Creativity manifests in several ways during scientific inquiry, and computational tools can not only improve our understanding of its characteristics but also increase its prevalence within the scientific routine. This symposium brings together researchers from the cognitive, computational, and mathematical sciences to address questions at the intersection of creativity and scientific reasoning, such as

The speakers will report and discuss their important findings on scientific creativity and the potential for computational creativity-support tools. We expect the meeting to suggest research programs that could answer these questions, to raise new questions through the synthesis of perspectives, and to pave the way for increased work on this top and collaborations between some of the active groups.

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Schedule and Presenters

There is no registration fee for the symposium, but attendance will be by invitation only. There will be 15 invited speakers presenting at the meeting over two days. We will have space for some non-presenting attendees at the meeting. If you are interested in participating, please send email to scacs-08@csli.stanford.edu with a brief account of your previous and current work on the symposium topic.

Time and location

The symposium will take place on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at Stanford University's Center for the Study and Language and Information (CSLI). Talks will be held in the main conference room of Cordura Hall (Room 100) on the Stanford campus.

We have reserved rooms at the Hotel California and the Stanford Terrace Inn for the speakers.



This symposium has received generous financial support from the CreativeIT program at the National Science Foundation (Grant No. IIS-0819656) and the Computational Education for Scientists program at Microsoft Research along with administrative support from the Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise and the Computational Learning Laboratory at Stanford University.