Brains, Bricks, Ducks, AI: New Ways of Measuring Creativity (Summer School 2019)

How many different ducks can you make of the same six Lego bricks? The BBDAI project uses this simple task to develop new ways of measuring and comparing human and computational creativity. The first step is to have a large number of people create ducks and rate ducks for novelty and duckiness in order to build computational representations of ducks and train neural nets on human rating data. 

For this, we need to build two things:

  1. A system that will take voxel representations of Lego ducks generated from photo images and translate them into a connected graph representation and back into a 3D visualisation
  2. A system that will allow researchers to feed photos of human-made ducks in and serve this for rating to other human participants.

As a successful candidate, you would have the opportunity to work on a project at the core of digital creativity with project collaborator, Aarhus University in Denmark. There is the possibility that your work will contribute towards a publication in computer science.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact James Walker for more information.

Required skills

We are looking for advanced and high quality candidates with a background in computer science to fill two different roles.

Role 1

The successful candidate will build a system for transforming voxel images of Lego ducks into a connectivity graph and 3D visualisation

  • [Essential] Computer vision and algorithm experience 
  • [Essential] Software development experience

Role 2

The successful candidate will build a system for automatically assigning duck images to test subjects and collecting subject’s data

  • [Essential] Software development experience
  • [Essential] experience of open source frameworks like

How to apply

For more details on the summer school application process (including eligibility and funding) please see the overview page here.


James Walker
Sebastian Deterding
Davy Smith