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Arnav Jhala is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University (NCSU). His research interests lie at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Media, particularly in the areas of Computer Games, Cinematic Communication, and Narrative Discourse. In his dissertation research he has developed computational models of film idioms and algorithms for automatically generating cinematic discourse. Arnav has previously worked as an intern at the Institute for Creative Technologies at University of Southern California where he was part of the Leaders project developed in association with Paramount Pictures. He spent a summer working on the America's Army: Adaptive Thinking and Leadership game at Virtual Heroes, Inc., a leading serious games developer. Arnav is a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award at NCSU for his work as the TA for the capstone projects class in game development and has also served as the instructor for this course. Prior to graduate school, he lived in Ahmedabad, India where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering with distinction from Gujarat University. He spent a year at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in the Space Applications Center working on his undergraduate senior project.
1. Westworld: A Domain for Automatically Generated Narratives
as coauthor at AAAI 2008: AI Video Competition,
together with: Mike Dominguez,
Cosmo: The lifelike pedagogical agent
as author at AAAI 2007: AI Video Competition,
together with: Curtis Rawls (coauthor),