Maria Teresa Llano
Maria Teresa Llano is a Lecturer of Creative AI for the Faculty of Information Technology in the Department of Human-Centred Computing and is also part of SensiLab. Teresa holds a BEng in Computer Science from Icesi University (Cali, Colombia), and an MSc in Software Engineering and a PhD in Computing from the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland).
Teresa’s research is focused on Computational Creativity, specifically in applying tools and techniques from different areas of AI to enable software systems to become creative collaborators, and for the development of tools that support designers and that make technologies more accessible. Her research interests include co-creative systems, generative systems, explainable AI, applications of natural language processing, and creative aspects of formal methods. Her current focus is on investigating the development of novel models of human-computer co-creation in the arts where bidirectional communication channels play an intrinsic role in enhancing the interactions between humans and machines. Teresa’s work has been used for the production of the West End musical ‘Beyond the Fence’, conceived as the world’s first computer generated musical, and the TV documentary ‘Computer Says Show’ filmed by Sky Arts, an art-oriented television channel broadcasted in the UK.