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Computational Storytelling

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Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, 6:30pm

(Lecture Hall)

Computational Storytelling

Join the Tow Center for a presentation, panel, and Q&A on Computational Storytelling.

The evening includes three short presentations followed by a moderated, panel discussion on Computational Storytelling, including automated text production technologies and how they can be useful in news production, and questions from the audience.

The panelists will be:
Larry Birnbaum, Northwestern University and Narrative Science
Mark Riedl, Georgia Tech
Jichen Zhu, Drexel University
Moderated by: Reg Chua, Reuters

Light refreshments will be served.

WATCH LIVE ON LIVESTREAM: March 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. (EST)

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Larry Birnbaum is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and of Journalism, at Northwestern University.  He is a founder and PI of the Knight Lab, an interdisciplinary center for innovation in news and media technology at Northwestern, as well as co-Director of the Intelligent Information Laboratory there.  Larry is also a Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor of Narrative Science Inc.  His research encompasses artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and intelligent information systems.  He has authored or coauthored more than 130 articles and holds 17 patents.  Larry received his B.S and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Yale University (the latter in 1986) and joined the Northwestern faculty in 1989.

Dr. Mark Riedl is an Assistant Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab. Dr. Riedl’s research focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence, storytelling, and virtual worlds. Dr. Riedl seeks to understand how computational systems can represent, reason about, and create narratives and interactive stories. His primary research is in automated narrative generation, the creation of fictional narratives by intelligent systems. He also explores how intelligent systems can improve human experiences in games and virtual worlds through dynamic game adaptation and automated game design. Dr. Riedl earned a PhD degree in 2004 from North Carolina State University. From 2004 to 2007, he was a Research Scientist at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He joined the Georgia Tech College of Computing in 2007. His research is supported by the NSF, DARPA, ONR, the U.S. Army, U.S. Health and Human Services, Disney, and Google. He is the recipient of a DARPA Young Faculty Award.

Dr. Jichen Zhu is an assistant professor in Digital Media of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University, with a joint appointment at the Department of Computer Science, College of Computing. Her research focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), human-computer interaction, creative expression, and critical/media theory. Her particular emphasis is developing new forms of cultural artifacts afforded by intelligent systems as well as innovating new AI techniques informed by expressive goals. Her current interests include interactive narrative, serious games, computational creativity, and digital humanities. Jichen received a Ph.D. in Digital Media from Georgia Tech. She also holds a MS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, a Master of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS from McGill University.

Reg Chua is Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data & Innovation at Thomson Reuters.  Among other duties, he oversees data and computational journalism at Reuters, including the Connected China project, the graphics team, and works with corporate technology and R&D teams to develop newsroom systems and tools.  He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post; prior to that, he had a 16-year run at The Wall Street Journal, including as a Deputy Managing Editor in New York, where he managed the global newsroom budget, supervised the graphics team, and helped develop the paper’s computer-assisted reporting capabilities.  He also ran the Journal’s Hong Kong-based Asian edition for eight years, opened the paper’s bureau in Hanoi, and was its correspondent in the Philippines.

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