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I'm a Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy, Universität Konstanz. 

My current research focuses on agency, causality, and creativity in Artificial Intelligence.

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Caterina Moruzzi

Research Associate, Department of Philosophy
Associate Fellow, Zukunftskolleg - Institute for Advanced Study
University of Konstanz

 

Email:
caterina[dot]moruzzi[at]uni-konstanz[dot]de

caterina[dot]moruzzi[at]gmail[dot]com

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NEWS

Publications

(forthcoming) Moruzzi, Caterina. 'Toward Out-of-Distribution Generalization Through Inductive Biases.'  in Vincent C. Müller (ed.), Philosophy and theory of artificial intelligence 2021 (SAPERE; Berlin: Springer).

(forthcoming) Fossa, Fabio, Moruzzi, Caterina and Mario Verdicchio (eds.). Creativity in the Light of AI. Special issue in Odradek.

(forthcoming) Moruzzi, Caterina. 'The (Artificial) Physicality of Creativity: How Embodiment Influences Perceptions of Creativity.' in Proceedings of ICCC'22.

(forthcoming) Moruzzi, Caterina. 'Perceptions of Creativity in Artistic and Scientific Processes'. Proceedings of xCoAx2022.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2022. 'Climbing the Ladder: How Agents Reach Counterfactual Thinking', Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. 3: 555-560. ISBN 978-989-758-547-0, ISSN 2184-433X. 

 

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2022. 'Everyone Can Change a Musical Work', The British Journal of Aesthetics  62(1): 1–13.

Projects

PI in the project "The Role of Embodiment in the Perception of Human and Artificial Creativity", with Laura Herman (Oxford Internet Institute and Adobe) and Aaron Hertzmann (Adobe Research) , funded by the Intersectoral Programme of the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz.

External collaborator in the project "AI Futures and the Curated Visitor Experience", Minderoo-Oxford Challenge Fund in AI Governance.

PI in the project "Agency and Scientific Creativity“: survey (closed) on mutual influences between agency, creativity, understanding, and trust, and online workshop "Agency, Life, and Creativity", February, 18-19 2022 (supported by the Dr. August und Annelies Karst Stiftung, University of Konstanz)

 

Talks

25 April 2022. Online lecture: 'Artificial Creativity: Promises and Challenges', as part of the course on of Technology and AI, Dr. Luca Possati, University of Porto.

June 27-July 1 2022. 'The (Artificial) Physicality of Creativity: How Embodiment Influences Perceptions of Creativity', ICCC'22, Bozen, Italy.

6-8 July 2022. 'Perceptions of Creativity in Artistic and Scientific Processes', xCoAx2022, Coimbra, Portugal.

16-17th June 2022. TBC, Conference on Formal Models of Causation in Law, Hamburg.

 

 

Conferences and workshop organisation

TEDx Konstanz 2022: Infinitely Close-Infinitely Far, May, 6 2022, Kulturzentrum, Konstanz.

Workshop 'The Role of Embodiment in the Perception of Human and Artificial Creativity', as part of ICCC'22, June 27-July 1, 2022, Bozen, Italy.

 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
 

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2022. 'Climbing the Ladder: How Agents Reach Counterfactual Thinking',  Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence 3: 555-560. ISBN 978-989-758-547-0, ISSN 2184-433X. 

 

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2022. 'Everyone Can Change a Musical Work', The British Journal of Aesthetics  62(1): 1–13, https://doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayab003.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2021. ‘Measuring Creativity: An Account of Natural and Artificial Creativity’, European Journal for Philosophy of Science 11(1).

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2021. ‘Improvisation as Creative Performance’, in Bertinetto, A. and Ruta, M. (eds.) Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts, London: Routledge.​

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2021. 'On the Relevance of Understanding for Creativity’, Proceedings of AISB2021.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2020. ‘Artificial Creativity and General Intelligence’Journal of Science and Technology in the Arts 12(3): 84-99.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2020. ‘Learning Through Creativity: How Creativity Can Help Machine Learning Achieving Deeper Understanding’, Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio 14(2), doi: 10.4396/AISB201904.

 

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2020. ‘Looking for Creativity: GANs as a Paradigm of Autonomy in Software for Music Composition’, in Be My GAN: Arte e Intelligenza Artificiale, ed. by Alice Barale (Milano: Jaca Book).

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2020. ‘The Assumptions Behind Musical Stage Theory: A Reply to Letts’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78(3): 362-366.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2020. ‘Should Human Artists Fear AI? A Report on the Perception of Creative AI’, Proceedings of xCoAx2020, pp. 170-185.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2020.  ‘Can a Computer Create a Musical Work? Creativity and Autonomy of AI Software for Music Composition’, in Gouveia, Steven S. (ed.), The Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Exploration, Vernon Press.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2019. ‘An Ontological Justification for Contextual Authenticity’, The British Journal of Aesthetics 59(4): 413–427.

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2018. ‘Every Performance is a Stage: Musical Stage Theory as a Novel Account for the Ontology of Musical Works’, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 76(3): 341-351.

 

Moruzzi, Caterina. 2018. ‘Creative AI: Music Composition Programs as an Extension of the Composer’s Mind’, in Müller, Vincent C. (ed.), Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017, Berlin: Springer.

 
RESEARCH

My research interests focus on the analysis of the concepts of agency and creativity in living beings and artificial systems. I integrate methods used in experimental philosophy in order to inform my research on the implications of state-of-the-art developments in AI on the attitudes of reception of creative processes. I have a background as philosopher of art and musician and my interdisciplinary approach aims to build a bridge between the study of paradigmatic features of the human brain and behaviour and the research on the development of human-level automated systems. This will be decisive to shed light on the controversial issue of creativity and, consequently, on pressing questions over matters of intellectual property and AI. It will also contribute to explain the role that intuitions play in our relation with artefacts produced by AI systems.

 

In my PhD project I defended and developed a new account for the ontology of musical works: Musical Stage Theory, the view that a musical work is a performance. I proposed this account as an alternative to mainstream and well accepted views on the nature of musical works with a specific intent, that of suggesting a way to analyse the identity of musical works which gives due relevance to musical practices and, at the same time, is grounded on a solid ontological basis. As a corollary to the main ontological thesis, Musical Stage Theory also allows for contextually dependent senses of authenticity of musical performances.

TEACHING
 

2021-2022 - University of Konstanz

Nelson Goodman's Languages of Art, Department of Philosophy

The Present and Future of AI Research, Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics

What You See is (Not Always) What You Get: Nature and Knowledge of the Inside and the Outside World, Department of Philosophy

Cutting-Edge Debates on Artificial Intelligence, Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics

Past Teaching

 

Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

Being True to Music: When Is A Musical Work Authentic?

Thinking Fast and Slow: What Can Computers Learn From the Human Mind?

Appearance & Reality

Mind and Consciousness

Self, Mind, and Body

Research Techniques

Introduction to the Philosophy and Aesthetics of Music

History of Western Philosophy

Introduction to Ethics

SELECTED TALKS
 

15 March 2022. 'Causal Representation: Toward a More Robust Artificial Intelligence'. Research Colloquium on Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, University of Bern

 

3 February 2022. 'Climbing the Ladder: How Agents Reach Counterfactual Thinking', 14th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, online 

 

28 September 2021. 'Reaching Out-of-Distribution Generalization Through Robustness’, 4th Conference on "Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence", online

17-19 June 2021. ‘Is Artistic Creativity Necessarily Human?’, XPhiEU2021, online

8 April 2021. ‘On the Relevance of Understanding for Creativity’, AISB2021, online

20 March 2021. ‘Everyone Can Change a Musical Work’, American Society for Aesthetics Pacific Meeting, online

 

18 February 2021. 'What’s the Point of Machine Art? Reflecting on AI Art and its Discontents’, Scottish Aesthetics Forum Talk, University of Edinburgh, online

 

8 January 2021. 'Disclosing Musical Works’ Meaning: A Comment on Dodd’s “Being True to Works of Music”’, American Philosophical Association Eastern Meeting 2021, online

10 December 2020. ‘Creativity, Anthropomorphization, and Uncanny Valley’, Department of Philosophy, University of Konstanz, Fachbereich Kolloquium, online

8 July 2020. ‘Humans Don’t Like AI Art’, xCoAx Conference: 8th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, online

 

12-13 June 2019. ‘Intentionality and Creativity in AI-generated Music’, Ernst Mach Workshop: Posthumanism, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

16 April 2019. ‘AI-Generated Music: Creativity and Autonomy’, Philosophy After AI: Language, Imagination, and Creativity Symposium, AISB Convention 2019, Falmouth University

15 April 2019. ‘Generative Adversarial Networks as a Creative Model of Music Composition’, British Society of Aesthetics Connections conference 2019: Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences, Bristol

 

11 April 2019. ‘Generative Adversarial Networks as an Autonomous Model of Music Composition’, Algorithmic Music: Value, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence, King's College London

 

26-27 July 2018, 'Robo-Bach: Can Artificial Intelligence Be Musically Creative?', Creativity in the Arts, Science, and Mind conference, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

4-6 April 2018, 'Authenticity in Practice: An Ontological Justification for Contextual Authenticity', ASA Pacific Meeting, Asilomar, California

5-7 December 2017, ‘Creative AI: Music Composition Programs as an Extension of the Composer's Mind’, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information, Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, Porto, Portuga

 

20 May 2017, ‘A Revisionary Account of Musical Improvisation and Authenticity within Musical Stage Theory’, Conference on Authenticity versus Improvisation in the Philosophy of Music, University of Bern, Switzerland

 

27 January 2017, 'Art, Intentionality, and AI', Art, Aesthetics, and Beyond, British Society of Aesthetics Postgraduate conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

3 December 2016, 'Musical Works as Stages: A Novel Account for the Ontology of Musical Works', Open Minds XII conference, University of Manchester, Manchester

15 October 2016, ‘A Defence of Musical Stage Theory’, Arché 9th Graduate Conference, University of St Andrews, Scotland

24 May 2016, ‘An Alternative Account for the Ontology of Musical Works: Musical Stage Theory’, McGill Philosophy Workshop, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

 

 
OTHER

Event Organisation

Organiser of workshop 'The Role of Embodiment in the Perception of Human and Artificial Creativity', as part of ICCC'22, June 27-July 1, 2022, Bozen, Italy.

 

Lead organiser of TEDxKonstanz 2022, May, 6 2022 Kulturzentrum am Münster, Konstanz

Organiser of workshop 'Agency, Life, and Creativity', University of Konstanz, February, 18-19 2022, online

 

Co-organiser of the Early Lunch Philosophy seminar at the University of Konstanz, Department of Philosophy

 

Lead organiser of the conference ‘Philosophy in Progress: Postgraduate Conference of Philosophy’, University of Nottingham, 10th-11th January 2018

Lead organiser of the workshop ‘Aesthetics of Computer Music: Changes in the Nature and Reception of Music’, University of Leeds, 7th November 2017

Co-organiser of the joint Philosophy Postgraduate Conference Birmingham-Warwick-Nottingham, 15th June 2017

Co-organiser of the workshop ‘BOOOM! Making Research Memorable’, Birmingham City University, 4th July 2015

 

Other Roles

Associated Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Konstanz (since November 2021)

Honorary Research Associate, Department of Music, University of Nottingham (2018-2021)

Co-editor of the volume on Machine Creativity and Digital Art of the journal 'Odradek - Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories', 2021.

Here is my CV