Professor Geraint Wiggins
Elected Member of Council
Geraint A. Wiggins was educated in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and studied for PhDs in Computational Linguistics and Musical Composition at the University of Edinburgh. His research is in Computational Creativity, a sub-field of Artificial Intelligence, which aims to use computational theory and methods to understand creativity in humans, other biological species, and machines. His particular take on the subject is the attempt to model human creativity from a cognitive-scientific perspective, using information theory as the driving measure, and then to build computer systems that work in the same way. Geraint leads QMUL's Computational Creativity Lab, which forms part of the Cognitive Science research group, in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. He has been or is involved in he leadership of national and international research grant funding totalling over £15M, producing more than 100 cited publications.
Geraint began his academic career at the University of Edinburgh, where he was a post-doctoral researcher and then a lecturer in the former Department of Artificial Intelligence. In 1999, shortly after that department was merged into the new School of Informatics, he moved to City University, where he was Head of Computing from 2002 to 2004. From 2000 to 2004, he chaired the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, the UK learned society for AI and cognitive science, and became founding editor-in-chief of its Journal in 2001. In 2007, he became the chair of the international Association for Computational Creativity, which exists to promote research in that field. Since August 2014, he has been Head of the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at QMUL.
Geraint is Associate Editor (English) for Musicae Scientiae, the journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, a Consulting Editor of Music Perception, and an editorial board member of the Journal of New Music Research. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and of the British Computer Society, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).