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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

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

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    26 Downloads (Pure)

    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. Association for Computing Machinery, 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

    Generating Medical Reports

    Rieser, V. (Creator) & Gkatzia, D. (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

    Rieser, Verena (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

  • Telling tails of Public engagement

    Lohan, Katrin Solveig (Recipient), Sandra McAthur (Recipient), Brown, Keith Edgar (Recipient) & Rieser, Verena (Recipient), 9 Mar 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    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

    European Language Resources Association (Publisher)

    Verena Rieser (Peer reviewer)
    2016 → …

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

    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

    Shawn Wen

    Verena Rieser (Host)
    23 May 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    Press / Media

    Native scientist 2015

    Katrin Solveig Lohan & Verena Rieser

    14/02/15

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research