanous is a lecturer in the School of Computing,
at the Medway campus of the University of Kent. She is a
member of the Computational Intelligence and Data Science research groups. Her research areas include computational creativity and its evaluation, music informatics, digital humanities, knowledge modeling, the semantic web,
and natural language processing.
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