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AAAI 2009 Spring Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies II: Call for Participation

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. Indeed, 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 sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (in cooperation with Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science) 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

The symposium will include three categories of papers: full papers of no more than eight 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 or visit the symposium’s supplementary web site at