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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 (Accepted/In press) 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

Human robot interaction

Data-driven Natural Language Generation: Paving the Road to Success

Novikova, J., Dusek, O. & Rieser, V. 30 Jul 2017 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Learning systems

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 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision making

Referenceless Quality Estimation for Natural Language Generation

Dusek, O., Novikova, J. & Rieser, V. 10 Aug 2017 Proceedings of the 34 th International Conference on Machine Learning, Sydney, Australia, PMLR 70, 2017. ICML

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

Open Access
Recurrent neural networks


The E2E Challenge Dataset

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


Human Ratings of Natural Language Generation Outputs

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


Arabic Gold Standard Twitter Data for Sentiment Analysis

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



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

European Language Resources Association (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

Association for Computational Linguistics (Publisher)

Rieser, V. (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

Shawn Wen

Rieser, V. (Host)
23 May 2016

Activity: Hosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

Native scientist 2015

Katrin Solveig Lohan & Verena Rieser


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research


Careers event at Edinburgh German School

Verena Rieser (Participant)

Impact: Social Impacts