2/26 speaker:(english lecture)
本週邀請到瑞士Université de Genève的Prof. Nicolas Szilas前來進行英語演講。
Prof. Nicolas Szilas是將AI與遊戲敘事結合的著名學者，機會難得，敬請踴躍出席。
Topic: Interactive Digital Storytelling: From Artificial Intelligence to Narrative Intelligence
The field of Interactive Digital Storytelling (IDS) has emerged since 15 years ago, when researchers and practitioners realized that in virtual environments, letting a user have a strong influence on events while preserving a good narrative experience was an interesting and difficult problem, which could not be solved by classical software approaches.
Two Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based approaches quickly became prominent to tackle the problem: autonomous agents and planning. The autonomous agents approach consists of developing rich story characters who, by interacting with each other, would produce a story. However, autonomous characters rarely produce a meaningful story because a story cannot be reduced to its characters. The planning approach consists of defining a story-end and letting the system calculate a path towards that end, while taking into account the user’s choices (via re-planning techniques). However, planning techniques seek the shortest path towards an end, which is different from the logic of stories: it is the path itself that is interesting and the path is rarely quick and easy. Both autonomous agents and planning lack something when it comes to describing a narrative.