Important Dates

Call for Papers:
June 23rd, 2017 June 30, 2017 – Submission deadline extended – Authors are strongly advised to upload their submissions well in advance of this deadline. (11:59 pm. HST)
July 31st, 2017 August 5, 2017 – Papers accept/reject notifications sent.
• August 25th, 2017 – Paper camera-ready due.

Call for Workshops:
• July 7th, 2017 – Workshop proposal submission deadline
• August 4th, 2017 – Workshop accept/reject notifications sent.

Call for Demos, Posters and Doctoral Consortium (DC):
• August 4th, 2017 – Demo, Poster and DC submission deadline.
• August 25th, 2017 – Demo, Poster and DC accept/reject notifications.
• September 1st, 2017 – Demo, Poster and DC camera-ready due.

Call for Art Exhibitions:
• August 4th, 2017 – Art Exhibition submission deadline.
• September 4th, 2017 – Art Exhibition accept/reject notifications sent.

November 14-17, 2017 – ICIDS Conference.



Submission Guidelines

The peer review process for ICIDS’17 is double blind – neither authors nor reviewers are informed of the identity of the other party. Furthermore, reviews are never released publicly. ICIDS’17 will follow a relaxed anonymity policy. When preparing submissions for review, authors must 1) remove author and institution details from the title/header of articles, 2) remove acknowledgements from the closing sections and 3) remove identifying information from pdf metadata (e.g. the “authors” field). Furthermore, when citing or discussing their own prior work, authors are encouraged (but not required) to use the third person.

All submissions must follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format. Papers must be written in English, and only electronic submissions in PDF format will be considered for review. Submissions that receive high ratings in the peer review process will be selected for publication by the program committee. ICIDS’17 proceedings will be published as a volume of Springer LNCS. For the final print-ready version, the submission of source files (Microsoft Word/LaTeX, TIF/EPS) and a signed copyright form will be required. Full and short papers that are not accepted may be invited for fast-track acceptance (as reduced length articles) in the poster category.

Papers, Demos and Posters will be processed using the Easychair Online Conference System. Authors are advised to register a new account well in advance of the paper submission deadline.

Full papers (10-12 pages + additional page(s) for references in the main proceedings) describing interesting, novel results or completed work in all areas of interactive digital storytelling and its applications.
Short papers (6-8 pages + additional page(s) for references in the main proceedings) presenting exciting preliminary work or novel, thought-provoking ideas in their early stages.
Demos and Posters (2-4 pages in the backmatter of the proceedings) describing working, presentable systems or brief explanations of a research project.
Doctoral Consortium (2-4 pages in the backmatter of the proceedings) describing core topics, issues, problem statements, outcomes and/or progress of a student’s PhD studies.
• Workshops (2-4 pages, not in proceedings) organizers must submit their calls for participation to icids2017workshops [at] m-iti [dot] org (see the Workshops call for more information)


Call for Papers

14-17, November, 2017
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI)
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

This year, the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2017) will take place in Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal and be hosted by the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.

ICIDS has its origin in a series of related international conferences that ran between 2001 and 2007. Since 2008, ICIDS became the premier annual venue that gathers researchers, developers, practitioners and theorists to present and share the latest innovations, insights and techniques in the expanding field of interactive storytelling and the technologies that support it. The field re-groups a highly dynamic and interdisciplinary community, in which narrative studies, computer science, interactive and immersive technologies, the arts, and creativity converge to develop new expressive forms in a myriad of domains that include artistic projects, interactive documentaries, cinematic games, serious games, assistive technologies, edutainment, pedagogy, museum science, advertising and entertainment, to mention a few. The conference has a long-standing tradition of bringing together academia, industry, designers, developers and artists into an interdisciplinary dialogue through a mix of keynote lectures, long and short article presentations, posters, workshops, and very lively demo sessions. Authors should clarify for which category to which they are submitting.

ICIDS welcomes contributions from a large range of fields and disciplines related to interactive storytelling. We encourage original contributions in the forms of research papers, position papers, posters and demonstrations, presenting new scientific results, innovative theories, novel technological implementations, case studies and creative artistic projects in the field of Interactive Digital Storytelling and its possible applications in different domains. We particularly welcome research on topics in the following five areas:


We invite papers that explore highly innovative ideas and/or paradigm shifts in conventional theory and practice of interactive storytelling. We seek to draw attention to methods that differ from the state of the art in practice or theory and demonstrate potential for changed ways of thinking. These papers may not be “complete” in the “traditional” manner in the sense that it may not be possible to have experimental results comparing other related efforts or that they may not have large, publicly available data sets to be used for performance comparison. The aim is to establish a roadmap for the next 5 years as a community guideline for the development of the field.

• The role of the user/reader in interactive storytelling
• The role of the author/designer in interactive storytelling
• Computable narrative models inspired by cognitive science, narratology, drama studies, and related disciplines
• Theories and aesthetics of interactive storytelling
• Narratology for interactive media
• Disciplinary analysis of interactive storytelling research

• Methods/Frameworks for testing user experience in interactive storytelling
• Methods/Frameworks for testing story development
• Normative evaluation of interactive storytelling applications
• Case studies, post-mortems and best practices

• Artificial intelligence for story generation and storytelling
• Authoring modes and tools for interactive digital storytelling, including collaborative authoring
• Story/world generation and experience management
• Drama management for interactive narratives
• Computational understanding, analysis, and summarization of narratives, including natural language processing and computer vision
• Interactive cinema and television
• Virtual characters and virtual humans
• Synthetic actors
• Novel interaction techniques for storytelling (e.g. sensor or context based input)
• Novel feedback technologies for narrative environments (e.g. haptics, smell, taste)
• Non-verbal interactive stories
• Human-computer interaction with narrative technologies
• User modeling and narrative user interfaces
• Augmented and Mixed Reality storytelling systems
• Media, VR and game technologies for interactive storytelling
• Narrative-related affect and emotion
• Narrative presence and engagement in virtual environments
• Narrative-related affect and emotion
• Computational creativity in narrative systems
• Narrative discourse generation
• Narrative knowledge representation, reasoning, and acquisition

• Collaborative storytelling environments and multi-user systems
• Social, ubiquitous and mobile storytelling
• Big data and storytelling
• Interactive narratives in digital games
• Interactive cinema and television
• Interactive storyworlds
• Interactive non-fiction and interactive documentaries
• Interactive narratives as tools for learning in teaching, e-learning, training and edutainment
• Interactive narratives used in health, rehabilitation and exercise
• Interactive storytelling in roleplay, larps, theatre and improvisation
• Interactive narrative in the real world (live installations)
• Interactive narratives in museums



Workshops will take place on the 14th November. They can vary in length, from half a day to a full day. Workshops can have different formats. For example, they can be informed by position papers, or practical sessions including one or more tutorials. Participation in workshops will be free of charge. Proposals for workshops should be two to four pages in length, use the Springer LNCS format, and include the following information:

1. A brief technical description of the workshop, explaining:

• the topic and goals,
expected outcomes,
format and proposed schedule,
equipment/resources needed to participate (if any),
a short draft of the ‘call for participation’
maximum number of participants (as indicative number, minimum should be 10).

2. The names, affiliations and email addresses of the proposed organizing committee. This committee should consist of two to four people recognized in the area.
3. The primary contact for the organizing committee.
4. If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.

Workshop organizers must submit their calls for participation to icids2017workshops [at] m-iti [dot] org. 

Once a workshop is accepted, both ICIDS and the workshop organizers are responsible for publicizing the workshop and soliciting potential participants.


• July 7th, 2017 – Workshop proposal submission deadline.
• August 4th, 2017 – Workshop accept/reject notifications sent.

Workshops co-chairs: Sónia Matos and Nuno N. Correia


Art Exhibition

ICIDS 2017 Art Exhibition – Curatorial theme: Time & Tempo

The ICIDS 2017 Art Exhibition provides a platform for artists to explore the new medium for interactive storytelling from the perspective of a particular curatorial theme: Time & Tempo. Note that the curatorial theme is intended to inspire, not constrain, and will be developed further to accommodate the accepted works.

‘Tempo’ in Portuguese means ‘time,’ however the word ‘tempo’ came into English by way of Italian, tracing all the way back to the Latin word ‘tempus’- meaning time. Initially used to describe the timing of music, tempo is also used to refer to pace or speed in general.

This exhibition encourages artists to explore the concepts of Time & Tempo across disciplines, languages, cultures, technologies, and histories. The curatorial team seeks to inspire proposals with the following open questions:

  • How can the complexity of the temporal dimension (present, past and future), be approached creatively from an interactive storytelling perspective?
  • How can different expressions of Time & Tempo interact with human psychology and physiology through interactive storytelling?
  • And finally, how can Time & Tempo be used as centering concepts for the exploration of new ways of storytelling that are unique to computational media, as well the reinvigoration of as older modes of storytelling using new media?

The International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

The International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) is the premier venue for researchers, practitioners and theorists to present recent results, share novel techniques and insights, and exchange ideas about this new storytelling medium. Interactive digital storytelling is an exciting area in which narrative, computer science and art converge to create new expressive forms. The combination of narrative and computation has considerable untapped potential, ranging from artistic projects to interactive documentaries, from assistive technologies and intelligent agents to serious games, education and entertainment.

The conference has a long-standing tradition of bringing together theoretical and practical approaches in an interdisciplinary dialogue. Since 2010, ICIDS has hosted an international art exhibition open to the general public. This year, the exhibition will be held in connection with the ICIDS conference in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI). It will be open to the public under free admission at a venue to be announced later. The art exhibition will be held in conjunction with the academic conference, which runs from 14 – 17 of November. The description of the works will be published by Carnegie Mellon ETC Press in a ISBN-numbered, high-quality catalog. The ICIDS’17 participants will received the catalog during the registration.


The ICIDS Art Exhibition welcomes proposals for interactive digital storytelling artworks that explore the curatorial theme Time & Tempo, and that engage with the challenge of combining computational digital media and storytelling.
Artworks can include, but are not limited to:
– screen-based computational works;
– web-based works,
– interactive installations;
– augmented, virtual, and mixed reality,
– mobile and location-based works;
– computer games;
– interactive documentaries;
– transmedia works;

and any other artistic works that involve some combination of computational and/or rule-based system and interactive storytelling.

Artworks must be completed by the time of exhibition, and not at the concept stage.

Works-in-progress or technology demonstrations are more appropriate for the academic conference demonstration track, and should be submitted there.

Submitted works will be reviewed by a jury, and selected works will be exhibited in the exhibition space, and included in the online exhibition catalogue.


Alex Mitchell
Assistant Professor
Department Of Communications And New Media – National University of Singapore

Arnau Gifreu
Professor of Communication and Multimedia Studies – ERAM (University of Girona) and ESCAC (University of Barcelona)

Ben Samuel
PhD Student
Expressive Intelligence Studio – UC Santa Cruz

Hartmut Koenitz
Professor of Interactive Narrative Design
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

Maria Engberg
Senior Lecturer
Malmö University

Suzanne Scott
Assistant Professor
Department of Radio-Television-Film – University of Texas at Austin

Submission information can be found here

For inquiries contact the art exhibition co-curators at: icidsartexhibition2017 [at] gmail [dot] com

• August 4, 2017 (11:59 pm. Hawaii Standard Time) artwork proposal submission deadline.
• September 4, 2017: notice of acceptance/rejection. Note that jury members may contact the artists prior to this if there is the need for clarification or discussion of details of the submission.
• 18 September 2017: submission of final materials for exhibition catalogue
Upon acceptance, the curators will contact the artists to discuss details of the artwork and to discuss installation requirements. Submissions should provide details of equipment needed, and specify what equipment will be provided by the artists. ICIDS is not able to provide financial assistance. We will attempt to provide some assistance with equipment and manpower for installation, but artists are encouraged to provide their own equipment and to be present during setup where possible. The curators will be happy to provide a reference letter to aid artists in applying for funding.

We are looking for novel, thought-provoking, evocative, sensor-rich interactive art experiences created by a diverse and broad group of creative practitioners. The selection will be based on the criteria listed below in order of priority

Creativity: original or innovative use of interactive media, articulating the relationships between interactivity and storytelling

Strength of the concept: depth, coherence and originality

Relevance to the theme: demonstrates the ability to shed light on, elaborate, or personalise the exhibition theme “Time & Tempo”

Feasibility: ease of installation (or provides clear guidance for installation) [NOTE: consider restrictions of set-up time, resources]

Durability: work should be able to withstand users’ active interaction.


Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium is an opportunity for PhD students is areas related with the topics of ICIDS to present their research work, at a stage where feedback from the community might be beneficial. Students will discuss the work with experts in the area and with peers in a friendly atmosphere where discussion and contributions will be encouraged. Students should have defined their research plan, and can be in intermediate or advanced stages of their research. The work should not be completed in order to take advantage of the feedback from the Doctoral Consortium.

– All DC papers should be sent via email to icids2017dc (at) including the subject title: ICIDS2017 DC Submission
– Short paper (max 4 pages in LNCS Format) describing the research work, results, status and next steps. The paper will be published in the proceedings.
– CV of the PhD candidate (1-2 pages)
– A statement of expected results and benefits of participating in the Doctoral Consortium (1 page)
– A letter of the supervisor addressing the benefits of participating in the Doctoral Consortium at this stage of the research work (1 page)

Accepted submissions will be distributed to all participants and to the members of the panel in order to prepare for the discussions during the Doctoral Consortium sessions.
Additional information about how to prepare for the Doctoral Consortium will be provided following acceptance.

Costs for Doctoral Consortium Participation
Applicants who are selected to participate in the doctoral consortium will have free access to the entire conference as well. Travel, accommodation and subsistence will be at the participants own expenses.

Important Dates
Doctoral consortium submission deadline: August 4, 2017
Notification of acceptance: August 25, 2017
Camera ready: September 1, 2017
Doctoral Consortium: November 14, 2017

Doctoral Consortium Chairs
Nuno Correia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
Nuno Nunes (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal)

Contact information
If you have further questions, please contact: icids2017dc (at)


Student Volunteers

ICIDS 2017 Student Volunteer team is the core activity that keeps the conference organized and running smoothly, delivering the best experience that attendees and speakers are looking for. As a student volunteer, you will have the opportunity to get full conference pass providing you access to the seminars, workshops, cutting edge researchers in Storytelling, and more! Accepted students will be expected to show up on Monday (November 13th) afternoon to take part in an orientation session. During the conference your activities will include supporting the registration process, hosting and guiding people over the different venues of the conference, helping exhibitors in building up and taking down their demos. Consequently, you will be present until the end of the conference, until Friday (November 17th). Throughout these four days of conference, you will have around 20 hours of work. This should give you plenty of free time to meet with other visitors and attend various activities throughout the conference.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; be high school, undergraduate, or graduate students enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2016-2017 academic year.

• Accepted students are expected to fulfill the following:
• Attend the orientation session on November 13th, Monday.
• Show up on time to for your shifts.
• Serve at least 20 hours of voluntary work during the four days of the conference.

Examples of the conference duties:
• Attendees registration.
• Monitoring doors.
• Supporting contributors.
• Providing general assistance to conference attendees.

To apply for becoming a student volunteer you need to provide the following materials via email:
• Name, contact information, affiliation;
• Scanned copy of your student ID card;
• Educational background;
• Conferences you have attended before;
• Any previous experience(s) as a student volunteer;
• Whether you have submitted or are planning to submit a paper to ICIDS 2017.
• A one-page overview of your research area, interests and their relevance to the ICIDS conference.

Important dates:

• August 18th – Application deadline
• August 25th – Notification of acceptance

The applications, as well as other questions you might have, should be sent to the Student Volunteers Chair Vanessa Cesário: