Verena Rieser

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Verena Rieser (born 1979)[1] is a German computer scientist specialising in natural-language generation, including conversational modelling[2] as well as studies of how gender cues in synthetic language can trigger biases in the people who interact with them.[2][3] She is a professor in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh,[4] where she directs the Natural Language Processing Laboratory.[5]

Education and career[edit]

After beginning her university studies in literature, Rieser switched to linguistics,[2][3] and earned a master's degree in applied linguistics and information science from the University of Regensburg in 2003. She earned a second master's degree in informatics from the University of Edinburgh in 2005,[1] supervised by Johanna Moore,[3] and completed a Ph.D. in computational linguistics at Saarland University in 2008.[1]

After returning to the University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral researcher, she became an assistant professor at Heriot-Watt University in 2011, and was promoted to Professor of Artificial Intelligence there in 2017.[1]

In 2020 she became co-founder of a company, ALANA AI, for which she works part-time.[1]


With Oliver Lemon, Rieser is a coauthor of the book Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive Dialogue Systems: A Data-driven Methodology for Dialogue Management and Natural Language Generation (Springer, 2011)


  1. ^ a b c d e Rieser, Verena (June 2020), Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2020-11-18
  2. ^ a b c The interdisciplinary professor: Find out why Dr Verena Rieser's journey is proof that science is not the only way into a career in AI, Nesta, retrieved 2020-11-18
  3. ^ a b c "Professor Verena Rieser", Women in data, Data-Driven Innovation, Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal, retrieved 2020-11-18
  4. ^ "Verena Rieser", Profiles, Heriot-Watt University, retrieved 2020-11-18
  5. ^ HWU NLP lab, Heriot-Watt University, retrieved 2020-11-18

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