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Online Discussions on Artificial Intelligence

The RSE introduces a new series of online discussions on Artificial Intelligence:
RSE Investigates … AI. These enlightening conversations will highlight the impact of AI on society and will be live streamed on Zoom each Tuesday (23 June – 14 July) at 2pm.

The third talk of the series “How machines learn to talk. Challenges and opportunities of machine learning for Conversational AI” will be held with Professor Verena Rieser, Professor of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University

Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google’s assistant are able to converse with humans using language. The underlying technology – often referred to as spoken dialogue systems – have experienced a revolution over the past decade, moving from being completely handcrafted to using data-driven machine learning methods

Book your space by registering via Zoom and have your questions answered during the live Q&A



Verena Rieser

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Verena is a Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, where she leads research in Conversational AI and Text Generation – where she co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications (https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=4c2k2LEAAAAJ&hl=en). Verena received her PhD from Saarland University (Germany) in 2008 and worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh before she joined HWU in 2011. Over the last 2 years, her team was the only UK university to enter the finals of the prestigious Amazon Alexa Challenge, which aims to build open-domain chat-bots. Her research featured in the BBC’s documentary Joy of AI (2018) and her profile was featured by NESTA and The Telegraph (2019). She is a recent Co-Founder and Head of NLP of the Conversational AI company ALANA, launched in early 2020