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, 2016-2019)
  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. Jekaterina Novikova (RA)
  2. Ondrej Dusek (RA)
  3. Simon Keizer (Co-I)
  4. Xinkun Liu (RA)
  5. Amanda Curry (PhD student)
  6. Xinnuo Xu (PhD student)
  7. Shubham Agarwal (PhD student)


  • 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
  • Job opening Research Associate in Conversational AI/ML/NLP. Closing date: 4th January. Apply here
    Posted 30 Nov 2017, 05:36 by Verena Rieser
  • D&D special issue in NLG4SDS The CFP is out! Deadline 20 Jan.
    Posted 21 Nov 2017, 08:07 by Verena Rieser
  • 16 entries to E2E NLG shared task! We are happy to announce that the interest in the E2E NLG shared task has by far outperformed our expectations.Heriot-Watt University has set out this challenge for the ...
    Posted 2 Nov 2017, 09:27 by Verena Rieser
  • SigDial2017 panel session Our discussion on NLG for SDS is now online.
    Posted 31 Oct 2017, 07:29 by Verena Rieser
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