Interactive Storytelling’08 – extended deadline 30 June 2008

*** Interactive Storytelling’08 ***

1st Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

26-29 November 2008, Erfurt, Germany

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2008


*** The first joint conference of the two previous European conference series:
– TIDSE (“Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling”) and
– ICVS (“Virtual Storytelling – Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Storytelling”)

*** SCOPE***

Interactive Digital Storytelling is a huge step forward in games and learning. This can be seen through its ability to enrich virtual
characters with intelligent behaviour, to allow collaboration of humans and machines in the creative process, and to combine narrative knowledge and user activity in interactive artefacts. In order to create novel applications, in which users play a significant role together with digital characters and other autonomous elements, new concepts for Human-Computer Interaction have to be developed. Knowledge for interface design and technology has to be garnered and integrated.

Interactive Digital Storytelling involves concepts from many aspects of Computer Science, above all from Artificial Intelligence, with topics such as narrative intelligence, automatic dialogue- and drama management, robotics and smart graphics. In order to process stories in real time, traditional storytelling needs to be formalized into computable models, by drawing from narratological studies, and by taking into account the characteristics of programming. Consequently, due to its technological complexity, it is currently hardly accessible for creators and end-users. There is a need for new authoring concepts and tools supporting the creation of dynamic story models, allowing for rich and meaningful interaction with the content. Finally, there is a need for theoretical foundations considering the integration of so far disjunctive approaches and cultures.

Research papers, case studies and demonstrations are invited that present novel scientific results, new technology, best practice showcases, or improvements to existing techniques and approaches in the multidisciplinary research field of interactive digital storytelling and its related application areas, e.g. games, virtual- / online worlds, e-learning, edutainment, and entertainment.

Suggested research topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:
* Interactive Digital Storytelling: theories, methods and concepts
* Automated drama- / story engines and run-time systems
* Virtual Storytelling – using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality to tell and experience stories
* Believable virtual characters in real-time narrative environments
* Authoring tools and creation concepts for interactive narratives
* Semantic technology and knowledge tools for Interactive Digital Storytelling
* Mobile, Geographical Information Systems and location-based technologies for interactive storytelling
* Novel and entertaining computer interfaces for interactive storytelling
* Real-time direction, staging, lighting, camera work, special effects, audio
* Collaborative environments for interactive storytelling
* Novel narrative forms inspired by new technology
* Evaluation and user experience reports of interactive storytelling applications
* Interdisciplinary approaches to simulation and storytelling
* Case studies and demonstrations of concrete examples and applications

Special invited key aspects for this year, motivated through the conference venue, are:
* Children’s media
* Interactive audio


All submissions should follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format (see “Authors Instructions” at Papers must be in English. Only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review. Papers that receive high ratings in the review process will be selected for publication by the program committee. They shall be published as Springer LNCS volume. For the final print-ready version, the submission of source files (WORD/LaTeX, TIF/EPS) and a signed copyright form are required.

Submission categories:
Full papers (8-12 pages)
Short Papers (4-6 pages)
Demonstrations and Posters (2-4 pages, plus additional material)

Submission system:


June 30th, 2008: Submission deadline
July 31st, 2008: Author notification of the review result
August 31st, 2008: Submission of the print-ready version
November 26-29th, 2008: Conference Interactive Storytelling ’08


Co-Chairs: Ulrike Spierling, Nicolas Szilas

André, Elisabeth – University of Augsburg, Germany
Aylett, Ruth – Heriot-Watt University, UK
Bolter, Jay David – Center for New Media Research and Education, Atlanta, USA
Bushoff, Brunhild – sagasnet, Munich, Germany
Cavazza, Marc – University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK
Champagnat, Ronan – L3i, IUT de La Rochelle, France
Cheok, Adrian David – National University of Singapore, Singapore
Crawford, Chris –, USA
Donikian, Stéphane – IRISA / INRIA, Rennes, France
Göbel, Stefan – ZGDV e.V., Darmstadt, Germany
Gordon, Andrew – USC Institute for Creative Technology, Marina del Rey, USA
Grimm, Paul – Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany
Großmann, Holger – Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau, Germany
Hartmann, Knut – Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Flensburg, Germany
Iurgel, Ido – University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
Jantke, Klaus P. – Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau, Germany
Lindley, Craig – Blekinge Technical College, Sweden
Magerko, Brian – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Marsella, Stacy – USC Information Sciences Institute, Marina Del Rey, USA
Masuch, Maic – Trier University of Applied Sciences, Trier, Germany
Müller, Wolfgang – University of Education, Weingarten, Germany
Nakatsu, Ryohei – National University of Singapore, Singapore
Natkin, Stephane – Cedric, France
Nitsche, Michael – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Païva, Ana – INESC-ID, Portugal
Pan, Zhigeng – Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Petta, Paolo – Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vienna, Austria
Pisan, Yusuf – University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Réty, Jean-Hugues – University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis, France
Riedl, Mark – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Schäfer, Leonie – European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Schneider, Oliver – IGDV, University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany
Seif El-Nasr, Magy – Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada
Spierling, Ulrike – University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany
Sporer, Thomas – Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau, Germany
Stern, Andrew –, Brookline, MA USA
Su, Wen-Poh – Queensland University of Technlogy, Brisbane, Australia
Sumi, Kaoru – National Institute of Information & Communications Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Szilas, Nicolas – TECFA, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Wages, Richard – NOMADS Lab, Cologne, Germany
Young, Michael R. – North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

*** CONTACT ***

Prof. Ulrike Spierling
FH Erfurt, University of Applied Sciences
spierling [at]