Rakuten opens new DeepLearning, Automation focused research institute in India

Tokyo, Japan: Rakuten, Inc. today said it has opened a new office of its dedicated research and development organization, Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT), at its operations center in Bengaluru, India.

Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru is the first research center for the institute in India and the sixth office worldwide. Rakuten Institute of Technology, which combines creativity and innovation with emerging technologies to fuel the growth of e-commerce, already has research centers located in Tokyo, Paris, Boston, Singapore and San Mateo.

“I’m thrilled with the opening of our new research office in India and excited to announce that Sunil Gopinath, CEO at Rakuten India, will lead our team of researchers in Bengaluru,” said Masaya Mori, Global Head – Rakuten Institute of Technology. “India has a vibrant computer science research community in Bengaluru and we look forward to collaborate with academic researchers to discover and develop new technology applications.”

Specific areas of focus for Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru will include:

· Practical applied research around deep learning to detect and predict financial fraud
· Advancing research of Computer Vision, in particular its applications in e-commerce and medical imaging
· Advancement of automation to improve efficiency in warehouse robotics and logistics

“India has one the largest technical talent pools in the world and researchers in India have a strong understanding of combining academic research with real business domain applications to deliver pioneering business solutions,” said Sunil Gopinath, SVP – RIT Bengaluru. “Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru has been set up with an aim to strengthen RIT’s global vision of leveraging technology to further improve the convenience of Rakuten’s e-commerce, fintech and digital content services.”

Rakuten Institute of Technology proactively collaborates with industry and academia, holding personnel exchanges with educational institutions and conducting research incorporating the latest academic knowledge. The new office in Bengaluru will become a hub for collaboration with Indian research universities with the aim of providing high-level researchers with opportunities to research internet technologies and develop tailored services for Rakuten group companies around the world.

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