CSxxxx Computational Narrative Seminar: Fall 2017 – AI Models of Belief, Desire and Intention in Narrative: The

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TL:DR: This course is about the real science behind intelligent story creation and experience management systems like those that operate in HBO’s Westworld and Star Trek’s Holodeck. Check it.

In this course we examine the use of intelligent systems to control interaction within games and virtual worlds, focusing on the computational modeling of narrative as a primary organizing principle for that interaction. Class format is a combination of seminar and lecture, drawing from texts at the intersections of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, multi-agent systems, computational linguistics, user interface design, narrative and cinematography.

The course is taught by Dr. R. Michael Young.

Tenative course syllabus for Spring 2017 can be found here:

Tenative 2017 syllabus

Similarly, the tentative reading list and schedule for lectures for the class is currently being written. You can see the latest draft here

Draft schedule and reading list (Links to an external site.)

Course time and location: During the Spring 2017 semester, the course is taught every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:05 to 3:55 in WEB 1460.

Michael’s office hours for Spring 2017 are Wednesdays from 1:45pm to 2:45pm in MEB Room 32xx (his MEB office) or by appointment.

TA: There is sniff no TA for this class.

Syllabus for CS 7934 — Computer Systems Seminar, Fall 2017

Course Information

Instructor Eric Eide Instructor Contact Email: eeide@cs.utah.edu Web: http://www.cs.utah.edu/~eeide/ Office: 3476 MEB Time Fridays, 2:00–3:30 PM Location 3485 MEB Web Pages Primary: http://www.eng.utah.edu/~csl-sem/ The primary course web site will contain pointers to the syllabus, schedule, and other information. Canvas: https://utah.instructure.com/courses/452016 Enrolled students will submit paper summaries via the course’s Canvas web site. Mailing List csl-sem@cs.utah.edu All seminar participants should subscribe to the mailing list. The instructor will use this list to distribute important announcements and other information. Course Summary

Description: The Computer Systems Seminar is a weekly meeting in which participants discuss recent and important results in the area of computer systems research. For a typical meeting, attendees will read and discuss one paper chosen from a recent systems, networking, or security conference. Papers are selected for discussion according to the semester’s focus topic, the papers’ relevance to participants’ own research, and/or the papers’ relevance to upcoming Utah visitors. Some meetings may be centered on presentations of a participant’s own research: e.g., a practice talk for an upcoming conference. Each meeting has one or more designated “facilitators” who are responsible for leading the discussion.

Objectives: To increase participants’ familiarity with recent and important research results in computer systems; to improve participants’ skills in presenting computer systems research.

Prerequisites: An undergraduate computer science background is required for this course. General knowledge of computer systems design, both software and hardware, is necessary.

Grading Policy

Credit: A student may enroll in the seminar for one (1) credit hour.

Grading: Grading is based on participation. “Participation” is not merely presence; it means engaging with the course in ways that demonstrate sincere effort to master the course material. The primary course activities are:

reading the selected papers, writing short summaries of the papers, participating in discussions during seminar meetings, and facilitating seminar meetings. On every week that the seminar is held, every student taking the course for credit must read all of the papers for that week, submit a short summary of each paper prior to class, and participate in the discussion. In addition, every enrolled student must facilitate at least one seminar meeting during the semester.

Paper summaries should be submitted to the instructor, prior to class, via the seminar’s Canvas web site. Late paper summaries are not generally accepted. Late paper summaries may be accepted in exceptional circumstances only, at the sole discretion of the instructor.

Cheating Policy

Cheating: In this course, “cheating” refers to plagiarism in the written summaries that students submit to the instructor. Cheating in this course is not tolerated. The penalty for cheating in this course is a failing grade for the course.

A summary must consist of a student’s sole, original work. Unattributed copying of material from the papers being discussed or other sources is plagiarism as will be treated as such. Unacceptable paraphrasing of papers or other sources is also plagiarism and will be treated as such. Students are encouraged to discuss the seminar’s readings with each other—discussing the papers is a primary activity of this course! However, any written summary that a student submits to the instructor must be the original work of that student alone. Jointly authored summaries are not allowed.

All questions about the definitions of cheating and plagiarism in this course should be directed to the instructor. (The web has many resources that can help you to understand and avoid plagiarism, but if you have questions, please contact the instructor.)

Statement and Acknowledgment: In accordance with the School of Computing’s Policy Statement on Academic Misconduct dated January 10, 2012, the instructor will discuss the School’s academic misconduct policy in the first two weeks of the course. Students will be required to understand the policy and to submit an acknowledgment form. Links to the policy statement and acknowledgment form are found below.

School of Computing Policy Statement on Academic Misconduct School of Computing Academic Misconduct Policy Acknowledgment Form College of Engineering Guidelines

For information about adding courses, withdrawing from courses, appealing grades, and more, please refer to the web site maintained by the College of Engineering’s Office of Academic Affairs.

College of Engineering’s Office of Academic Affairs Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Olpin Union Building, 581–5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations. All written information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification to the Center for Disability Services.