December 3, 2018
  • Rakuten, Inc.

Rakuten Opens New Research Institute in India

Deep Learning, Computer Vision and Robotics for Warehouse Logistics Applications to be focus of research at Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru

Tokyo, December 3, 2018 – Rakuten, Inc. announced today that it has opened a new office of its dedicated research and development organization, Rakuten Institute of Technology, 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 of 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, Senior Vice President, Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru. “Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru has been set up with an aim to strengthen Rakuten Institute of Technology’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.

Outline of Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru
Name: Rakuten Institute of Technology Bengaluru
Date of establishment: November 30, 2018
Address: 19 Primrose Rd, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, India
Head of Research: Sunil Gopinath
Research Fields: Deep learning for fintech applications, robotics for logistic applications and computer vision

About Rakuten Institute of Technology
Rakuten Institute of Technology was established in 2006 as the dedicated R&D organization of the Rakuten Group. With the constant evolution of the cyber world and the rapid growth of internet services, Rakuten Institute of Technology was founded with the aim of novel research and development for the Rakuten Group.

 Rakuten Institute of Technology is located in Tokyo, San Mateo, Paris, Singapore, and Boston and now in Bengaluru, engaging in cross-location projects and supporting the globalization of the Rakuten Group. External to the Rakuten network, the Institute is partnered with Prof. Hidehiko Masuhara of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Yukihiro Matsumoto, the creator of the Ruby programming language, who serves as a fellow. For more information visit: https://rit.rakuten.co.jp/

About Rakuten India
Rakuten India Enterprise Private Limited, established in 2014 in Bengaluru, is a key product research and development center in the Rakuten Group network. It provides ecommerce related engineering and mobile developmental initiatives along with innovative data and insight products for Rakuten’s global e-commerce operations. It also manages Rakuten’s global network and security operations to provide secure global cloud and network infrastructure services.

*Please note that the information contained in press releases is current as of the date of release.

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