Wordplay: When Language Meets Games @ NeurIPS 2020


Your one stop shop for all things interactive narrative + AI!

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Overview



Date and time: Full day workshop on Sat the 12th

Location: NeurIPS virtual workshop.

This workshop will focus on exploring the utility of interactive narratives, think everything from classic text-adventures like Zork to modern Twine games, to fill a role as the learning environments of choice for language-based tasks including but not limited to storytelling. A previous iteration of this workshop took place very successfully with over a hundred attendees, also at NeurIPS, in 2018 and since then the community of people working in this area has rapidly increased. This workshop aims to be a centralized place where all researchers involved across a breadth of fields can interact and learn from each other. Furthermore, it will act as a showcase to the wider NLP/RL/Game communities on interactive narrative’s place as a learning environment. The program will feature a collection of invited talks in addition to contributed talks and posters from each of these sections of the interactive narrative community and the wider NLP and RL communities.

We like all things:

  • Interactive narrative: game playing RL agents, game generation, etc.
  • Interactive language learning
  • Natural language generation
  • Improvisational storytelling
  • And more! Anything you can think of that involves narrative, interactivity, and language!


    Check out the full version of our overview!

Accepted Papers


Organizers


Prithviraj Ammanabrolu

Prithviraj Ammanabrolu

Georgia Institute of Technology

Matthew Hausknecht

Matthew Hausknecht

Microsoft Research

Xingdi Yuan

Xingdi Yuan

Microsoft Research

Marc-Alexandre Côté

Marc-Alexandre Côté

Microsoft Research

Adam Trischler

Adam Trischler

Microsoft Research

Kory Mathewson

Kory Mathewson

DeepMind

Jack Urbanek

Jack Urbanek

Facebook AI Research

Jason Weston

Jason Weston

Facebook AI Research

Mark O. Riedl

Mark O. Riedl

Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Committee


  • Ashutosh Adhikari (University of Waterloo)
  • Shubham Agarwal (Heriot Watt University)
  • Petar Veličković (DeepMind)
  • Leo Feng (Mila)
  • Abhinav Gupta (Mila)
  • Zhiyu Lin (Georgia Tech)
  • Spencer Frazier (Georgia Tech)

Schedule


09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks

09:10 – 09:50

Invited Talk - From Ground Truth to Grounded Truth - Dafna Shahaf

09:50 – 10:00

Live QA - Dafna Shahaf

10:00 – 10:20

Contributed talk - Process-Level Representation of Scientific Protocols with a Text-Based Game Annotation Interface - Ronen Tamari

10:20 – 11:05

Parallel Poster Session 1 - Gather Town

11:07 – 11:09

Speaker intro - Angela Fan

11:09 – 11:32

Invited talk - LIGHT: Language in Games with Humans and Text - Angela Fan

11:32 – 11:40

Live QA - Angela Fan

11:40 – 12:00

Contributed talk - The Game Engineer’s Challenge: Generalizing and Grounding Language Abstractly and Concretely - Catherine Wong

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:02

Speaker intro - Karthik Narasimhan

13:02 – 13:47

Invited talk - Bringing Back Text Understanding into Text-based Games - Karthik Narasimhan

13:47 – 13:55

Live QA - Karthik Narasimhan

13:55 – 14:15

Contributed talk - Towards Emotion-Aware Storytelling Using Reinforcement Learning - Faeze Brahman

14:15 – 14:17

Speaker Intro - Nanyun Peng

14:17 – 15:02

Invited talk - Creative Language Generation: Stories, Sarcasms, and Similes - Nanyun Peng

15:02 – 15:10

Live QA - Nanyun Peng

15:10 – 15:30

Coffee Break 2

15:30 – 15:32

Speaker Intro - Nick Walton

15:32 – 16:17

Invited talk - AI powered games that enable unlimited creativity in infinite worlds - Nick Walton

16:17 – 16:25

Live QA - Nick Walton

16:25 – 16:45

Contributed talk - Playing Text-Based Games with Common Sense - Sahith Dambekodi

16:45 – 17:30

Parallel Poster Session 2 - Gather Town

Speakers


Angela Fan

Angela Fan

Facebook AI Research

Dafna Shahaf

Dafna Shahaf

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Karthik Narasimhan

Karthik Narasimhan

Princeton University

Nanyun (Violet) Peng

Nanyun (Violet) Peng

University of California, Los Angeles

Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Latitude - AI Dungeon