I'm director of the Interaction Lab in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, working in AI and natural language processing. 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).

I am an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, and previously of ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processingand on the editorial board of Dialogue and Discourse

[Google scholar]   [Bibtex]: here

How to apply for a Phd: here


  • New EPSRC project funded: BABBLE  (2015)
  • Area Co-chair: Discourse, Dialogue, and Pragmatics, EMNLP 2015
  • New EPSRC project funded: Domain-Independent Language Generation (2015)
  • Human-Robot Interaction: talk at Robotarium kick off event, 2014. 
  • Invited talk at Nuance, California 29/5/13 
  • Advisory Board:  Dialog State Tracking Challenges (2013 - ongoing)
  • Steering Committee: RefNet EPSRC network

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        


Currently (co-)supervising 3 PhD students.

Dept/School duties

ISIS room development
RMAS user group
Robotarium Management Committee
Edinburgh Centre for Robotics/CDT
Open days 2012-2014: speech tech and robotics demos
Mentoring / probation: 2 Lecturers
REF return 2013: internal reviewer
Postgraduate Induction events
Scottish Crucible
Interview panels
Hiring committees
Exam moderator: Critical Thinking
Internal reviewer: EPSRC and EC grant proposals

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Recent 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:

 http://www.classic-project.org (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)