July 13th, 2020 - Yokohama, Japan


Artificial Intelligence for Narratives Workshop held in conjunction with the 29th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 17th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Call for papers

Call for papers

Narratives are an important human tool for communication, representation and understanding. Natural Language Processing already offers many instruments that enable the automatic extraction of narrative elements from texts, including Named Entity Recognition, Semantic Role Labeling, Sentiment Analysis, Anaphora Resolution, Temporal Reasoning, etc. The storyfication of data is being used to generate textual reports on finance and sports, among others. Timelines and infographics can be employed to represent in a more compact way automatically identified narrative chains in a large set of news articles, assisting human readers in grasping complex stories with different moments and a network of characters. While the Automatic Generation of Text shows impressive results towards computational creativity, it still needs to develop means for controlling the narrative intent of the output. Automatically Generated Narratives can also be used to summarize videos in different applications (health care, surveillance and safety, sports, etc.) or sensor data. They can also be useful for Explainable AI, Algorithmic Transparency, developing Trust on AI users and generally enabling rich Human-AI interaction.

It is therefore important to gather the knowledge on AI means, concepts and tools for Narrative Extraction, Representation and Generation and to join the AI community on these topics. This includes AI fields such as NLP, Machine Learning, Knowledge Representation, Inference, Planning, Graphical Communication and Image Processing. Applications include health care (patient stories), media (news outlets), communication science, business and reporting (data stories), industry (transparency) and arts (story generation, graphical depiction of stories).

This workshop aims to bring together AI researchers and practitioners working on the topic of Narratives, mainly for those working on NLP, but open to other relevant inputs in this emerging area. We invite researchers and practitioners to submit research papers, application papers, project summary papers and demo papers. Each paper will be presented either orally or as a demo.

Contributions on the following topics are welcome, as well as on other non listed but highly relevant topics:

  • Narrative Extraction from text, including social media
  • Narrative Understanding
  • Storyfication of non-textual data, including image, video, financial, weather, sports and sensor data
  • Narrative formalisation and reasoning on narratives, including representation formalisms and narrative calculus
  • Representing Narratives graphically or in other forms of communication, including infographics, cartoons, slide shows, video-clips, video-games, etc
  • Generation of textual narratives, including narrative construction, narrative creation, planning and problem solving for narratives
  • Narrative Temporal Reasoning
  • Bias in Narrative Generation
  • Applications of narrative extraction and generation, including media, health care, science, sports, industry, business and administration, education, recommender systems and XAI
  • Evaluation methodologies for Narrative Extraction and Generation
  • Related methods for narrative construction including abstractive summarization, reinforcement learning, transfer learning and so on

Accepted works will be assigned oral presentations and/or demo slots and/or poster presentations.

All papers will be made available as CEUR Workshop Proceedings. We intend to launch a journal special issue on the topic.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: April 23rd, 2020 April 30rd, 2020 May 10th, 2020 (extended)
  • Acceptance Notification Date: June 22nd, 2020
  • Camera-ready copies: June 30th, 2020
  • Workshop: estimated January, 2021


We encourage the following kinds of submissions:

  • Research papers (max 6 pages + references) with original work, promoting and sharing exciting new ideas and fostering discussion or describing well founded impactful applications
  • Demo papers (max 3 pages + references) describing relevant tools
  • Position papers (max 3 pages + references) describing relevant and supported points of view, including description of ongoing projects
  • Nectar papers (max 3 pages + references) with a summary of work published in other conferences or journals that is worthwhile sharing with the community

All papers must be formatted according to the IJCAI format style. Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format through our Easy Chair link.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the programme committee. The accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published at CEUR workshop proceedings (usually indexed on DBLP). We also plan to launch a journal special issue on the topic.


Organizing Committee

Proceedings Chair

  • João Paulo Cordeiro (INESC TEC; Universidade da Beira do Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)

Media and Dissemination Chair

  • Arian Pasquali (INESC TEC)
  • Brenda Santana (UFRGS & INESC TEC)
  • Behrooz Mansouri (Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA)
  • Shamsuddeen Muhammad (INESC TEC)

Review Support Chair

  • Daniel Loureiro (INESC TEC, Portugal)

Program Committee

  • Álvaro Figueira (University of Porto)
  • Andreas Spitz (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
  • António Branco (Universidade de Lisboa)
  • Arian Pasquali (INESC TEC)
  • Bruno Martins (IST and INESC-ID - Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon)
  • Daniel Loureiro (University of Porto)
  • Dennis Aumiller (Heidelberg University)
  • Dhruv Gupta (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)
  • Dwaipayan Roy (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Florian Boudin (Université de Nantes)
  • Georgiana Ifrim (University College Dublin)
  • Grigorios Tsoumakas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Joeran Beel (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Jeremy Pickens (OpenText)
  • John Shaw-Taylor (University College London)
  • Kiran Kumar Bandeli (Walmart Inc.)
  • Marc Spaniol (Université de Caen Normandie)
  • Mark Finlayson (Florida International University)
  • Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Pozi (Universiti Utara Malaysia)
  • Naoya Inoue (Tohoku University)
  • Nuno Moniz (INESC TEC)
  • O-Joun Lee (Pohang University of Science and Technology)
  • Ondrej Dusek (Charles University)
  • Pablo Gervás (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Panote Siriaraya (Kyoto Institute of Technology)
  • Paulo Quaresma (Universidade de Évora)
  • Satya Almasian (Heidelberg University)
  • Sebastião Miranda (Priberam)
  • Sérgio Nunes (University of Porto)
  • Takashi Ogata (Iwate Prefectural University)
  • Vítor Mangaravite (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
  • Vincenzo Lombardo (Università di Torino)
  • Yijun Duan (Kyoto University)
  • Yihong Zhang (Osaka University)
  • Zhiwen Tang (Georgetown University)

Invited Speakers




The Venue

The conference will be held in Yokohama, Japan.

COVID Information: In case IJCAI 2020 goes virtual, the organizers of this workshop intend to assure it will run virtually as well, as smoothly and as lively as possible. The aim is to keep the community working and keep sharing our discoveries.

More information in https://ijcai20.org