Expressive 2016 — Call for Papers: Computational Aesthetics “Bridging” Papers

The field of Computational Aesthetics bridges the analytic and the synthetic by integrating aspects of computer science, philosophy, and psychology, with the fine, applied, and performing arts. It seeks to facilitate both the analysis and the augmentation of creative behaviors. Computational Aesthetics also investigates the creation of tools that can enhance the expressive power of the arts and that furthers our understanding of aesthetic evaluation, perception, and meaning. Research and practice in computation and the arts complement and assist each other in the development and application of techniques to problems and opportunities in diverse fields, including entertainment, engineering, digital humanities, education, and psychology, among others.

The definition of Computational Aesthetics varies across disciplines. In computing, it includes methods and tools for the computational assessment of beauty and the algorithmic expression of creative intent. In art and design, it is often used to describe the exploitation of information, communication, and media technologies for the creation of new aesthetic forms. This creative tension is at the heart of this interdisciplinary field. Bridging these disciplines presents both opportunities and challenges for researchers in terms of funding sources, appropriate venues for publication and dissemination, application of practice, support for new training and scholarly development, outreach to new fields, and professional advancement. These barriers are compounded by communication issues among disciplines and the inertia of traditional academic and corporate entities.

For the first time, the Expressive 2016 conference — co-located with Eurographics in Lisbon, Portugal — is soliciting “bridging” papers: case studies of practices and methods that address these creative tensions and communication barriers in Computational Aesthetics from scholarly and/or practical perspectives. We invite researchers and artists to submit papers of 2-4 pages in length for presentation during Expressive 2016 on May 7–9. Selected papers will appear in a special section of Computers & Graphics, a top journal in the field of computer graphics.

Submission deadline: rolling notification closes April 23, 2016

You are invited to submit to these programs any time before April 23; we will respond within two weeks. Send your submissions directly to the CAe chairs at aforbes at and lyn at

Angus Forbes and Lyn Bartram, CAe chairs