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 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

Also see my page on GoogleScholar.
Book published!

Current research projects (as PI):

  1. MaDrIgAL - MultiDimensional Interaction management and Adaptive Learning (EPSRC, EP/N017536/1, 2016-2020)
  2. DILiGENt - Domain-Independent Language Generation (EPSRC, EP/M005429/1, 2015-2018).
  3. LUCINE -  Learning User preferenCes by INtEraction (DataLab, EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award - Collaborative Innovation project with EmoTech2016-2018)
  4. Multimodal dialogue for e-commerce (AdeptMind scholarship, 2017-19)
  5. Amazon Alexa Challenge (2017 & 2018)


  1. Simon Keizer (Co-I)
  2. Ondrej Dusek (RA)
  3. Xinkun Liu (RA)
  4. Jekaterina Novikova (RA)
  5. Shubham Agarwal (PhD student)
  6. Amanda Curry (PhD student)
  7. Karin Sevegnani (PhD student)
  8. Xinnuo Xu (PhD student)


  • Outreach I am invited to give talks at CogX'19 and the Manchester International Arts festival .
    Posted 30 Apr 2019, 06:24 by Verena Rieser
  • NLU data release The data for our NLU benchmarking paper is here.
    Posted 30 Apr 2019, 01:00 by Verena Rieser
  • Telegraph: Meet Pioneering Women in AI Telegraph interview on "AI has a gender problem. Meet pioneering women on a mission to fix it."
    Posted 11 Mar 2019, 13:50 by Verena Rieser
  • 12 Women Shaping AI My profile is featured as one of 12 women shaping AI by NESTA.
    Posted 11 Mar 2019, 13:48 by Verena Rieser
  • Radio feature Our research features in WDR German Radio show. 
    Posted 30 Dec 2018, 13:18 by Verena Rieser
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