About me

I am an Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 
I am director of the HWU NLP lab.
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)
  4. Amazon Alexa Challenge (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)


  • EmoTech collaboration The 2nd phase of my Olly The Robot project just got funded. 
    Posted 10 May 2017, 07:15 by Verena Rieser
  • 6 fully funded MSc scholarships Please see attached form in order to apply. More information on the scheme is here.
    Posted 8 May 2017, 02:28 by Verena Rieser
  • 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
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