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)


  • NLG for SDS I co-organise a special session on NLG for dialogue at SigDial2017.
    Posted 29 Mar 2017, 06:50 by Verena Rieser
  • Invited keynote I'm giving a keynote talk at SwissText2017
    Posted 17 Mar 2017, 03:12 by Verena Rieser
  • SigDial special session Language generation for dialogue at SigDial2017 .
    Posted 15 Mar 2017, 08:25 by Verena Rieser
  • E2E NLG Challenge Shared task on end-to-end natural language generation. Enter [here]
    Posted 15 Mar 2017, 08:22 by Verena Rieser
  • CLUNCH seminar Slides for my talk at UPenn.
    Posted 23 Feb 2017, 13:16 by Verena Rieser
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