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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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Reinforcement learning Engineering & Materials Science
Learning systems Engineering & Materials Science
Urban growth Engineering & Materials Science
Feedback Engineering & Materials Science
Planning Engineering & Materials Science
Decision making Engineering & Materials Science
Supervised learning Engineering & Materials Science
Barges Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2005 2018

Alana v2: Entertaining and Informative Open-domain Social Dialogue using Ontologies and Entity Linking

Cercas Curry, A., Papaioannou, I., Suglia, A., Agarwal, S., Shalyminov, I., Xinnuo, X., Dusek, O., Eshghi, A., Konstas, I., Rieser, V. & Lemon, O., 2018, 1st Proceedings of Alexa Prize (Alexa Prize 2018). 19 p.

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

Open Access

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

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)

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

Association for Computational Linguistics (Publisher)

Verena Rieser (Peer reviewer)
2016 → …

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

9th International Natural Language Generation Conference (Event)

Verena Rieser (Editorial board member), Amy Isard (Editorial board member), Dimitra Gkatzia (Editorial board member)
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

Press / Media

Native scientist 2015

Katrin Solveig Lohan & Verena Rieser

14/02/15

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research