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141103 icids14 53 smThe CHESS project travelled to Singapore in early November to participate in the 7th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2014), the premier international conference on interactive digital storytelling.

The University of Athens' researchers Dr. Akrivi Katifori, Ms. Maria Vayanou, and Mr. Vassilis Kourtis gave a demonstration of CHESS, and presented a full paper titled "Authoring Personalized Interactive Museum Stories".

Photos from the demo and paper abstract can be found in the Photo Gallery and Scientific Papers sections respectively.

CHESS in the Guardian's list of 10 global R&D projects that are changing arts and culture!

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The Guardian logoThe CHESS project is featured in the Guardian newspaper's list of favourite Research and Development (R&D) projects (online, Cultural Professionals Network section, Friday 20 June 2014).

Specifically, about CHESS, the newspaper article writes: "The Acropolis Museum in Athens together with the Cité de l'Espace, a science centre in Toulouse, is experimenting with providing personalised storytelling for visitors based on their exhibitions. Beyond the development phase, visitors will be invited to download an app and complete a profile for themselves, which will develop a story-led route around the museum that uncovers hidden layers of relevant information to them during their visit. For example, according to age, gender or occupation. The tool, which is funded by the European Union, is designed to encourage interaction and engagement." View the full article at:

Earlier this year, in April, the Guardian featured an article about the CHESS project titled "Tell me a story: augmented reality technology in museums."


CHESS presentation at DST 2014

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M. Vayanou presenting CHESS at DST14Ms. Maria Vayanou, doctoral candidate at the University of Athens and main designer of the CHESS Storytelling Engine, presented the paper "The Impact of Interactive Digital Storytelling in Cultural Heritage Sites" at the International Digital Storytelling in Times of Crisis - DST 2014 conference.

The conference took place in Athens, Greece on May 08-10, 2014 and video of the presentation can be viewed online at


CHESS a success at the Innovation Convention 2014!

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The CHESS project was demonstrated with great success at the European Commission's prestigious Innovation Convention, which took place on 10 and 11 March 2014 in Brussels.

A CHESS storytelling experience was specially designed for participants of the Convention on tablets. This experience involved the visitors in the visit of a "mini-museum", reproduced on the booth.

The booth was very crowded throughout the two days of the Convention with many really enthusiastic visitors, including EC officials and the press.

A significant success for the CHESS Consortium, indeed!

 IC 2014 photo1CHESS augmented reality game at IC 2014