Expert on Computer Creativity, WaveAI CEO & Computer Science Professor
World renowned AI Researcher and entrepreneur, Dr. Maya Ackerman, named “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, is a leading expert on Creative AI. She is frequently invited to speak on creativity in the age of AI, as well as how to overcome gender and racial biases in entrepreneurship ecosystems. Maya is a vibrant and engaging speaker, who inspires her audiences to be more creative in their own lives, and bring greater fairness and equality to their organizations. Interviews with Dr. Ackerman appear on NBC News, New Scientist, Forbes, Grammy.com, and international television stations across the globe. A sought-after speaker, she has appeared on many top stages, including at the United Nations, IBM Research, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Oracle, and Samsung. Read More >
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On Computational Creativity
ALYSIA: Startup Conference Finalist
Now that machines are increasingly engaging in creative tasks from music and art to cooking and interior design, what will become of human creativity? This talk will discuss myths about creativity and core differences in the creative capabilities of humans and machines. We will provide practical tools for becoming more creative, with and without the aid of creative machines, and share what the future of creativity will look like in the age of AI.
From the world's major innovation hubs, startups have blossomed into businesses of unprecedented scale, impacting billions of people across all walks of life, geographies, genders, and racial backgrounds. In spite of the proven benefits of diversity for a company’s success, gender and racial biases continue to persist in the venture capital sector, hindering funding opportunities for diverse founders. This talk will discuss these pressing issues and propose solutions for lasting change.
Many fear that machines will take away the pleasure of human creative expression. But what if, instead, machines could genuinely elevate our creative abilities? In this interactive workshop, we will utilize several Computational Creativity systems to discover your inner poet, artist, and musician, and show how creative machines can help you delve deeper into your own creative potential.
Computational creativity in an emergent field in artificial intelligence, centering on fundamental questions such as: What is creativity? Can computers be creative? Instead of using the computer as a tool, can it be an equal collaborator, or even an independent artist? This talk will discuss goals of computational creativity as well as present notable systems at the intersection of computing with visual art and music.
While musical AI has only recently begun to enter industry, AI-based systems have been creating music for over 70 years. This talk will showcase and discuss some of the most exciting musical AI systems from industry and academia, spanning composition and improvisation. We will also address exciting opportunities and what the future holds in this emerging field.
Recent years have seen rising interest in creative AI systems - machines that make art, music, and poetry. What are the commercial possibilities with this exciting new technology? What are the benefits and challenges of commercializing creative AI systems? In this talk, Dr. Ackerman will share her experience commercializing her Computational Creativity research, resulting in the songwriting product LyricStudio, which is revolutionizing the creative process for professional and aspiring artists. Opportunities and challenges for commercialization of computational creativity research will be discussed.
"Maya Ackerman is a rare phenomenon, a renaissance person who is equally at ease singing operatic arias as putting to use the latest artificial intelligence methodologies.
Last autumn Maya was a guest speaker in our computer science colloquium. In more than thirty years running our colloquium had dealt with every aspect of computing.
Except Maya's. She kept our rapt audience of sixty, mostly computer science students and professionals, deeply engaged. My colleagues and I are happy to have enjoyed such an extraordinary presentation and wish Maya the success she deserves."
"Dr. Ackerman started her presentation by singing, which definitely set the tone of the rest of the presentation. The rest of her presentation on computational creativity was definitely eye-opening; it was one of the most interesting we've seen last year and my personal favourite. Music and computational methods are not two areas that go together naturally, but she's managed to blend them both into one cohesive topic. Her passion in both areas made her talk thoroughly engaging while her expertise made it remarkably informative."
"I was introduced to the work of Maya Ackerman in 2017 when she spoke and performed at a large event organized by San Jose State University. I later invited her to speak at Stanford in October 2017 as part of the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous and then as a keynote speaker at the Life Art Science Tech (LAST) festival, both series that i founded and still chair. She spoke about computational creativity, a topic that straddles Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, Art and Music. Maya is a stellar speaker who has the rare skill of combining insights on state-of-the art research and multisensory historical surveys. It helps that she was trained to sing opera. Both these talks have been ranked by the audience as among the best of those multi-year series"
"Her talk about two song-writing machines, ALYSIA and MARBLE, was really inspiring. Her knowledge of the topic and her really friendly personality made very easy to those without computer background to follow the talk; definitely, she connected very well with our students and faculty members. She also run a workshop/tutorial where the attendees could experience, first-hand, what it was to collaborate with a machine in order to generate a new melody. Amazing experience!"
"Maya is an outstanding and captivating speaker. Her work is mind-blowing and the way she communicates it gets people ecstatic about our future."
"Not only were they privileged enough to hear about the writing, but Dr. Ackerman came with a lesson prepared to connect the experience of the Holocaust with current-day bullying. With an event that took place before their time, this connection made it much more personal for them. If anyone has the opportunity for a presentation like this, I highly recommend it!"
"It was my pleasure and honor to hear Maya Ackerman’s outstanding presentation titled Faith and Hope After the Holocaust. Maya’s presentation covered the unique perspectives of some survivors of the Nazi holocaust. How is religious faith changed by this experience? The most moving part of Maya’s presentation is when she invited people to read selections from holocaust survivors on how they were affected. Maya’s presentation also covered how her grandfather, a holocaust survivor, had the resilience to survive and retain a positive outlook on life. I talked to many people after the presentation, the praise I heard was unanimous, that it was a powerful and moving presentation."
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