Evaluating Accessible Graphical Interfaces for Building Story Worlds

Authors

Steven Poulakos (Disney Research Zurich)
Mubbasir Kapadia (Rutgers University)
Guido M. Maiga (ETH Zurich)
Fabio Zund (Disney Research Zurich)
Markus Gross (Disney Research Zurich)
Bob Sumner (Disney Research Zurich)

International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) 2016

November 15, 2016

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In order to use computational intelligence to assist in narrative generation, domain knowledge of the story world must be defi ned, a task which is currently confi ned to experts. In an eff ort to democratize story world creation, we present an accessible graphical platform for content creators and end users to create a story world, populate it with smart characters and objects, and defineĀ narrative events that can be used to author digital stories. The system supports reuse to reduce the cost of content production and enables specifi cation of semantics to enable computer assisted authoring. Additionally, we introduce an iterative, bi-directional workflow, which bridges the gap between story world building and story authoring. Users seamlessly transition between authoring stories and re fining the story world defi nition to accommodate their current narrative. A user study demonstrates the efficacy of our system to support narrative generation.

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