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)


  • Invited talks 2019 I'll be giving keynote talks at the 1st workshop on NLP for Conversational AI (ACL2019, Florence) and the 2nd workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2018, 12:52 by Verena Rieser
  • Maternity leave I am on mat leave from July 2018 until April 2019.
    Posted 22 Oct 2018, 06:33 by Verena Rieser
  • Inaugural lecture My lecture slides and video are online.
    Posted 2 Jul 2018, 06:31 by Verena Rieser
  • INLG'18 keynote I am very honoured to be one of the keynote speakers for INLG 2018. See my DRAFT slides.
    Posted 16 Jul 2018, 07:45 by Verena Rieser
  • Hello #AlexaPrize 2018 We are one of 8 teams selected for the Amazon Alexa Prize 2018!
    Posted 1 Feb 2018, 06:32 by Verena Rieser
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