The Road not Taken..


2nd-5th Apil 2013

Exeter University, Exeter, UK

Symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Poetry

Call for Papers ***NEW*** Proceedings now available

Computerised Japanese Haiku
Poem 1                                      Poem 3
eons deep in the lake                       all green in the leaves
I paint all time in a whorl                 I smell dark pools in the trees
bang the sludge has cracked                 crash the moon has fled

M. Masterman and R. McKinnon-Wood, Cambridge Language Research Unit, 
in Cybernetic Serendipity, Studio International, p54, 1968


Poetry represents a valuable domain for AI, exemplifying fundamental aspects of creativity which, in the view of proponents of Lady Lovelace's objection that computers can do nothing original, focus strongly the differences between machines and humans. Poetry also exemplifies hard problems of practical AI, in natural language generation, expressive speech and non-verbal behaviour. We think that this workshop will provide strong opportunities for synergies amongst both researchers and practitioners in AI, Literature, Performance Arts, Philosophy and Psychology.

This one-day symposium offers a fresh opportunity for interdisciplinary perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Poetry, with the strong potential to bring together contemporary research in key technical, social, psychological and philosophical domains


  • AI generated poetry
  • AI performance of poetry
  • Expressive voice and body language for poetry performance
  • History of mechanical/algorithmic poetry generation/performance
  • Socio-technical aspects of AI and poetry
  • Philosophical aspects of AI and poetry
  • Evaluating AI Poetry systems
Note this event specifically excludes poems written by humans about AI..


**Extended versions of submissions will be eligible for a special issue of AI & Society on AI and Poetry. Further details later..**

We are seeking submissions of original papers, and of videos/recordings/performances accompanied by documentation, that fit well with the symposium theme and topics. Papers should be no more than 6 pages in length in the AISB convention format - see below. Electronic submissions be submitted via Easychair by the submission deadline given below. At least one author of each accepted submission will be required to register and attend the symposium to present their work.

All papers/documentations from the AISB convention will be published in the AISB proceedings, with an ISBN number. Authors of papers must sign a copyright declaration (to follow). However, this declaration is not exclusive - it gives AISB the right to publish the paper, but does not prevent the author from publishing it in other venues. We hope to present videos/recordings on this website with the permisison of the authors.


14th January 2013 : Submission deadline
11th February 2013: Deadline for notifications sent to authors
4th March 2013 : Camera ready copies due
5th-7th April 2013: Symposium


Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;
Simon Colton, Imperial College;
Pablo Gervas, Universidad Computense de Madrid;
Kevin Knight, University of Southern California;
Ian McDonough, poet, Edinburgh;
Greg Michaelson, Heriot-Watt University, co-organiser;
Chris Newell, University of Hull;
Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS;
Geraint Wiggins, Queen Mary, University of London.


Greg Michaelson/Ruth Aylett
School of Maths and Computer Science,
Montbatten Building,
Heriot-Watt University,
E14 4AS.

Tel +44 131 451 3422/4189
Fax +44 131 451 3327

Last Update: 3 Oct 2012