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 /.
3/15/2021 - The to the Science Focus article is out!
2/12/2021 - My with BBC Science Focus magazine is available for purchase!
1/25/2021 - I gave a talk at UPenn's CLUNCH (Computational Linguistics Lunch) group.
1/11/2021 - Started working at UPenn.
12/7/2020 - I passed my defense!
10/19-23/2020 - Publicity Co-Chair for
9/11/2020 - I gave a at Georgia Tech's NLP Seminar Series.
8/11/2020 - I was a !
4/16/2020 - Article:
2/28/2020 - Featured in an on Wired, where I talk about where the future of AI should be going.
2/7-2/12/2020 - Presented at – New York City, NY
2/4/2020 - Article:
11/10/2019 - Our paper on "" has been accepted at AAAI 2020!
10/30/2019 - I the !
10/8-10/12/2019 - Local Arrangements Chair for – Atlanta, GA
9/18/2019 - Attended the – San Diego, CA ()
8/10-8/16/2019 - Presented at – Macau, China
8/1/2019 - Attended the – Florence, Italy
4/22/2019 - Passed my proposal!
LJ Martin. Neurosymbolic Automated Story Generation, Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology.
, , , Z Luo, W Ma, LJ Martin, and . Story Realization: Expanding Plot Events into Sentences, The Thirty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-20), New York, NY.
*, *, LJ Martin, A Mehta, , and . Controllable Neural Story Plot Generation via Reinforcement Learning, Twenty-Eighth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19), Macao, China.
*denotes equal contribution
, , , Z Luo, W Ma, LJ Martin, and . Guided Neural Language Generation for Automated Storytelling, The Second Workshop of Storytelling (StoryNLP) at ACL 2019, Florence, Italy.
LJ Martin, , and . Dungeons and DQNs: Toward Reinforcement Learning Agents that Play Tabletop Roleplaying Games, AAAI Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT), Edmonton, AB, Canada.
LJ Martin, , , , S Singh, , and . Event Representations for Automated Story Generation with Deep Neural Nets, Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18), New Orleans, LA.
LJ Martin, , , S Singh, , , , A Mehta, R Arora, , C Purdy, and . Improvisational Storytelling Agents, NeurIPS 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design, Long Beach, CA.
LJ Martin, , , S Singh, , and . Event Representations for Automated Story Generation with Deep Neural Nets, KDD 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity, Halifax, NS, Canada.
LJ Martin, , and . Improvisational Computational Storytelling in Open Worlds, Ninth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2016) / INT 9, Los Angeles, CA.
LJ Martin, , , V Robison, and . 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.
L Martin, , F Metze, and . A Methodology for Using Crowdsourced Data to Measure Uncertainty in Natural Speech. 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT 2014), South Lake Tahoe, NV.
, , and L 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.
, S Burger, L Martin, F Metze, T Kishi, K Hashimoto, S Sessa, M Zecca, and A Takanishi. A multisensory non-invasive system for laughter analysis. 36th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Chicago, IL.
, , LJ Martin, F Metze, and . Applause: A Learning Tool for Low-Resource Languages. Designing Speech and Language Interactions Workshop (CHI 2014), Toronto, Canada.
S Yu, L Jiang, Z Mao, X Chang, X Du, C Gan, Z Lan, Z Xu, X Li, Y Cai, A Kumar, Y Miao, L Martin, , S Xu, H Li, M Lin, Z Ma, Y Yang, D Meng, S Shan, PD Sahin, S Burger, F Metze, R Singh, B Raj, T Mitamura, R Stern, and A Hauptmann. Informedia@ TRECVID 2014 MED and MER. TrecVID 2014, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
My research interests include:
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 .
by Amy Barrett for Science Focus Podcast. March 15, 2021.
by Amy Barrett in Science Focus Magazine. Feb 17, 2021.
by Will Knight in 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