Time: 215pm-330pm, Friday, Feb 4, 2011
Place: Room 4102, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave (34str&35str).
Speaker: Zofia Stankiewicz (CUNY) and Satoshi Sekine (NYU/RIT-NY)
Title: Research at Rakuten Institute of Technology, New York (RIT-NY)


Professor Sekine has recently started a new research laboratory in New York. 
It is Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT-NY). Rakuten is the biggest 
e-commerce site in Japan, which is now extending to the world, buying 
buy.com, which is the third biggest e-commerce site in the US, and
priceminister, the biggest e-commerce site in France, creating a venture 
company with Baidu in China. It also has operation in Taiwan, Thailand, UK 
and more.

They are focusing the research in order to respond the research need in
global environments. Three years after the creation of a research 
laboratory in Tokyo, RIT-NY was created in New York (Union Square) in June 
2010. Their team, so far, includes 3 researchers, 6 interns, 2 contractors, 
2 part-time students.  They are planning to expand.

At the seminar, they will introduce the research carried out at RIT-NY. It
includes the research conducted by a summer intern and part-time 
researcher, Ms. Zofia Stankiewicz, a PhD student at CUNY.  The topic 
includes Collaborative filtering, contents matching, information aggregation 
and more.  They invite you to come to the seminar and talk with them.

Speaker Bios:

Prof. Satoshi Sekine has been a research associate professor at New York
University and working on NLP, in particular Information Extraction and 
Named Entities. He recently started a new research laboratory in New York, 
the Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT-NY), which is decribed above.

Ms. Zofia Stankiewicz is a PhD student in Linguistics at the Graduate 
Center of the City University of New York.  Her research interests are 
in the area of computational linguistics, and she has conducted research
as an intern at the Rakuten Institute of Technology (RIT-NY) during the
summer of 2010.