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Agenda

Agenda

Day 01

Wed 20th Nov

Day 02

Thu 21st Nov

Fringe

19th-21st Nov

10:30

Registration

10:30

Innovation Showcase and Poster Exhibition

Innovation Showcase

A new addition for the 2019 programme, the Innovation Showcase will feature outputs from creative research-led projects that explore new and novel ways to push the boundaries of what is possible in creative technologies.
See showcase exhibits

Poster Exhibition

Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers will exhibit their work covering the Beyond themes including: Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Creative Technology and Data and their application for, and influence on, the creative industries.
See all posters

12:00

Lunch & Networking

 13:00

Welcome and Introductions

> Prof Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh

> Gemma Milne, Tech & Science Writer (Conference MC)

 13:20

Keynote: Human After All - Why Robots Will Never Out-Create their Creators

> Carly Kind, The Ada Lovelace Institute

13:45

Just a Member of the Band

How is AI helping us to be more creative and supporting our creative endeavours to take us beyond our human capabilities? This session will showcase new, innovative ideas, products and services where AI extends human abilities.

The Art of Intelligent Interruption and Augmented Relationships
> Harry Yeff / Reeps One, Audio/Visual Solo Artist

The Language Effect: Why Language is Complicated and Critical to Your Brand’s Success
> Parry Malm, Phrasee

Democratizing Filmed Entertainment Through AI
> Michiel Ruelens, Scriptbook

Using AI to Understand the Aesthetics of Imagery
> Chanuki Seresinhe, Alan Turing Institute/Popsa

14:35

And the Award Goes to...

Can AI alone really do something creative and award worthy or do the creative industries present the greatest challenge for AI? Having explored the idea of AI as an assistant, this session will consider if AI can really become the author and take a leading role in creativity, and where do they figure on the credits.

> Prof Dave Bull, University of Bristol

> Prof Darren Cosker, University of Bath (Chair)

> Michiel Ruelens, Scriptbook

> Chanuki Seresinhe, Alan Turing Institute/Popsa

15:20

Creative Interlude: What Are Words Worth to Google?
> Pip Thornton, Artist / Researcher 

 15:30

Tea & Coffee Break

16:15

Creative Interlude: Queering AI - Machine Learning and Art

> Jake Elwes, Artist

 16:25

Imagine Me, Gentle Spectators

AI has the potential to change the rules of storytelling and transform audience experience, as well as impact on every stage of the production process. This session showcases some recent immersive work, looking at emerging forms of narrative and audience/writer collaboration. It will consider both the potential and challenges that AI presents creatively and commercially, and asks what next for immersive, AI driven storytelling?

> Guy Gadney, Charisma AI

> Adam Ganz, StoryFutures (Chair)

> Ian Hambleton, Maze Theory

> Prof Abigail Williams, University of Oxford

 17:10

Creative Interlude: Live Event Narrative Engine

> Åste Amundsen, Computer Aided Theatre

 17:15

Day One: Wrap-up and Thanks
> Gemma Milne, Tech & Science Writer (Conference MC)

17:30

Conference End

17:30

Drinks Reception, Innovation Showcase and Poster Exhibition

19:00

End of Day One

 09:30

Welcome Back

> Gemma Milne, Tech & Science Writer (Conference MC)

 09:35

Creative Interlude: Pickle

> Lukas Dirzys, Creative AI

  09:45

Hidden Values: Data, Discovery and Recommendations

How can algorithms unlock unforeseen value in archives and data sets? What are the value logics that drive data-driven experiences? What are the current problems of recommendation and discovery? In this session we assess the value of data and ask how the value from existing data sets can be realised and how we can develop smarter ways to find things moving into a world of curated and nuanced search and discovery.

> Sarah Coward, The Forever Project

> Brendan Miles, The List

> Chanuki Seresinhe, Alan Turing Institute/Popsa (Chair)

10:30

 

The Internet of Bodies - Body Data and Ethical Futures

> Ghislaine Boddington, body>data>space and Women Shift Digital

10:45

Tea & Coffee Break

11:20

 

Creative Interlude: Culture Hint

Cesara FialàCulture Hint

11:30

 

Keynote: Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Stupidity?

> Karen Palmer, Storyteller from the Future and Artist

 11:45

Dark Data: Bias, Trust and Inclusion

From surveillance capitalism to prediction products to algorithmic bias there are clearly ethical and political challenges in the emerging data economy. Have even our creative experiences become raw material for training machines? This session will explore the societal problems and unintended consequences of current implementation of AI and what we need to fix to make a better world.

> Angus Bancroft, University of Edinburgh

> Nicola Osborne, University of Edinburgh (Chair)

> Karen Palmer, Storyteller from the Future and Artist

> Prof Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh

 12:20

Creative Tactics

Who are the next wave of creative companies building valuable businesses based on these new technologies? How can they balance social, cultural and environmental values with economic value? This session, hosted by the Beyond MC Gemma Milne, will showcase near-future products and services that are utilising AI.

AI-Accelerated Computational Camera
> Vishal Kumar, Photogram.ai

Delic.network
> Ed Stack, DELIC.network

Clwstwr – AI in the Newsroom
> Rony Seamons, AMPLYFI

Slanted Theory – ALAIRA
> Laura Smith, Slanted Theory

 12:45

Day Two: Wrap-up and Thanks

Prof Andrew Chitty, UK Research and Innovation

> Gemma Milne, Tech & Science Writer (Conference MC)

13:00
Lunch, Innovation Showcase and Poster Exhibition

Innovation Showcase

A new addition for the 2019 programme, the Innovation Showcase will feature outputs from creative research-led projects that explore new and novel ways to push the boundaries of what is possible.
See showcase exhibits

Poster Exhibition

Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers will exhibit their work covering the Beyond themes including: Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Creative Technology and Data and their application for, and influence on, the creative industries.
See all posters

14:30

End of Day Two

19 Nov

Tuesday

20:00
22:00

AI Primer Quiz

AI Primer Quiz

University of Edinburgh
Free to attend. Register when you purchase your Beyond 2019 ticket.

The language of data-driven technology from AI, ML, NLP and blockchain is bewildering and confusing. This two hour event will demystify the jargon that is used by tech companies and the media that makes the future sound so cool, but very hard to understand. Designed in the form of a game show, participants will join teams to compete and collaborate in answering questions that will reveal what the data science is, and what it isn’t. Developed by the Creative Informatics Cluster, the event will take place at Inspace, part of the Bayes Centre for Data-Driven Innovation.

The AI Primer Quiz is sponsored by Creative Informatics and the University of Edinburgh.

20 Nov

Wednesday

8:30
10:30

Investment Breakfast

Beyond Investment Breakfast

The Principal Edinburgh George Hotel
Free to attend but registration essential.

Join Beyond attendees and the wider business and academic community to hear from tech businesses that have recently participated in the Audience of the Future – Investment Accelerator and to learn more about upcoming investment opportunities across the UK. Stay on to mingle and network with invited businesses and investors.

The first 100 tickets for this event have been reserved for Beyond 2019 ticket holders – register here.

The Beyond Investment Breakfast is sponsored by Immerse UK.

Register for Beyond Investment Breakfast

21 Nov

Thursday

14:00
17:00

Research Symposium

Beyond Research Symposium: On Creativity

Thursday 21st November
14:00 – 17:00 followed by networking drinks
University Of Edinburgh
Free to attend but registration essential.

What exactly is ‘creativity’ and more specifically, what does it mean to be ‘creative’ in the context of the Creative Industries?

Dr. Oli Mould from Royal Holloway, University of London will kick off the symposium with some lively debate, giving a provocation based on his 2018 book ‘Against Creativity’. Responding to Oli’s provocation, Professor Vicky Gunn, head of learning and teaching at the Glasgow School of Art, will make the case ‘for creativity’.

Symposium participants will be encouraged to give short (3 minute) ‘lightning introductions’ and to submit any ‘burning issues’ they would like to put on the table for discussion.

Register to attend and more information

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