Mark Granroth-Wilding

Current Research

I am currently working on the following projects in the Discovery Group at the University of Helsinki.

  • Digital Language Typology
    Producing a platform to assess the structurally manifested family relationships within a set of languages with large digital textual and speech material. We focus in particular on low-resourced Uralic languages.
  • Immersive Automation
    Building a demonstration of a future news ecosystem, using automatic data analysis and natural language generation.

Previous project: WHIM

My previous work, with Stephen Clark at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory, was part of the What-If Machine (WHIM) project.

Project Description

In Computational Creativity research, we study how to engineer software which can take on some of the creative responsibility in arts and science projects. There has been much progress towards the creative generation of artefacts of cultural value such as poems, music and paintings. Often, when produced by people, such artefacts embed a fictional idea invented by the creator. There have only been a few small, ad-hoc studies of how to automate this process.

The time is therefore ripe to see whether we can derive, implement and test novel formalisms and processes which enable software to not only invent, but assess, explore and present such ideas.


For more about WHIM, see:

For an introduction to Computational Creativity and this project, with a slight leaning towards Cognitive Science, take a look at my talk from KVIT 2015.

Previous project: Jazz Parsing

In my PhD, I investigated the use of linguistic grammars to model and automatically analyze the structure of jazz harmonic sequences.

More about my PhD project