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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

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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

Open Access
File
Natural Language Generation
Syntactics
Decoding
Learning systems
Semantics

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)

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

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Journal)

Verena Rieser (Guest editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

European Language Resources Association (Publisher)

Verena Rieser (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

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

Shawn Wen

Verena Rieser (Host)
23 May 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

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