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Concept Invention

Foundations, Implementation, Social Aspects and Applications

  • Roberto Confalonieri
  • Alison Pease
  • Marco Schorlemmer
  • Tarek R. Besold
  • Oliver Kutz
  • Ewen Maclean
  • Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas

Part of the Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems book series (CSACS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Mathematical and Computational Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Félix Bou, Enric Plaza, Marco Schorlemmer
      Pages 3-29
    3. Roberto Confalonieri, Enric Plaza, Marco Schorlemmer
      Pages 31-67
    4. Mihai Codescu, Fabian Neuhaus, Till Mossakowski, Oliver Kutz, Danny de Jesús Gómez-Ramírez
      Pages 69-96
  3. Cognitive and Social Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Maria M. Hedblom, Oliver Kutz, Fabian Neuhaus
      Pages 99-132
    3. Joseph Corneli, Alison Pease, Danae Stefanou
      Pages 153-186
  4. Concept Invention System and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Roberto Confalonieri, Tarek Besold, Mihai Codescu, Manfred Eppe
      Pages 189-219
    3. Danny de Jesús Gómez-Ramírez, Alan Smaill
      Pages 221-239
    4. Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas, Asterios Zacharakis, Emilios Cambouropoulos
      Pages 241-274
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Alison Pease, Joseph Corneli
      Pages 277-294

About this book


This book introduces a computationally feasible, cognitively inspired formal model of concept invention, drawing on Fauconnier and Turner's theory of conceptual blending, a fundamental cognitive operation. The chapters present the mathematical and computational foundations of concept invention, discuss cognitive and social aspects, and further describe concrete implementations and applications in the fields of musical and mathematical creativity.

Featuring contributions from leading researchers in formal systems, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computational creativity, mathematical reasoning and cognitive musicology, the book will appeal to readers interested in how conceptual blending can be precisely characterized and implemented for the development of creative computational systems.


Concept invention Conceptual blending Computational creativity Analogical reasoning Mathematical reasoning Music invention

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Confalonieri
    • 1
  • Alison Pease
    • 2
  • Marco Schorlemmer
    • 3
  • Tarek R. Besold
    • 4
  • Oliver Kutz
    • 5
  • Ewen Maclean
    • 6
  • Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas
    • 7
  1. 1.Smart Data FactoryFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  2. 2.School of ComputingUniversity of DundeeDundeeUK
  3. 3.Artificial Intelligence Research InstituteSpanish National Research CouncilBellaterraSpain
  4. 4.TZI, Digital Media LabUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  5. 5.KRDB Research CenterFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  6. 6.School of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  7. 7.School of Music StudiesAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Concept Invention
  • Book Subtitle Foundations, Implementation, Social Aspects and Applications
  • Editors Roberto Confalonieri
    Alison Pease
    Marco Schorlemmer
    Tarek R. Besold
    Oliver Kutz
    Ewen Maclean
    Maximos Kaliakatsos-Papakostas
  • Series Title Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems
  • Series Abbreviated Title Computational Synthesis and Creative Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65601-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09743-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65602-1
  • Series ISSN 2509-6575
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-6583
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 294
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Artificial Intelligence
    User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
    Cognitive Psychology
    Cognitive Linguistics
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“The book is a well-researched multidisciplinary study that is useful for a wide audience interested in the practical aspects of concept invention and expansion and manipulation techniques. … The work includes a good level of detail, a rich set of references, and pointers to the tools and systems prototyped and presented, making the reader capable of setting up several of the example projects presented. Each chapter is self-contained.” (Ahmed Nagy, Computing Reviews, May 25, 2021)