The Interaction Lab is located in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Check out our new Masters course in AI and Conversational Agents (MSc in AI with Speech and Multimodal Interaction)
Our research addresses some of the central problems in computer science and AI, by developing intelligent interactive systems which can collaborate effectively and adaptively with humans, and combining a variety of interaction modalities, such as speech, graphics, gesture, vision, and Natural Language. Our methods combine statistical and symbolic information processing, and we are developing data-driven machine learning approaches to build robust agents which can adapt autonomously in uncertain and dynamic interactions. These techniques are applied in a variety of domains, such as conversational interfaces, mobile search, wearable technology, technology enhanced learning, healthcare informatics, and human-robot interaction. We evaluate the performance of our models and algorithms both in simulation and in trials with real users.
We are organising INLG 2016 in Edinburgh. We also recently organised the 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation and the workshop on Spatial Reasoning and Interaction for Real-World Robotics at IROS 2015.
We have recently received funding to create an Intelligent Room for Interaction Science (IRIS)
Lab members are running the Machine Learning Reading Group
We have a new Horizon 2020 project on socially intelligent Human-Robot Interaction (MuMMER) starting in 2016! [official MuMMER website]
Some of our research projects:
We are interested in joining further international and national research collaborations in the above areas.
Eshrag Refaee and Verena Rieser are winners of SemEval'16 challenge (sub-task 7)
Horizon 2020 project on socially intelligent robots (MuMMER) starting in 2016! Postdoc positions here
New ESPRC project (2015) funded on domain-general spoken dialogue systems: BABBLE
January 2015: FurHat has arrived!
SpeechCity wins the Culture and Sports Challenge in the EdinburghApps competition.
2 new EPSRC projects on NLG funded
SpeechCity demo app released for SEMDIAL 2014
The Interaction lab is jointly organising a workshop on Multimodal HRI at ICMI 2014
James Watt studentships available.
BBC article on Parlance project, "How to turn Siri into Samantha", Feb2014
SemDial'14 is hosted by iLab.
MSc in AI with Speech and Multimodal Interaction starting Sept 2014.
Welcome to Katrin Lohan, our new lab member (21/10/13)
2 papers accepted for ICMI 2013
5 papers accepted for SIGDIAL 2013
Oliver Lemon joins Advisory Board for Dialog State Tracking Challenge II (2013 -)
ENLG 2013 paper accepted.
Oliver Lemon gave an invited talk at Nuance Communications Inc, Sunnyvale Research Lab on 29/5/13
Verena Rieser is area chair for discourse & dialogue for EACL'14.
Verena Rieser gave an invited talk at ICSI Berkeley on 14/07/13. Watch on YouTube.
Mary Ellen Foster's paper with Ron Petrick from Edinburgh Uni has been named Novel Applications Track Best Paper for ICAPS'13.
25/3/13 Verena Rieser elected to the Scientific Advisory Committee of SIGDIAL
Jan 2013: Verena Rieser elected to the board of SIGGEN
1/10/12: Welcome to our new Phd students Kevin O'Connor and Ioannis Efstathiou !
Hiring: 2 positions in Multimodal Interfaces /HRI/NLP (july 2012)
Hiring: new RA post in NLP and dialogue (june 2012)
ECHOES project: video
Human-Robot Interaction: VIDEO
May 2012: call of the wired: Conversational Interface work at HWU and Cambridge
Faculty positions in Computer Science: join us!
New project EC FP7 Parlance started November 1st.
See here for details
New forum for recruiting subjects at Heriot-Watt. Website here
3/11/11 Invited talk introducing Machine Learning to medics and psychologists at the Western General Hospital. Slides Available here.
1/11/11 Verena Rieser joined as a new faculty member.
1/11/11 ECHOES project at ESRC Festival of Social Science
Trialling a new spoken dialogue system for Edinburgh restaurants. ABC SDS prize draw.
Dialogue data released from CLASSiC project in our archive.
Heriot-Watt has been named as Scottish University of the Year 2011/12 by the Sunday Times.
Hosting SICSA workshop on Affective Interaction and Virtual Characters, 17 June 2011
Special issue of ACM TSLP on adaptive dialogue is out now!
2 papers accepted for SIGDIAL 2011
New projects James and Spacebook kick off this month (March 2011).
Outreach activity (4/3/2011): Tommy the Robot visits local school.
New project Help4Mood kicks off (January 2010).
ECHOES project features in "Britain in 2010" magazine (p. 94)
Interaction Lab joins the Vision and Language Network (Feb 2010)
InteractionLab joins EuCOG II: European network for researchers in artificial cognitive systems, interaction, and robotics (16/10/2009)