Script Generation for Radio Drama

Can computational creativity be used to generate dialogue for radio plays? How can research in dramaturgy, conversation analysis, and computer science come together to create such as system?

The original intention of the project was to explore whether artificial intelligence could be utilized to create radio plays—and if so, how. The focus of the project has since shifted to the computational generation of dialogue for radio plays. The first outcome of the ongoing project, a series of generated dialogues, was produced in autumn 2019. The Finnish broadcasting company YLE plans to produce and broadcast these scripts as part of its radio drama programming.

Initiated by dramaturge Juha-Pekka Hotinen of YLE in 2016, this multidisciplinary project has been funded by YLE, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Helsinki.

Participating researchers have included Otso Huopaniemi (Professor of Dramaturgy and Playwriting, Uniarts Helsinki), Hannu Toivonen (Professor of Computer Science, University of Helsinki), and Marja-Leena Sorjonen (Professor of Finnish, University of Helsinki). The team members that have been hired to work on the project are Essi Salmenkivi, Jessica Lindström, and Ville-Veikko Saari.