About us

Our Research investigates the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques for New Media and interactive systems. We are more specifically interested in Human-Centred Multimedia, and Human-centred Interfaces. Our application areas are mostly in Entertainment Computing, with some work in Health Informatics.

We are best known for our work in Interactive Storytelling, but we are also active in Multimodal Interfaces and in Document Engineering. The main AI technique supporting this work is Planning, although recently we have also explored Qualitative Reasoning, Natural Language Processing and Complex Systems Simulation.

Recent work by the group includes:
- one of the first prototypes of fully immersive interactive storytelling
- a new technique for multimodal affective fusion based on the PAD model
- the CaveUDK software, a new Virtual Reality middleware based on one of the leading game engines
- a new approach to Interactive Storytelling based on Planning with landmarks, which has been applied to trajectory control and various forms of authoring
- the use of physiological signals to influence Interactive Narratives
- a new Brain-Computer Interface for Interactive Storytelling based on empathy as a unifying concept
- agent-based models of health and social care service delivery
- modelling current and alternative structures for academic research funding

We have published extensively in relevant conferences including the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) Conference, the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), ACM Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI), ACM Virtual Reality Software Technology (VRST), ACM Multimedia, and the ACM Symposium on Document Engineering.

We have developed many fully-implemented prototypes which have been publicly demonstrated at the above conferences. We have been awarded the Best Demonstration Prize at AAMAS 2010, the second prize at the EuroITV 2011 grand challenge, and the Best Application Prize at ICAPS 2013. Check our demonstrations page!

The group comprises six full-time academic staff, two research fellows, one research assistant and four PhD students. It is located in the Phoenix building, hosting the Institute of Digital Innovation (IDI).

Our current research is funded by the EPSRC on grants EP/N017447/1 and EP/K504609/1 and by Teesside University Doctoral Scholarships. Our research was also supported by the European Commission with over 3M Euros funding in recent years: our latest projects included one Network of Excellence and two FET projects.

Our facilities include a 4-side CAVE-like device which operates the CaveUT and CaveUDK software.