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Samsung opens AI centres in the UK, Canada and Russia

Samsung Research, the advanced R&D hub of Samsung Electronics’ SET Business, has opened an artificial intelligence centre in Cambridge, UK, with two more being established in Toronto, Canada (24 May) and

Moscow, Russia (29 May) to enhance the company’s AI capabilities.

The company is already exploring AI technology and expanding the global AI research capabilities of Samsung Electronics at its centres in Korea and the US, as well as five AI centres around the world including new AI Centres in Seoul last November and in Silicon Valley in January.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the new AI Centre in Cambridge, Hyun-suk Kim, president and head of Samsung Research, said: “Samsung has a long history of pursuing innovation and we are excited to be bringing that same passion and technology leadership to AI. With the new AI centres and recruitment of leading experts in the field, our aim is to be a game changer for the AI industry.”

Advancing AI

Samsung Research is securing global AI experts and is aiming to have 1,000 AI researchers on board globally by 2020. The AI centre in Cambridge will be led by Andrew Blake, previously Director of Microsoft’s Cambridge Laboratory, and a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines. He will work alongside experts in the field such as Professor Maja Pantić from Imperial College.

Blake believes the new centre signifies Samsung’s commitment to the advancement of AI. “Our research will help us to better understand human behavior while exploring areas like emotion recognition, and further expand the boundaries of user-centric communication to develop AI technologies that ultimately improve people’s lives.”

Dr. Larry Heck, senior vice president of Samsung Research America (SRA) and expert in virtual personal assistant technologies, will lead Samsung’s Toronto-based AI centre, which will be partnering with universities in Canada to strengthen its AI research efforts.

Samsung’s AI Centre in Moscow will benefit from Russia’s mathematics, physics, and science expertise and the knowledge of AI experts such as Professor Dmitry Vetrov (Higher School of Economics) and Professor Victor Lempitsky (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology).

Samsung’s AI Centre in Cambridge will be led by Andrew Blake

Cutting-edge research environments

Samsung’s research so far has focused on AI that is user-centric, always learning through continuous self-learning from data, always helpful and always safe, ensuring user safety and privacy. To maintain this going forward the new centres will feature cutting-edge research environments for experts regional researchers to work in.

As the company prepared to set up research bases across areas of expertise, Samsung has been collaborating with renowned AI scholars and hosted an AI forum last year. As Samsung continues to expand areas of expertise and technology across the globe, it will have a particular focus on the eastern area of the US.

In the coming years, data generated by Internet of Things (IoT) devices embedded with AI will provide insights into the lives of users. The way in which these AI-enabled devices provide consumers with optimised options will be critical to AI technology’s future success. To provide a user-centric ecosystem, Samsung aims to build an AI platform that will scale quickly and provide deep understanding of usage context and behaviours, making AI more relevant and useful.

Hyun-suk Kim, president and head of Samsung Research, speaking at the opening ceremony of the new AI Centre in Cambridge

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