Call: ICIDS 2011 – Fourth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

ICIDS 2011: Call for Papers
The Fourth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling
November 28 – December 1, 2011: Vancouver, Canada

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2011

ICIDS is the premier international conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (IDS), bringing together researchers from a wide variety of fields to share novel techniques, present recent results, and exchange new ideas.  Having been hosted successfully in Europe for the past three years, ICIDS 2011 marks the conference’s first venture to an entirely new continent: North America.

Enabled by the advent of interactive digital media, Interactive Digital Storytelling redefines the experience of narrative by allowing its audience to actively participate in the story. As such, IDS offers interesting new possibilities for games, training, and learning, through the enriching of virtual characters with intelligent behavior, the collaboration of humans and machines in the creative process, and the combination of narrative knowledge and user activity into novel, interactive artefacts.

IDS draws on many aspects of Computer Science, and specifically on research in Artificial Intelligence and Virtual/Mixed Reality; topics include multi-agent systems, natural language generation and understanding, player modelling, narrative intelligence, drama management, cognitive robotics, and smart graphics. Furthermore, IDS is inherently an multidisciplinary field. 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 are needed, and novel concepts from theoretical work in the Humanities and interactive art are important to incorporate as well.

We welcome research papers and demonstrations – including interactive narrative art — presenting new scientific results, innovative technologies, case studies, creative insights, 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 Storytelling Theory
  • Virtual Characters and Agents
  • Novel User Interfaces for Interactive Storytelling
  • Environments and Graphical Effects
  • Interactive Cinematography
  • Design of Sound Interactivity
  • Story Generation and Drama Management
  • New Authoring Modes
  • Narrativity in Digital Games
  • Mixed Realities and Mobiles
  • Tools for Interactive Storytelling
  • Emotion Design for Interactive Storytelling
  • Non-Visual Senses for Interactive Storytelling
  • Social and Cognitive Approaches for Interactive Storytelling
  • Semantic Knowledge for Interactive Storytelling
  • Real-time Techniques for Interactive Storytelling
  • Collaborative Environments for Interactive Storytelling
  • Evaluation and User Experience Reports
  • Applications of Interactive Storytelling (education, training, and entertainment)


All submissions must follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science format, available at:

Papers must be in English, and only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review.

Submission categories:

  • Full papers (8-12 pages in the proceedings)
  • Short papers (4-6 pages in the proceedings)
  • Demonstration and posters (2-4 pages in the proceedings)

Submissions (of all categories) that receive high ratings in the peer review process will be selected for publication by the program committee as Springer LNCS conference proceedings. For the final print-ready version, the submission of source files (Microsoft Word/LaTeX, TIF/EPS) and a signed copyright form will be required.

Detailed submission instructions will become available on the conference website.


General Chairs

Mei Si (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
David Thue (University of Alberta, Canada)

Program Chairs

Elisabeth Andre (Augsburg University, Germany)
James Lester (North Carolina State University, USA)

Local Arrangements Chair

Joshua Tanenbaum (Simon Fraser University, Canada)


Please contact the chairs at with any questions or concerns.

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