Call: Interactive Storytelling with Multimodal Interfaces – Special issue of MTI

Call for Papers:
a special issue of the journal Multimodal Technologies and Interaction

Manuscript submission deadline: 1 November 2018

Interactive digital storytelling aims at using digital media to create narrative experiences that can be influenced by the user. It is an interdisciplinary field that combines research in artificial intelligence, computer science, narrative, drama, and interactive technologies. The expressive media that have been most commonly used in interactive digital storytelling include text and various forms of virtual reality, but recent advances in multimodal technologies have opened up the potential for creating narrative experiences that also address other senses besides sight and hearing. In particular, tangible interaction and physical interfaces as new interaction paradigms provide rich interactive spaces that are close to our senses and our way to understand the real world.

Including tangible or physical affordances in interactive storytelling settings provides opportunities to improve storytelling tools, as well as the quality of the related user experiences by going more physical. However, using tangible objects and physical interaction for storytelling can be demanding and bring additional research challenges, as this expands the boundaries of the system beyond the digital space where computations typically take place. The use of multiple modalities, such as vision, sound, touch, and possibly even taste or smell, in digital interactive storytelling, raises its own questions. For example, how can the affordances of such modalities be most effectively combined to achieve the desired narrative experience, and how can they be taken into account in computational story models.

For this special issue, we therefore invite submissions that address the challenges of using multiple modalities for interactive digital storytelling, with a focus on-but not limited to-tangible, embodied and physical interfaces.

Interactive digital storytelling
Tangible interfaces
Multimodal interaction
Computational story modelling
Interactive story spaces
Intelligent tangibles and robots
Multisensory narrative experiences

Guest Editors:
Mariët Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Alejandro Catalá, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Cristina Sylla, University of Minho, Portugal
Pedro Ribeiro, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany

About the journal:
MTI is an open access, peer-reviewed journal, edited by Professor Adrian David Cheok. Articles submitted to MTI in 2018 are free of article processing charge. All submissions will be subject to peer review.

For information on manuscript preparation and related matters, please see the instructions for authors:


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