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.