About me

I'm a lecturer (= assistant prof) at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 
I am part of the Interaction Lab.

My main research is on Spoken Dialogue Systems, especially Natural Language Generation. I have also worked on topics in Computational Sustainability, e.g. spatial planning.

Book published!

NEWS: I've just completed my sabbatical at Nuance Communications, Research Lab, Sunnyvale.

Current projects:

  • Strategic Conversation (STAC, 2011-2016), ERC grant held by Nicholas Asher
  • SpeechCity (2013-2014),  EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award: Spatial Navigation and Spoken Interaction, main PI.
  • ATME project (2013-2014): Summarising sensor data for medical emergencies, Royal Society, main PI.

Current PhD students:

Past projects:

  • CLASSiC Project: Computational Learning in Adaptive Systems for Spoken Conversation, EC FP7, 2008-2011.
  • TALK Project: Talk and Look - Tools for Ambient Linguistic Knowledge, EC FP6, 2004-2006.
  • CLIMSAVE Project: Climate Change Impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. EC FP7, 2010-11.
  • Sustainable Gaming, Royal Society, 2012.

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  • Deep Learning workshop My MSc student Callum Main will present his work on "Deep Learning for State Tracking in Spoken Dialogue Systems" at the Deep Learning workshop.
    Posted 9 Apr 2014 02:27 by Verena Rieser
  • PhD scholarships Two places for multimodal interaction.
    Posted 28 Feb 2014 04:36 by Verena Rieser
  • DialWatt'14 I am organising SemDial'14 at Heriot-Watt.
    Posted 28 Jan 2014 09:16 by Verena Rieser
  • Programme commitee I'm reviewing for INLG, SigDial, COLING and Dialogue in Motion this year.
    Posted 21 Jan 2014 06:42 by Verena Rieser
  • Sponsorship Chair for INLG'14 Get in touch if your organisation would like to sponsor the 8th International Natural Language Generation Conference.
    Posted 28 Nov 2013 14:53 by Verena Rieser
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