We are now two weeks away from TPAC 2019, the annual five-day event that allows over 500 people to coordinate the development of Web standards done in W3C’s working groups, community groups, the Advisory Board, and the Technical Architecture Group (TAG). Working Groups, Interest Groups and the W3C Advisory Committee will hold their face to face meetings in one place and have the opportunity to meet and liaise with participants from other groups. The Wednesday of that week has 6 hours of breakout sessions: an opportunity for everyone to propose, choose, and participate in breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics relating to W3C activities, and a chance to contribute to discussions and connect with people working on ideas that may not fall within everyone’s usual areas of activity.
We are honored and thankful that Coil, NTT and Rakuten Institute of Technology have stepped up as Platinum Sponsors of the event:
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NTT Group has provided the infrastructure to support the development of the Japanese industry for a long time. Society is currently faced with varioues issues in Japan. To resolve social issues through our business operation, NTT Group works together with our partners, as “Your Value Partner”. The Group is utilizing its various management resources and capabilities, including those pertaining to research and development, ICT infrastructure, and human resources, through its business activities as part of its efforts to resolve such issues. NTT Group are also collaborating with partners and will undertake a digital transformation while supporting customers as they make similar transformations, rooted in our Shared Values the core principles that support our activities “Connect,” “Trust,” and “Integrity.”
Rakuten Institute of Technology launched in 2006 as the dedicated R&D organization for the Rakuten Group. Rakuten Institute of Technology is located in Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, Boston, San Mateo, and Bengaluru, engaging in cross-location projects and supporting the globalization of the Rakuten Group. Our research is divided into function-based research domains named the Power Domain, the Intelligence Domain, and the Reality Domain.
- 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 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, computer vision, and multimedia processing. Our activity includes transferring practical state-of-the-art technologies into Rakuten’s businesses, as well as proposing future concepts and vision.