Creativity & Cognition 2005
A Creativity & Cognition Studios Conference hosted by Goldsmiths College.
London 12-15 April 2005

Programme Committee Members’ Short Biographies

Conference Chair
Ernest Edmonds, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Ernest Edmonds is Professor of Computation and Creative Media at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been a researcher in Human Computer Interaction and practising artist using digital technologies for over thirty years
Programme Chair
Linda Candy, University of Sydney, Australia
Linda Candy is a researcher in creativity, collaborative design and interactive systems. She has published widely in these areas and is co-author of the book Explorations in Art and Technology published by Springer-Verlag.
Paul Brown, Birkbeck College, London, UK
Paul Brown is an artist and writer specialising in art & technology. He is a visiting fellow at the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London working on CACHe - Computer Arts, Contexts, Histories, etc. and executive editor of fineArt forum.
Thomas T. Hewett, Drexel University, USA
Tom Hewett is Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His research interests include the cognitive engineering of working environments to support creative work.
Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Janis Jefferies is an artist, writer and curator, Professor and Head of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths College. She is also Project Director of the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles. Her own studio practice is based on digital image production in contemporary art based textiles. One significant area, which impacts on cultural and social interpretation, is the area of haptic technologies, interactive textiles and haptic visuality.  Jefferies has made significant contributions to the practice and theory of contemporary textile art within the field of visual and material culture at international level.
Local Chair
Robert Zimmer, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Robert Zimmer is Professor of Computing and Head of the Computing Department at Goldsmiths College. He is also the Scientific and Technical Director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios, which is a multi-disciplinary research and post-graduate teaching centre spanning work in Computing, Arts, and Cultural Processes. He has been a researcher in mathematical foundations and applications of computing for twenty years.
Mark Bishop, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Mark Bishop is a Reader in Computing at Goldsmiths College, specialising in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. He has published widely in these areas and is co-editor of the book Views into the Chinese Room, published by Oxford University Press.
Programme Committee
Beth Adelson, Rutgers University, USA
Professor Beth Adelson is a senior member of the faculty at Rutgers University; her research interests focus on creativity in complex problem solving with specialities in the domains of conflict resolution, design and education. Dr. Adelson received her PhD from Harvard University; she has held research and visiting faculty appointments at Yale, CMU and MIT. She currently lives in Philadelphia's Old City with her three year old German Shepherd dog, Malka. She is a retired modern dancer and daily practitioner of yoga.
Linden Ball, Lancaster University, UK
Linden Ball is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Lancaster University, and has a long-standing interest in cognitive and social processes in design expertise and the computer-based support of design creativity. His current design research is exploring the role of analogical reasoning in innovative design and the links between sketching and creativity.
Henri Christiaans, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dr. Henri Christiaans is associate professor at the School of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. His research area is in design methodology, creativity and cogniton. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Design Research.
Nigel Cross, The Open University, UK
Nigel Cross is Professor of Design Studies in the Department of Design and Innovation at the UK's Open University, where he has researched and taught design cognition and creativity for many years. He has published widely in these topics and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Design Studies.
Bronac Ferran, Arts Council of England, UK
Bronac Ferran is Director of Interdisciplinary Arts at Arts Council England managing a team which specialises in the intersection between art and other disciplines. Current projects include Pioneers in Art and Science DVD series and ACE/AHRB joint Art and Science Fellowship programme.
Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado, USA
Gerhard Fischer is a Professor of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research includes new conceptual frameworks and new media for learning, working, and collaboration; human-computer interaction; cognitive science; artificial intelligence; (software) design; and domain-oriented design environments. Over the last twenty years, he has directed research projects and has published extensively in these areas.
Charlie Gere, University of London, UK
From January 2005, Charlie Gere will be Reader in New Media Research at the Institute of Cultural Research, Lancaster University. He is chair of Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) and the director of Computer Arts, Contexts, Histories, etc (CACHe), He is the author of Digital Culture (Reaktion Books, 2002), and is currently undertaking research into the relation between art and speed from the early nineteenth century up to the present day, to be published as a book, Art, Time and Technology: Histories of the Disappearing Body, in 2005.
John Gero, University of Sydney, Australia
John Gero is professor of Design Science, Co-Director of the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition and a Visiting Professor of Design and Computation, MIT. His research areas are situated design agents, computational and cognitive models of creative design, visual reasoning and evolutionary systems in design.
Ross Gibson, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Ross Gibson makes books, essays and films as well as producing multimedia environments and ICT systems for museums and public spaces. He is currently Research Professor of New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Koichi Hori, University of Tokyo, Japan
Koichi Hori is a professor with RCAST (Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology), at the University of Tokyo. His research areas include Artificial Intelligence systems to support human creative activity especially in design.
Philip Husbands, University of Sussex, UK
Phil Husbands is Professor of AI at the University of Sussex. His research interests include: biologically inspired robotics, the history of AI and Cybernetics, creative applications of bio-inspired technologies.
Hilary Johnson, University of Bath, UK
Dr Hilary Johnson has a background in Psychology and Statistics, and teaches Computer Science at the University of Bath. Her interests are in all aspects of human computer interaction in particular in supporting collaboration and creativity.
Bryan Lawson, University of Sheffield, UK
Bryan Lawson is Dean of the Faculty of Architectural Studies at the University of Shefffield, UK. His research has been mainly concerned with the design process, computer-aided design, and architectural psychology. He has over 100 publications and is the author of several books. How Designers Think, now in its third edition, has been used as a text on many three-dimensional design courses and Design in Mind, explores the design process through the work of a number of well-known architects. The computer-aided design research unit established at the University of Sheffield under Professor Lawson’s direction has also created the Gable CAD system which has since been taken over for commercial development by a separate company Gable CAD Systems Ltd.
Barbara Layne, University of Concordia, Canada
Barbara Layne creates intelligent cloth structures for artistic, performative and functional textiles. She is in the Studio Arts faculty at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and is a founding member of Hexagram: the Institute for Research and Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts du Quebec and she is the Principal Investigator of a major infrastructure grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.
Frederic Leymarie, Brown University, USA
Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie is responsible for the MSc in Arts Computing at Goldmsith College, London University. He is an expert in computational vision and the representation of Objects in two and three dimensions, expertise he acquired in Canada (McGill University), France (Morphology Center and GIS services at Thales, Inc.), and the USA (Brown University) where he co-founded the SHAPE Laboratory in 1999.
Peter Lloyd, University of Delft, Netherlands
Dr Peter Lloyd is Associate Professor in Design Theory and Methodology in the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University Delft. His research interests centre around the cognitive, social, and moral aspects of the design process.
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Roger Malina, Leonardo Journal
Roger Malina is an astronomer currently working on the SNAP satellite project which seeks to understand the nature of dark energy. He is also the executive editor of the Leonardo publications and writes on the links between art and science and art and new technologies.
Judith Mottram, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Judith Mottram, Professor of Visual Arts at Nottingham Trent University, is currently Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Art, Design and Built Environment. She has a particular interest in the role of creativity in the making of art works, and in the perception and reading of the results of such creative activity.
Kumiyo Nakakoji, University of Tokyo, Japan
Kumiyo Nakakoji is a professor at RCAST, University of Tokyo, where she directs the Knowledge Interaction Design laboratory. Her research interests include interaction design for creative knowledge work and computer support for collective creativity.
Frieder Nake, University of Bremen, Germany
Frieder Nake is a professor emeritus of interactive computer graphics at the University of Bremen, Germany. His work is in computer art, digital media, and interaction design.
Warren Neidech, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Warren Neidech, is a visiting artist in the Department of Visual Arts and ACE/AHRB Fellow in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths College. He is co-founder of and editor of the Journal of Neuro-aesthetics. He exhibits his work internationally and his most recent book, Blow-Up: Photography, Cinema and the Brain was published by DAP and the University of California (2003).
Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum, USA
Christiane Paul is the Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at The Whitney Museum of American Art and the director of Intelligent Agent, a service organization dedicated to new media. She has written extensively on art and technology, and her book "Digital Art" (World of Art series, Thames & Hudson, UK) was published in July 2003.
Doug Riecken, IBM Thomas Watson Research Center, USA
Dr. Doug Riecken is head of the Commonsense Computing department at IBM Research. Prior to joining IBM Research, Riecken was a principal investigator and manager at Bell Laboratories Research.
Jemima Rellie, Tate, UK
Jemima Rellie joined Tate as Head of Digital Programmes in 2001, with responsibility for the strategy and delivery of public-facing digital content. She has worked with new media for 8 years and obtained extensive experience in cross-platform publishing in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to Tate Jemima worked in interactive TV (EC1 Media), internet development (Saltmine Creative), and art book publishing (Phaidon and Macmillans). She has an MA in The Social History of Art (Leeds University), and both speaks and consults on issues pertaining to museums in the digital age.
Manthos Santorineos, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece
Manthos Santorineos Is an Intermedia Artist, Lecturer at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Founder and Artistic Director of FOURNOS & Medi@terra Festival. His works belong to the fields of video art, interactive installations and net-based projects and have been shown at festivals and museums in Greece and abroad.
Stephen Scrivener University of the Arts, UK
Stephen AR Scrivener is Research Professor at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. His principal research interests are user-centred design, computer-mediated collaborative design, sketching and cognition, and the theory and practice of art and design research.
Ted Selker, Media Lab MIT, USA
Ted Selker is a cognitive scientist and inventor who works on improvement to human computer interaction. He is currently a professor at the Media Lab at MIT. Previously he was an IBM Fellow, a researcher at Xerox Park, Atari and others.
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland, USA
Ben Shneiderman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the University of Maryland at College Park. He was made a Fellow of the ACM in 1997, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001, and received the ACM CHI (Computer Human Interaction) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Christa Sommerer, IAMAS, Japan
Christa Sommerer is an internationally renowned media artist working in the field of interactive computer art. She is Associate Professor at the IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan and has been Researcher and Artistic Director at the ATR Media Information Science Research Lab in Kyoto, Japan. She was a Guest Professor at the Art University in Linz, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Kyoto Universitys Department of Social Informatics.
Mike Stubbs, ACMI, Australia
Mike Stubbs' work encompasses film, video, mixed media installations, performance and curation. He is currently exploring multi-channel cinematic installation, and participating in critical debates about the nature and future of new media art.
Mark Tribe, Columbia University, NY
Mark Tribe is an artist, curator and educator whose interests lie at the intersection of emerging technologies and contemporary art. He is Director of Art and Technology at the Columbia University School of the Arts and founder of, an online platform for the international new media art community.
Thomas Ward, University of Alabama, USA
Thomas Ward is Professor in the Departments of Advertising and Public Relations and Psychology at the University of Alabama. He is Editor of the Journal of Creative Behaviour and his research focuses on creative cognition, particularly the way in which old knowledge is used to create new ideas.
Mitchell Whitelaw, University of Canberra, Australia
Mitchell Whitelaw is an artist, writer and researcher in new media art and culture. His book, Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life, was published in 2004 by MIT Press. He is the Program Director, Media / Multimedia Production,University of Canberra.
Geraint Wiggins, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Geraint Wiggins is professor of computing in the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. His research interests are, in general, computational creativity, and, more specifically, the computational study of music cognition.