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Assistive AI


The goal of the Assistive AI project is to address the question of whether an intelligent computational can augment human creativity. We are exploring this question in the context of amateur digital animation. In conjunction with the Digital World and Image Group.

The following is a CHI'13 video preview of the paper Creativity Support for Novice Digital Filmmaking in which we describe studies of novice machinima editors and how intelligent tools can support novice creativity.





Nicholas Davis, Alexander Zook, Friedrich Kirschner, Mark O. Riedl, and Michael Nitsche. Techniques for evaluating novice-oriented creativity support tools. Proceedings of the CHI 2013 Workshop on Evaluation Methods for Creativity Support Environments, Paris, France, 2013.

Nicholas Davis, Alexander Zook, Brian O'Neill, Brandon Headrick, Ashton Grosz, Michael Nitsche, and Mark O. Riedl. Creativity Support for Novice Digital Filmmaking. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paris, France, 2013.


Michael Nitsche, Mark Riedl, and Nicholas Davis. Creativity, Cognition, and Machinima. Animation Journal, vol. 19, 2011.

Nicholas Davis, Boyang Li, Brian O'Neill, Mark Riedl, and Michael Nitsche. Distributed Creative Cognition In Digital Filmmaking. Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition. Atlanta, Georgia, 2011. Awarded Best Student Paper.


Brian O'Neill and Mark Riedl. Supporting Human Creative Story Authoring with a Synthetic Audience. Proceedings of the 7th Creativity and Cognition Conference, Berkeley, CA, 2009.

Brian O'Neill, Mark O. Riedl, and Michael Nitsche. Towards Intelligent Authoring Tools for Machinima Creation. Proceedings of CHI 2009, Extended Abstracts, Boston, Massachussetts, 2009.

Mark O. Riedl and Brian O'Neill. Computer as Audience: A Strategy for Artificial Intelligence Support of Human Creativity. Position paper at the CHI 2009 Workshop on Computational Creativity Support, Boston, Massachussetts, 2009.


Mark O. Riedl, Jonathan P. Rowe, and David K. Elson. Toward Intelligent Support of Authoring Machinima Media Content: Story and Visualization. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN), Playa del Carmen, Cancun Mexico, 2008. Awarded Best Paper.

For other publications on the project see the DWIG lab publications page.