Imperial College London

ProfessorPeterChilds

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Head of the School of Design Engineering
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7049p.childs Website CV

 
 
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Location

 

Studio 1, Dyson BuildingDyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@article{Garvey:2019:10.1177/0954406218769919,
author = {Garvey, B and Chen, L and Shi, F and Han, J and Childs, P},
doi = {10.1177/0954406218769919},
journal = {Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science},
pages = {425--431},
title = {New directions in computational, combinational and structural creativity},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954406218769919},
volume = {233},
year = {2019}
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - JOUR
AB - This paper examines how new and creative relationships in data sets, not easily revealed by conventional information retrieval methods and technologies, can be identified using a mix of established and new methods. The authors present how the integration of computerised Morphological Analysis with new computational models, incorporating web crawler, data processing networking and data mining algorithms, can help facilitate the identification of new ideas. Boden’s concept of “Combinational Creativity” indicates a structured process which generates unfamiliar combinations of familiar concepts and constructs allowing creative styles of thought. This structured approach has been constrained by the resultant combinatorial explosion and the dearth of easily accessible computer software and supporting methodologies, to help identify viable new solutions. Feature enhanced computerised morphological analysis (MA), provides a new structural support tool for creativity and innovation. MA systematically structures and examines all the possible relationships in a multidimensional, highly complex, usually non-quantifiable problem space. Computerisation of the process now permits large numbers of configurations (millions) in the problem space to be majorly reduced (typically > 95%), identifying only internally consistent solutions. These solutions are likely to embrace configurations containing something which has not previously been considered, thus increasing the probability of some form of technological or design breakthrough and hence truly creative.
AU - Garvey,B
AU - Chen,L
AU - Shi,F
AU - Han,J
AU - Childs,P
DO - 10.1177/0954406218769919
EP - 431
PY - 2019///
SN - 0954-4062
SP - 425
TI - New directions in computational, combinational and structural creativity
T2 - Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954406218769919
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/58445
VL - 233
ER -