combinFormation is a system that assists creators with the process of information discovery. A human user seeds the system with web searches, and the system downloads images from the web and creates a visual composition. The user explores the search results, takes notes, finds new information, and re-arranges the composition; combinFormation’s generative algorithms learn from the user and adjust the composition and search results accordingly.
‘To provoke the user to think about the large space of potentially relevant information resources, a generative agent proactively engages in collecting information resources, forming image and text surrogates, and composing them visually. The agent develops the collection and its visual representation over time, enabling the user to see ideas and relationships’
HD, CC, HG, HF, CFF, HFF
Kerne, A., Koh, E., Smith, S. M., Webb, A., & Dworaczyk, B. (2008). combinFormation: Mixed-initiative composition of image and text surrogates promotes information discovery. ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 27(1), 5.