July 5, 2008
Three of us (Andrew, Michael, and yours truly) attended the first AAAI Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies in November of last year just outside Washington D.C. Andrew provided a summary of the talks and mentioned that the gathering was a productive and interesting one. I found the talks and discussion to be very stimulating, and some new collaboration has developed from contacts I made at that gathering. Now, the call for submissions is out for the sequel: the AAAI Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies II, to be held at Stanford University on March 23-25, 2009.
AAAI Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies II
Narrative is a pervasive aspect of all human societies. Human beings make sense of the world by constructing stories and listening to the stories of others. In addition, stories as a form of entertainment play a central role in our social and leisure lives. As a result, story and narrative have become a key interest for Artificial Intelligence researchers. The role of narrative as a primary mechanism for organizing human experience has been recognized in many fields, spawning multidisciplinary research that encompasses philosophy, art, psychology, cultural and literary studies, drama, and other domains.
This symposium aims to advance research in narrative technologies by bringing together relevant research communities to discuss innovations, progress and development in the field. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Story understanding/generation
- Narrative structure in interface design
- Narrative structure in the design of autonomous agents
- Believable agents
- Interactive storytelling
- Narrative in commonsense reasoning
- Narrative in intelligent learning environments
- Narrative in serious games and edutainment
- Intelligent narrative authoring tools
- Narrative psychology
- Emergent narrative
- Virtual cinematography
- Emotion modeling
- Natural language generation/understanding for narrative
There will be at least two panel discussions on topics such as “Challenges for NLP in narrative research,” “New challenges in developing novel authoring paradigms,” or “Integrating research advances for building complete narrative environments.” If you are interested in hosting a panel discussion, please contact the organizers at email@example.com.
The symposium will include three categories of papers: full papers of no more than eight (8) pages; extended abstracts of no more than four (4) pages; and demo and poster papers of two to four (2-4) pages. To foster more small-group discussions, every accepted paper will be presented as a poster regardless of length. Depending on the number of accepted papers, the full-length accepted papers will be invited to give 20-30 minute talks in addition to their poster presentation. The remaining accepted papers will be given five minute “spotlight” talks designed to advertise their poster. The full-length talks will be selected to illustrate the breadth of research in this area, and are not meant to indicate a higher ‘ranking’ among the proposals submitted. All forms of participation in the Symposium are highly valued!
For more information contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the symposium’s supplementary web site at http://www.cc.gatech.edu/conferences/aaai-int2/.