About me

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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 Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship.

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.


Student office hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm in EM1.36. Best to drop me an email before. Personal tutees may find this resource helpful.


  1. Gavin Abercrombie (RA)

  2. Tanvi Dinkar (RA)

  3. Aiqi Jiang (RA)

  4. Karin Sevegnani (PhD student)

  5. Malvina Nikandrou (PhD student)

  6. Nikolas Vitsakis (PhD student)

  7. Sabrina McCallum (PhD student)

  8. Marco Casadio (PhD student)

  9. Dan Green (PhD student)

  10. Houman Mehrafarin (PhD student)

Recent Alumni

  1. Xinnuo Xu (former PhD student, now RA at UoE)

  2. Amanda Curry (former PhD student, now RA at Bocconi)

  3. Lu Yu (RA, now Associate Prof at Tianjin University of Technology)

  4. Dave Howcroft (RA, now researcher at Edinburgh Napier Uni)

  5. Mugdha Pandya (RA, now PhD student at Sheffield)

  6. Shubham Agarwal (PhD student, new research scientist at Pulse Labs)

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

  8. Ondrej Dusek (RA, now Assistant Prof at Charles Uni, holder of ERC Starting grant)

  9. Jekaterina Novikova (RA, now WinterLights Labs)

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

  11. Xinkun Liu (RA, now ORCA project)

  12. Eshrag Refaee (PhD student, now: Lecturer at Jazan University.

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

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

  15. Yanchao Yu (RA on EPSRC Acceleration Award, Now: lecturer at Edinburgh Napier)

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

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

Currently funded research projects:

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