Main Research Interests
- Natural language generation
- Spoken dialogue systems and chatbots
- Machine learning
- Machine translation
- NaMuDDiS – Natural Multi-domain Dialogue Systems (Charles University funded, 2019-2021)
At Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (2016-2018):
- DILiGENt – natural language generation
- MaDrIgAL – spoken dialogue systems
- Alexa Prize Challenge – chatbots (Alana – 2x finalist team, 2x 3rd place)
During my Ph.D. study (2011-2016):
- AdaNLG – adaptive natural language generator (2014-2016)
- Vystadial – statistical spoken dialogue system (2013-2016)
- QTLeap – semantic machine translation (2013-2016)
- Khresmoi – medical information retrieval (working on machine translation, 2013-2014)
- FAUST – improving machine translation fluency (2011-2013)
Students I co-supervise and co-supervised:
- Xinnuo Xu (Ph.D., CDT robotics, with Verena Rieser & Ioannis Konstas, since 2016)
- Shubham Agarwal (Ph.D. at Heriot-Watt, with Verena Rieser & Ioannis Konstas, since 2017)
- Vojtěch Hudeček (Ph.D. at Charles Uni, with Zdeněk Žabokrtský, since 2018)
- Patrícia Schmidtová (BSc. at Charles Uni, with Vojtěch Hudeček, since 2018)
- Zdeněk Kasner (about to start Ph.D. at Charles Uni in Fall 2019)
- Sourabrata Mukherjee (about to start Ph.D. at Charles Uni in Fall 2019)
2019/09/13: Our paper User evaluation of a multi-dimensional statistical dialogue system (with Simon Keizer, Xingkun Liu and Verena Rieser) was presented at SIGDIAL in Stockholm and is now online on arXiv.
2019/09/02: We have 3 accepted papers at INLG 2019: Neural Generation for Czech: Data and Baselines with Filip Jurčíček, Semantic Noise Matters for Neural Natural Language Generation with Dave Howcroft and Verena Rieser, and Automatic Quality Estimation for Natural Language Generation: Ranting (Jointly Rating and Ranking) with Karin Sevegnani, Ioannis Konstas and Verena Rieser. All will appear here soon.
2019/07/10: Our paper analyzing the E2E NLG Challenge results is now published in Computer Speech and Language and available online as open access.
2019/02/25: I'm looking for prospective Ph.D./M.Sc./B.Sc. students – please contact me if you're interested in dialogue/generation topics.
Tools I'm participating on
- Alex – spoken dialogue system framework
- Flect – statistical morphology generation
- MTMonkey – machine translation web services infrastructure
- TGen – a statistical natural language generator
- Treex – a modular NLP toolkit