Oliver Lemon

I'm a Professor and Director of the Interaction Lab in the Dept of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, working in AI, machine learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). I previously worked at Edinburgh and Stanford Universities.

I was faculty advisor for the Alana team in the Amazon Alexa Challenge -- we were finalists in 2017 and 2018!

I am co-founder and Chief AI Officer of Alana AI

Follow me on Twitter @oliverlemon

Publications : [Google scholar] [ACL Anthology]

I work on machine learning methods for intelligent and adaptive multimodal interfaces, including Conversational AI, Spoken Language Understanding, Dialogue Systems, Natural Language Generation, and Human-Robot Interaction. Please see my publications (bibtex here).


Recent research projects:

  • SPRING (H2020): conversational robots in healthcare (2020-2024)

  • MuMMER (H2020): multimodal mall robot

  • Alana: conversational AI for the Amazon Alexa Challenge

  • JAMES (FP7) : socially intelligent multimodal Human-Robot Interaction

  • SpaceBook (FP7) : spatially-aware mobile speech interfaces

  • Help4Mood (FP7) : virtual characters for health applications

  • STAC (ERC) : non-cooperative strategic dialogue agents

  • PARLANCE (FP7) : incremental mobile statistical spoken dialogue systems

  • SpeechCity (EPSRC Impact Acceleration) : mobile speech apps for city users

  • ECHOES: ESRC/EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning

  • CLASSiC: http://www.classic-project.org (Coordinator, EC FP7, 2008-2011) "Computational Learning in Adaptive Systems for Spoken Conversation"

  • TALK, EC FP6, 2004-2007, Scientific Coordinator

  • Advanced Dialogue Tools ("DUDE"): Scottish Enterprise (Principal Investigator) (2008-2009)

  • EPSRC: End-to End Statistical Dialogue Systems ("StatDial"): (Principal Investigator) (2007-2009)

  • EPSRC: "Scaling up Statistical Spoken Dialogue Systems for real user goals using automatic belief state compression" (2009-2011, Co-I: Paul Crook) Grant number: EP/G069840/1

Previous PhD students:

  • Ioannis Papaiounnou

  • Alessandro Suglia

  • Igor Shalyminov

  • Jose Part

  • Yanchao Yu

  • Ioannis Efstathiou

  • Heriberto Cuayahuitl (2nd supervisor)

  • Matthew Frampton

  • Srini Janarthanam

  • Ivan Meza-Ruiz

  • Dave Toney (2nd supervisor)

Dept/School duties

National Robotarium user group - HRI lab design team lead (2018-2021)

GRID building design team (HWU) 2016-2018

RMAS user group (Worktribe)

Robotarium Management Committee

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics/CDT

Open days: speech tech and robotics demos.

Mentoring / probation: 2 Lecturers

REF return 2013: internal reviewer

Postgraduate Induction events

Scottish Crucible

Interview panels and Hiring committees

Exam moderator: Critical Thinking

Internal reviewer: EPSRC and EC grant proposals

Student Recruitment Committee

ESPRC ICT Capability consultation 2015

ESPRC "Human-Like Computing" meetings 2016

Global Research Institute and Research Leaders Forum (HWU) 2016-2018

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