AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium on

Computational Models of Narrative

November 11-13, 2010
The Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA

part of the AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium Series


Keynote speaker: Roger Schank, CEO, Socratic Arts

Special guest: Loren Niemi, Storyteller



Important Dates

Narratives are ubiquitous. We use them to educate, communicate, convince, explain, and entertain. As far as we know every society has narratives, which suggests they are deeply rooted and serve an important cognitive function: that narratives do something for us. It is clear that, to fully explain human intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand and explain narrative.


Despite a revival of interest in the computational understanding of narrative, there is still great uncertainty regarding fundamental questions. What does narrative do for us? What exactly is narrative? What representations are required to model narrative? This symposium will address fundamental topics and questions regarding the computational modeling and scientific understanding of narrative. Immediate technological applications, while not discouraged, are not required. Questions include:

The symposium will bring together researchers with a wide variety of perspectives to share what is known about the fundamentals of the computational modeling of narrative and to explore the forefront of that knowledge. We seek participation from as wide a variety of approaches as possible, including not only AI researchers and technologists, but also psychologists, cognitive scientists, linguists, philosophers, narrative theorists, anthropologists, educators, storytellers, and neuroscientists.


The submission deadline has passed, and submissions for the symposium are no longer being accepted. Parties with an interest in the topic but without an accepted paper may still attend, and are encouraged to contact the organizers at for potential inclusion on a discussion panel. Registration and other logistical information may be found on the AAAI 2010 Fall Symposium Series website.

Accepted Papers

Authors with accepted papers should consult the AAAI website for detailed formatting instructions. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the symposium, which will be released as a AAAI Symposium technical report.

Full Papers

Title Authors Affiliation
Story Schemes for Argumentation about the Facts of a Crime Floris J. Bex
Bart Verheij
University of Dundee
University of Groningen
Towards a Black Box Approximation to Human Processing of Narratives
Based on Heuristics over Surface Form
Carlos León
Pablo Gervás
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Computability of Narrative Loizos Michael Open University of Cyprus
A Neural Computational Theory of Narrative George Lakoff
Srini Narayanan
University of California, Berkeley
Discourse Structure Effects on the Global Coherence of Texts Eyal Sagi Northwestern University
Requirements for Computational Models of Interactive Narrative Nicolas Szilas University of Geneva
Representing and Managing Narratives in a Computer-Suitable Form Gian Piero Zarri University Paris-Est, Créteil

Position Papers

Title Authors Affiliation
StatsMonkey: A Data-Driven Sports Narrative Writer Nicholas D. Allen
John R. Templon
Patrick Summerhays McNally
Larry Birnbaum
Kristian Hammond
Northwestern University
Persuasive Stories Multi-Agent Argumentation Floris J. Bex
Trevor Bench-Capon
University of Dundee
University of Liverpool
The Language of Stories: A Conceptual Integration Analysis Barbara Dancygier University of British Columbia
Affecting Choices in Interactive Storytelling Rui Figueiredo
Ana Paiva
INESC-ID Tagusparque
A Cultural Computing Approach to Interactive Narrative:
The Case of the Living Liberia Fabric
D. Fox Harrell
Chris Gonzalez
Hank Blumenthal
Ayoka Chenzira
Natasha Powell
Nathan Piazza
Michael Best

Georgia Institute of Technology
Considerations in Representing Myths, Legends, and Folktales R. Raymond Lang Xavier University of Louisiana
Social Issues in the Understanding of Narrative Charlotte Linde NASA Ames Research Center
Comparing Formal Frameworks of Narrative Structure Benedikt Löwe
University of Amsterdam
A Preliminary Definition and Catalog of Thematic Labels Earl J. Wagner MIT
Rethinking Traditional Planning Assumptions to Facilitate Narrative Generation Stephen G. Ware
R. Michael Young
North Carolina State University

Organizing Committee

For More Information

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Last modified October 26, 2010