Reaching Cognitive Consensus with Improvisational Agents


  • Rania Hodhod Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Brian Magerko Georgia Institute of Technology



Digital improvisation, shared mental models, situational calculus


A common approach to interactive narrative involves imbuing the computer with all of the potential story pre-authored story experiences (e.g. as beats, plot points, planning operators, etc.). This has resulted in an accepted paradigm where stories are not created by or with the user; rather, the user is given piecemeal access to the story from the gatekeeper of story knowledge: the computer (e.g. as an AI drama manager). This article describes a formal process that provides for the equal co-creation of story-rich experiences, where neither the user nor computer is in a privileged position in an interactive narrative. It describes a new formal approach that acts as a first step for the real-time co-creation of narrative in games that rely on the negotiated shared mental model between a human actor and an AI improv agent.




How to Cite

Hodhod, R., & Magerko, B. (2021). Reaching Cognitive Consensus with Improvisational Agents. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment, 8(1), 14-19.