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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

Alana: Social Dialogue using an Ensemble Model and a Ranker trained on User Feedback

Papaioannou, I., Cercas Curry, A., Part, J., Shalyminov, I., Xinnuo, X., Yu, Y., Dusek, O., Rieser, V. & Lemon, O., 2017, 2017 Alexa Prize Proceedings.

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

Open Access
Feedback
Learning systems
Boring
Experiments

An Ensemble Model with Ranking for Social Dialogue

Papaioannou, I., Cercas Curry, A., Part, J., Shalyminov, I., Xinnuo, X., Yu, Y., Dusek, O., Rieser, V. & Lemon, O., 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Learning systems
Feedback
Artificial intelligence

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

Navigation
Robotics
Robots
Human robot interaction
Semantics

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

Datasets

The E2E Challenge Dataset

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

Dataset

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

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 (Event)

Rieser, V. (Editorial board member)
2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Association for Computational Linguistics (Publisher)

Rieser, V. (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

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

Shawn Wen

Rieser, V. (Host)
23 May 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Advanced Robotics (Journal)

Rieser, V. (Editorial board member)
20162017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

9th International Natural Language Generation Conference (Event)

Rieser, V. (Editorial board member), Amy Isard (Editorial board member), Dimitra Gkatzia (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

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