RENS – Enabling a Robot to Identify a Person

  • Xin Yan
  • Sabina Jeschke
  • Amit Dubey
  • Marc Wilke
  • Hinrich Schütze
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5928)


We outline a web personal information mining system that enables robots or devices like mobile phones which possess a visual perception system to discover a person’s identity and his personal information (such as phone number, email, address, etc.) by using NLP methods based on the result of the visual perception. At the core of the system lies a rule based personal information extraction algorithm that does not require any supervision or manual annotation, and can easily be applied to other domains such as travel or books. This first implementation was used as a proof of concept and experimental results showed that our annotation-free method is promising and compares favorably to supervised approaches.


Personal Information Pointwise Mutual Information Test Page Business Card Record Selection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Yan
    • 1
  • Sabina Jeschke
    • 2
  • Amit Dubey
    • 4
  • Marc Wilke
    • 1
  • Hinrich Schütze
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for IT Service TechnologiesUniversity of Stuttgart 
  2. 2.Center for Learning and Knowledge ManagementRWTH Aachen University 
  3. 3.Institute for Natural Language ProcessingUniversity of Stuttgart 
  4. 4.Institute for Communicating and Collaborative SystemsUniversity of Edinburgh 

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