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Mark Riedl is an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab. His research focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence, virtual worlds, and storytelling. The principle research question Riedl addresses through his research is: how can intelligent computational systems reason about and autonomously create engaging experiences for users of virtual worlds and computer games.
Riedl's primary research contributions are in the area of artificial intelligence approaches to automated story generation andinteractive storytelling for entertainment, education, and training. Narrative is a cognitive tool used by humans for communication and sense-making. The goal of his narrative intelligence research is to discover new computational algorithms and models that can facilitate the development of intelligent computer systems that can reason about narrative in order to be better communicators, entertainers, and educators.
Additionally, Riedl has explored the following research topics: virtual cinematography in 3D virtual worlds; player modeling; procedural generation of computer game content; computational creativity; human creativity support; intelligent virtual characters; mixed-initiative problem solving; and discourse generation.
Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 2007, Riedl was a research scientist at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, where he researched and developed interactive, adaptive training systems. His research is supported by the NSF, DARPA, the U.S. Army, Google and Disney. He was the recipient of a DARPA Young Faculty Award.
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