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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. (2015).

    Veale, T. (2015). Computational approaches to language and creativity: Creativity Ex Machina. In Rodney Jones (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity, pp 353-366. [prefinal version, pdf]

  • Veale, T. and Li, G. (2015).

    Veale, T. and Li, G. (2015). Distributed Divergent Creativity: Computational Creative Agents at Web Scale. Cognitive Computation (May 2015). DOI:10.1007/s12559-015-9337-9 [prefimal version, pdf]

  • Valitutti, A. and Veale, T. (2015).

    Valitutti, A. and Veale, T. (2015). Inducing an Ironic Effect in Automated Tweets. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII2015), September 21-24, Xi’an, China. [pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2015).

    The Humour of Exceptional Cases: Jokes as Compressed Thought Experiments. In Brône, G., Feyaerts, K.J. and Veale, T. (eds.), Cognitive Linguistics and Humor Research (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics), Mouton de Gruyter, 69-90. [pre-final pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2015).

    Veale, T. (2015). Game of Tropes: Exploring the Placebo Effect in Computational Creativity. In the Proceedings of ICCC-2015, the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity, Park City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2015. [pdf]

  • Veale, T. (2015).

    Veale, T. (2015). Ode to a Keatsian Turn: Creating Meaningful and Poetic Instances of Rhetorical Forms. In Tarek Besold, Marco Schorlemmer and Alan Smaill (Eds.) Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machines. Atlantis Press. [pdf]

  • 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. (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]


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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