About me

I am a full Professor at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

I am director of the HWU NLP lab.

I am a co-founder of ALANA AI.

I hold a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship awarded by the Royal Society.

I am affiliated to the Interaction Lab, the HRI lab and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics .

My main research is on Spoken Dialogue Systems and interactive Natural Language Generation.

Follow me on Twitter @verena_rieser

Also see my publications on GoogleScholar.


  1. Gavin Abercrombie (RA)

  2. Dave Howcroft (RA)

  3. Lu Yu (RA)

  4. Mugdha Pandya (RA)

  5. Amanda Curry (PhD student)

  6. Karin Sevegnani (PhD student)

  7. Xinnuo Xu (PhD student)

  8. Malvina Nikandrou (PhD student)

  9. Shubham Agarwal (PhD student)

Recent Alumni

  1. Emanuelle Bastinelli (RA, now researcher at Philipps)

  2. Ondrej Dusek (RA, now Assistant Prof at Charles Uni)

  3. Jekaterina Novikova (RA, now WinterLights Labs)

  4. Simon Keizer (Co-I, now Toshiba research Cambridge)

  5. Xinkun Liu (RA, now ORCA project)

  6. Eshrag Refaee (PhD student, graduated 2016) Now: Lecturer at Jazan University.

  7. Dimitra Gkatzia (RA, Now: Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier)

  8. Nina Dethlefs (RA on SICSA fund, Now: Lecturer at the University of Hull.)

  9. Marta Vallejo (PhD student, Now: Assistant Prof at Heriot-Watt, EPS)

  10. Andy Taylor (RA on EPSRC Acceleration Award):

  11. Yanchao Yu (RA on EPSRC Acceleration Award, Now: Researcher at ALANA)

Currently funded research projects:

  • Gender Bias in Conversational AI (PI) (EPSRC, EP/T023767/1, 2020-2023)

  • AISEC (Co-I) - Secure and Explainable AI (EPSRC, EP/T026952/1, 2020-2023)

  • MaDrIgAL - MultiDimensional Interaction management and Adaptive Learning (EPSRC, EP/N017536/1, 2016-2020)

Book published!