Our research is divided into function-based research domains
named the Power Domain, the Intelligence Domain, and the Reality Domain.
Rakuten Institute of Technology covers a broad range of research topics.
Please refer to the explanation of each domain, and the materials which explain the details of some of our research topics. Also, part of our contribution is available as open-source software.
The Power Domain is responsible for the technical infrastructure on which Rakuten's services thrive. We work on autonomous systems, distributed computing, networking & telecommunications, robotics & automation in general, machine learning and algorithm design, as well as programming languages and anything else that Rakuten requires. Thus we provide the fundament or substrate that supports and enables the work of Rakuten's manifold services as well as the other domains.
The Intelligence Domain aims to enrich Rakuten’s services from the perspective of data. We are focusing on creating structured product data for supporting global shopping experience, providing user-friendly product navigation and optimizing business operations by utilizing various kinds of data related technologies such as natural language processing (NLP), data mining, machine learning and statistical analysis. Most of our technologies are actually applied to Rakuten’s services and are making business contributions.
The Reality Domain aims to create new user experiences applicable within Rakuten services through prototyping, proof-of-concept studies, and real-world deployments. We are focusing on novel user interfaces and user experience (UI/UX), ubiquitous computing, computer vision, and multimedia processing. Our activity includes transferring practical state-of-the-art technologies into actual Rakuten’s businesses, as well as proposing future concept and vision.