Digital Creativity Special Issue

Call For Papers

Digital Creativity

Special Issue on Improvisational Creativity (Volume 29, Number 1. Published February 2018)

Guest Editors: Jon McCormack, Toby Gifford, Shelly Knotts

This special issue will examine the challenges and opportunities for creative improvisation between people and computer systems. We welcome contributions from researchers, theorists  and creative practitioners actively involved in this emerging area. Submissions may encompass the technical, creative, social or critical aspects of improvisation with computer systems, and we encourage trans-disciplinary and non-traditional approaches to this topic.

We welcome submissions that consider improvisation in any area of creative practice, including music, visual art, writing and performance. Improvisation is one of the most demanding yet rewarding creative acts. It has been well studied in situations where individuals interact with tools, or in human groups. Recently however, the idea of computer systems being valuable creative partners has begin to gain acceptance and this is now an active research area in the Artificial Intelligence and Computational Creativity communities. But how do we effectively improvise with “intelligent” or “creative” machines? What are the creative and artistic challenges in building computational improvisational partners? How does the psychology of improvisation change when machines become part of an improvisational group? How can digital technologies and artificial intelligence support and enhance human creativity in an improvisational context?


  • Designing and building new improvisational interfaces
  • Psychology of human-machine improvisation
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques for improvisational creativity
  • Critical theories of human-machine improvisation
  • Reflective, reactive and interactive interfaces
  • Computational creativity for improvisation
  • Evaluation
  • Education, training and virtuosity
  • Algorithms for improvisation
  • Knowledge discovery and representation for improvisation
  • Embodied and situated cognition
  • Experience modelling in AI systems


Submission to this special issue is a two-stage process. Authors interested in contributing are invited to submit an extended abstract (500 words) for review. Authors who’s abstracts are accepted will then be invited to submit a full paper (up to 7000 words). Full papers will then be double blind peer reviewed for acceptance into the special issue. Note that acceptance of abstract alone does not imply acceptance for publication in the journal.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to:  (special issue editor)

with CC to the Digital Creativity editors:


  • 28 July 2017 Abstracts due
  • 4 August 2017 Abstract notification
  • 15 September 2017 Full papers due
  • 6 October 2017 Paper acceptance notification
  • 3 November 2017 Revised papers due
  • 24 November 2017 Paper re-reviewed, final publication acceptance notification
  • 8 December 2017 Final, camera-ready paper due
  • February 2018 Special Issue published (29:1)