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I lead the Interaction Lab in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, working in AI and Intelligent systems. I previously worked at Edinburgh and Stanford Universities.  

I work on machine learning methods for intelligent and adaptive multimodal interfaces, including Speech Recognition, Spoken Language Understanding, Natural Language Generation, and Human-Robot Interaction. I have also applied this work in Technology Enhanced Learning using Virtual Characters. See my publications (bibtex here).

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[Google scholar]   [Bibtex]: here

How to apply for a Phd: here


  • Invited talk at Nuance, California 29/5/13 
  • Advisory Board:  Dialog State Tracking Challenge II (2013 -)
  • Steering Committee: RefNet EPSRC network
  • Reviewing (2013): ACL, SIGDIAL, SemDial
  • Papers accepted (2013): 2 ACL, 5 SIGDIAL
  • Invited speaker at ECAI 2012 : Machine Learning for Interactive Systems

Research team/Interaction Lab:

  • Heriberto Cuayahuitl
  • Nina Dethlefs     
  • Ioannis Efstathiou    
  • Arash Eshghi    
  • Mary Ellen Foster  
  • Dimitra Gkatzia     
  • Srini Janarthanam   
  • Simon Keizer           
  • Xingkun Liu           
  • Wenshuo Tang        
  • Zhuoran Wang        


I have supervised 7 PhD students to completion, and 11 Masters projects.
Currently supervising 3 PhD students.

Current research projects:

  • 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 dwellers

Completed Projects:

 (Coordinator, EC FP7, 2008-2011)
"Computational Learning in Adaptive Systems for Spoken Conversation" 

TALK: EC FP6 (Scientific Coordinator, 2004-2006)

ECHOES: ESRC/EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning (Principal Investigator) (2008-2011)

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

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