I am a Research Scientist at Disney Research, where I lead the Narrative Intelligence Group. Previously, I worked as a postdoc with Leon Sigal and Jill Lehman. In 2014, I obtained my Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, working with Mark Riedl. My office is located at the Collaborative Innovation Center on the Carnegie Mellon University campus [MAP]. [My Google Scholar Page].

Disney Research is shaping the future of interactive entertainment. My personal research interest lies in Computational Narrative Intelligence, which aims to create intelligent machines that can understand and create stories, manage interactive narratives, and respond appropriately to stories told to them. More specifically, my current research directions include

  1. Story understanding, which ranges from the micro-analysis of events and characters to the macro-analysis of story structure and quality.
  2. Practical story generation and intelligent support for interactive narratives.
  3. Creating the virtuous cycle of generation and understanding, as the two tasks are inherently connected; one cannot understand a story well without the ability to predict (to an extent) what is next, and one cannot generate a story well without the ability to evaluate it.
  4. Intelligent tools that assist human story writers and storytellers.
  5. Other research ideas that advances my are beneficial to the Walt Disney Company.

[Open Positions] I am hiring a postdoc to work on natural language understanding, preferably with experience in event semantics, and an intern for video game analytics, preferably with experience in reinforcement learning. Ideal candidates think out of the box and communicate effectively. The primary responsibility for both positions is to conduct cutting-edge research and publish the results. Both positions can start any time of the year. Please send me your CV.

moc.hcraeseryensid@il.trebla :liamE

Research Areas

Story Understanding

Acquiring Narrative Intelligence

Story Generation

Narrative and Cognition