NEWS: We are one in 8 teams for the Amazon #AlexaPrize 2018!
NEWS: We are hiring! Please get in touch.
NEWS: Keynote at INLG 2018, see my DRAFT slides.
NEWS: Inaugural slides are online.

Welcome to the Heriot-Watt University (HWU) Natural Language Processing (NLP) lab. We are working on the intersection of NLP and Machine Learning for interdisciplinary applications, including:

  • Spoken Dialogue Systems,
  • ChatBots,
  • Natural Language Generation,
  • Sentiment Analysis and
  • Human Robot Interaction.

We are affiliated with the Interaction Lab, the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, and the HWU Human Robot Interaction group.

Current members:

  1. Verena Rieser (Director, Professor)
  2. Simon Keizer (Research Fellow)
  3. Ondrej Dusek (Research Associate)
  4. Jekaterina Novikova (Research Associate)
  5. Xingkun Liu (Research Associate)
  6. Amanda Cercas-Curry (PhD student)
  7. Xinnuo Xu (PhD student)
  8. Shubham Agarwal (PhD student, funded by AdeptMind)
  9. Karin Sevegnani (PhD student)


v.t.rieser (at) hw.ac.uk

+44 (0)131 451 4192