Undergraduate student and QED Lab Member Jennifer Nelson has been selected for participation in the University of Utah's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program [UROP] for the Spring 2019 semester.
From the UROP website:
UROP provides a $1,500 stipend and educational programming for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project or who carry out a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may apply for UROP any semester and may be eligible for a one-semester renewal. UROP awardees are hired as temporary, part-time UROP Participants by the Office of Undergraduate Research and are paid $1,500 for 120 hours of research or creative work during the semester.
Jennifer will be working on the Automated Dungeon Mastering project, and will focus on building an interpreter between human speech (natural language) and the game system by combining state-of-the-art natural language processing technologies with state-of-the-art computational narrative generation systems. Given a natural language input, the interpreter must understand the player's inquiries and intended in-world actions. This means not only understanding references to things the interpreter explicitly knows about, but also references to things the interpreter doesn't yet know about.