[THE INVESTOR] Samsung Electronics said on June 4 that it has hired two renowned Korean-American artificial intelligence 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.”
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.
He 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.
He has also led research teams building advanced intelligent robots for a variety of tasks, including self-driving cars, humanoid robots, and collaborative robot teams.
By Song Seung-hyun and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)