About me

I'm an Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 
I am part of the Interaction Labthe HRI lab and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics .
My main research is on Spoken Dialogue Systems, especially 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, 2016-2018)
  2. DILiGENt - Domain-Independent Language Generation (EPSRC, EP/M005429/1, 2015-2018).
  3. DataLab - Collaborative Innovation project with EmoTech (2016-2017)


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


  • Advanced Robotics I am editing a special issue on Spatial Reasoning and Interaction for Real-World Robotics
    Posted 13 Feb 2017, 02:29 by Verena Rieser
  • DSTC6 I am on the steering committee for DSTC6.
    Posted 20 Jan 2017, 02:06 by Verena Rieser
  • Area Chair for ACL'17 I am an area chair for NLG @ACL2017.
    Posted 23 Dec 2016, 12:22 by Verena Rieser
  • SICSA AI conference Our slides are here.
    Posted 23 Dec 2016, 12:20 by Verena Rieser
  • MACS Xmas conference Speaking as the CS invited speaker.
    Posted 28 Nov 2016, 04:32 by Verena Rieser
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