The Samsung AI Forum annual event on Tuesday brought together global experts in the AI industry and the academe to discuss and announce the latest AI developments, research, technologies, and ongoing projects. The fourth AI Forum took place on November 2-3, where Samsung Research hosted the second day.
Samsung Research is the advanced research and development for future technologies for Samsung Electronics’ SET business.
Dr. Sebastian Seung, Samsung Research’s President, gave the opening remarks focusing on the theme, Human-Centered AI. He stated that the theme coincides with Samsung’s vision of producing services and products that would enrich human life.
Seung defined the significance of collaboration between academic AI experts and corporate researchers. He stated that researchers could overcome limitations in dealing with real-life concerns through collaborative efforts in finding creative solutions.
The doctor also outlined Samsung’s progress in AI research like speech and language, vision and graphics, health and wellness, on-device AI, and robotics. Seung presented Samsung products enhanced with technologies capable of extending assistance to people to demonstrate the importance of AI research.
“AI research for a better world only begins when we think deeply about how AI is capable of improving our lives and changing human behavior for the better.”
-Dr. Sebastian Seung, President and Head of Samsung Research
Expert Highlights: Keynote Speeches
The forum included Professor Christopher Manning, Professor Devi Parikh, Professor Subbarao Kambhampati, and Samsung Research VP Daniel Lee.
Christopher Manning, a Stanford University Professor, presented an article entitled Natural Language Understanding and Conversational AI. Manning, a scholar in Natural Language Processing (NLP), highlighted the rapid progress and latest NLP updates. The professor also introduced more precise and useful conversational agents and social robots based on NLP.
Devi Parikh, Professor of the Georgia Institute of Technology, talked about a lecture entitled Multimodal and Creative AI Systems. Parikh’s lecture focused on computer vision systems where people could communicate through language and AI systems to help people with their creativity and artistry.
Kambhampati Subbarao, Arizona State University Professor, presented a lecture entitled Synthesizing Interpretable Behavior for Human-Aware AI Systems. Professor Kambhampati stressed the increasing demand for AI systems to interact with people daily where they exhibit easily understandable behavior.
Daniel D. Lee, Samsung Research Executive VP, and Samsung’s AI Center Head, gave a lecture on AI for Robots and People. Professor Lee of Cornell Tech scrutinized the tools used in machine learning processes. Lee also described how to develop more advanced robotics systems to enhance people’s daily lives.
The Samsung forum took place virtually for the first time amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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