Heriot-Watt University Alana
Our international team of 8 PhD students and faculty advisors has a wide range of experience from both academic and industrial research, and is based in the Interaction Lab at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh UK, which has a long history of building data-driven dialogue systems using machine learning methods. Our vision is to create a contextually adaptive socialbot that keeps users engaged and enjoying conversation on topics of their choice. Our inspiration is the kind of conversation that two new acquaintances might have in a pub -- a mixture of topic-related chat, finding out about each other, and sharing stories. Our team was one of the finalists in last year’s challenge.