Projects

Reading Rocket

Reading Rocket is a game designed for the stealth assessment of reading level in middle school children. By recording copious data on fine-grained, subtle behaviors, we hope to predict reading level using a game which is faster, cheaper, and more entertaining than the standard reading level test used in most middle schools. This game is being developed in partnership with educational expert Elliot Sanchez and tested at a local New Orleans school.

The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans is an interactive narrative adventure game in which the story is generated from scratch automatically. You play as a powerful wizard's hapless goblin minion who has been sent on a menial quest which inevitably goes terribly awry.

The narrative planner controls the other characters in the game. By leveraging fast planning algorithms and computational models of narrative, the game creates a challenging puzzle rife with narrative conflict.

Glaive Narrative Planner

Glaive is a fast forward-chaining state-space heuristic search planner which employs computational models of narrative to solve multi-agent coordination problems.

Characters pursue their own individual goals while being shepherded toward the author's intended outcome. Glaive reasons about intentionality and multiple possible worlds to allow these agents to cooperate and conflict with one another as they pursue their goals.