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Research interests

I have a well-established international research profile (H-Index 20, over 1k citations, 9 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 2017 area chair for NLG and as faculty advisor for the Amazon Alexa challenge. 

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Research Output 2005 2017

A Review of Evaluation Techniques for Social Dialogue Systems

Cercas Curry, A., Hastie, H. & Rieser, V. 28 Aug 2017 Investigating Social Interactions with Artificial Agents: ICMI 2017 satellite workshop.

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

A review of spatial reasoning and interaction for real-world robotics

Landsiedel, C., Rieser, V., Walter, M. & Wollherr, D. 19 Jan 2017 In : Advanced Robotics. p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Robotics
Navigation
Robots
Human robot interaction
Semantics

Data-to-Text Generation Improves Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Gkatzia, D., Lemon, O. & Rieser, V. Aug 2017 In : IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. 12, 3, p. 10-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

decision making
Decision making
language
data
Natural language generation

Special issue on spatial reasoning and interaction for real-world robotics

Rieser, V., Walter, M. & Wollherr, D. 2017 In : Advanced Robotics. 31, 5, p. 221 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Robotics

Why We Need New Evaluation Metrics for NLG

Novikova, J., Dusek, O., Cercas Curry, A. & Rieser, V. 10 Sep 2017 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. Association for Computational Linguistics, p. 2231-2242 12 p.

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

Datasets

Arabic Gold Standard Twitter Data for Sentiment Analysis

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

Dataset

NLG dataset

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

Dataset

The extended WeatherGame

Rieser, V. (Creator), Gkatzia, D. (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)

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

Activities 2013 2017

Advanced Robotics (Journal)

Rieser, V. (Editorial board member)
20162017

Activity: Editorial activity

Shawn Wen

Rieser, V. (Host)
23 May 2016

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Association for Computational Linguistics (Publisher)

Rieser, V. (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Journal)

Rieser, V. (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

Impacts

Verena Rieser (Participant)

Impact: Social Impacts