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Research Mission

  • The Creative Language Systems group is dedicated to Computational Creativity, placing a specific emphasis on the computational exploration of language and its creative potential, from lexical phenomena such as Metaphor, Analogy, Metonymy, Polysemy, to complex social phenomena such as Humour 
  • As such, we build models of creative language use, and attempt to construct applications from these models. 
  • We are also striving to develop generalized models of creative linguistic behaviour. 
  • The resources that drive our research are the lexical ontologies WordNet and HowNet and the open-source encyclopaedia Wikipedia
  • Read or listen Tony Veale’s discussion of humour and metaphor on the radio show - PhilosophyTalk. 
  • Publications

    • Veale, T. (2013).

      Veale, T. (2013). A Service-Oriented Architecture for Computational Creativity. Journal of Computing Science and Engineering, 7(3):159-167 [pdf]

    • Veale, T. (2013).

      Veale, T. (2013). Strategies and tactics for ironic subversion. In: Dynel, M. (Ed.), Developments in Linguistic Humour Theory. John Benjamins publishing company. [pdf]

    • Veale, T. (2013).

      Veale, T. (2013). Humorous Similes. HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research, 21(1):3-22. [pdf]

    • Veale, T. (2013).

      The Agile Cliché: Using Flexible Stereotypes as Building Blocks in the Construction of an Affective Lexicon. In: Oltramari, A., Vossen, P., Qin, L. & Hovy, E (eds). New Trends of Research in Ontologies and Lexical Resources. Berlin: Springer: Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing.[pdf]

    • Veale, T. (2012).

      Exploding the Creativity Myth: The Computational Foundations of Linguistic Creativity. London: Bloomsbury Academic. [sample chapter]

    • Veale, T. (2012).

      Detecting and Generating Ironic Comparisons: An Application of Creative Information Retrieval. AAAI Fall Symposium Series 2012, Artificial Intelligence of Humor. Arlington, Virginia. [pdf]

    • Veale, T. (2012).

      A Context-sensitive, Multi-faceted model of Lexico-Conceptual Affect. In Proc. of ACL’2012, the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Jeju, South Korea. [pdf]

    • Veale, T. and Li, G. (2012).

      Specifying Viewpoint and Information Need with Affective Metaphors: A System Demonstration of Metaphor Magnet. In Proc. of ACL’2012, the 50th Annual Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Jeju, South Korea. [pdf]

    • Veale, T. (2012).

      Seeing the Best and Worst of Everything on the Web with a Two-level, Feature-rich Affect Lexicon. In Proc. of WWW’2012, the 21st World-Wide-Web conference, Lyon, France. [pdf]

    • Veale, T. and Hao, Y. (2012).

      In the Mood for Affective Search. In Proc. of WWW’2012, the 21st World-Wide-Web conference, Lyon, France. [pdf]

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    Group Members

    Principal Investigators

    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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