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Dr. Mariët Theune
Mariët Theune is assistant professor at HMI.
She holds a PhD degree in natural language generation from the Eindhoven University of Technology (2000), and a master's degree in computational linguistics from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her interest in language and communication is reflected in the topics of her research, which include interactive digital storytelling, automatic language generation, embodied conversational agents, and multimodal information presentation.
Currently, the main focus of her research is on interactive digital storytelling. The aim of this research is to make it possible for people to not just passively "consume" stories, but instead to actively experience them, shaping their own story as they interact with intelligent characters in a virtual environment. Mariët has been coordinating the research on digital storytelling at HMI since 2004.