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Samsung Electronics hires 2 prominent AI scientists

All News 10:33 June 04, 2018

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that it has hired two renowned Korean-American artificial intelligence (AI) experts in the latest move to strengthen its capabilities in AI research and development.

H. Sebastian Seung, a computational neuroscientist at Princeton University, and Daniel D. Lee, an authority in AI and robotics at the University of Pennsylvania, will play a central role in fundamental research on AI that has the potential to advance human knowledge and have a revolutionary impact on business.

"Samsung is a company with a long history of pursuing innovation, and is committed to tapping the full potential of artificial intelligence," Seung said in comments posted on the Samsung website. "I look forward to working at Samsung to help discover what lies ahead in AI."

Sebastian Seung is pictured in this photo posted on the Samsung website on June 4, 2018. (Yonhap)

Seung studied theoretical physics at Harvard University. Before joining Princeton University in 2014, he worked as a researcher at Bell Labs and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Seung devised an electronic circuit modeled on the brain's cerebral cortex, featured on the cover of the journal Nature, published a paper on one of the first walking robots with reinforcement learning, pioneered the application of convolutional networks to image segmentation and helped found the field of connectomics, which reconstructs the brain's wiring diagrams with AI, according to Samsung.

Lee, who developed a number of leading machine learning algorithms and cutting-edge robotic systems, said he is eager to be joining Samsung Research and to help develop next-generation technologies for Samsung Electronics.

"Fundamental research and understanding of machine learning and robotic systems will be key to fulfilling the promise of AI," Lee said in comments posted on the Samsung website.

Daniel D. Lee is pictured in this photo posted on the Samsung website on June 4, 2018. (Yonhap)

Lee has also led research teams building advanced intelligent robots for a variety of tasks, including self-driving cars, humanoid robots, and collaborative robot teams.

Samsung Research -- an advanced research and development hub of Samsung Electronics -- has recently established global AI Centers in South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Russia.

The research arm also plans to increase its number of AI centers and advanced researchers to expand its R&D on artificial intelligence platforms.


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