Samsung has announced that it is adding prominent artificial intelligence (AI) experts Dr. H. Sebastian Seung, and Dr. Daniel D. Lee, to expand its global AI R&D capabilities.
Dr. Seung, the Evnin Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, and Dr. Daniel D. Lee, the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, to expand its global AI R&D capabilities.
At Samsung Research, Drs. Seung and Lee will play a central role in building up fundamental research on AI that will advance human knowledge with the potential for revolutionary business impact, the South Korean tech major said. Samsung's new AI scientists are both Harvard graduates and worked as researchers at Bell Labs. Drawing inspiration from the brain, the two researchers jointly developed algorithms for machine learning by nonnegative matrix factorisation.
Before joining Samsung, Dr. Seung was a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University and also taught at MIT. Having devised an electronic circuit modelled on the brain’s cerebral cortex, Dr. Seung pioneered the application of convolutional networks to image segmentation, and helped form the field of connectomics that reconstructs the brain’s wiring diagrams with AI.
Likewise, an authority in AI and robotics, Dr. Lee who is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), joined the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He developed a number of leading machine learning algorithms in addition to cutting-edge robotic systems and led research teams to build advanced intelligent humanoid robots for a variety of tasks, including self-driving cars.
For those unfamiliar, Samsung Research, recently established global AI Centres in five countries including Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Russia.