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Simon Colton (London, 1973) is a British computer scientist, currently working in the Computational Creativity Group at Goldsmiths College in the University of London, where he is Professor of Computational Creativity. He previously led a research group of the same name at Imperial College, London in the position of Reader. He graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Mathematics, gained an MSc. in Pure Mathematics at the University of Liverpool, and finally a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, under the supervision of Professor Alan Bundy.
Simon is the driving force behind thepaintingfool.com, an artificial intelligence that he hopes will one day be accepted as an artist in its own right. His work, along with that of Maja Pantic and Michel Valstar, won the British Computing Society Machine Intelligence Award in 2007. The work has also been the subject of some media attention.
Prior to his work on The Painting Fool, Simon worked on the HR tool, a reasoning tool that was applied to discover mathematical concepts. The system successfully discovered theorems and conjectures, some of which were novel enough to become published works. Colton's work with HM included the discovery of [refactorable number]s which appeared to be original but turned out to have been previously discovered.
- El Pais - "Las máquinas dan signos de saber apreciar la pintura" elpais.com 25.09.2010. Accessed 22 June 2011.
- The Painting Fool
- Simon Colton List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server. Accessed 22 June 2011.
- Emotionally aware automated portrait painting - Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts
- Rise of the Robogeeks - New Scientist
- Cooper, C.N. and Kennedy, R. E. "Tau Numbers, Natural Density, and Hardy and Wright's Theorem 437." Internat. J. Math. Math. Sci. 13, 383-386, 1990
- S. Colton, "Refactorable Numbers - A Machine Invention," Journal of Integer Sequences, Vol. 2 (1999), Article 99.1.2