Jeff Dalton

Dr. Jeff Dalton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow where he leads the Glasgow Representation and Information Learning Lab (GRILL) ( His research focuses on text understanding and conversational information seeking. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval. Later in Google Research, he worked on Information Extraction as part of the Knowledge Discovery Team (Knowledge Vault) and on language understanding in the Assistant Response Ranking team. He is the lead organizer for the TREC Conversational Assistance Track (CAsT) ( and previously helped organize the Complex Answer Retrieval track. He is the recipient of a prestigious UKRI Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship on Neural Conversational Assistants and received research awards from Google, Amazon, and Bloomberg. He is the faculty advisor for the 2021/2022 Alexa Prize Taskbot challenge team, GRILLBot. He holds multiple patents in retrieval, information extraction, and question answering.

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