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Japan's E-commerce Company Rakuten Opens Research Centre In India

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| December 3 , 2018 , 15:47 IST

Japan's e-commerce major electronic commerce and Internet company Rakuten on Monday opened its India research and development (R&D) institute in Bengaluru basically to focus on deep learning, computer vision and robotics for warehouse logistics applications.

According to media reports, the Tokyo-based internet firm in a statement said, "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."

The 20-year-old firm's five other research centres are already placed in Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, Boston and San Mateo in the US. With 16,000 employees, the Rakuten Group operates in 30 countries worldwide.

The company's B2B2C platform Rakuten Ichiba is the largest e-site in Japan and among the world's largest by sales.

Speaking to media Institute's global head Masaya Mori said, "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."

The company has appointed Sunil Gopinath as the Institute's first Chief Executive.

"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.

"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.

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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.

The RIT's first centre was set up in Japan in 2006 to keep pace with the evolution of the cyber world and the rapid growth of internet services globally.

"Our research centres are engaged in cross-location projects and support globalization of the group companies," added the statement.