Portrait of Paul A. Crook

Paul A. Crook

Senior Applied Scientist


Research Interests

Dialogue Systems.
Statistical methods for Dialogue Management.
Statistical belief tracking of the state of dialogues.
Automatic dialogue policy learning/optimization using Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning.
General application of statistical Machine Learning (ML) techniques.


Dialog and Conversational Systems Research

Established: March 14, 2014

Conversational systems interact with people through language to assist, enable, or entertain. Research at Microsoft spans dialogs that use language exclusively, or in conjunctions with additional modalities like gesture; where language is spoken or in text; and in a variety of settings, such as conversational systems in apps or devices, and situated interactions in the real world. Projects Spoken Language Understanding