Call for papers: ACM Creativity and Cognition 2013

Call deadline: December 17, 2012

The University of Technology, Sydney will host the International Conference on Creativity and Cognition from the 17th to the 20th of June 2013. The organising committee would like to invite you to join us in Sydney for another conference in this very successful series.

For 2013 the conference theme will be `Intersections and Interactions’, due to the inter-disciplinarity that is inherent in the study of creativity and cognition. June 2013 will be an exciting time for Sydney, as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013) will run from the 7th to 16th, as well as the Vivid Festival of Arts from the 24th of May until the 10th of June.


Creativity is sometimes thought of as being a human cognitive capacity to solve problems.  Creativity is sometimes thought of as a process that occurs in the intersections between individuals, domains and fields. Creativity is sometimes viewed as a characteristic of an artifact, such as an artwork, or of a concept, such as a new scientific theory, that is both novel and valuable.
The Creativity and Cognition Conference Series aims to be a common meeting ground where individuals can interact with others from different domains and fields to explore and share a variety of information, observations, insights and ideas about the human capacity to creatively solve problems and produce novel and valuable artifacts in their context and culture.
As a single track conference the Creativity and Cognition conference series establishes a forum where people can “rub minds” with and hear about the work of others from a variety of domains and perspectives as they report and describe their engagement with that most complex of intersections–creativity and cognition.
To this end, Creativity and Cognition 2013 seeks papers, posters and demonstrations from individuals and teams of people working in any of a variety of domains who seek to improve our understanding of this multifaceted domain that engages the interest and attention of people from so many different fields.

General topics may include, but are not limited to:
The study of creativity in an individual, in a group or a team, or in a particular cultural context.

  • Discussions of ways to foster creativity though the design, development and/or deployment of pedagogy, of technology support tools for creative work, or of environments and systems of support for creativity.  Of particular interest is work on creative technology support tools that involves collaborations between artists and technologists.
  • Research reports on empirical assessment of various aspects of creativity and cognition that seek to deal with evaluation metrics, measures, and constraints using methodological approaches such as case studies, experimentation, modeling, or simulation.
  • Explorations of new or only partially explored intersections in creativity such as personal creativity in everyday life, the role of emotion in creativity, brain event scanning and recording, and any novel design and evaluation ideas that may one day be valuable to the Creativity and Cognition community.
  • Also of particular interest are papers, posters and demonstrations that describe artworks/performance works, etc. and that explore and reflect on the nature of creativity, the act of creation, and/or artistic expression.

All submissions are to be anonymised, and presented in ACM format and templates can be found on the Submission page of the conference website.

Papers and posters are to be submitted by 17 Dec 2012 through the easychair paper submission system. Papers are to be a maximum of 10 pages, while poster submissions are to be a maximum of 4 pages in length.

Demonstrations are also invited, with a maximum of 2 pages in length, and will be due on the 1st of March 2013.

We are calling for proposals for artworks, music, performances and installations to be presented in conjunction with the conference.

We are seeking a wide variety of artworks related to (but not limited to) the conference theme of `intersections and interactions’. The exhibition of these works will be juried and presentation of works will be integrated into the conference program, in either a concert format, art exhibition or co-located installation, depending on available resources and locations.
Formal proposals should be 2 pages in ACM format (see ‘Submission’), and should include the elements listed below. The 2-page text of these submissions will be published in the conference proceedings, but appendices (eg. staging diagrams, scores, large photos) should be included as extra pages in the same pdf, and these extra pages need not follow ACM format. For the proceedings the extra pages will not be published, only the formal 2-page submission will be published. Accepted submissions will need to be revised based on reviews and according to guidelines for camera-ready publication to be sent upon notification of acceptance.

Submit 2-page PDF proposal in ACM Format addressing the above following:

  • Title of work
  • Clearly state the proposed performance
  • Name(s) of participants/submitters
  • Short biography of artists/composers/performers/designers
  • 150-200 word summary/abstract of work, designed for inclusion in a program.
  • Provide any recordings or documentation of previous performances, or scores of the work (if they exist).
  • List the number of performers and instrumentation (if necessary)
  • List equipment (if any) to be provided by the conference organisers. Note that equipment availability is limited and significant unusual technical requirements may restrict the possibility of acceptance of the work unless detailed plans are provided.
  • Provide any documentation of previous presentations of this work.
  • Describe the space needed and the adaptability of the work. Information regarding available spaces will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
  • List equipment (if any) to be provided by the conference organisers. Note that equipment availability is limited and significant unusual technical requirements may restrict the possibility of acceptance of the work unless detailed plans are provided.
  • Locations that may be used for installations will be published on the conference website shortly.

Submission will be by the easychair submission system (please visit the CC13 website). If there are a large number of attachments then please submit as a zipped folder with your surname, followed by the submission title as the folder name. If your files are larger than 100mb, please provide a link to the files on a storage service in your submission notes (eg. Dropbox etc.), rather than submitting huge files.

We also invite WORKSHOP PROPOSALS to be presented on the day preceding the full conference (17th June 2013):
Workshops offer an informal environment for attendees with common interests and diverse perspectives to engage in rich discussions around works in progress or new areas of research and practice. Workshops can relate to, but are not limited to, the topics of the conference (see the Call for Participation for an overview), and are a good opportunity to explore a specialised interest or interdisciplinary topic with greater time for in depth discourse, debate and collaboration. Admission to workshops and tutorials will be charged separately from the main conference.

Submit 500-1,000 word PDF proposal addressing the following:

  • Clearly state the title, topic.
  • The anticipated audience and expected number of participants.
  • Proposed channels for promoting and marketing your workshop/proposal.
  • Name(s) of proposer(s)/submitter(s).
  • Indicate venue requirements and especially note any hardware/software requirements (computer lab, tools, workshop, software applications). Please indicate if there are any safety implications (eg. soldering) that may need health and safety compliance.
  • If you require any technical or specialist equipment, indicate clearly if you will be supplying/bringing it yourself or whether other arrangements need to be made.
  • Specify whether you would like a half-day or full-day time-slot
  • Include 1 paragraph bio & affiliation for each workshop organiser(s) and 2-paragraph background relating to proposed topic.  Please use the SIG CHI Extended Abstract format:

Also note:

  • Workshop proposers should engage in the promotion of their event amongst own networks and on mailing lists. The workshop will also be publicised on the conference website.
  • We will give preference to workshops that focus on community building and communal knowledge creation rather than structured miniature paper presentation sessions
  • Workshop proposer(s) are responsible for organising the publication of any workshop proceedings if desired.
  • Workshops may be cancelled or combined if there is insufficient participation

The deadline for submission of workshop proposals is January the 12th, 2013. Notifications will be sent by the 1st of February.

Proposals should be submitted to the Workshops Chair through the easychair system, see the website for details.