Creative Science 2016 (CS’16)


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Join us in one of the world’s most historic and vibrant cities, London, from 12th-13th September 2016 for the the fifth annual international workshop on Creative Science 2016  (CS’16) hosted by Middlesex University (MU) in collaboration with the Creative Science Foundation (CSf).

The motivation for organising this workshop stems from the desire explore the creative synergies arising from the cross-fertilisation between the worlds of technology, business and the arts, based on the conviction that creative-thinking lies at the heart of producing the innovative technologies, businesses and societies of the future.

Towards those ends, this workshop aims to provide a platform whereby people from different disciplines can meet to explore the potential of using new creative tools to facilitate business, product and socio-political innovation.  To those ends we would welcome talks and papers that provide different perspectives on innovation, creative thinking and the future. As in previous Creative Science events, we are particularly (but not elusively) interested in receiving contributions which explore future possibilities based around methodologies  such as Science Fiction Prototyping, Design Fiction or Diegetic Innovation Templating as a means of inspiring future innovations (and thereby, the future).

In keeping with this view, we call for contributions touching on research, theory, opinions, practice, and fictional prototypes of the future that relate to the above.

Programme (in collaboration with COT’16)

A  copy of the proceedings for CS’16 (and related papers) is available here.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tiina Kymäläinen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland ltd)

Tiina Kymalainen


Dr. Tiina Kymäläinen is a research scientist and designer at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland ltd. where she has been designing future user interfaces and intelligent environments for more than fifteen years. The focus of her research has been on human-computer interaction design and the design of technology-driven concepts and user interfaces. Her work concerns facilitating users to influence the technological innovation processes, especially through the use of science fiction stories grounded in science and engineering research. Tiina obtained a PhD with distinction from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture; Department of Design. Her PhD, “Science Fiction Prototypes as Design Outcomes of Research“ was the first in the world to focus on the application of Science Fiction Prototyping.

Synopsis of Talk

In the talk Dr. Kymäläinen will first discuss her personal journey with science fiction prototyping and the Creative Science Foundation. She will then discuss the co-evolutionary spiral that has formed around science fiction and science, technology, foresight, future- and business studies. She will also briefly highlight some similar HCI methods that employ science fiction as a mean of delivering outcomes of research. Her main topic is nevertheless an Inter-Dimensional Portal that is proposed to concentrate on important science-fiction initiated topics and use discussions between the disciplines as its main energy source.

The Host City

The conference will take place in London the capital city of the UK city which is renowned for its vibrancy and history which has too many places of interest to list but includes ‘The London Eye‘ (an iconic riverside observation wheel), ‘Tower of London‘ (a medieval castle housing the Crown Jewels), ‘Tower Bridge‘ (an iconic Victorian turreted bridge), ‘Westminster Abbey‘ (a Gothic church & site for coronations), ‘St Paul’s Cathedral‘ (an iconic cathedral’s churchyard & garden), ‘Buckingham Palace‘ (home of the British Queen & State Rooms), ‘The British Museum‘ (a historian’s treasure trove), ‘The Natural History Museum‘ (Natural phenomena & hands-on activities), ‘The Science Museum‘ (some astounding historical science exhibits & hands-on activities), ‘The National Gallery‘ (an art  collection of over 2,300 paintings mid-13th century onwards), ‘Big Ben‘ (London’s iconic national timepiece a world famed Gothic parliament building) and finally ‘The Harry Potter film studios‘ (the Warner Brothers studios where the Harry Potter series was filmed which house the original sets costumes and props). For more information view the following videos:

For more information look at the official London tourist information site or call to one of the tourist information centres, during your visit.

Travel Directions & Hotels

Creative Science 2016 is a workshop of the 2016 International Conference on Intelligent Environments hosted Middlesex University which is located in the London suburb of Hendon (North London).

The closest London Underground Station is Hendon Central on the Northern Line. Transport for London (TFL)’s website ( provides London train maps, route planner etc which can help you reach Hendon Central.

Visitors flying to a London airport, can consult this London Airports Map ( for information on how to get into London from their chosen airport

Once at Hendon Central, there is approximately a 12 minute walk to Middlesex University London (Google Maps Direction Link).

Local Hotels

The following hotels can be found within reasonable walking distance from Middlesex University:

Hendon Hall
Phone Number: +442082033341

The Hide, London
Phone Number: +442082031670

The Pillar Hotel
Phone Number: +442084574000

Holiday Inn (Brent Cross)
Phone Number: +448719429112

Holiday Inn Express (Golders Green on A406)
Phone Number: +442083716060

Organizers (Alphabetical ordering)



All papers accepted will be published in the proceedings of the event which will be will be an Open Access volume in the Book Series on Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series (ISI and Scopus indexed) of IOS Press

Paper Format

All submissions should not exceed 10 pages and be written in Microsoft WORD format, adhering strictly to the IOS formatting guidelines (note the wide margins!). If you are writing  a Science Fiction Prototypes these should start with an Introduction (half a page), continue with a 1 page description of the background work that motivated your SFP (including references), explaining how it relates to your story. Next should be a 8 page story that illustrates your vision of the future (and stretches your ideas beyond the ‘here & now’), Finally, the fictional stories (prototypes) should conclude with a short summary (half page, say) that provides an overall comment (reflection) on your effort to use your fictional prototype as a means to motivate future research or product design. References should be included at the end of the paper. Of course, these are just guidelines so you can vary the relative length of sections as seems appropriate. For short SFPs, they would be pro-rota smaller mirrors of the above. Some examples of science-fiction prototypes can be viewed on the CS’11 website.

Paper Submission

Papers must be submitted via the workshop submission systems at using a ZIP file that include a WORD and  PDF version. Confidentiality of submissions is maintained during the review process. After acceptance, a final, revised camera-ready version of the paper will be required in electronic form to go in the proceedings. Final camera-ready versions of accepted papers must be accompanied by a signed copyright form.

If you have a problem meeting the deadline or if you have any other query with regards to the submission process, please let us know.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop to present the paper.


Workshop Registration costs:

  • On or before the 15th of June 2016 = £200
  • After  the 15th of June 2016  =  £250

The costs cover, 4 coffee breaks, two lunches, workshops proceedings and reception on Monday evening (registration for one workshop allows you to attend all workshops and tutorials).

Subscribing members of the IEEE/ACM/AAAI/BCS and PhD students receive  10% to any of the above. This information is only for guidance, you will need to check the information and register at the IE’16 registration page.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: Monday 23rd May 2016
  • Paper decision notification: Friday 10th June 2016
  • Submission of final version: Monday 20th June 2016
  • Workshop Presentations:  Monday 12th September 2016