Exploring Passive User Interaction for Adaptive Narratives

Gilroy, S, Porteous, J, Charles, F and Cavazza, M 2012, 'Exploring Passive User Interaction for Adaptive Narratives', in Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI'12), Lisbon, Portugal, 14-17 February 2012, pp. 119-128.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Exploring Passive User Interaction for Adaptive Narratives
Author(s) Gilroy, S
Porteous, J
Charles, F
Cavazza, M
Year 2012
Conference name IUI'12: Designing Narratives & Theater
Conference location Lisbon, Portugal
Conference dates 14-17 February 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI'12)
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 119
End page 128
Total pages 10
Abstract Previous Interactive Storytelling systems have been designed to allow active user intervention in an unfolding story, using established multi-modal interactive techniques to influence narrative development. In this paper we instead explore the use of a form of passive interaction where users' affective responses, measured by physiological proxies, drive a process of narrative adaptation. We introduce a system that implements a passive interaction loop as part of narrative generation, monitoring users' physiological responses to an on-going narrative visualization and using these to adapt the subsequent development of character relationships, narrative focus and pacing. Idiomatic cinematographic techniques applied to the visualization utilize existing theories of establishing characteristic emotional tone and viewer expectations to foster additional user response. Experimental results support the applicability of filmic emotional theories in a non-film visual realization, demonstrating significant appropriate user physiological response to narrative events and "emotional cues". The subsequent narrative adaptation provides a variation of viewing experience with no loss of narrative comprehension.
Subjects Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Passive interaction
interactive storytelling
entertainment computing.
DOI - identifier 10.1145/2166966.2166990
Copyright notice © 2012 by the Association for Computing Machinery Inc.
ISBN 9781450310482
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