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Assoc Professor Tony Veale

Assoc Professor

Tony Veale

Associate Professor
School of Computer Science
01 716 2912
University College Dublin, School of Computer Science, Comp Science and Informatics Belfield Dublin 4


Tony Veale is an associate professor in the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. He has been a researcher in the areas of Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence since 1988, both in industry and in academia. He obtained a B.Sc (hons) in Computer Science from University College Cork (UCC) in 1988, and an M.Sc in Computer Science in 1990, before joining Hitachi Dublin Laboratory in 1990. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1996. He has divided his career between academia and industry. In the latter, he has developed text-understanding and machine translation systems for Hitachi (in particular, the translation of English into American Sign language, ASL), as well as natural-language-processing tools for the CYC project in Cycorp at Austin, Texas, and patented web-based question-answering technology for Intelliseek (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Coreintellect (Dallas, Texas), where he held the position of Chief Scientist. During his tenure on the CYC project in Cycorp inc. he developed a model of analogical reasoning for CYC and contributed to the DARPA-funded High-Performance-Knowledge-Bases (HPKB) and Rapid-Knowledge-Formation (RKF) projects. He was, from 2002 -- 2007, the academic coordinator for UCD's unique international degree programme in Software Engineering, which UCD delivers in Shanghai at Fudan university; he continues to deliver courses on this degree. He is the author of Exploding The Creativity Myth: The Computational Foundations of Linguistic Creativity (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012) and a founder member of the international Association for Computational Creativity (ACC). He organized the ACC's annual conference, The International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC) in UCD in May 2012.


  • Lecturer
    Dublin City University1 Sep 1995 - 1 Feb 1999


  • Natural Language Engineer/Researcher, Group lead
    Hitachi Dublin Laboratory20 Aug 1990 - 1 Sep 1995
  • Natural Language Engineer/Researcher, Technology lead
    Cycorp, inc. (Austin, Texas)2 Feb 1999 - 1 Mar 2000
  • Chief Scientist
    Coreintellect (Dallas, Texas)1 Mar 2000 - 1 Jan 2002
  • AI Consultant
    Intelliseek (Cincinnati, Ohio)1 Jan 2002 - 31 Mar 2002


  • BSc
    University College Cork
  • MSc
    University College Cork
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin