Humanizing IoT: creative, intelligent and affective technology

Monday 9 April | 10.45-13.15hrs | CMI, Wijnhaven 107

IoT objects increasingly interact and collaborate with humans, for instance, to help humans providing care, making decisions, or creating content. This requires human properties such as intelligence, creativity, and social, emotional and communication skills. This part of the IoT-programme explores questions around the humanizing IoT: which human tasks can IoT objects perform already? Which tasks should they be able to perform? How should they behave? And moreover, how human-like should IoT objects become?

 

Program Part #1 Humanizing IoT

10.45-11.15hrs Why are chatbots hugely popular today? - Frank Smit (OBI4wan)
11.15-11.45hrs

Asibot : Synthetic Literature: Writing Science Fiction in a Co-Creative Process - Ben Burtenshaw (The University of Antwerp)

11.45-13.15hrs Choose from various workshops & lecture

 

Program abstracts

 

Why are chatbots hugely popular today? - Frank Smit (OBI4wan)

ENGLISH | INTRODUCTION | MONDAY 10.45-11.15hrs | DE VIJFDE, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

Frank Smit, CIO OBI4wan, takes you along the most important conditions for the construction and implementation of smart chatbots. In addition to the purpose and the various applications of, among other things, AI and machine learning, Franks presents a handy step-by-step plan to get started with this groundbreaking technology.


Asibot : Synthetic Literature: Writing Science Fiction in a Co-Creative Process - Ben Burtenshaw (The University of Antwerp) 

ENGLISH | INTRODUCTION | MONDAY 11.15-11.45hrs | DE VIJFDE, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

Synthetic literature refers to stories written with and by machines. The lecture outlines a natural language generation project named Asibot, that allowed members of the public to collaborate in the writing of a science fiction story with a neural network based text generator. Crucially, the system set up a collaborative environment, through which users were able to creatively write. The lecture will focus on the ramifications of this creative process, and go in to detail on how one evaluates and analyses it. It would be interesting for those working with natural language generation or processing, as well those who are interested in recent developments in the fields of computational creativity and story generation.


 

Choose from these various workshops & lecture (11.45-13.15hrs)

 

#1 Chatbots in de praktijk - Frank Smit (OBI4wan)

NEDERLANDS| INTRODUCTION | WORKSHOP | MONDAY 11.45-13.15hrs | H2.204, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

In deze workshop ga je door op het onderwerp dat Frank Smit, CIO OBI4wan, in de plenaire sessie heeft gepresenteerd over slimme chatbots. Hoe ziet de nieuwe (virtuele) medewerker eruit? Bedenk zelf de toepassingen van de toekomst! 

 

#2 Artificial Intelligence: de communicatiebanen van de toekomst - Elger van der Wel (OKGO)

NEDERLANDS| INTRODUCTION | WORKSHOP | MONDAY 11.45-13.15hrs | H2.403, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

Wat betekent de opkomst van intelligente en interactieve technologie voor de toekomstige banen van de communicatieprofessional en over welke skills moet deze straks beschikken? In deze workshop wordt ingegaan op trends en ontwikkelingen rondom AI, en wordt vanuit daar geschetst wat dit betekent voor de vaardigheden die de communicatieprofessional straks in huis moet hebben.

 

#3 Designing the Internet of Intelligent Things - Nathalie Stembert (Hogeschool Rotterdam)

ENGLISH | INTRODUCTION | WORKSHOP | MONDAY 11.45-13.15hrs | H2.308, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

In this design workshop you are going to explore how the evolution of an intelligent product can be co-created, based on a human-product interaction. Currently digital products are designed to be implemented in human lives, when in-use software updates are given out, yet the essence of the product remains the same. With the arrival of deep learning methods, product evolution is becoming possible by learning from patterns in human-product interactions. In order to design for the endless possibilities resulting from the implementation of product intelligence, new design tools are needed. In this workshop you are going to experiment with such a tool, in order to design for in-use product evolution.

 

#4 Asibot : Under the Hood - Ben Burtenshaw & Enrique Manjavacas (The University of Antwerp)

ENGLISH | ADVANCED | WORKSHOP | MONDAY 11.45-13.15hrs | H3.308, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

In this workshop, Ben Burtenshaw will follow up on his plenary lecture, and show participants how the Asibot system works on a more practical level. You will get the opportunity to interact with the Asibot system, a neural network based text generator that wrote a science fiction story in collaboration with Dutch writer Ronald Giphart. Since the project’s public completion, researchers at the The University of Antwerp and The Meertens Institute have been analysing how Asibot was used. The workshop will delve into these findings, and explain how these methodologies can be reused in participants’ own projects.

 

#5 Semantische tekstclassificatie - Casper van Houten (Semlab)

NL | ADVANCED | WORKSHOP | MONDAY 11.45-13.15hrs | H3.312, CMI WIJNHAVEN 107

Aan de hand van een use-case bekijken we in deze workshop hoe moderne technieken van nu en de toekomst gebruikt kunnen worden om informatie en betekenis uit tekstuele bronnen te halen.