Paul A. Crook, Senior Applied Scientist, Microsoft.

You have reached my Heriot Watt University home page, where I was a Research Fellow until 2012. For publications since 2012 please see my Microsoft Research home page: www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/pacrook/

I'm interested in the application of statistical Machine Learning (ML) techniques, especially (but not exclusively) Reinforcement Learning.  

Based in the Interaction Lab I am currently focusing on the application of ML to dialogue/interaction management for spoken dialogue and multi-modal interaction systems.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Edinburgh looking into the effectiveness of adding active perception as an aid to a mobile robot learning a partially observable navigation task. My current work continues the theme of learning to select actions with uncertain observations. It involves learning optimal policies for multi-modal spoken dialogue systems. An application where the information about real world users' actions and utterances is always uncertain.

Some parts of this site are still under construction.

Heriot-Watt students looking for details of my proposed projects please have a look at the Honours and MSc Projects page.

For details on previous academic work please visits my old University of Edinburgh, Informatics pages.
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