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Research interests

I have a well-established international research profile (H-Index 22, over 1.4k citations, 10 years since PhD) at the intersection of Language Technology and Machine Learning, for interdisciplinary applications including Decision Support, Human-Robot Interaction, Spoken Dialogue Systems, and Natural Language Generation, where I pioneered the use of Reinforcement Learning in multimodal conversational interfaces. I currently lead a research group of 7 full-term researchers (4 RAs, 3 PhDs). I have a total of >£3M grant income with 3 national research projects funded over the past 2 years. My current activities include serving as ACL area chair (2017, 2018) and as faculty advisor for the Amazon Alexa challenge (2017, 2018). 

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Research Output 2005 2020

Benchmarking Natural Language Understanding Services for building Conversational Agents

Liu, X., Eshghi, A., Swietojanski, P. & Rieser, V., 24 Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Evaluating the State-of-the-Art of End-to-End Natural Language Generation: The E2E NLG Challenge

Dušek, O., Novikova, J. & Rieser, V., 3 Jul 2019, In : Computer Speech and Language. 59, p. 123-156 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Natural Language Generation
Syntactics
Decoding
Learning systems
Semantics

A Knowledge-Grounded Multimodal Search-Based Conversational Agent

Agarwal, S., Dusek, O., Konstas, I. & Rieser, V., 31 Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 EMNLP Workshop SCAI: The 2nd International Workshop on Search-Oriented Conversational AI. Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 59-66 8 p.

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

Open Access

Alana v2: Entertaining and Informative Open-domain Social Dialogue using Ontologies and Entity Linking

Cercas Curry, A., Papaioannou, I., Suglia, A., Agarwal, S., Shalyminov, I., Xinnuo, X., Dusek, O., Eshghi, A., Konstas, I., Rieser, V. & Lemon, O., 2018, 1st Proceedings of Alexa Prize (Alexa Prize 2018). 19 p.

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

Open Access

Better conversations by modeling, filtering, and optimizing for coherence and diversity

Xinnuo, X., Dusek, O., Konstas, I. & Rieser, V., 31 Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 3981–3991 11 p.

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

Open Access
Experiments

Datasets

Human Ratings of Natural Language Generation Outputs

Novikova, J. (Creator), Dusek, O. (Creator), Cercas Curry, A. (Creator), Rieser, V. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, 2017

Dataset

The E2E Challenge Dataset

Novikova, J. (Creator), Dusek, O. (Creator), Rieser, V. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, Nov 2017

Dataset

Arabic Gold Standard Twitter Data for Sentiment Analysis

Refaee, E. (Creator), Rieser, V. (Creator), European Language Resources Association, 2014

Dataset

Prizes

Amazon Alexa Challenge

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dr-Eduard-Martin prize

Verena Rieser (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Saarland

Robert Bosch AcademiaNet

Verena Rieser (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy

Verena Rieser (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Election to learned society

Telling tails of Public engagement

Katrin Solveig Lohan (Recipient), Sandra McAthur (Recipient), Keith Edgar Brown (Recipient) & Verena Rieser (Recipient), 9 Mar 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2013 2017

55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics 2017 (Event)

Verena Rieser (Editorial board member)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Careers event at Edinburgh German School

Verena Rieser (Speaker)
6 Feb 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationSchool Outreach

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Journal)

Verena Rieser (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Advanced Robotics (Journal)

Verena Rieser (Editorial board member)
20162017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Association for Computational Linguistics (Publisher)

Verena Rieser (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Press / Media

Native scientist 2015

Katrin Solveig Lohan & Verena Rieser

14/02/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research