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University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) pres.

In Conversation: Copying and Creativity in Human and Machine Learning

Through works of art spanning ancient to contemporary times, UMMA's exhibition Copies and Invention in East Asia challenges our understanding of originality, and presents copying as an act of imaginative interpretation. But what is the connection between copying and invention? How does the practice of copying an artist’s work increase a drawing student’s own creativity? How do computers look at works of art to learn how to emulate a particular artist’s style? Consider these questions along with Raj Rao Nadakuditi, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computers and expert in machine learning and signal processing; Jeff Evans, Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical School, Lecturer in the Residential College, and scholar of the psychology of creativity; and Natsu Oyobe, UMMA Curator of Asian Art.

Lead support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Nam Center for Korean Studies, School of Information, and College of Engineering. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Fabrication Studio at the Duderstadt Center, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and SeeMeCNC 3D Printers.
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