Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill

Recent News, Events, and Travel:

  • My article about the Digital Improv project in the Summer 2013 issue of ACM XRDS magazine.
  • Starting Jan. 1, 2014, I will be an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Western New England University.
  • I am Brian O'Neill, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. I did my undergraduate work at Saint Joseph's University, graduating in 2007 with a B.S. in Computer Science.

    As part of my dissertation research, I am trying to collect knowledge for an AI system. The system requires knowledge that people have about what happens in common story situations. I am collecting knowledge using a brief online survey. If you would not mind participating, please follow the link to the survey provided below:

    Participate in Research Survey

    Research Interests

    My research interests include storytelling, narrative support and understanding, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. In particular, I am studying how to computationally model suspense in narrative, as well as how to apply such a model to intelligent story generation. I am currently working with Mark Riedl in the Entertainment Intelligence Lab at Georgia Tech. Recently, I have also been working with the ADAM Lab on the Digital Improv project. We are investigating narrative in improvisational theatre and developing computational agents that can improvise a narrative in equal collaboration with human improvisers.

    For more information about my work, see my Research page, which includes links to relevant publications. You can also view my Google Scholar citations page.

    Past Work

    During the 2007-08 academic year, I worked with Mark Guzdial to upgrade the Jython Environment for Students (JES), an IDE used here at Georgia Tech as well as in other schools. For more information, check out the Media Computation Teachers site.

    Since then, I have worked on Cambot, MST, and several Game AI projects. Summaries of these projects can be seen on my Projects page.