Dr Alan Chamberlain in the Department of Computer Science, Nottingham and Dr Piotr Woycicki (Aberystwyth University) will jointly direct a new interdisciplinary network. The Network on; Theatre, AI and Ludic Technologies (NTAIL) will be funded from a prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Network Grant.
The Network will allow the universities to build on their world leading interdisciplinary research and bring together other researchers, artists, industry, policy makers and related organisations to build a network of people that can develop new ideas, discuss issues around AI, the creative industries, Arts and Humanities, and work together to understand these issues and develop future funding applications to work in this area.
Dr Chamberlain said, “We’ve got some amazing people involved in the network from across the globe and we’re already getting people get in touch that want to be part of the network from the USA. In the UK we’ve got world leading experts from Oxford, Swansea and Exeter who are excited about the project. The Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham has always been at the forefront of researching and developing creative technologies, with Prof Steve Benford leading this research agenda.”
Dr Woycicki said, “The Creative industries in the UK are worth Billions, it makes sense to understand how evolving technologies such AI migh impact upon them and the opportunities that might hold for many in this sector. Academics, artists and technologist who work in the Arts can offer real-world insights, which could have an impact upon the future of the creative sector. We chose the word ‘Ludic’ as we wanted to emphasize the playful nature of lots of technologies that exist today.”
The Network will hold a series of symposia, workshops and exhibition, it hopes to form a platform for other events to be based around and to join up with other projects.
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Dr Alan Chamberlain is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, is a Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School and is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Music, University of Nottingham. He holds a UKRI (EPSRC) Researcher in Residence award at the Digital Catapult.
Posted on Tuesday 29th September 2020