Past Projects

Say Anything

As part of my thesis, I developed an interactive storytelling system that collaboratively writes a story with a human author.  Unlike most interactive storytelling systems, Say Anything can respond to the user and continue the story in virtually any domain the user chooses. It does this by mining personal stories from weblogs that are about the everyday life and experiences of the author. Read more about it here.

Story Engine

While at Disney Research & Development I helped develop technologies for enabling persistent live-action roleplaying experiences that utilized the resources and cast members of the parks and resorts.

SIREN - Social Games for Conflict Resolution

SIREN was a large European Union grant with several international collaborators from the UK, Portugal, Denmark and Greece. The goal of this project was to develop a series of serious games to help adolescents improve their strategies for resolving conflicts with their peers.


IMMERSE is a large DARPA project that is investigating the ability to train military personal in basic personal skills needed to effectively navigate social interactions regardless of the cultural or linguistic background. The program is researching both the fundamental social science theory on what constitutes the fundamental skill set and how these theories can be modeled computationally for driving behaviors in an interactive virtual training simulation. Read more about it here.

Story Upgrade

Story Upgrade is an application that combines two technologies in order to provide an effective means of finding stories in Internet weblogs. First, it incorporates technology for separating stories from other textual genres that appear in Internet weblogs. About between 14% and 17% of the text in weblogs consists of story content. In order to selectively retrieve only story content, the Story Upgrade system incorporates statistical text classification technologies to identify story segments in weblogs. Second, it incorporates technology for matching the text of extracted stories to paragraph sized descriptions of activities, provided by users of the Story Upgrade application as search queries. Read more about it here.