A Tool for Interactive Visualization of Narrative Acts

  • Nicolas Szilas
  • Monika Marano
  • Sergio EstupiñánEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11318)


Authoring for Interactive Digital Storytelling (IDS) requires reasoning in formal paradigms which has proven to be a difficult task. One of such paradigms is the narrative act, understood as “actions on actions”. We compiled a catalog of narrative acts and made it publicly available as an online interactive visualization tool. A preliminary evaluation deemed this ‘living’ tool as useful for inspiring authors of IDS systems.


Narrative act Visualization Authoring 



This research would not have been possible without the financial support from the Swiss National Science Foundation under grant No. 159605 (Fine-grained Evaluation of the Interactive Narrative Experience, N. Szilas, principal investigator).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Szilas
    • 1
  • Monika Marano
    • 1
  • Sergio Estupiñán
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.TECFA, FPSE, University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland

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