QED Lab Director Invited to Panel on Prospective Cognition and Narrative

Posted on 03/26/2019 | By: Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera

Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera, QED Lab Director and Assistant Professor of Computing and Entertainment Arts and Engineering at the University of Utah, was invited to participate in a panel on Prospective Cognition and Narrative at the 2019 AAAI Spring Symposium on Story-based Intelligence, celebrated at Stanford University in California, USA.

The panel was moderated by Adam Amos-Binks, Chief AI Scientist at Applied Research Associates, and included the panelists:

  • Andrew Gordon, Director of Interactive Narrative Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California
  • Kelly Neville, Research Scientist at Soar Technology, Inc., and
  • Dan Shapiro, Adjunct Professor of Computational Media at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The panel discussed "Prospective Cognition," a form of anticipatory thinking, specifically targeting the role of narrative around this cognitive process. The discussion was based around the following questions:

  • Does prospective cognition drive character expression?
  • How can an agent act to produce a desired belief state in others?
  • How might we account for the role of narrative expertise/fluency in prospection? Are novelists better at prospection than others? Or are they a good novelist because they were already good at prospective thinking?
  • Under what conditions does prospection develop greater/lesser detail? greater/lesser accuracy?
  • On what narrative detail does prospection depend?

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