Call: 6th International Conference for Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS)

Call for Papers

6th International Conference for Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS)
“Connecting Narrative Worlds”

Istanbul, 6-9 November 2013
Bahçeşehir University

ICIDS is the premier international conference on research and practice covering interactive narrative experiences such as video game narratives, interactive storytelling, interactive drama, and interactive installation art concerned with storytelling. Bringing together researchers, practitioners and theorists presenting cutting-edge works, qualitative and quantitative research, advanced computational narrative techniques and innovative theoretical perspectives, ICIDS serves as the main event for exchanging ideas and perspectives on combining narrative and interactivity for an exciting new form of human expression that redefines the relationship between creators and audiences.

Interactive Digital Storytelling is an exciting area in which narrative, computer science and digital arts converge to create new expressive forms. The combination of narrative and computation has a considerable untapped potential: from artistic projects to journalistic communication, from assistive technologies and intelligent agents to serious games, education and entertainment.

The ICIDS conference series has a long-standing tradition of bringing together theoretical and practical approaches in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The motto for ICIDS 2013 “Connecting Narrative Worlds” expresses this need to build bridges of understanding across different fields to make even better use of the immense potential of interactive narrative. The objective of ICIDS 2013 is to promote understanding and dialogue between A.I. researchers, designers, transmedia and digital artists, narratologists and digital game scholars.

We welcome practical work and theoretical inquiries from fields related to computer science – including (but not limited to) artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, natural language generation and understanding or automated story generation. We invite contributions on the current and future usage scenarios from digital artists, transmedia producers and game designers: original pieces of Interactive Digital Narrative (IDN) may be presented, as well as post-mortem discussions of completed projects. Finally, we ask for submissions from the fields of semiotics, narratology, media studies, digital humanities and interactive arts criticism: interested scholars may focus on improved schemas for describing and critiquing Interactive Digital Narratives as well as analyses discussing narrative features across digital media.

We welcome research papers and demonstrations – including interactive narrative art – presenting new scientific results, interactive narrative theory, innovative technologies, case studies, creative insights, best practice showcases, or improvements to existing techniques and approaches in the research field of Interactive Digital Storytelling and its possible applications in other fields, e.g. video games, virtual/online worlds, e-learning, training, and edutainment. We are planning to have a space for art work/demonstrations that will be open (and attended by security) for the duration of the conference. We plan to issue a specific call for artworks closer to the conference.

Suggested research topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Technological, theoretical, and aesthetic issues in all areas of interactive narrative
  2. Interactive Digital Narrative systems, authoring tools and practical/artistic projects
  3. Video game narrative
  4. User experience reports and evaluations of interactive digital narratives
  5. Innovative narrative applications of artificial intelligence
  6. Multi-user IDNs: social applications, ubiquitous computing and collaborative environments
  7. New frontiers and concrete applications: IDNs and intelligent agents as art pieces, games or tools


Workshops are an integral part of ICIDS. A separate call for workshops will be issued at a later date.


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

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

The submission categories accepted are:

  • Full papers (8-12 pages in the proceedings) describing interesting, novel results or completed work in all areas of IDS and its applications.
  • Short papers (4-6 pages in the proceedings) presenting exciting preliminary work or novel thought-provoking ideas that are in their early stages.
  • Demonstrations and posters (2-4 pages in the proceedings) describing working, presentable systems or brief explanations of a research project.

Submissions 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.

All submissions will be processed using the EasyChair system. Authors are advised to register a new account well in advance of the paper submission deadline:

The review process for ICIDS will be double blind. Authors should remove all identifying information from their submissions.

Important Dates

  • Deadline: June 14, 2013  –  Submission deadline for full and short papers, demonstrations and posters proposals. The precise deadline for paper submissions is 11:59PM on June 14, 2013, Hawaii Standard Time. Authors are strongly advised to upload their submissions well in advance of this deadline.
  • July 21, 2013  –  Accept/reject notifications sent to authors.
  • August 14, 2013  –  Camera-ready copy due.
  • November 6 – 9, 2013  –  ICIDS Conference Dates.

This conference is organized by the Games & Narrative research group and hosted by Bahçeşehir University Game Lab (BUG) and organized in collaboration with the Turkish Chapter of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA).

Organizing Committee

General Chairs
Hartmut Koenitz
Tonguc Ibrahim Sezen

Program Chairs
Mads Haahr
Gabriele Ferri

Local Arrangements Chair
Guven Catak

Workshops Chair
Digdem Sezen

More Information

ICIDS conference series: Additional information about the conference can be found online at:

Conference home page:

Questions about the conference should be directed to the organizers via email at:


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