Automated Landscape Beauty Evaluation
July 19, 2017. Warwick. The full article by Ian Sample, in The Guardian
“We want to understand what beautiful places are composed of because there is a connection between beautiful places and people’s wellbeing,” said Chanuki Seresinhe , a researcher on the project at the University of Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute in London. “If we can have a computer look at the environment and tell us how beautiful it is, we can use it to develop a more fine-tuned understanding,” she added.
Dican's comment: it is more a health/welfare judgment than a aesthetic one. But this kind of process could work with other, more directly "artistic" criteria. On this topic, see our paper Complexity and beauty : the uncanny peak (2013).