Dr Jim Davies: Procedural Generation & Automated Imagination for Virtual Reality

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Abstract:
Virtual reality environments are often painstakingly hand-crafted. In this talk Dr. Jim Davies will review the state-of-the-art as well as the potential for the use of artificial intelligence and graphics techniques for "procedural generation," the automatic creation of content--where the computer, not a human, is the creative designer of virtual environments. Bio:
Jim Davies is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. He is the author of Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make us Laugh, Movies Make us Cry, and Religion Makes us Feel One with the Universe. Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, he explores processes of visualization in humans and machines and specializes in artificial intelligence, analogy, problem-solving, and the psychology of art, religion, and creativity. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems, and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds.
In his spare time, he is a published poet and fiction writer, an internationally-produced playwright, and a professional artist and calligrapher. His sister is novelist JD Spero. www.jimdavies.org/