Call for Participation

The Fourth International Conference on
Interactive Digital Storytelling

November 28 – December 1, 2011
Vancouver, Canada

Call for Participation: Conference & Workshops

ICIDS is the premier international conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, bringing together researchers from a wide variety of fields to share novel techniques, present recent results, and exchange new ideas.  Enabled by the advent of interactive digital media, Interactive Digital Storytelling (IDS) redefines the experience of narrative by allowing its audience to actively participate in the story. As such, IDS offers interesting new possibilities for games, training, and learning, through the enriching of virtual characters with intelligent behaviour, the collaboration of humans and machines in the creative process, and the combination of narrative knowledge and user activity into novel, interactive artefacts. We warmly welcome researchers, practitioners, and all other interested parties to join us in Vancouver for ICIDS 2011!

Conference Highlights

  • Refereed research presentations from 50 institutions
  • Six pre-conference workshops (Nov. 28, daytime)
  • Three invited speakers:
    – Chris Crawford (
    – Mary DeMarle (Eidos Montreal)
    – Keith Oatley (University of Toronto)
  • Opening Reception (Nov. 28, evening)
  • Optional Banquet (Nov. 30, evening)


All interested participants are encouraged to register via the link below. Early registration closes on Oct. 15, 2011.


We have reserved a small block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel. As space is limited, registrants are strongly encouraged to book their rooms early. The discounted conference rate will only be available until Nov. 15, 2011.

Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce three invited speakers for ICIDS 2011:

Chris Crawford (
Computer game designer, author, and creator of Storytron
“Twenty Years in the Wilderness: Lessons Learned in Interactive Storytelling”

Mary DeMarle (Eidos Montreal)
Lead writer and narrative designer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution
“Pushing Boundaries and Redefining Rules: The Dynamics of Storytelling in Games”

Keith Oatley (University of Toronto)
Professor emeritus of cognitive psychology and award-winning author
“Stories as Simulations in Print Fiction, Movies, and Interactive Media”


ICIDS 2011 will feature six workshops on Nov. 28, 2011 at the Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University. (F = full day; M = morning; A = afternoon)

Additional workshop details are available on the ICIDS 2011 website. To register for a workshop, contact each workshop’s organizer directly.

Venue & Travel Information

ICIDS 2011 will take place in the historic Segal Building, located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown peninsula, and easily accessible from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) via the Canada Line of Vancouver’s SkyTrain.

The Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 1W6

The workshops preceding ICIDS 2011 will take place on the Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University, easily accessible by SkyTrain from downtown Vancouver.

Simon Fraser University Surrey
250 – 13450 – 102 Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada V3T 0A3

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

– Chairs, ICIDS 2011