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Research interests

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 My research involves Artificial Intelligence techniques related to novel human-computer interfaces and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) --  in particular natural language processing and the use of machine learning methods for optimisation. My recent research focuses on reinforcement learning in spoken dialogue systems, user-adaptive natural language generation, technology-enhanced learning, and Human-Robot Interaction . I have published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers in these areas. I am Director of the Interaction Lab research group.

Biography

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I am Director of the Interaction Lab in MACS and joined Heriot-Watt in October 2009. I was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh (2003–2009), and a Senior Project Engineer at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University (2000–2002). I hold a PhD from the Centre for Cognitive Science, Edinburgh University, for work in logic and formal semantics (1996), and a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy from Manchester University. I was Scientific Coordinator of the EC IST project TALK and Coordinator for the EC FP7 CLASSiC project on machine learning for human-machine interaction. I was also PI of the ESRC/EPSRC Technology Enhanced Learning project "ECHOES2" and site leader of 4 recent EC FP7 projects. I started 2 new EPSRC projects in 2015, and a Horizon 2020 project on socially intelligent robots  in 2016 (MuMMER project).

Keywords

  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems

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Selected Research Output 1996 2018

Hybrid reinforcement/supervised learning of dialogue policies from fixed data sets

Henderson, J., Lemon, O. & Georgila, K., 2008, In : Computational Linguistics. 34, 4, p. 487-511 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reinforcement learning
Supervised learning

Evaluating a City Exploration Dialogue System with Integrated Question-Answering and Pedestrian Navigation

Chandrasekaran Janarthanam, S., Lemon, O., Bartie, P., Dalmas, T., Dickinson, A., Liu, X., Mackaness, W. & Webber, B., 4 Aug 2013, Proceedings of 51st Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013). Association for Computational Linguistics

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Application programs
Navigation
Geographic information systems

Datasets

Strategic Dialogue Management via Deep Reinforcement Learning

Cuayahuitl, H. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 4 Feb 2016

Dataset

The extended WeatherGame

Rieser, V. (Creator), Gkatzia, D. (Creator), Lemon, O. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 2016

Dataset

NLG dataset

Novikova, J. (Creator), Rieser, V. (Creator), Lemon, O. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 2016

Dataset

Prizes

Amazon Alexa Challenge

Verena Rieser (Recipient) & Oliver Lemon (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Selected Activities 2011 2012

  • 2 Editorial activity

ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing (Journal)

Lemon, O. (Editorial board member)
20112014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (Journal)

Lemon, O. (Editorial board member)
2012 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Press / Media