First Workshop on the History of
Expressive Systems

November 14, 2017, at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.


09:00–09:10 Welcome

09:10–09:40 James Ryan: "A Garden, A Forking Path: Interactive Branching Narrative in The Lady of May (1578)"

09:40–10:00 Ron Martínez: "A Q&A with Ron Martínez"

10:00–10:30 Mark Bernstein: "Historical Notes on Story in Narrative Automata"

10:30–10:45 Coffee break

10:45–11:00 William L. Benzon: "Abstract Patterns in Stories: From the intellectual legacy of David G. Hays"

11:00–12:30 Exhibition:

Call for Papers

We invite researchers interested in the history of expressive systems to participate in the first Workshop on the History of Expressive Systems (HEX01), to be held at ICIDS 2017 in beautiful Funchal, Madeira, on November 14, 2017. The purpose of this workshop is to improve the historical understanding of our field, both to ensure an accurate historical record for its own sake, but also to bring the history 'into the present' by understanding lines of research and their implications for current work in this rapidly expanding area.

By 'expressive systems', we broadly mean computer systems (or predigital procedural methods) that were developed with expressive or creative aims; this is meant to be a superset of the areas called creative AI, expressive AI, videogame AI, computational creativity, interactive storytelling, computational narrative, procedural music, computer poetry, generative art, and more.

Important Dates

Submission Types

HEX01 will be accepting submissions of the following kinds:


For this first iteration of the workshop held at ICIDS, we prefer a focus on systems within the usual scope of ICIDS, i.e. historical computational narrative systems, videogame narrative, story generation, expressive natural language generation, text bots, e-literature, story understanding, computational narratology, etc. Additionally, histories of the field itself (or specific eras, approaches, etc.) would be a great fit for HEX.

Here are some examples of potential contributions:

How to Submit

Submissions may be sent via email to Submissions should be in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format (the same format used by ICIDS), and should be submitted as PDFs. Additional materials may be submitted as subsequent attachments on the email including the submission. All submissions will undergo peer review, but it is not necessary to anonymize your paper. If you have any questions about the submission process, or about the workshop more broadly, please feel free to email us!

Program Committee



Part of the History of Expressive Systems Workshop Series.