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Professor Mick Grierson

Title
Professor and Research Leader - UAL Institute for Creative Computing
College
University of the Arts London
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Mick  Grierson

Biography

Mick Grierson is Research Leader at UAL Creative Computing Institute. His research explores new approaches to the creation of sounds, images, video and interactions through signal processing, machine learning and information retrieval techniques. Hardware and software based on his research has been widely used by world leading production companies, tech start-ups and artists including the BBC, Channel 4, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Christian Marclay, Martin Creed, Jai Paul and many others.

He led the first BSc programmes in Creative Computing in the UK, and the first creative programming MOOC in the world, with over 250,000 learners. Work by his students and research group was instrumental in the development of the field known as Creative AI. He was Principal Investigator on the £1million Artificial Intelligence project MIMIC, a partnership between Durham University, Sussex University, Goldsmiths College, and Google’s Project Magenta, and is currently CO-I on the AHRC's Transforming Collections project (£3million, led by Susan Pui San Lok). He was the Academic Research Lead for the £1million 2018-2020 Wellcome Trust Hub, in collaboration with Heart n Soul, RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre and UCL CRAE, and Principal Investigator for the Institute of Coding's £1.4 million Future Projects Fund Project, "Creative Solutions to Digital Transformation", in collaboration with FutureLearn, Lancaster University, Goldsmiths College, and Nesta

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • AHRC, Transforming Collections: Reimagining Art, Nation and Heritage, £2,947,162.00, (2021-2024)
  • AHRC, Transforming Collections: Reimagining Art, Nation and Heritage, £2,947,162.00, (2021-2024)
  • Erasmus+ 2020 KA226 Digital Partnerships, Accessible immersive learning for art and design, €298,189.00, (2021-2023)
  • Erasmus+ 2020 KA226 Digital Partnerships, Accessible immersive learning for art and design, €298,189.00, (2021-2023)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, MIMIC - Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively, £806,693.00, (2018-2021)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, MIMIC - Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively, £806,693.00, (2018-2021)
  • Wellcome Trust, The Hug: People with and without Learning Disabilities and Autism looking at what it means to live well, £211,255.28, (2018-2020)
  • Institute of Coding, Creative Solutions to Digital Transformation

Research Outputs

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Teaching

Current research students

  • Geoff Davis, Story generating software from styling texts (narrow AI) to plots and complex stories (general AI) (Lead supervisor)
  • Zhengdong He, Machine Learning Audio Synthesis Methods for Musical Sound Exploration and Modulation (Lead supervisor)
  • Angus Main, Co-designing with AI: Design Approaches to Creativity Support with Imbedded Artificial Intelligence (Lead supervisor)
  • Jussi Nybom, Data Driven Approaches to Narrative Personalisation Through Psychologically Motivated Models (Working Title) (Lead supervisor)
  • Geoff Smith, Creative control of neural synthesis (Lead supervisor)

Subjects

Creative Computing