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*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

Call for Papers:
INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING WITH MULTIMODAL INTERFACES
a special issue of the journal Multimodal Technologies and Interaction

Manuscript submission deadline: 1 November 2018

Interactive digital storytelling aims at using digital media to create
narrative experiences that can be influenced by the user. It is an
interdisciplinary field that combines research in artificial intelligence,
computer science, narrative, drama, and interactive technologies. The
expressive media that have been most commonly used in interactive digital
storytelling include text and various forms of virtual reality, but recent
advances in multimodal technologies have opened up the potential for
creating narrative experiences that also address other senses besides sight
and hearing. In particular, tangible interaction and physical interfaces as
new interaction paradigms provide rich interactive spaces that are close to
our senses and our way to understand the real world.

Including tangible or physical affordances in interactive storytelling
settings provides opportunities to improve storytelling tools, as well as
the quality of the related user experiences by going more physical.
However, using tangible objects and physical interaction for storytelling
can be demanding and bring additional research challenges, as this expands
the boundaries of the system beyond the digital space where computations
typically take place. The use of multiple modalities, such as vision,
sound, touch, and possibly even taste or smell, in digital interactive
storytelling, raises its own questions. For example, how can the
affordances of such modalities be most effectively combined to achieve the
desired narrative experience, and how can they be taken into account in
computational story models.

For this special issue, we therefore invite submissions that address the
challenges of using multiple modalities for interactive digital
storytelling, with a focus on—but not limited to—tangible, embodied and
physical interfaces.

Keywords:
Interactive digital storytelling
Tangible interfaces
Multimodal interaction
Computational story modelling
Interactive story spaces
Intelligent tangibles and robots
Multisensory narrative experiences

Guest Editors:
Mariët Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Alejandro Catalá, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Cristina Sylla, University of Minho, Portugal
Pedro Ribeiro, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany

About the journal:
MTI is an open access, peer-reviewed journal, edited by Professor Adrian
David Cheok. Articles submitted to MTI in 2018 are free of article
processing charge. All submissions will be subject to peer review.

For information on manuscript preparation and related matters, please see
the instructions for authors:
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/mti/instructions

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