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.

Follow me on Twitter @oliverlemon

How to apply for a Phd: [here] PhD opportunities [here]

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

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.


Recent research projects:

  • 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

PhD Supervision

Currently (co-)supervising 6 PhD students (Papaioannou, Part, Shalyminov, Sheppard, Xu, Suglia)

Student projects resources page

Information for Mentees

Previous PhD students:

  • Yanchao Yu
  • Ioannis Efstathiou
  • Heriberto Cuayahuitl (2nd supervisor)
  • Matthew Frampton
  • Srini Janarthanam
  • Ivan Meza-Ruiz
  • Dave Toney (2nd supervisor)

Dept/School duties

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

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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