Maria Arinbjarnar

Maria is a Ph.D. Student in Computer Science at York University, planned graduation is in 2010. Supervisor Dr. Daniel Kudenko, research area Interactive Drama.

Current Research

Maria's aim is to create believable Non-Player Characters (NPCs) that entertain the player with respect to the game scenario. NPCs that have distinctive personality and character and are able to engage the player in a conversation about in-game events and captivate the player in an unfolding drama.


  • Schemas in Directed Emergent Drama, Maria Arinbjarnar, Daniel Kudenko. In Proceedings of the First Joint International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS). Erfurt, Germany. November 26 - 27, 2008.

  • Dynamic Plot Genarating Engine, Maria Arinbjarnar. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Integrating Technologies for Interactive Stories (INTETAIN 2008), Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Mexico. January 7-10, 2008

  • Rational Dialog in Interactive Games, Maria Arinbjarnar. In Proceedings of the AAAI 2007 Fall Symposium on Intelligent Narrative Technologies, Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, Virginia, November 9-11, 2007


  • MSc in Computer Science from Reykjavik University, with an award for outstanding performance.
  • BSc in Computer Science from Reykjavik University.

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