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Lara J. Martin, PhD

CIFellow Postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania


Human-Centered AI Researcher



I'm on the faculty job market fall 2022!

How to say Lara
I make systems that improve how people talk with computers and to each other through computers. Most of my career so far has been teaching computers how to tell stories (also known as automated story generation) and working my way towards an AI Dungeon Master. I am also currently working on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
My pronouns are she/they.

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Contact

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Towne Building, Room 297
220 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104

Biography

Bio

About Me

My research interests include:
  • computational creativity,
  • interactive narrative,
  • narrative generation & understanding,
  • augmentative & alternative communication (AAC),
  • computer-mediated communication,
  • prosody & emotion (affective computing),
  • dialog & conversational agents,
  • and cognitive systems.
I work from a blend of research and methods from various fields:
  • natural language processing/language technologies,
  • linguistics,
  • human-computer interaction,
  • cognitive science,
  • and artifical intelligence.

Some of my non-research passions include AI equity, science communication, and educating children about computer science and technology — especially getting young girls and other minorities in tech interested in tech.

Check out my CV for more information.

Third-Person Bio

Dr. Lara J. Martin is a 2020 Computing Innovation Fellow (CIFellow) postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania working with Dr. Chris Callison-Burch. In 2020, she earned her PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she worked with Dr. Mark Riedl. She also has a MS in Language Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science & Linguistics from Rutgers University—New Brunswick. Dr. Martin’s work resides in the field of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence with a focus on natural language applications. They have worked in the areas of automated story generation, speech processing, and affective computing, publishing in top-tier conferences such as AAAI, EMNLP, and IJCAI. They have also been featured in Wired and BBC Science Focus magazine.

Publications

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  • Story Generation
  • Story Understanding
  • Social Media
  • Dungeons & Dragons

2023

2022

Preprint
CoRRPUS: Detecting Story Inconsistencies via Codex-Bootstrapped Neurosymbolic Reasoning
Yijiang River Dong, Lara J. Martin, Chris Callison-Burch. arXiv preprint arXiv:2212.10754. arXiv bibTex
@inproceedings{Dong2022CoRRPUS, title={{CORRPUS: Detecting Story Inconsistencies via Codex-Bootstrapped Neurosymbolic Reasoning}}, author={Dong, Yijiang River and Martin, Lara J. and Callison-Burch, Chris}, year={2022}, eprint={2212.10754}, archivePrefix={arXiv} }
Dungeons and Dragons as a Dialogue Challenge for Artificial Intelligence
Chris Callison-Burch, Gaurav Singh Tomar, Lara J. Martin, Daphne Ippolito, Suma Bailis, David Reitter. Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), Abu Dhabi, UAE. paper local pdf arXiv bibTex
@inproceedings{ccb2022dungeons, title={{Dungeons and Dragons as a Dialogue Challenge for Artificial Intelligence}}, author={Callison-Burch, Chris and Singh Tomar, Gaurav and Martin, Lara J. and Ippolito, Daphne and Bailis, Suma and Reitter, David}, journal={{Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)}}, year={2022}, pages={9379--9393}, eprint={2210.07109}, archivePrefix={arXiv}, address={Abu Dhabi, UAE}, url={https://aclanthology.org/2022.emnlp-main.637}, month={12} }
Using Language Models to Convert Between Natural Language and Game Commands
Stefan Papazov, Wesley Gill, Marta García Ferreiro, Andrew Zhu, Lara J. Martin, Chris Callison-Burch. NAACL 2022 Wordplay Workshop, Seattle, Washington. paper local pdf poster bibTex
@inproceedings{papazov2022avrae, title={{Using Language Models to Convert Between Natural Language and Game Commands}}, author={Papazov, Stefan and Gill, Wesley and García Ferreiro, Marta and Zhu, Andrew and Martin, Lara J. and Callison-Burch, Chris}, journal={{Wordplay: Where Language Meets Games Workshop at NAACL 2022}}, year={2022}, address={Seattle, WA}, url={https://openreview.net/forum?id=jQSStHwtmDN} }
CIS²: A Simplified Commonsense Inference Evaluation for Story Prose
Bryan Li, Lara J. Martin, Chris Callison-Burch. ACL 2022 Workshop on Commonsense Representation and Reasoning (CSRR), Dublin, Ireland. paper local pdf arXiv poster code bibTex
@inproceedings{li2022cis2, title={{$CIS^2$: A Simplified Commonsense Inference Evaluation for Story Prose}}, author={Li, Bryan and Martin, Lara J. and Callison-Burch, Chris}, archivePrefix = {arXiv}, eprint = {2202.07880}, journal={{Workshop on Commonsense Representation and Reasoning (CSRR) at ACL 2022}}, year={2022}, address={Dublin, Ireland}, url={https://openreview.net/forum?id=Se-xHMYg_bc} }

2021

Neurosymbolic Automated Story Generation
Lara J. Martin. Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology. paper local pdf bibTex
@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} }
Preprint
Goal-Directed Story Generation: Augmenting Generative Language Models with Reinforcement Learning
Amal Alabdulkarim, Winston Li, Lara J. Martin, Mark O. Riedl. arXiv preprint arXiv:2112.08593. arXiv bibTex
@report{alabdulkarim2021goal, title={{Goal-Directed Story Generation: Augmenting Generative Language Models with Reinforcement Learning}}, author={Alabdulkarim, Amal and Li, Winston and Martin, Lara J. and Riedl, Mark O.}, year={2021}, archivePrefix={arXiv}, eprint={2112.08593}, url={https://arxiv.org/abs/2112.08593} }

2020

Story Realization: Expanding Plot Events into Sentences
Prithviraj Ammanabrolu, Ethan Tien, Wesley Cheung, Zhaochen Luo, William Ma, Lara J. Martin, Mark O. Riedl. AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), New York, NY. paper arXiv slides poster code data bibTex
@inproceedings{ammanabrolu2020realization, 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

Controllable Neural Story Plot Generation via Reward Shaping
Pradyumna Tambwekar, Murtaza Dhuliawala, Lara J. Martin, Animesh Mehta, Brent Harrison, Mark O. Riedl. International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Macao, China. paper arXiv slides poster code bibTex
@inproceedings{tambwekar2019controllable, title={{Controllable Neural Story Plot Generation via Reward Shaping}}, 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} }
Guided Neural Language Generation for Automated Storytelling
Prithviraj Ammanabrolu, Ethan Tien, Wesley Cheung, Zhaochen Luo, William Ma, Lara J. Martin, Mark O. Riedl. ACL 2019 Workshop of Storytelling (StoryNLP), Florence, Italy. paper slides bibTex
@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

Dungeons and DQNs: Toward Reinforcement Learning Agents that Play Tabletop Roleplaying Games
Lara J. Martin, Srijan Sood, Mark O. Riedl. AAAI 2018 Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (INT), Edmonton, AB, Canada. local pdf slides bibTex
@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} }
Event Representations for Automated Story Generation with Deep Neural Nets
Lara J. Martin, Prithviraj Ammanabrolu, Xinyu Wang, William Hancock, Shruti Singh, Brent Harrison, Mark O. Riedl. AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), New Orleans, LA. paper arXiv poster code data bibTex
@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={2}, year={2018}, pages={868--875}, url={https://ojs.aaai.org/index.php/AAAI/article/view/11430}, address={New Orleans, LA}, doi={10.1609/aaai.v32i1.11430} }

2017

Improvisational Storytelling Agents
Lara J. Martin, Prithviraj Ammanabrolu, Xinyu Wang, Shruti Singh, Brent Harrison, Murtaza Dhuliawala, Pradyumna Tambwekar, Animesh Mehta, Richa Arora, Nathan Dass, Chris Purdy, Mark O. Riedl. NeurIPS 2017 Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design, Long Beach, CA. paper local pdf poster bibTex
@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} }

2016

Improvisational Computational Storytelling in Open Worlds
Lara J. Martin, Brent Harrison, Mark O. Riedl. International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), Los Angeles, CA. paper local pdf slides bibTex
@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

Utterance Classification in Speech-to-Speech Translation for Zero-Resource Languages in the Hospital Administration Domain
Lara J. Martin, Andrew Wilkinson, Sai Sumanth Miryala, Vivian Robison, Alan W Black. IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU), Scottsdale, AZ. paper local pdf poster bibTex
@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} }

2014

A Methodology for Using Crowdsourced Data to Measure Uncertainty in Natural Speech
Lara J. Martin, Matthew Stone, Florian Metze, Jack Mostow. IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT), South Lake Tahoe, NV. paper local pdf poster bibTex
@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} }
Applause: A Learning Tool for Low-Resource Languages
Nikolas Wolfe, Vinay Vyas Vemuri, Lara J. Martin, Florian Metze, Alan W Black. CHI 2014 Workshop on Designing Speech and Language Interactions, Toronto, Canada. local pdf bibTex
@inproceedings{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} }

Teaching

Teaching

I have a teaching certificate from Georgia Tech, Summer 2018.


CIS 700 Interactive Fiction and Text Generation
Spring 2022
University of Pennsylvania
Co-taught with Dr. Chris Callison-Burch

CS 3790 Introduction to Cognitive Science
Summer 2018
Georgia Institute of Technology

Media

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Lara Martin: "How Can I get a system to tell a story about anything I want?" by Masoud Golsorkhi for TANK Magazine, Issue 88 (Narrative).
Autumn 2021.

Lara Martin on teaching AI to tell stories by Amy Barrett for Science Focus Podcast.
Mar 15, 2021.

Alexa, tell me a story by Amy Barrett for Science Focus Magazine.
Feb 17, 2021.

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D by Will Knight for Wired.
Feb 28, 2020.

Talks

Recorded Talks

9/11/2020 - Georgia Tech's NLP Seminar Series


5/5/2022 - USC's Natural Language Seminar


Blog

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