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Jennifer is a junior at the University of Utah, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. Her research currently centers on generating and planning with open worlds, as applied to interactive storytelling with an AI Dungeon Master.

Much of the process of Jennifer's research this year will end up posted here.

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Independent Study Coursework Plan

Early posts to this website will relate to an Independent Study course I'm completing this semester.  This post is the bulk of my Independent Study coursework plan. It's subject to change at regular intervals, with instructor permission.
Title of CourseExtracting Symbolic World-States for Open-World Interactive Storytelling Credit Hours3 OverviewIndividual investigation of advanced topics under the discretion and direction of the instructor. Course WebsiteJenniferMarieNelson.com Independent Study Goal/Statement of PurposeI’m using this independent study as an introduction to conducting impactful self-directed research. I want to tackle graduate-level problems while the stakes are still low as an undergraduate. I hope to learn to read like a researcher, model interesting and hard problems, and put that model into practice. Course Objectives1. Describe, discuss, and explain the research problem studied, the approach taken, the experimental design, the analysis of data, and any conclus…

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Research Goal(s) Sep 28th, 2018

Below is an outline of the research direction this project will pursue. This is a big set of problems, and can't be solved in one independent-study. I'd like to get as far as possible with this problem over my remaining undergraduate years, spinning an Honor's Thesis out of it.
Goals: Build a natural language to symbolic language interpreter with the following capabilities:
Given a domain, current state, and a natural language player request, can translate that request into symbolic actions, objects, and predicates.
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The translated symbols can then be incorporated into the domain and state, for a narrative planner to work with as appropriate. (Incorporation may even involve modifying existing symbols, or previous states in a plan.)
I.e. if the domain is blocks world and user input is "drop block A off the table,"…

Foundational Literature Review 1

For this review I read 2 papers and a textbook chapter. This will be followed up by a more detailed review of the paper on learning STRIPS actions.

Apologies for not embedding this literature review directly into the post. I wrote it in markdown, hoping that would translate easier to the web, but I also used lots of LaTeX and a few diagrams in Mermaid. For now, I have a pdf.

Foundational Literature Review