With the proliferation of mobile internet devices, the Rapid-Rich Object Search (ROSE) Lab was conceived to address the growing need to expand search beyond text’s limited capability in describing real-world objects. The Lab aims to build visual search technology to support classification, recognition, retrieval, and tracking of visual objects in images and videos.

The ROSE Lab was jointly set up between the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and Peking University (PKU), China, drawing upon each university’s strength in media, computer vision, and cloud computing technologies. The lab is creating an innovation platform for media applications, and develops visual object search tools & services by working with major industry players. These partners include Tencent, one of the largest internet company in Asia; NVIDIA, the world’s leading visual computing company; Accenture, one of the world’s leading management consulting companies and OMRON, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced electronics and control systems. In addition, ROSE is working with start-ups and small & medium sized companies to license and jointly develop technology.