Japanese e-commerce major Rakuten on Monday said it had opened its India research and development (R&D) institute here to focus on deep learning, computer vision and robotics for warehouse logistics applications.
"The Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT) at our operations centre in Bengaluru will combine creativity and innovation with emerging technologies to fuel the growth of e-commerce," said the Tokyo-based internet firm in a statement here.
"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," said the Institute's global head Masaya Mori.
The applied research on deep learning will be to detect and predict financial fraud, developing applications in computer vision for e-commerce and medical imagining and advancement of automation to improve efficiency in warehouse robotics and logistics.
"India has a large technical talent and its researchers have an understanding of combining academic research with business domain applications to deliver pioneering business solutions," said Gopinath.
The Institute will also strengthen the company's global vision of leveraging technology to enhance the convenience of its e-commerce, fintech and digital content services.
"We collaborate with the industry and academia, hold exchanges with educational institutions and conduct research incorporating the latest academic knowledge," said Mori in the statement.
The firm's Bengaluru R&D facility will be a hub for collaboration with Indian universities to provide researchers opportunities to study internet technologies and develop services for the Rakuten group companies the world over.
"Our research centres are engaged in cross-location projects and support globalization of the group companies," added the statement.
With 16,000 employees, the Rakuten Group operates in 30 countries worldwide.
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