Shenghui Wang

Room 2.58, Kilburn Building
School of Computer Science
Kilburn Building, Oxford Road
University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9PL
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 6178

Now graduated and moved to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

About me

I am a PhD student in the Artificial Intelligence Group of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. My research is under the supervision of Professor David Bree and Dr. David Rydeheard.

I was born in Huangshan, Anhui, P. R. China, on 9 July, 1979. In 1996, I left home, hoping to know how a computer works. I got my BSc degree in Anhui University in 2000, and my MSc degree in the University of Science and Technology of China in 2003, and then came to Manchester. After these years of playing around with the computers, I realise that computers are really good at following the simple orders, but are never able to understand what we really need. Well, it is not fair to blame them for not understanding us. In fact, we don't really know the answer either :-(

Now I am hoping to know the answers to these questions:
  • What is the meaning of blue in blue sky, blue flowers, blue paint, or blueprint?!
  • Is there a clear boundary between blue and purple?
  • Can you draw some intermediate shapes between linear to ovate?
  • W hy do you call today's cloud cumulonimbus instead of cumulus? (HELP! DICTIONARY!!!)
  • ...

Research interests

Ok, seriously, I am interested in the semantics of descriptions for continuous quantities in natural languages. I am not a semanticist at all, instead, my semantics is  what is really happening in nature, which I term practical semantics,  See here for more details.

On top of the practical semantics, I am interested formal knowledge representation, similarity measurement for information integration and query answering.


  1. Shenghui Wang, David Rydeheard and Jeff Z. Pan. The Semantic Processing of Continuous Quantities for Discrete Terms in Ontologies. In Journal of Logic and Computation, Special Issue on Natural Language and Knowledge Representation. To appear.
  2. Shenghui Wang and Jeff Z. Pan. Integrating and Querying Parallel Leaf Shape Descriptions. In Proc. of the 5th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2006):668-681. Electronic Edition (link) BibTeX
  3. Shenghui Wang and Jeff Z. Pan. Ontology-based Representation and Query of Colour Descriptions from Botanical Documents. OTM Conferences (2) 2005: 1279-1295. Electronic Edition (link) BibTeX
  4. Shenghui Wang. Logic-based representation and integration of colour descriptions from botanical documents. In Proceedings of Tenth ESSLLI Student Session, pages 411-422, Edinbough, Scotland, 2005.
  5. Mary McGee Wood and Shenghui Wang. Motivation for "ontology" in parallel-text information extraction. In Proceedings of ECAI-2004 Workshop on Ontology Learning and Population (ECAI-OLP), Poster, Valencia, Spain, 2004. 

Personal interests

  • Hiking, cycling, camping, ...
  • Playing badminton, doing yoga
  • Traveling (not alone all the time)
  • Eating a lot (in both quality and quantity)
  • Volunteering