Haripriya Mehta

Haripriya  Mehta
Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Pattie Maes
Department: EECS
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Paper Dreams

abstract:Perhaps, every storyboard artist has faced “artist’s block” at least once in their lifetime. What happens when storyboard artists feel an absence of creativity? Our project, Paper Dreams, focuses on augmenting the artist’s creativity by providing potential ideas for storylines to the artist when he/she is running out of ideas. We utilize cognitive processes of the artist to determine when he/she is lacking creativity and machine learning algorithms to recognize what he/she is drawing. Then, the underlying neural network of our app draws an object in the scene. Our goal is to take our existing neural network model and modify it so that 1) the outputted doodles are more relevant to the existing storyline as well as to the artist’s emotional state and 2) in the style of the artist.

I am participating in SuperUROP because I would like to go deeper in my research about augmenting creativity with artificial intelligence. While I spent most of my time last semester making the user interface for Paper Dreams, I would like to focus more on understanding and refining the machine learning models relevant to our project this year. I hope to submit a paper for publication.