Laurent Ach

European Director, Rakuten Institute of Technology

Laurent Ach is European Director of Rakuten Institute of Technology, the research department of Rakuten group. The French team he created in 2014 does applied research in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing. He started his career in Thales Group, working on defense projects using neural networks as early as 1990, and on virtual car prototyping for Renault and Honda, developing advanced computer graphics technology. He later worked in mobile communication with Safran Group and with several startup companies in the domain of artificial intelligence and virtual reality. He has been CTO of Living Actor, a company creating virtual assistants, and CTO of Rakuten France. He coordinated and contributed to several French and European collaborative research projects.