Putting People at the Center of AI Development: Samsung

Putting People at the Center of AI Development: Samsung

The Samsung AI Forum is an annual event that brings together globally renowned experts in the industry as well as across academia to serve as a platform with which to disseminate the very latest in AI trends, technologies, and research.

This year’s AI Forum, the fourth of its kind, is being held over two days this November 2 and 3. The second day of the event, hosted by Samsung Research, the advanced R&D hub of the company that leads the development of future technologies for Samsung Electronics’ SET (end-products) business, facilitated discussion around how industry experts and academics alike can further research into AI technologies, products, and services that directly impact and enhance the lives of all people.

AI Forum Day 2: Human-Centered AI

To open up the second day of the AI Forum 2020 on November 3, Dr. Sebastian Seung, President and Head of Samsung Research, gave a welcome speech that highlighted how the theme of the Forum’s second day, “Human-Centered AI,” is very much in line with Samsung’s vision of creating products and services that make all our lives richer and more convenient.

Dr. Seung outlined the importance of collaboration between corporate and academic AI researchers. “Unlike academic researchers, who have greater freedom to explore their professional interests, corporate researchers dealing with real-world issues often encounter constraints in their research,” explained Dr. Seung. “To overcome such restraints, companies are driven to find creative ways to problem-solve and to conduct truly innovative research.”

Dr. Seung went on to outline the areas in which Samsung has been progressing its AI research, highlighting how the company has been expanding its research into traditional AI fields such as vision and graphics, speech and language and robotics. He noted that the company has also been making great efforts with their on-device AI, with work being done to develop how AI functions on devices with limited computational power, limited electrical power consumption and other such constraints. He also highlighted the company’s focus on the field of health and wellness, stressing it as a very fascinating area wherein AI, data and devices can come together to benefit people in their health and wellness journeys.

In order to showcase the big picture within which AI research exists, Dr. Seung then presented a range of Samsung products that are infused with AI technologies, noting the existing technical challenges that Samsung and other AI researchers around the world should be looking to surmount in order to extend the capability of AI as much as possible to help people. “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,” concluded Dr. Seung.

Expert Highlights: Keynote Speeches

For the second day of the Samsung AI Forum 2020, some of the most prolific experts in AI worldwide were invited to participate in the Forum’s lectures and discussions. Professor Christopher Manning of Stanford University, a world-renowned scholar in the field of natural language processing (NLP), gave a presentation titled Natural Language Understanding and Conversational AI. Professor Manning shared the current status and latest trends in NLP technologies, highlighting the recent rapid development of such technologies, and introduced more accurate conversational agents and more effective open domain social robots based on them. Professor Devi Parikh of the Georgia Institute of Technology gave a lecture titled Multimodal and Creative AI Systems, in which she described her work into computer vision systems that humans can interact with via language and AI systems that can assist humans with their creative and artistic endeavors.

Professor Subbarao Kambhampati of Arizona State University, a founding board member of the nonprofit The Partnership on AI, gave a lecture titled Synthesizing Interpretable Behavior for Human-Aware AI Systems. Using several case studies from his research, Professor Kambhampati highlighted the growing need for AI systems to work synergistically with humans in everyday life and asserted that, for this to happen, the systems need to exhibit behavior interpretable by humans.

Lastly, Daniel D. Lee, Executive Vice President of Samsung Research, Head of Samsung’s AI Center in New York and Professor at Cornell Tech, delivered a lecture under the theme AI for Robots and People. He examined the technologies being used in the latest machine learning algorithms and explained how they can be used both to develop more advanced robotics systems and to improve people’s everyday lives.