Doctoral Consortium

Call for Participation

The AIIDE 2013 Doctoral Consortium (DC) provides an opportunity for a group of Ph.D. students to discuss and explore their research interests and career objectives with a panel of established researchers in the AIIDE related fields. The consortium is open to all Ph.D. students, including early-stage Ph.D. students who have not yet proposed their thesis topic.

Selected students will be paired with a mentor, a senior member of the AIIDE community, who will advise them on their research trajectory, writing, and presentation. Selected students will present their research as a poster presentation. Time will be reserved for students to meet with their mentors, and additional social arrangements will be made to encourage further conversations with mentors and fellow students. In addition, the DC may include a panel discussion on how to build a successful career and other related activities, such as lab visits. Accepted research summaries will be published in the form of an AAAI technical report.  DC participants will receive partial travel support to attend AIIDE.

Important Dates:

  • July 15: Application Submission Deadline
  • July 30: Acceptance notification
  • August 21: Camera-Ready Copy Due
  • October 14-18, 2013: AIIDE-2013 Conference and Doctoral Consortium

Applicants to the DC must submit the following material through the AIIDE Easychair submission site (

  1. Research Summary (max 4 pages in AAAI format). Outline the problem(s) being addressed, the proposed research plan, and a description of progress. This short paper should include references, as needed.
  2. Curriculum Vita (max 2 pages). List the applicant's most relevant background, experience (research, education, employment), publication references (if any), and expected graduation date. 
  3. Expectations (max 1 page) State what the applicant hopes to accomplish from the Doctoral Consortium. 
  4. Letter of Recommendation (max 1 page) from the applicant’s dissertation adviser.
To submit your packet either combine the four documents (8 pages total) into a single PDF or make a ZIP file of the separate PDF documents.  Only a single file should be submitted.

Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts within the applicant’s topic area. Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria: clarity and completeness of submission packet, stage of research, evidence of research progress (such as published papers and/or technical reports), assessment of contribution to and benefit from participating in the DC, and strength of adviser's recommendation.

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Gillian Smith
Northeastern University

Adam Smith
University of Washington

Accepted Applicants

  • Eric Butler (University of Washington): Player Knowledge Modeling in Game Design Feedback and Automation
  • Dustin Dannenhauer (Lehigh University): Ontological Knowledge for Goal-Driven Autonomy Agents in Starcraft
  • Nicholas Davis (Georgia Institute of Technology): Human-Computer Co-Creativity: Blending Human and Computational Creativity
  • Peter A. Mawhorter (University of California, Santa Cruz): Reader-Model-Based Story Generation
  • Pedro Nogueira (Universidade do Porto): Towards Dynamically Crafted Affective Experiences Through Emotional Response Player Modelling
  • Justus Roberson (North Carolina State University): Improving Plan-Based Interactive Narrative Generation
  • Benjamin Samuel (University of California, Santa Cruz): What Happens Next? An Experiment in Interactive Narrative
  • Alexander Shoulson (University of Pennsylvania): Producing Meaningful Interactive Narratives in Complex 3D Open Worlds
  • Jonathan Tremblay (McGill University): Improving Behaviour and Decision Making for Companions in Modern Digital Games
  • Josep Valls-Vargas (Drexel University): Narrative Extraction, Processing and Generation for Interactive Fiction and Computer Games