Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Full professor, Department of Informatics, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf

  • 2018 – 2019
    Group Leader, Saarland University

  • 2016 – 2018
    University Lecturer, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

  • 2018 – 2019
    Group Leader, Faculty of Language Technology, Saarland University

  • 2015 – 2016
    Senior Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

  • 2011 – 2014
    Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge


  • 2007 – 2011
    PhD in Engineering, Department of Engineering and Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

  • 2006 – 2007
    MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, Faculty of Computer Science and Technology and Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

  • 2001 – 2006
    BSc (equivalent) in Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade

Selected publications

  • M. Heck, C. Geishauser, H-C. Lin, N. Lubis, M. Moresi, C. van Niekerk and M. Gašić, "Out-of-Task Training for Dialog State Tracking Models", COLING 2020

  • A. Jakubowski, M. Gašić, M. Zibrowius, "Topology of Word Embeddings: Singularities Reflect Polysemy", *SEM 2020 [Best Paper Award]

  • G. Weisz, P. Budzianowski, P.-H. Su and M. Gašić, "Sample Efficient Deep Reinforcement Learning for Dialogue Systems with Large Action Spaces", IEEE TASLP, 2018

  • L.M. Rojas-Barahona, B-H. Tseng, Y. Dai, C. Mansfield, O. Ramadan, S. Ultes, M. Crawford and M. Gašić, "Deep learning for language understanding of mental health concepts derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy", LOUHI, Brussels, Belgium, 2018

  • P-H. Su, M. Gašić, N. Mrkšić, L.M. Rojas-Barahona, S. Ultes, D. Vandyke, T-H. Wen, and S. Young, "On-line Active Reward Learning for Policy Optimisation in Spoken Dialogue Systems", ACL, Berlin, 2016 [Best Student Paper Award]

  • T-H. Wen, M. Gašić, N. Mrksic, P-H. Su, D. Vandyke and S. Young, "Semantically Conditioned LSTM-based Natural Language Generation for Spoken Dialogue Systems", EMNLP, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015 [Best Paper Award]

  • M. Gašić and S. Young, "Gaussian Processes for POMDP-based dialogue manager opimisation", IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 2014

  • M. Gašić, C. Breslin, M. Henderson, D. Kim, M. Szummer, B. Thomson, P. Tsiakoulis and S. Young. "POMDP-based dialogue manager adaptation to extended domains", Sigdial, Metz, France, [Best Paper Award]

  • M. Gašić, F. Jurcicek, B. Thomson, K. Yu and S. Young, "On-line policy optimisation of spoken dialogue systems via live interaction with human subjects", ASRU,Hawaii, USA, 2011 [Honourable Mention]

  • M. Gašić and S. Young, "Effective Handling of Dialogue State in the Hidden Information State POMDP-based Dialogue Manager", CUED/F-INFENG/TR.650, Cambridge University Engineering Department, 2010

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Association for Computational Linguistics, workshop co-chair, virtual, 2020

  • Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, programme co-chair, Stockholm, 2019

  • Association for Computational Linguistics, technical area chair, Melbourne, 2018

  • Conversational AI NIPS workshop, organiser, Montreal, 2018

  • IEEE workshop on Spoken Language Technology, technical chair, Athens, 2018

  • Young Women Researchers in Speech Science and Technology, organiser, Stockholm, 2017, 2018

  • ICML workshop on Learning to Generate Natural Language, organiser, Sydney, 2017

  • NIPS workshop on Machine Learning for Spoken Language Understanding and Interaction, organiser, Montreal, 2015

  • Young Researchers Roundtable on Spoken Dialogue Systems, organiser, London, 2009

  • Senior Member of IEEE

  • Member of ACL

  • Member of ELLIS


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