Computational Linguistic Creativity (CLiC)

Project Details


CLiC is a research project funded by the Academy of Finland, carried out in the Discovery Research Group in collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences.
We investigate 'computational linguistic creativity', i.e., the ability of computers to act in verbally creative ways. Such creative skills will give computers more flexibility in their verbal communication with users. Software with creative skills can also be used to build tools that help people use language in novel and creative ways. In this project, we will carry out basic research to develop novel data mining inspired methods for computational linguistic creativity, especially for supporting human creativity. We will also consider novel ways of applying the results: we investigate use of these methods as pedagogical tools in primary and secondary schools.
The project involves a strong multi-disciplinary team combining expertise in computer science, data mining and computational creativity with pedagogy and use of digital technology in education. The project will produce novel computational concepts, algorithms, and tools for linguistic creativity, as well as an application in grammar school language teaching and pedagogical insight into use of computational creativity tools to support learning.
Effective start/end date01/09/201431/08/2018



Fields of Science

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • Computational creativity
  • Data mining
  • Natural language processing
  • natural language generation
  • language technology
  • interaction
  • 516 Educational sciences


ConCreTe: Concept Creation Technology

Toivonen, H. T., Xiao, P., Toivanen, J., Gross, O., Linkola, S. & Kantosalo, A.


Project: Research project

Research Output

Computational Generation of Slogans

Alnajjar, K. & Toivonen, H., 2020, In : Natural Language Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Conceptual Representations for Computational Concept Creation

Xiao, P., Toivonen, H., Gross, O., Cardoso, A., Correia, J., Machado, P., Martins, P., Goncalo Oliveira, H., Sharma, R., Pinto, A. M., Diaz, A., Francisco, V., Gervás, P., Hervas, R., León, C., Forth, J., Purver, M., Wiggins, G. A., Miljkovic, D., Podpecan, V. & 8 others, Pollak, S., Kralj, J., Znidarsic, M., Bohanec, M., Lavrač, N., Urbancic, T., Van Der Velde, F. & Battersby, S., Feb 2019, In : ACM Computing Surveys. 52, 1, 33 p., 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access


  • 2 Supervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis
  • 1 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

ITK 2016 - Interaktiivinen tekniikka koulutuksessa -konferenssi

Minna Lakkala (Poster Presentation)
13 Apr 201615 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

PhD supervisor of Oskar Gross

Hannu Toivonen (Supervisor)
6 May 2016

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

PhD supervisor of Jukka Toivanen

Hannu Toivonen (Supervisor)
3 Jun 2016

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Press / Media

Documentary: "Who made you? The Uncanny Valley"

Hannu Toivonen


2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Press / Media

Aivot työssä -kirja: haastattelu Runokoneesta

Hannu Toivonen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Nuori Voima 4-5/2017: "Dadaa ja tunkkaista komiikkaa"

Hannu Toivonen


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media