About me

I am a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin. My Supervisor is Dr. Tony Veale. Before that, I received my B.Eng. and B.Sc. degrees from Software School, Fudan University and Department of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin in 2014. I was supervised by Dr. Xiaoqing Zheng.

My research interest generally locates in how people communicate with language. Currently I am studying metaphor. I am also interested in the related areas, including machine learning, cognitive science and psycholinguistics.


Expanding and Weighting Stereotypical Properties of Human Characters for Linguistic Creativity

Khalid Alnajjar, Mika Hämäläinen, Hanyang Chen, Hannu Toivonen
To appear on International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2017 [paper]

Idiom Savant at Semeval-2017 Task 7: Detection and Interpretation of English Puns

Samuel Doogan, Aniruddha Ghosh, Hanyang Chen, Tony Veale
To appear on SemEval 2017, Oral [paper]

I Read The News Today, Oh Boy: Making Metaphors Topical, Timely and Humorously Personal

Tony Veale, Hanyang Chen, Guofu Li
To appear on HCII 2017 [twitterbot] [paper]

Joint Word Segmentation, POS Tagging, and Syntactic Parsing with Recursive Neural Network

Bachelor Dissertation

Deep Learning for Chinese Word Segmentation and POS Tagging.

Xiaoqing Zheng, Hanyang Chen, Tianyu Xu
EMNLP 2013 [paper]



  • COMP10110 C Programming: 2014
  • COMP10070 Formal Foundations (Logic & Set theory): 2014
  • COMP20070 Database and Information Systems: 2016
  • COMP20200 UNIX Programming: 2014
  • COMP20190 Functional Programming (Scheme): 2015, 2016
  • COMP30010 Foundations of Computing (Automata): 2015
  • COMP30030 Introduction to AI: 2014, 2016
  • COMP30050 Software Engineering III(Java): 2015, 2016, 2017
  • COMP30250 Parallel and Cluster programming (MPI): 2014
  • COMP40725 Introduction to SQL Programming: 2017


I speak Mandarin (Chinese), Wuu (Shanghainese), and English.
I play games at Steam (vikingmew), PS4 (viking_mew), and Switch (SW-0597-1794-7590).