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Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling

Project description


Intelligent Content and Semantics
Virtual Centre of Excellence

Interactive Storytelling is a major endeavour to develop new media which could offer a radically new user experience, with a potential to revolutionise digital entertainment.
European research in Interactive Storytelling has played a leading role in the development of the field, and this creates a unique opportunity to strengthen its position even further by structuring some of its best actors within a Network of Excellence.
IRIS (Integrating Research in Interactive Storytelling) aims at creating a virtual centre of excellence that will be able to achieve breakthroughs in the understanding of Interactive Storytelling and the development of corresponding technologies.

It is organised around four major objectives:
- To extend Interactive Storytelling technologies in terms of performance and scalability, so that they can
support the production of actual Interactive Narratives.
- To make the next generation of Interactive Storytelling technologies more accessible to authors and
content creators of different media backgrounds (scriptwriters, storyboarders, game designers).
- To develop a more Integrated Approach to Interactive Storytelling Technologies, achieving a proper integration with cinematography.
- To develop Methodologies to evaluate Interactive Storytelling systems as well as the media experience of Interactive Narrative.
Scientific Objectives:
- To develop a novel, integrated approach to Interactive Storytelling, in particular by achieving a proper integration of story generation with cinematography.
- To develop methodologies to evaluate Interactive Storytelling systems as well as Interactive Narrative as new media.
Technological Objectives:
- To advance Interactive Storytelling component technologies in terms of performance and scalability, so as to support the integration of experimental prototypes.
- To make the next generation of Interactive Storytelling technologies more accessible to authors (scriptwriters, storyboarders, game designers), so as to make possible the transition to Interactive Narrative.
Interactive Storytelling can be defined as the endeavour to develop new media in which the presentation of a narrative, and its evolution, can be influenced, in real-time, by the user. Interactive Storytelling is one of most promising technologies for the development of new media and new forms of digital entertainment. Interactive Storytelling is an interdisciplinary discipline, requiring techniques from Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Graphics, as well as knowledge from psychology, media studies, drama theory, narratology, etc.
The growing interest in Interactive Storytelling as a Research topic and as a potential technology derives from the current competition between traditional and interactive, digital media. Interactive Storytelling is of interest to broadcasters and computer game producers alike (see the many sessions at successive Game Developers Conferences). In the former case, Interactive Storytelling will bring interactivity into traditional media, potentially revolutionising the entertainment experience. In the latter, it would improve the narrative and 'aesthetic' value of computer games, with the potential to develop new game genres and attract a wider audience. Interactive storytelling is thus poised to play a central role in the convergence of digital media.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-3
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Coordinator

TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY
Address
Borough Road
TS1 3BA Middlesbrough
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 442 000
Administrative Contact
Marc Cavazza (Prof.)

Participants (10)

OSTERREICHISCHE STUDIENGESELLSCHAFTFUR KYBERNETIK VEREIN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 216 000
Address
Freyung 6/6/7
1010 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paolo Petta (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Szilas (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET AUGSBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 2
86159 Augsburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth André (Prof.)
Hochschule RheinMain
Germany
EU contribution
€ 183 000
Address
Kurt Schumacher Ring 18
65197 Wiesbaden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike SPIERLING (Prof.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE ERFURT

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 69 000
Address
Altonaer Strasse 25
99085 Erfurt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Schwager (Dr.)
LA ROCHELLE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 222 000
Address
Avenue Albert-einstein 23
17031 La Rochelle
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ronan Champagnat (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 235 000
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Paul Guillois (Mr.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Viale G. P. Usberti 181A
43124 Parma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paola Magri (Ms.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 171 000
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Vorderer (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 232 000
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrick Olivier (Dr.)