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Word's Eye: Converting Simple English Into 3D Scenes

3D graphics scenes are difficult to create, requiring users to learn and utilize a series of complex menus and often tedious direct manipulation techniques. WordsEye however, allows untrained users to spontaneously and interactively create 3D scenes by simply describing them. By giving up this level of detailed control, natural language offers an attractive method to quickly and easily create a wide variety of 3D scenes.

WordsEye has been used by several thousand users on the web to create over 10,000 scenes and has been tested recently in a middle school summer program at HEAF (Harlem Education Activities Fund) as an aid to story understanding. WordsEye is written in Common Lisp and runs on Linux. The current work in WordsEye is funded by NSF IIS-0904361.

Bob Coyne has worked at Symbolics Graphics Division, Nichimen Graphics, and AT&T Research and is currently pursuing a PhD in computational linguistics at Columbia University.

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  • Heow G.

    Video of the presentation

    April 2, 2012

  • Chris F.

    I thought the topic was extremely interesting to see. The natural language processing involved in dealing with the normal ambiguities of English even for simple pictures is astounding. Also there was some great information about seeing how everything was put together and the complexity involved in the system. Also I never heard of FrameNet before so I learned at least one new thing.

    I enjoyed how extremely well organized and decisive Heow was. Even though the original room was occupied he went to work and in no time secured another room and even put up a sign pointing to the new room.

    February 10, 2011

  • Lee A.

    Really cool research project. I had dinner plans so I left early without the opportunity to suggest a use for the system. I think Words Eye would be interesting to filmmakers and animators to do what's commonly referred to as "pre-vis". This is similar to storyboarding but animators can take the 3D objects and import them into an animation application to time out movement. Words Eye would be a fast way to get the initial scene set for export.

    February 9, 2011

  • Heow G.

    Yes, it is actually the 9th Ave Entrance.

    February 8, 2011

  • Eric M.

    Is it *actually* the 9th avenue entrance this time?

    February 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will attend, weather permitting. Coming from outside NYC.

    February 1, 2011

  • Heow G.

    Word's Eye is an impressive piece of technology.

    February 1, 2011

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