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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

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

Dušek, O., Novikova, J. & Rieser, V., Jan 2020, In : Computer Speech and Language. 59, p. 123-156 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    A Crowd-based Evaluation of Abuse Response Strategies in Conversational Agents

    Cercas Curry, A. & Rieser, V., 2019, Proceedings of the 20th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue. Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 361–366

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

    Automatic Quality Estimation for Natural Language Generation: Ranting (Jointly Rating and Ranking)

    Dušek, O., Sevegnani, K., Konstas, I. & Rieser, V., 2019, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Natural Language Generation. p. 369–376

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

    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

    Let's Chat! Can Virtual Agents learn how to have a Conversation?

    Rieser, V., 2019, Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. ACM, p. 5-6

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

    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

    NLU benchmark

    Rieser, V. (Creator), Liu, X. (Creator), Heriot-Watt University, Feb 2019

    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)

  • 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

    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

    Association for Computational Linguistics (Publisher)

    Verena Rieser (Peer reviewer)
    2016 → …

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

    Careers event at Edinburgh German School

    Verena Rieser (Speaker)
    6 Feb 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationSchool Outreach

    Shawn Wen

    Verena Rieser (Host)
    23 May 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    Advanced Robotics (Journal)

    Verena Rieser (Editorial board member)
    20162017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    Native scientist 2015

    Katrin Solveig Lohan & Verena Rieser

    14/02/15

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research