Narrative Intelligence Symposium
AAAI 1999 Fall Symposium Series

Friday, November 5

9:00 - 10:30 am Introductory Session

Chairs: Phoebe Sengers and Michael Mateas

Introduction to NI Symposium
Michael Mateas1 and Phoebe Sengers2
1Dept. of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
2Media Arts Research Studies
Institut fuer Medienkommunikation, GMD

Thematic Talk: What is Narrative?

A Brief Overview of the Narrative Intelligence Reading Group
Marc Davis1 and Michael Travers2
2Afferent Systems, Inc.

10:30 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm Panel Session: What is Narrative?

Session Chair: Phoebe Sengers

Understanding Narrative is Like Observing Agents
Guido Boella, Rossana Damiano, and Leonardo Lesmo
Dipartimento di Informatica
Universita' di Torino

Spatial Cognition in Natural-Language Narratives
David Herman
Department of English
North Carolina State University

Social Dynamics of Storytelling: Implications for Story-Base Design
Deborah Lawrence and John Thomas
IBM, Thomas J. Watson Research

Stories and Social Networks
Warren Sack
MIT Media Laboratory

Narrative Theories as Contextual Constraints for Agent Interaction
John F. Meech
Institute for Information Technology
National Research Council, Canada

12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm Thematic talks:
                        Supporting Human Narrative Intelligence
                        Narrative Agents

Session Chair: Kerstin Dautenhahn

Thematic Talk: Supporting Human Narrative Intelligence
Narrative Construction Kits: "Who am I? Who are you? What are we?"
Marina Umaschi Bers
MIT Media Laboratory

Thematic Talk: Narrative Agents
Virtual Babyz: Believable Agents with Narrative Intelligence
Andrew Stern
PF Magic / Mindscape

3:30 - 4:00 pm Break

4:00 - 5:30 pm Panel Session: Supporting Human Narrative Intelligence

Session Chair: Phoebe Sengers
The Lemur's Tale --- Story-telling in Primates and Other SociallyIntelligent Agents
Kerstin Dautenhahn
University of Reading, UK

AGNETA & FRIDA: A Narrative Experience of the Web?
Per Persson
Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS)

The Victorian Laptop: Narrative Engagement through Place and Time
Justine Cassell and Jennifer Smith
MIT Media Laboratory

Towards Narrative-Centered Learning Environments
Bradford W. Mott, Charles B. Callaway, Luke S. Zettlemoyer, Seung Y. Lee, and James C. Lester
Multimedia LaboratoryDepartment of Computer Science
North Carolina State University

6:00 - 7:00 pm Reception

Saturday, November 6

9:00 - 10:30 am Panel Session: Narrative and Agents

Session Chair: James Lester

Narrative in Virtual Environments - Towards Emergent Narrative
Ruth Aylett
Centre for Virtual Environments
University of Salford

Small Talk and Conversational Storytelling in Embodied Conversational Interface Agents
Timothy Bickmore and Justine Cassell
MIT Media Laboratory

Touring Machines: Guide Agents for Sharing Stories about Digital Places
Katherine Isbister1 and Patrick Doyle2
1Open Laboratory
NTT Communication Science Laboratories
2Knowledge Systems Lab
Stanford University

Narrative for Artifacts: Transcending Context and Self
Chrystopher Nehaniv
Interactive Systems Engineering
University of Hertfordshire
10:30 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm Thematic talks:
                            Story is...
                            Interactive Storytelling Design

Session Chair: Clark Elliott

Thematic talk: Story is...
BRUTUS and the Narrational Case Against Church's Thesis
Selmer Bringsjord1 and Dave Ferrucci2
1Department of Phil., Psych., & Cognitive Science
Department of Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2T.J. Watson Research Center

Thematic talk: Interactive Storytelling Design
Assumptions Underlying the Erasmatron InteractiveStorytelling Engine
Chris Crawford

12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm Panel Session: Interactive Storytelling Design

Session Chair: Michael Mateas

Once Upon a Time
Isabel Machado1, Carlos Martinho2, and Ana Paiva2
1University of Leeds and INESC
2IST-Technical University of Lisbon and INESC

The Dr. K--- Project
Brandon Rickman

The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag: An "Intelligent" System for Youth Culture Documentary
Sheldon Schiffer
Department of Communication
Georgia State University

The Chorus as Internalized Objects (html) (pdf)
Carol Strohecker
Mitsubischi Electric Research Laboratory (MERL)

3:30 - 4:00 pm Break

4:00 - 5:30 pm Session: Terminal Time Performance

6:00 - 7:30 pm Plenary Session

Sunday, November 7

9:00 - 10:30 am Demo Session

Session Chair: Chrystopher Nehaniv
10:30 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm Session: Story is...

Session Chair: Michael Mateas

A Declarative Model for Simple Narrative
R. Raymond Lang
Computer Science Department
Xavier University

How to Tell a Logical Story (zipped pdf) (pdf)
Michael Schroeder
City University, London

Interactive Drama on Computer: Beyond Linear Narrative
Nicolas Szilas

Searching for Storiness: Story-Generation from a Reader's Perspective
Paul Bailey
Division of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

Notes on the Use of Plan Structures in the Creation of Interactive Plot
R. Michael Young
Department of Computer Science
North Carolina State University