CfP: Intelligent Narrative Technologies Workshop (at AIIDE’13)

Below is the call for papers for the Intelligent Narrative Technologies workshop, part of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE’13) being held in October 14-18 this year. The workshop focuses on computational methods for modeling and expressing narratives.
For more information visit http://int6.gatech.edu/
Important dates
  • Submission deadline: July 3, 2013
  • Acceptance notification: August 6, 2013
  • AIIDE early registration: August 16, 2013
  • Camera-ready deadline: August 21, 2013
  • AIIDE late registration: September 13, 2013
  • INT6 workshop: October 14-15, 2013
The Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT) workshop series aims to advance research in artificial intelligence for the computational understanding and expression of narrative. Previous meetings of this workshop have brought together a multidisciplinary group of researchers including computer scientists, psychologists, narrative theorists, media theorists, artists, and members of the interactive entertainment industry. From this broad expertise, the workshop focuses on computational systems to represent, reason about, adapt, and perform interactive and non-interactive narrative experiences. This also includes fundamental research in relevant fields such as natural language processing, believable agents, commonsense reasoning and human narrative experiences.
INT6 will be co-located with The Ninth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE 2013) at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Story generation, understanding, and evaluation
  • Computational creativity in narrative generation
  • Computational interactive storytelling
  • Believable narrative agent techniques and evaluation
  • Affect and emotional modeling
  • Automatic character dialog
  • Virtual and embodied conversational agents as characters
  • Natural language generation and understanding for narrative
  • Narrative in virtual environments and presence and immersion
  • Computational discourse analysis techniques and results
  • AI for discourse including text, graphic art, and camera control
  • Emergent narrative systems including simulations, agents, and multi-agent systems
  • Cognitive psychology of narrative
  • User interaction for interactive narratives (techniques and studies)
  • Narrative and interactive narrative authoring tools
  • Novel narrative and interactive narrative evaluation and research methods
  • Narrative AI for applications including serious games and learning environments
Paper submissions
We invite submissions of full papers of no more than 6 pages (and 1 including only references) describing completed or ongoing relevant research. Short papers (3 pages) and posters may also be submitted. Position papers are welcome and will be considered for panel discussion. New this year is a panel submission track on Narrative Formalization Using PDDL, see below for details.
The best reviewed submissions will be accepted as full papers and allotted a presentation time. Other papers may be accepted as short papers (3 pages) or posters (1 page). All accepted papers, whether full papers, short papers, or posters, will be published in the INT6 workshop technical report by the AAAI Press.
Submissions must be anonymized for double blind reviews. This means that author names and affiliations must be removed. Submissions should be formatted according to AAAI guidelines (http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php) and submitted via EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=int6).
Panel on Narrative Formalization Using PDDL
Planning is by no means the only AI technique supporting narrative generation, but it has certainly featured in many of the Interactive Storytelling systems implemented and published to this date. While a range of different planning techniques has been used, the existence of a standard formalism for the description of planning domains should make it possible for newcomers to reuse previous implementations or standard planners, thereby making the development of Interactive Storytelling systems more accessible. There is also a need to demystify the formalisation process, and to discuss openly the various methods, until now largely empirical, of narrative knowledge elicitation.
Interested potential panel members should contact the organisers to volunteer by July 3rd. Candidates can apply as individual or as representatives of a team, research group or institution (in which case only one member will take part in the panel discussion). Upon selection, they will be informed of the story to be formalised, which will be the same for all participants, as well as the maximum number of PDDL operators that should be used. The story will consist of an existing narrative readily accessible as text or film. It is expected from candidates that they will attend the Conference and present their formalisation, as well as making it publicly available. Their strategy to formalise the story (not just the list of PDDL operators) should also be described as a 2-page short paper to be included in the proceedings.
Organizing Committee
Mei Si, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
email: sim@rpi.edu
Marc Cavazza, Teesside University.
email: m.o.cavazza@tees.ac.uk
Alex Zook, Georgia Institute of Technology
email: a.zook@gatech.edu

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