Computers as Design Collaborators: Interacting with Mixed-Initiative Tools

Gillian Smith, Jim Whitehead, Michael Mateas. Computers as Design Collaborators: Interacting with Mixed-Initiative ToolsWorkshop on Semi-Automated Creativity, co-located with ACM Creativity & Cognition 2011. Atlanta, GA, November 3, 2011.


Techniques in procedural content generation and computational creativity enable AI systems that can assist with the creation of content in design support tools. These AI systems are capable of acting as design collaborators, suggesting variations on content and offering expertise to the tool user. However, there is a large difference in the way humans are expected to interact with these tools versus interacting with other human design collaborators. This paper discusses the role of creative computers in design support tools and how it differs from that of their human counterparts, and details three issues in the development of mixed-initiative design support tools.

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