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Colloquium – Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera
March 24 @ 9:50 am - 11:20 am
Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera
North Carolina State University
March 24, 2017
Host: Miriah Meyer
Modeling Narrative Intelligence to Support Adaptive Virtual Environments
Interactive narratives are used for an ever-expanding array of purposes: educational lessons, training simulations, and even organizational behaviors have had narratives woven around them because these are made more compelling in a dramatic framing. Despite their ubiquity, they remain time-consuming, expensive, and technically challenging to engineer. The automated creation of narrative content, otherwise known as procedural narrative generation, stands poised to ameliorate this challenge. However, current artificial intelligence techniques remain agnostic of the user’s narratively-oriented cognitive faculties, which are important for the effective design of interactive narrative experiences. In this talk, I will present my approach to developing intelligent systems that reify a user’s cognition to inform the automated construction of interactive stories. These systems model our human narrative intelligence, and advance a future science of interactive narrative design. My approach will be presented in the context of a specific interactive narrative phenomenon: the perception of narrative affordances, which centers on explaining how users imagine themselves taking actions in an unfolding narrative virtual environment.
I will discuss how my computational model of a user’s narrative sense-making combines automated planning and activity recognition to represent a user’s search of an author’s intended meaning. Concluding the talk I will discuss the potential for this work to enable more engaging interactive narrative experiences through the next generation of intelligent and adaptive virtual environments.
Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera is a Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He researches technologies to improve interactive narrative design and development through artificial intelligence. Rogelio has been a recipient of the National GEM Fellowship, the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, and in 2017 was recognized as a “New and Future Educator in AI” by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Rogelio has published at diverse, high-impact venues in and around intelligent narrative technologies, and his work has been recognized with a Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) in 2012, a Best Student Paper on a Cognitive Science Topic at the Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative in 2012, and an Honorable Mention for Best Paper at the ACM Computer-Human Interaction Conference in 2016. He has served on numerous program committees, has co-chaired the Intelligent Narrative Technologies track at ICIDS in 2016, and will co-chair the Workshops at the 2017 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment. Rogelio received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and has interned as a computational narratologist at Sandia National Laboratories and Disney Research.