Machine Learning for Creativity and Design

NeurIPS 2023 Workshop

Dec 16 2023, in-person (New Orleans)

Image credit: Salvaging the beauty left behind (2022). Keito Takaishi, Asuka Ishii, Kazufumi Shibuya, Nao Tokui.

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Machine co-creativity continues to grow and attract a wider audience to machine learning. Generative models, for example, have enabled new types of media creation across language, images, and music including recent advances, such as large language models like ChatGPT/Bard/Claude, high quality text to images models like Stable Diffusion/MidJourney, plus AudioLM and MusicLM. This one-day workshop will broadly explore topics in the applications of machine learning to creativity and design, which includes:

We will aim to balance addressing the technical issues and challenges of applying the latest Machine Learning models and techniques to creativity and design with the philosophical and cultural issues that surround this area of research.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and artists interested in exploring the intersection of human creativity and machine learning. This workshop solicits viewpoints from artists and technology developers to look beyond technical issues to better understand the needs of artists and creators.

Invited Speakers


The following schedule is tentative.

Time (CST) Duration Event
8:15 AM 0:15:00 Welcome and Introduction
8:30 AM 0:30:00 Invited Talk 1
9:00 AM 0:30:00 Invited Talk 2
9:30 AM 0:30:00 Invited Talk 3
10:00 AM 0:30:00 Art gallery / Coffee Break / Social
10:30 AM 0:30:00 Panel Discussion
11:00 AM 1:00:00 Paper & Artwork Spotlight
12:00 PM 1:00:00 Lunch
1:00 PM 0:30:00 Invited Talk 4
1:30 PM 0:30:00 Invited Talk 5
2:00 PM 0:30:00 Invited Talk 6
2:30 PM 0:30:00 Panel/Open Discussion
3:00 PM 0:30:00 Art / Coffee Break / Social
3:30 PM 1:00:00 Poster session
4:30 PM 0:10:00 Conclusion
4:40 PM 1:00:00 Free-formed discussion

How to attend

A registration ticket must be purchased on This will allow you to attend the workshop in-person. The workshop will be held on Saturday Dec 16 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions in the form of papers. The deadline for paper submissions is Friday Oct 6 Wednesday Sep 27 at 11:59pm (anywhere on earth).

To Submit a Paper: We invite participants to submit 2-page papers in the NeurIPS camera-ready format (with author names visible), to be submitted to our CMT portal.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

We encourage all authors to consider the ethical implications of their work. This can be discussed in a 1-paragraph section at the end of the paper and will not count towards the page limit.

In your submission, you may also indicate whether you would like to present a demo of your work during the workshop (if applicable).

Papers will be reviewed by committee members in a single-blind process, and accepted authors can present at the workshop in the form of a short talk, panel, and/or demo. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend the workshop. Accepted papers will appear on the workshop website. Please note that we do not adhere to a formal peer review process and are normally unable to provide detailed feedback on individual submissions. We encourage submission of work that has been previously published, and work in progress on relevant topics of the workshop. This workshop will not have an official proceedings.

References and any supplementary materials provided do not count as part of the 2-page limit. However, it will be the reviewers’ discretion to read the supplementary materials.

Call for Artwork

We welcome submission of artwork that has been created using machine learning (autonomously or with humans). The deadline for artwork submissions is Nov 07 Oct 30 at 11:59pm (anywhere on earth).

We invite art submissions in any medium, including but not limited to:

This year we are asking for submissions to consist of:

Place these in a single zip archive called

Submit this zip file through our CMT portal.

The reason for this specific submission format is because the workshop will screen the accepted art pieces as a video slideshow (which is why we ask for the landscape format). This video of all the accepted artworks will be posted on our website as well. During the workshop, we also may invite a few select creators of accepted artwork to participate in the form of a short talk.

Important Dates

Previous years:

Connection with NeurIPS Creative AI Track

As you may have seen, NeurIPS is having their first creative AI track this year, for artistic submissions. We are excited that there is more interest in and visibility for creative AI now.

Both the organizers of this ML4CD workshop and the NeurIPS Creative AI track share the same goal: giving creative AI a platform! In doing so, we are actively collaborating with them, and are in close communication with the Creative AI Track chairs.

Since this is the first year that the NeurIPS Creative AI track is occurring, this first year our calls for art are separate, but in future years we may collaborate in a more direct way.

Their call for art already occurred, but you can submit to either/both!

For more in-depth specific differences between this ML4CD workshop’s call for art and the NeurIPS Creative AI Track, we have detailed them below:


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