Email: ali-design [at] csail.mit.edu
I am interested in the intersection between AI, creativity, aesthetics, and design. While aesthetics and creativity are often seen as forming the core essence of intuitive human reasoning, they are nevertheless the product of computations in the mind, and as such can be in principle implemented by machine reasoning. However, current AI and machine learning systems face fundamental challenges that stand in the way of creating new designs and appreciating aesthetics, including the lack of correct representations, and finding the right learning regimes. For modeling creativity, I study the content and purpose of design in human experts, and explore how to translate their intuitive psychological concepts into machine representations. My goal is to develop technologies that augment and democratize human creativity.