Mobile shopping app Mercari wants to make selling online even easier than buying, and it’s turning to two MIT professors for help.
Mercari opened an engineering office in Cambridge, Massachusetts where two renowned professors at the adjacent Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will advise it in machine learning, computer vision, and related research.
Mercari’s team in Cambridge is applying machine learning on massive amounts of data to better personalize the user experience based on their preferences, history, and interactions, according to the company.
“Opening the Mercari engineering offices in Cambridge is an important addition to our global technology centers in Palo Alto and Tokyo,” said Dr. Mok Oh, chief technology officer for Mercari U.S. “The expectations of Mercari sellers and buyers are always evolving, so it’s vital that we harness emerging technologies to continuously improve our app and services.”
Advising the team are Dr. Frédo Durand and Dr. Wojciech Matusik of MIT.
Dr. Frédo Durand is a renowned researcher and professor in computer vision and computational photography. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Dr. Wojciech Matusik is widely-recognized professor and entrepreneur in machine learning, 3D vision, and 3D fabrications. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, where co-directs the Computer Graphics Group and teaches machine learning courses
SOURCE: Mercari Press Release