Academic Freedom. Massive Datasets. Global Impact.

  • Freedom

    Take your ideas and research anywhere you want to go, working with researchers from top academic groups in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Processing. Drive the state-of-the-art while publishing your work in top-tier academic conferences and journals.

  • Data

    Work with massive datasets from decades of real market data. Datasets that can fuel state-of-the-art research in NLP, time-series analysis, graph mining, deep learning, and reinforcement learning.

  • Impact

    Develop resources that will be used by millions of people around the world. Apply research findings and solve important business and data problems for one of the world’s largest banks and Canada’s biggest company.

Research Areas

Reinforcement Learning
Natural Language Processing
Information Retrieval
Deep Learning
High Performance Computing
Unsupervised Learning
Optimization in Machine Learning
Time-Series Analysis


  • RBC Research Institute Opens Its Doors for a ‘Mad’ Launch Party

    • RBC Research Institute CSO Foteini Agrafioti and RBC CEO Dave McKay present the 2017 RBC Research Prize winners with their plaques. From left to right: Foteini Agrafioti, Cosmin Munteanu, Varun Perumal, Glenn Gulak, and Dave McKay

      June 21 marked two important firsts: The first day of summer and the official launch of RBC Research Institute’s Toronto lab. One of these events happens every year; the other once in a lifetime.

      The Research team stood proudly on hand to welcome over 100 guests into our newly renovated space. Academics, business visionaries, and thought leaders mingled with the next generation of AI grad students while they sipped “Mad Scientist” cocktails, nibbled on appetizers, and soaked in the atmosphere. Despite the presence of a brand new office basketball net, the room was too packed for any real sweat to break; however, the lab’s CSO and Research Head, Dr. Foteini Agrafioti, says everyone is invited to come back for a game of one-on-one against Research Team Lead and secret Olympic-grade athlete, Yanshuai Cao.

      RBC CEO Dave McKay kicks off the festivities

      In his introductory remarks, RBC CEO Dave McKay emphasized the bank’s dedication to the Canadian AI ecosystem. The evening represents RBC’s investment in fundamental research, a commitment that will allow Canada to push the state-of-the-art and take our rightful place on the world stage as a leader in AI. The labs in Toronto and Edmonton are the bricks and mortar behind the science, the physical foundation to support our astonishing momentum and continual collaboration between academia and industry.

      Dr. Agrafioti followed Mr. McKay on stage to express her gratitude for a clear-thinking RBC leadership that understands the urgency in advancing AI research and keeping our IP homegrown. To illustrate that dream in action, she introduced our 2017 RBC Research Prize winners, Varun Perumal, Gerald Penn and Cosmin Munteanu, and Glenn Gulak, whose work represents the best of academic research with a dedicated shift toward entrepreneurship. Please click here for more on this year’s winners.

      As Canada’s first industrial research centre dedicated to AI, RBC Research Institute represents a crucial step in Canada’s intellectual and economic future. If there’s any reason to bring out the liquid nitrogen ice cream sandwiches, it would be that.


Working for a bank doesn’t mean you have to number-crunch in a cubicle, dream in Excel, and wear Gordon Gekko three-piece suits. RBC Research offers a stimulating work environment and the platform to do world-class machine learning in a start-up culture. If contemplating on how machines can autonomously build knowledge from observation is what you do in your spare time, then you are one of us. We move quickly, challenge each other, and are here to invent the future of banking.

Does this sound like you? Then let’s talk. You can join us full-time or as an intern. Check out the career opportunities listed below and watch for more opportunities as our team grows.

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