Christian Guckelsberger

Christian Guckelsberger

Assistant Professor in Creative Technologies, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Magister Artium (M.A.), Bachelor of Science (BSc.)

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Artistic and research interests

I'm a Computer Scientist, Art Historian and Assistant Professor in Creative Technologies at Aalto University, where I lead the Autotelic Interaction Research (AIR) group. My goal is to engineer artificial systems that are creative in their own right and in interaction with people. Moreover, I am interested in how creative AI is perceived by its users and the general public, and how we can support its sustainable adoption in the workplace and in society. I conduct interdisciplinary, theoretical work as well as applied qualitative and quantitative research in various creative domains such as videogames, fine art and design, bridging between AI, HCI, Psychology, Philosophy & Creative Practice.

Inspired by its central role in human and animal creativity, I advocate intrinsic motivation as a key to unleashing creativity in artificial systems. I contribute to the comparison of existing and the development of new, psychologically plausible models of computational intrinsic motivation with a focus on multi-agent interaction, and I apply my findings to shape the next generation of transformative videogame AI. I promote games as a domain for computational creativity research because they allow us to study and foster both, human and AI creativity, in play and in game design, across different types of content, with societal, cultural and economic impact.

The list below is a selection of recent publications. You can find the complete list on Google Scholar and my academic CV here. Also, here's a recorded talk on our study of professional creative's perception, adoption and use of creative AI.

You can contact me via email, @CreativeEndvs on Twitter & Mastodon.

I'm always interested in meeting curious, smart and ambitious people to work with. If you would like to do a Research Visit/Postdoc/PhD or your MSc thesis with me, please check out the application instructions on our group's website. Unfortunately, I do not have time to respond to requests that do not follow these instructions. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 1 Mar 2020

Master's degree, Arts and Design, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Award Date: 1 Mar 2014

Bachelor's degree, Engineering and Technology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Award Date: 1 Mar 2013

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London


  • Computational Creativity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Videogames
  • Design


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