Professor Mohan Kankanhalli and his team clinch the Best BNI Paper award at the 2022 ACM Multimedia Conference

2 February 2023

NUS Computing professor and researchers clinched the Best BNI (Brave New Ideas) Paper award for their work on narrative generation at the ACM Multimedia Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal between 10-14 October 2022.

The NUS team consists of Provost Chair Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Senior Research Fellows Yongkang Wong, and Shaojing Fan, Research Fellow Yangyang Guo, Ph.D. Candidate Ziwei Xu, and lastly, Graduate Student Researcher Rishabh Sheoran.

It was an outcome of their collaboration with NEC Corporation researchers Karen Stephen, Anusha Bhamidipati, Vivek Barsopia, and Head of Media Analysis Platform Research Group Jianquan Liu.

Their paper titled, “Compute to Tell the Tale: Goal-Driven Narrative Generation,” tackles the task of narrative generation by combining perspectives from social science and computer science. It models the problem of narrative generation from the machine learning perspective and proposes a general narrative generation framework that can be applied to different domains. It further discusses the key challenges and research problems of narrative generation, such as the factual consistency of generated narrative, narrative structure modeling, personalization, and requirements of the dataset for machine learning. 

The full article is featured in SoC News here.