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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-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
language
quality
problem
success
training

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
File
decision making
Decision making
language
data
Natural language generation

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
File
Recurrent neural networks

Datasets

Arabic Gold Standard Twitter Data for Sentiment Analysis

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

Dataset

REAL corpus

Bartie, P. (Creator), Mackaness, W. (Creator), European Language Resources Association, 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

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (Journal)

Rieser, V. (Guest editor)
2016 → …

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

Advanced Robotics (Journal)

Rieser, V. (Editorial board member)
20162017

Activity: Editorial activity

Press / Media

Native scientist 2015

Katrin Solveig Lohan & Verena Rieser

14/02/15

1 media contribution

Press / Media: Research

Impacts

Verena Rieser (Participant)

Impact: Social Impacts