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 labI 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

You pronounce my name f e: r e: n a   r i: z ɐ

Also see my page on GoogleScholar.
Book published!

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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)


  • Manchester International Art Festival Join me at Life Hacked!
    Posted 22 Jul 2019, 08:23 by Verena Rieser
  • AI assistant Summit Join me in London this September!
    Posted 22 Jul 2019, 08:21 by Verena Rieser
  • Women in Speech I'm honoured to be part of this list.
    Posted 23 May 2019, 06:42 by Verena Rieser
  • Outreach I am invited to give talks at CogX'19 and the Manchester International Arts festival .
    Posted 4 Jul 2019, 03:45 by Verena Rieser
  • NLU data release The data for our NLU benchmarking paper is here.
    Posted 30 Apr 2019, 01:00 by Verena Rieser
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