A Visual Interface for a Collection of Computer-Generated Narratives

  • Taisuke Akimoto The University of Electro-Communications
  • Takashi Ogata Iwate Prefectural University
Keywords: computational creativity, interface, narrative generation system, visualization


Lately, automatic content generation has been receiving increasing attention, and studies pertaining to narrative generation systems have great scope of application in this field. A fundamental issue in designing applications of narrative generation technology is developing a connection between a narrative generation program and people. In this paper, we propose a visual interface for providing various computer-generated narratives to the user. The narrative generation program was lso developed by us previously. The interface is used to arrange and visualize narratives into a two-dimensional space on the basis of their structural features. Users will be able to explore and browse narratives by using the visualized objects based on their own values or objectives. We have shown several visualization examples to help in discussing the availability of the interface. In addition, we have presented a new line of research, brought to light by this proposal—the vision of a co-creative connection between narrative generation systems and people, in particular.

Author Biographies

Taisuke Akimoto, The University of Electro-Communications
Taisuke Akimoto is a postdoctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, the University of Electro-Communications, Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Iwate Prefectural University in 2014. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, Cognitive Science, etc. Especially, he interests automatic narrative generation system and its applications. He is a member of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, Japanese Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Natural Language Processing in Japan.
Takashi Ogata, Iwate Prefectural University
After he received his bachelor of social science in Waseda University in 1983, he received his M.S. in Tsukuba University in 1992 and his Ph.D. in the University of Tokyo in 1995. He has industrial experience since 1983 at software development companies. Having experienced Associate Professor of the Faculty of Engineering at Yamanashi University since 1997, he is Professor of the Faculty of Software and Information Science at Iwate Prefectural University since 2005. He is interested in an interdisciplinary approach to narrative generation systems based on artificial intelligence and narratology. He received best paper awards (Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and Japan Academy of Advertising) (1996) and other academic awards.


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