Aaugmented Creativity Lab

Augmented Creativity Lab

The Augmented Creativity Lab stands at the forefront of the arts and science nexus, harnessing the power of science and technology to test and radically advance the future of creative practice and research in visual arts, music, screen arts and storytelling. The Lab focuses on three primary research themes: Augmenting Human Creativity, Artificial Intelligence & Human-Machine Collaboration, and Public Policies & Strategies for the Creative Industries. This Lab is well-poised to offer a powerful interdisciplinary framework to describe the fluid complexity of human and AI creativity, and it aims to design and invent a model that can expand creative opportunities for broad and meaningful social impact and engagements. We are actively recruiting prominent and leading researchers, who strive to achieve ground-breaking and world-leading research outputs and projects in AI and music, writing, film and the visual arts, to elevate HKBU’s academic and research standing as a nationally and globally-leading centre of AI and Creativity.

Lab Members 

Laboratory Search Committee

Joint Chairs:

  • Prof. Louis NIXON, Director, Academy of Visual Arts
  • Prof. Johnny POON, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research)


  • Prof. Kwai Cheung LO (Humanities and Creative Writing)
  • Dr. Li CHEN (Computer Science)
  • Prof. Noel Yee Man SIU (Marketing)
  • Prof. Atara SIVAN (Education Studies)
  • Prof. Ying ZHU (Film)


  1. “Space to Breathe”, PI: Dr. Eugene Birman (MUS), Co-Is: Dr. Li Chen (COMP), Mr. Kingsley Ng (AVA), Prof. Johnny Poon (MUS)
  2. “Collaborative Artistic Production with Generative Adversarial Networks”, Coordinating PI: Dr. Peter Nelson (AVA), Co-PIs: Mr. Daniel Shanken (AVA), Dr. Roberto Alonso Trillo (MUS), Dr. Francois Mouillot (MUS/HMW)
  3. “Engaging the Audience with AI-powered News Chatbots: Developing and Evaluating a Critiquing-oriented Conversational Recommender System for Digital News”, PI: Dr. Li Chen (COMP), Co-Is: Dr. Xinzhi Zhang (JOUR), Dr. William Cheung (COMP)

Augmented Creativity Lab Event




Breathing life into big data and animated by children’s imagination, Aria is an ethereal encounter of vocal performances, dance and immersive light installations in a night-time conservatory. Responsive to the ongoing pandemic and a new vision for what international productions may become, the path breaking promenade experience unites the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning Theatre of Voices, appearing via hologram, the Hong Kong Children’s Choir and cross-disciplinary artists in a song of air beyond the Anthropocene.