3rd Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies

at the Foundations of Digital Games Conference, Monterey, CA, U.S.A., June 18, 2009.

Call for Papers: [ PDF ]

Call for Papers – Intelligent Narrative Technologies III Workshop



Foundations of Digital Games Conference, Monterey, CA, U.S.A. – June 18th, 2010

Please omit author names from your manuscript for the blind review process
Submissions due: March 3, 2010

Submission website: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=int3


Narrative is a pervasive aspect of human culture in both entertainment and education.  As the reliance on digital technology for both entertainment and education technology increases, the need for more innovative approaches to represent, perform, and adapt narrative experiences increases as well.  The term “narrative intelligence” was coined to refer to the ability in both humans and computers to organize experience into narrative form.  Previous and current work that in this field has produced results in narrative understanding, narrative generation, storytelling user interface modalities, narrative performance by autonomous embodied agents, cognitive models of narrative, and common-sense reasoning.


Our goal is to bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in discussing the fundamental issues in representing, presenting, adapting, and reasoning about narrative in digital media.  To this end we invite AI researchers, psychologists, narrative theorists, media theorists, and members of the interactive entertainment industry interested in interactive and non-interactive narrative to contribute to the symposium.


The 1999 AAAI Fall Symposium on Narrative Intelligence was a successful multidisciplinary gathering of researchers emphasizing both interactive as well as non-interactive forms of narrative intelligence. The symposium focused on various topics including narrative theory, autonomous performance agents, narrative interfaces, narrative generation, narrative understanding, and interactive story. The 2007 AAAI Fall Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies served as a forum specifically dedicated to narrative and AI research. It brought together AI researchers of both interactive and non-interactive narrative technologies, cognitive psychologists, and

narrative theorists with the goal of discussing the fundamental issues in representing, presenting, adapting, and reasoning about narrative. The discussions and presentations at

the symposium resulted in many interesting questions, several of which remained unanswered at the time of the symposium's end. The 2009 AAAI Spring Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies II symposium further focused discussions and presentations on the following themes:

Designing computer systems to reason about, perform, and adapt narrative structures for interactive and non-interactive technologies.

•Natural language understanding and generation.

•Authoring paradigms and tools.


The 2010 INT3 workshop aims at advancing research in narrative technologies (interactive and non-interactive) by bringing together relevant research communities to discuss innovations, progress and developing work following previous workshops.



Topics of interest:


·      Story understanding

·      Story generation

·      Believable agents in the context of their participation in narrative structure

·      Interactive storytelling (including interactive drama and interactive fiction)

·      Narrative in commonsense reasoning

·      Narrative in intelligent learning environments

·      Narrative AI in serious games and edutainment

·      Narrative structure in interface design

·      Narrative structure in the design of autonomous agents

·      Intelligent narrative authoring tools

·      Narrative psychology

·      Emergent Narrative

·      Structures and functions of narrative across media

·      Leveraging interdisciplinary work on narrative for AI research

·      Narrative worlds, immersion, and interactivity

·      Complementary technologies

·      Virtual cinematography

·      Emotion modeling

·      Natural language generation/understanding for narrative

Due to the broad and multidisciplinary nature of narrative studies, we will also seriously consider other complimentary topics that are not included on the list.




We welcome submissions describing finished or ongoing relevant research and systems, including theories and models that can inform the development of systems as long and short paper submissions. Long papers should be at most 8 pages; short papers should be at most 4 pages.  Please submit electronically in PDF format following ACM SIG guidelines (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates).

Submission page: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=int3


Workshop Format:


The symposium will consist research presentations organized into tracks (to be decided based on number of submissions), poster sessions for selected papers, and spotlight talks for all papers and posters.


Important Dates:


Submission deadline: February 24, 2010

Notification of acceptance: April 5, 2010

Camera-ready due: April 20, 2010

Workshop: June 18, 2010

Organizing Committee:


Arnav Jhala (co-chair), University of California, Santa Cruz

Mark Riedl (co-chair), Georgia Institute of Technology

David Roberts(co-chair), Georgia Institute of Technology


Program Committee:


Elisabeth Andre, Augsburg University, Germany
Ruth Aylett, Heriott-Watt University, UK
Byung-Chull Bae, Samsung Research, S. Korea
Marc Cavazza, University of Teeside, UK
Yun-Gyung Cheong, Samsung Research, UK
Andrea Corradini, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Richard Evans, Maxis
Andrew Gordon, University of Southern California, USA
Ian Horswill, Northwestern University, USA
Arnav Jhala, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Daniel Kudenko, University of York, UK
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
Sandy Louchart, Hariott-Watt University, UK
Stacy Marsella, University of Southern California, USA
Manish Mehta, Georgia Institute of Technology and Disney Research, USA
Nick Montfort, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, USA
Erik Mueller, IBM Research, USA
Alexander Nareyek, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Ana Paiva, Instituto Superior Technico Lisbon, Portugal
Mark Riedl, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Thomas Rist, Augsburg University, Germany
Andrew Salway
Reid Swanson, University of Southern California, USA
David Thue, University of Alberta
Anders Drachen, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin van Velsen, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Peter Weyhrauch, Charles River Analytics, USA
R. Michael Young, North Carolina State University, USA






Arnav Jhala

Baskin School of Engineering

University of California, Santa Cruz

Email: jhala@cs.ucsc.edu