Oliver Lemon

I'm Professor of AI and  Academic Co-Lead at the UK's  National Robotarium.   I work in generative AI, machine learning,  Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) , and am the Director of the Interaction Lab in the Dept of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.  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, 2018, and 2023!

I am also co-founder and Chief AI Officer of Alana AI, working on multimodal  conversational AI.

Follow me on Twitter/X @oliverlemon

Publications : [Google scholar]   [ACL Anthology]

I am an Action Editor of TACL: Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics.  I am an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, and previously of ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing, and on the editorial board of Dialogue and Discourse.  Area chair for NAACL 2024, reviewer for COLM 2024.


Recent research projects:

Previous PhD students:

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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