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Research Mission

  • Our Computational Creativity (CC) group is dedicated to the computational exploration of language and its creative potential, from  Metaphor, Simile, Analogy and Blending to complex social phenomena such as Irony and Humour.
  • We are part of the EC Project WHIM (the What-If Machine). We build the idea-generation systems that feed novel counter-factual premises to other WHIM components.
  • We lead the EC PROSECCO network (PRomoting the Scientific Exploration of Computational Creativity). This international project promotes CC via Autumn schools, code camps and other educational events.
  • We promote a vision of the The Creative Web, in which Computational Creativity is delivered via creative Web Services like our own Metaphor Magnet
  • Sample our work via the autonomous Twitterbot @MetaphorMagnet, which uses the Metaphor Magnet service and the Flux Capacitor change generator to generate its own insightful views on the world on an hourly basis.
  • Check out, our new Web initiative to promote Computational Creativity via comics and cartoons.


  • Veale, T. (2014).

    Veale, T. (2014). Running With Scissors: Cut-Ups, Boundary Friction and Creative Reuse. Proceedings of ICCBR-2014, the 22nd International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, Cork, Ireland, September.[pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2014).

    Veale, T. (2014). Coming Good and Breaking Bad: Generating Transformative Character Arcs For Use in Compelling Stories. Proceedings of ICCC-2014, the 5th International Conference on Computational Creativity, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 2014. [pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2014).

    Veale, T. (2014). A Service-Oriented Architecture for Metaphor Processing. Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, at ACL 2014, the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, June 2014. [pdf]

  • Veale, T. and Valitutti, A. (2014).

    Veale, T. and Valitutti, A. (2014). A World With or Without You* (*Terms and Conditions May Apply). Proceedings of AAAI-2014 Fall Symposium Series on Modeling Changing Perspectives: Re-conceptualizing Sensorimotor Experiences. Arlington, VA., November.[pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2014).

    Veale, T. (2014). The ABCs of XYZs: Creativity and Conservativity in Humorous Epithets. In: J. Manjaly & B. Indurkhya (Eds.) Cognition, Experience, and Creativity. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan. [pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2014).

    Veale, T. and Li, G. (2014). Analogy as an Organizational Principle in the Construction of Large Knowledge-Bases. In: H. Prade and G. Richard (Eds.), Computational Approaches to Analogical Reasoning: Current Trends. Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 548. Springer. [pdf]


Group Members

Principal Investigators

  • Dr. Tony Veale, senior lecturer in the department of Computer Science

Current Post-graduates

  • Scorain Yu, WordNet-based games development, KNOW-BEST project
  • Cristina Butnariu, WordNet-based games development, KNOW-BEST project
  • Yanfen Hao, WordNet-based games development, KNOW-BEST project
  • Stephen Howell, WordNet-based games development, KNOW-BEST project
  • ShanShan Chen, Bilingual Ontology, KNOW-BEST project
  • Hyesook Kim, Construction of Korean WordNet / HowNet

Past or concluding Post-graduates

  • Jer Hayes, Term Creation in Lexical Ontologies
  • Nuno Seco, Similarity Measures in Lexical Ontologies

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