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Digital support for more creative science journalism

  • SAGE Publishing 1 Broadgate Circle London, England, EC2M 2QS United Kingdom (map)
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This talk will present and demonstrate the potential for a new type of digital tool powered by AI—creativity support to augment your imagination. It will demonstrate this potential using a digital research prototype, called INJECT. Using EU H2020 funding, INJECT was co-designed with journalists to support their creative thinking when discovering new angles with which to write new stories. Although a general-purpose news tool, it can be used to support journalists and communicators working in the social sciences, for example at the intersection of dementia and homelessness. Now, a new EU H2020-funded project called QUEST (https://questproject.eu) will extend INJECT with new features specific to science journalism. The talk will also explore these new features.

Neil Maiden is Professor of Digital Creativity at the Cass Business School of City University London. His current research interests include uses of artificial intelligence to augment human creativity and enhancing design methods and tools to generate more creative solutions. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of £35 million. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshop proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004, and Editor of the IEEE Software’s Requirements column from 2005-2013. His details are available at https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/neil-maiden.