Nicholas M. Davis

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Conceptual blending has been proposed as a creative cognitive process, but most theories focus on the analysis of existing blends rather than mechanisms for the efficient construction of novel blends. While conceptual blending is a powerful model for creativity, there are many challenges related to the computational application of blending. Inspired by(More)
This paper reports on the theory, design, and implementation of an artistic computer colleague that improvises and collaborates with human users in real-time. Our system, Drawing Apprentice, is based on existing theories of art, creative cognition, and collaboration synthesized into an enactive model of creativity. The implementation details of the Drawing(More)
This paper proposes a new model of perception called Perceptual Logic and applies it to the domain of art to understand artistic style. We describe style in terms of affordances, or ways in which an artist can interact with and contribute to an artwork. Different types of Perceptual Logic are found to influence the perceived affordances of an artwork. We(More)
This paper reports on the design and evaluation of a co-creative drawing partner called the Drawing Apprentice, which was designed to improvise and collaborate on abstract sketches with users in real time. The system qualifies as a new genre of creative technologies termed "casual creators" that are meant to creatively engage users and provide enjoyable(More)
Accidental, uncontrolled free flow after removal of administration sets from electronic infusion devices (EIDs) has only occasionally been reported. Recent evidence indicates that this problem is far more widespread and serious than previously understood. Well-documented cases of accidental death and serious injury have now come to light and are a(More)
We present evaluation techniques for a novice-oriented creativity support tool in the domain of digital filmmaking. Novices need help executing tasks as well as knowing which tasks are appropriate and the implications their decisions have for their creative product. With our tool, we focus on supporting critical domain knowledge that can enable novices to(More)
It is time that hospitals realize that human error is inevitable and must be anticipated. A technique developed in the aerospace industry and known as "failure mode and effects analysis" involves identifying mistakes that will happen before they happen, and determining whether the consequences of those mistakes would be tolerable or intolerable. This(More)