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Wordplay: When Language Meets Games
Prithviraj Ammanabrolu · Matthew Hausknecht · Xingdi Yuan · Marc-Alexandre Côté · Adam Trischler · Kory Mathewson · John Urbanek · Jason Weston · Mark Riedl

Sat Dec 12 06:00 AM -- 03:00 PM (PST) @ None
Event URL: https://wordplay-workshop.github.io/ »

This workshop will focus on exploring the utility of interactive narratives 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.

Sat 6:00 a.m. - 6:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks (Live intro)
Sat 6:10 a.m. - 6:50 a.m.
Invited Talk - From Ground Truth to Grounded Truth - Dafna Shahaf (Prerecorded talk)   
Dafna Shahaf
Sat 6:50 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Live QA - Dafna Shahaf (Live)
Sat 7:00 a.m. - 7:20 a.m.
Contributed talk - Process-Level Representation of Scientific Protocols with a Text-Based Game Annotation Interface - Ronen Tamari (Prerecorded talk)   
Ronen Tamari
Sat 7:20 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.
Parallel Poster Session 1 (Break)  link »
Sat 8:07 a.m. - 8:09 a.m.
Speaker intro - Angela Fan (Live)
Sat 8:09 a.m. - 8:32 a.m.
Invited talk - LIGHT: Language in Games with Humans and Text - Angela Fan (Prerecorded talk)   
Angela Fan
Sat 8:32 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.
Live QA - Angela Fan (Live)
Sat 8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Contributed talk - The Game Engineer's Challenge: Generalizing and Grounding Language Abstractly and Concretely - Catherine Wong (Prerecorded talk)   
Catherine Wong
Sat 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lunch Break (Break)
Sat 10:00 a.m. - 10:02 a.m.
Speaker intro - Karthik Narasimhan (Live)
Sat 10:02 a.m. - 10:47 a.m.
Invited talk - Bringing Back Text Understanding into Text-based Games - Karthik Narasimhan (Prerecorded talk)   
Karthik Narasimhan
Sat 10:47 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Live QA - Karthik Narasimhan (Live)
Sat 10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Contributed talk - Towards Emotion-Aware Storytelling Using Reinforcement Learning - Faeze Brahman (Prerecorded talk)   
Faeze Brahman
Sat 11:15 a.m. - 11:17 a.m.
Speaker Intro - Nanyun Peng (Live)
Sat 11:17 a.m. - 12:02 p.m.
Invited talk - Creative Language Generation: Stories, Sarcasms, and Similes - Nanyun Peng (Prerecorded talk)   
Violet Peng
Sat 12:02 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Live QA - Nanyun Peng (Live)
Sat 12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Coffee Break 2 (Break)
Sat 12:30 p.m. - 12:32 p.m.
Speaker Intro - Nick Walton (Live)
Sat 12:32 p.m. - 1:17 p.m.
Invited talk - AI powered games that enable unlimited creativity in infinite worlds - Nick Walton (Prerecorded Talk)   
Nick Walton
Sat 1:17 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
Live QA - Nick Walton (Live)
Sat 1:25 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Contributed talk - Playing Text-Based Games with Common Sense - Sahith Dambekodi (Prerecorded Talk)
Sahith Dambekodi
Sat 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Parallel Poster Session 2 (Parallel Poster)  link »

Author Information

Prithviraj Ammanabrolu (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Matthew Hausknecht (Microsoft Research)
Eric Yuan (Microsoft Research)
Marc-Alexandre Côté (Microsoft Research)
Adam Trischler (Microsoft)
Kory Mathewson (DeepMind)
Jack Urbanek (Facebook)
Jason Weston (Facebook AI Research)
Mark Riedl (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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