Rakuten Institute of Technology: The incubation center of AI research and technologies that fuel Rakuten’s innovation.

Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT), the core AI research wing of Rakuten, is spread across six geographical locations including Tokyo, Singapore, Boston, San Mateo, Bengaluru, and Paris. This division consists of AI research scientists with specialization in machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, knowledge discovery and data mining. This department comprises of five major verticals, namely, customer program whose aim is to acquire a deep customer understanding for Rakuten membership, language program that deals with automating product catalog and machine translation, vision program whose mission is to provide frictionless image-based experience, and moonshot initiatives which are bold and ambitious strategic initiatives taken by Rakuten. Moonshot initiatives includes programs like curing cancer using AI, quantum computing, and building a fully autonomous mobile network.

The vison of Rakuten Institute of Technology is “Automation, Better Than Human”

Being a research institute, this division has struck several noteworthy collaborations with top notch academic institutes around the globe. By establishing these collaborations and working on collaborative research projects, the bridge between academia and industry is established.

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