The Expressive Intelligence Studio

Nature of Research/Program Description: 
The Expressive Intelligence Studio at University of California, Santa Cruz is dedicated to exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence, art and design. Our goal is to create compelling new forms of interactive art and entertainment that provide deeply autonomous, generative and dynamic responses to interaction. A major thrust of this work is advanced AI for videogames. This includes autonomous characters, interactive storytelling, automated game asset generation, game data analysis, and intelligent support for game design. By viewing AI as an expressive medium, our work raises and answers new and interesting AI research questions while pushing the boundaries of the conceivable and possible in interactive experiences. Want to know more about current projects? Click here.
Faculty Directors: Michael Mateas and Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Keywords: artificial intelligence; art; design; interactive art; entertainment; game design; autonomous characters; interactive storytelling; automated game asset generation; game data analysis; intelligent support; research; undergraduate
Targeted Students: 
Experience programming and with electronics preferred.
Program Time Period: 
Academic Year
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter
Fall Quarter
Academic Credit
2-5 units
Faculty Director: 
Michael Mateas and Noah Wardrip-Fruin
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Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Science: Computer Game Design
Electrical Engineering
Film and Digital Media
Network and Digital Technology
Robotics Engineering
Technology and Information Management