Rakuten Institute of Technology (hereinafter referred to as RIT) has a mission to help Rakuten teams with innovation and improve Rakuten products and services using cutting-edge technologies. RIT doesn’t directly collaborate with actual clients, but with long-term partners belonging to the same global company. As a consequence, the success of RIT providing such services, is tied to the level of trust and common understanding between RIT and its partners. In RIT Paris team, we had the intuition that our team could benefit from a holistic study of its operations, using a more user-centric approach than our traditional tech-centric approach. We internally developed skills in fields like UX Design, Design Thinking and Design Sprint, and we put them in practice to test our intuition.
Our team, from Rakuten Technology Institute Singapore, was among the top 3 in Rakuten Deep Learning Challenge for recipe image classification. This article elaborates on how we trained a decent model for image classification. Although we have deep learning experience in NLP, this is our first experience dealing with image data. We believe it provides a good reference for beginners.
Whilst many technology events are lined up around the world for this fall, Rakuten is proud to pioneer technology events in Asia by featuring one of the biggest conferences in the region, Rakuten Technology Conference 2018! Continuing the big success for the past decade, 12th Annual Rakuten Technology Conference will be held on 27th October 2018 at Rakuten Crimson House, Tokyo.
There is about one month for one of the biggest technology events in Asia region, Rakuten Technology Conference 2018(RTC), focusing on new technology trends like blockchain, AI, Bigdata and how the startups in these fields could benefit from the huge datasets that Rakuten owns and maintains within the Rakuten Ecosystem. The conference preparation team has been working hard to give the best possible experience for the attendees and make it the best and the biggest RTC so far and they have geared up the as we get close to the event with over a thousand of early registrations. So, if you haven’t still registered, please get registered at https://tech.rakuten.co.jp/ to save your spot for this valuable opportunity for free!
Since Rakuten AI platform has been launched in April 2017, we have launched 40+ AI Chatbot for external customers (consumers and business partners of Rakuten) as well as internal employees. But those are based on FAQ or frequently asked questions and provide answers to relatively simple questions.