Narratives are ubiquitous in human experience. It is clear that, to fully understand and explain human intelligence, beliefs, and behaviors, we will have to understand why narrative is universal and explain the function it serves.
of this workshop series is to address key, fundamental questions about
narrative, using computational techniques, so to advance our understanding of
cognition, culture, and
The computational study
narrative does not yet have carefully constructed shared resources and
corpora that can catalyze the way forward. This meeting will not only be an
appropriate venue for papers addressing fundamental topics and
questions regarding narrative, but also those papers which focus on
the identification, collection, and construction of *shared resources and
corpora* that facilitate the computational modeling of
Papers should focus on issues fundamental to
computational modeling and scientific understanding, or issues related
to building shared resources to advance the field. A technological
application or motivation is not required.
Illustrative Topics and
* What kinds of shared
resources are required for the computational study of narrative?
What content and modalities should be put in a "Story Bank" at formal
representations should be used?
* What shared resources are available, or
how can already-extant resources be adapted to common needs?
makes narrative different from a list of events or facts? What is special
that makes something a narrative?
* What are the details of the
relationship between narrative and common sense?
* How are narratives
indexed and retrieved? Is there a "universal" scheme for encoding
* What impact do the purpose, function, and genre of
a narrative have on its form and content?
* What comprises the set of
possible narrative arcs? Is there
such a set? How many possible story lines
* Are there systematic differences in the formal properties
of narratives from different cultures?
* What are appropriate
representations for narrative? What representations underlie the extraction
of narrative schemas?
* How should we evaluate computational models of