Lara J. Martin, PhD

postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania

How to say Lara: /'lɑɹ.ə/

I teach computers how to tell stories (also known as automated story generation).
More generally, I do with a focus on natural language. I look at how humans communicate and design/create artificially intelligent agents to leverage that.
Professionally interested in cognition and computational creativity; personally interested in AI equity and science communication.
My pronouns are /.

(updated 8/12/21)

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    200 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
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Publications

2021

  • LJ Martin. Neurosymbolic Automated Story Generation, Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology. (, )
    @phdthesis{martin2021thesis, title={{Neurosymbolic Automated Story Generation}}, school={Georgia Institute of Technology}, author={Martin, Lara J.}, year={2021}, url={https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/64643} }

2020

  • , , , , , LJ Martin, . Story Realization: Expanding Plot Events into Sentences, The Thirty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-20), New York, NY. (, , , , , , )
    @inproceedings{ammanabrolu2020story, title={{Story Realization: Expanding Plot Events into Sentences}}, author={Ammanabrolu, Prithviraj and Tien, Ethan and Cheung, Wesley and Luo, Zhaochen and Ma, William and Martin, Lara J. and Riedl, Mark O.}, archivePrefix={arXiv}, eprint={1909.03480}, journal={{Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)}}, volume={34}, number={05}, year={2020}, pages={7375--7382}, month={4}, doi={10.1609/aaai.v34i05.6232}, url={https://ojs.aaai.org//index.php/AAAI/article/view/6232}, address={New York, NY} }

2019

  • , , LJ Martin, , , . Controllable Neural Story Plot Generation via Reinforcement Learning, Twenty-Eighth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19), Macao, China. (, , , , )
    @inproceedings{tambwekar2019controllable, title={{Controllable Neural Story Plot Generation via Reinforcement Learning}}, author={Tambwekar, Pradyumna and Dhuliawala, Murtaza and Martin, Lara J. and Mehta, Animesh and Harrison, Brent and Riedl, Mark O.}, archivePrefix={arXiv}, eprint={1809.10736}, journal={{Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, (IJCAI-19)}}, year={2019}, pages={5982--5988}, month={7}, doi={10.24963/ijcai.2019/829}, url={https://www.ijcai.org/proceedings/2019/829}, address={Macao, China} }
  • , , , , , LJ Martin, . Guided Neural Language Generation for Automated Storytelling, The Second Workshop of Storytelling (StoryNLP) at ACL 2019, Florence, Italy. (, , )
    @inproceedings{ammanabrolu2019guided, title={{Guided Neural Language Generation for Automated Storytelling}}, author={Ammanabrolu, Prithviraj and Tien, Ethan and Cheung, Wesley and Luo, Zhaochen and Ma, William and Martin, Lara J. and Riedl, Mark O.}, journal={{Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Storytelling (StoryNLP) at ACL 2019}}, year={2019}, pages={46--55}, month={8}, doi={10.18653/v1/W19-3405}, url={https://aclanthology.org/W19-3405/}, address={Florence, Italy} }

2018

  • LJ Martin, , . Dungeons and DQNs: Toward Reinforcement Learning Agents that Play Tabletop Roleplaying Games, AAAI Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT), Edmonton, AB, Canada. (, , )
    @inproceedings{martin2018dungeons, title={{Dungeons and DQNs: Toward Reinforcement Learning Agents that Play Tabletop Roleplaying Games}}, author={Martin, Lara J. and Sood, Srijan and Riedl, Mark}, booktitle={Proceedings of the Joint AIIDE Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies and Workshop on Intelligent Cinematography and Editing (INT-WICED)}, year={2018}, address={Edmonton, AB, Canada} }
  • LJ Martin, , , , , , . Event Representations for Automated Story Generation with Deep Neural Nets, Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18), New Orleans, LA. (, , , , , )
    @inproceedings{martin2018event, title={{Event Representations for Automated Story Generation with Deep Neural Nets}}, author={Martin, Lara J. and Ammanabrolu, Prithviraj and Wang, Xinyu and Hancock, William and Singh, Shruti and Harrison, Brent and Riedl, Mark O.}, booktitle={Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence}, volume={32}, number={1}, month={4}, year={2018}, url={https://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/AAAI/AAAI18/paper/view/17046/}, address={New Orleans, LA} }

2017

  • LJ Martin, , , , , , , , , , , . Improvisational Storytelling Agents, NeurIPS 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design, Long Beach, CA. (, , )
    @inproceedings{martin2017improvisational, title={{Improvisational Storytelling Agents}}, author={Martin, Lara J. and Ammanabrolu, Prithviraj and Wang, Xinyu and Singh, Shruti and Harrison, Brent and Dhuliawala, Murtaza and Tambwekar, Pradyumna and Mehta, Animesh and Arora, Richa and Dass, Nathan and Purdy, Chris and Riedl, Mark O.}, booktitle={Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design (NeurIPS 2017)}, pages={4}, year={2017}, url={https://nips2017creativity.github.io/doc/Improvisational_Agents.pdf}, address={Long Beach, CA} }
  • LJ Martin, , , , , . Event Representations for Automated Story Generation with Deep Neural Nets, KDD 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity, Halifax, NS, Canada. (, , )
    Please cite the 2018 paper of the same name.

2016

  • LJ Martin, , . Improvisational Computational Storytelling in Open Worlds, Ninth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2016) / INT 9, Los Angeles, CA. (, , )
    @inproceedings{martin2016improvisational, title={{Improvisational Computational Storytelling in Open Worlds}}, author={Martin, Lara J. and Harrison, Brent and Riedl, Mark O.}, booktitle={International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS)}, pages={73--84}, year={2016}, month={10}, organization={Springer}, url={https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-48279-8_7}, address={Los Angeles, CA} }

2015

  • LJ Martin, , , , . Utterance Classification in Speech-to-Speech Translation for Zero-Resource Languages in the Hospital Administration Domain, 2015 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU 2015), Scottsdale, AZ. (, , )
    @inproceedings{martin2015utterance, title={{Utterance Classification in Speech-to-Speech Translation for Zero-Resource Languages in the Hospital Administration Domain}}, author={Martin, Lara J. and Wilkinson, Andrew and Miryala, Sai Sumanth and Robison, Vivian and Black, Alan W}, booktitle={2015 IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding (ASRU)}, pages={303--309}, month={12}, year={2015}, organization={IEEE}, url={https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7404809}, doi={10.1109/ASRU.2015.7404809}, address={Scottsdale, AZ} }
  • S Yu, L Jiang, Z Xu, Z Lan, S Xu, X Chang, X Li, Z Mao, C Gan, Y Miao, X Du, Y Cai, LJ Martin, , A Kumar, H Li, M Lin, Z Ma, Y Yang, D Meng, S Shan, P Duygulu Sahin, S Burger, F Metze, R Singh, B Raj, T Mitamura, R Stern, A Hauptmann. CMU Informedia@ TRECVID 2015 MED, TrecVID 2015, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD. (, )
    @inproceedings{yu2015informedia, title={{CMU Informedia@ TRECVID 2015 MED}}, author={Yu, Shoou-I and Jiang, Lu and Xu, Zhongwen and Lan, Zhenzhong and Xu, Shicheng and Chang, Xiaojun and Li, Xuanchong and Mao, Zexi and Gan, Chuang and Miao, Yajie and Du, Xingzhong and Cai, Yang and Martin, Lara and Wolfe, Nikolas and Kumar, Anurag and Li, Huan and Lin, Ming and Ma, Zhigang and Yang, Yi and Meng, Deyu and Shan, Shiguang and Duygulu Sahin, Pinar and Burger, Susanne and Metze, Florian and Singh, Rita and Raj, Bhiksha and Mitamura, Teruko and Stern, Richard and Hauptmann, Alexander}, booktitle={TREC Video Retrieval Evaluation 2015 (TRECVID 2015)}, year={2015}, address={Gaithersburg, MD}, url={https://www-nlpir.nist.gov/projects/tvpubs/tv15.papers/cmu.pdf} }

2014

  • LJ Martin, , F Metze, . A Methodology for Using Crowdsourced Data to Measure Uncertainty in Natural Speech, 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT 2014), South Lake Tahoe, NV. (, , )
    @inproceedings{martin2014methodology, title={{A Methodology for Using Crowdsourced Data to Measure Uncertainty in Natural Speech}}, author={Martin, Lara and Stone, Matthew and Metze, Florian and Mostow, Jack}, booktitle={2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT)}, pages={95--99}, month={12}, year={2014}, organization={IEEE}, doi={10.1109/SLT.2014.7078556}, url={https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7078556}, address={South Lake Tahoe, NV} }
  • , , and LJ Martin. Identifying Student Leaders from MOOC Discussion Forums through Language Influence, EMNLP 2014 Workshop on Analysis of Large Scale Social Interaction in MOOCs, Doha, Qatar. (, )
    @inproceedings{moon2014identifying, title={{Identifying Student Leaders from MOOC Discussion Forums through Language Influence}}, author={Moon, Seungwhan and Potdar, Saloni and Martin, Lara}, booktitle={Proceedings of the EMNLP 2014 Workshop on Analysis of Large Scale Social Interaction in MOOCs}, pages={15--20}, year={2014}, url={https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W14-4103/}, address={Doha, Qatar} }
  • , S Burger, LJ Martin, F Metze, T Kishi, K Hashimoto, S Sessa, M Zecca, A Takanishi. A Multisensory Non-Invasive System for Laughter Analysis, 36th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Chicago, IL. (, )
    @article{cosentino2014multisensory, title={{A Multisensory Non-Invasive System for Laughter Analysis}}, author={Cosentino, Sarah and Burger, Susanne and Martin, Lara and Metze, Florian and Kishi, Tatsuhiro and Hashimoto, Kenji and Sessa, Salvatore and Zecca, Massimiliano and Takanishi, Atsuo}, year={2014}, booktitle={36th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference}, address={Chicago, IL} }
  • , , LJ Martin, . Applause: A Learning Tool for Low-Resource Languages, Designing Speech and Language Interactions Workshop (CHI 2014), Toronto, Canada. (, )
    @article{wolfeapplause, title={{Applause: A Learning Tool for Low-Resource Languages}}, author={Wolfe, Nikolas and Vemuri, Vinay Vyas and Martin, Lara J. and Metze, Florian and Black, Alan W}, booktitle={Designing Speech and Language Interactions Workshop (CHI 2014)}, address={Toronto, Canada}, year={2014} }
  • S Yu, L Jiang, Z Mao, X Chang, X Du, C Gan, Z Lan, Z Xu, X Li, Y Cai, A Kumar, Y Miao, LJ Martin, , S Xu, H Li, M Lin, Z Ma, Y Yang, D Meng, S Shan, P Duygulu Sahin, S Burger, F Metze, R Singh, B Raj, T Mitamura, R Stern, A Hauptmann. Informedia@ TRECVID 2014 MED and MER, TrecVID 2014, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. (, )
    @inproceedings{yu2014informedia, title={{Informedia@ TRECVID 2014 MED and MER}}, author={Yu, Shoou-I and Jiang, Lu and Mao, Zexi and Chang, Xiaojun and Du, Xingzhong and Gan, Chuang and Lan, Zhenzhong and Xu, Zhongwen and Li, Xuanchong and Cai, Yang and Kumar, Anurag and Miao, Yajie and Martin, Lara and Wolfe, Nikolas and Xu, Shicheng and Li, Huan and Lin, Ming and Ma, Zhigang and Yang, Yi and Meng, Deyu and Shan, Shiguang and Duygulu Sahin, Pinar and Burger, Susanne and Metze, Florian and Singh, Rita and Raj, Bhiksha and Mitamura, Teruko and Stern, Richard and Hauptmann, Alexander}, booktitle={NIST TRECVID Video Retrieval Evaluation Workshop}, volume={24}, year={2014}, address={Orlando, FL}, url={https://www-nlpir.nist.gov/projects/tvpubs/tv14.papers/cmu.pdf} }

Brief Bio

My research interests include:
  • computational creativity,
  • interactive narrative and narrative generation & understanding,
  • prosody & emotion (affective computing),
  • dialog & conversational agents,
  • and cognitive systems.

I am currently a at the University of Pennsylvania, working with .

I earned my PhD in in the at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I worked with in the , doing automated story generation.

I have a and have taught as instructor of record for an Intro to Cognitive Science class.

I have a Masters in Language Technologies from in their School of Computer Science. I received my BS in Computer Science and Linguistics from Rutgers University — New Brunswick.

One of my non-research passions is in educating children about computer science and technology — especially getting young girls and other minorities in tech interested, and I try to find as many local outreach opportunities as I can.

I enjoy playing computer games and board games, petting dogs, hiking, SCUBA diving, playing piano and accordion, collecting accents, and doing random craft projects. And I'm married to .

Recorded Talk(s)

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  • by Amy Barrett for Science Focus Podcast. Mar 15, 2021.
  • by Amy Barrett for Science Focus Magazine. Feb 17, 2021.
  • by Will Knight for Wired. Feb 28, 2020.

Random Side Projects

  • I have been collecting a list of American English for my foriegn friends. had generously made it into a , which has since been removed. :c
  • I created a machine translation system with Vivian Robison for translating the Bible from .
  • I am a downloadable voice in the speech synthesis tool (voice "").
  • I presented at (a fake conference) on "" with .