Yesterday in Johannesburg South Africa, Samsung claimed that in order to advance its AI abilities, it will start a fresh artificial intelligence (AI) research department focused on robotics in New York, USA.

In last June, Daniel D. Lee joined Samsung AI robotics research department as an Executive Vice President, and he will run the new AI center located right in the center of Chelsea, New York. H. Sebastian Seung, Executive Vice President of Samsung’s New York AI center, in collaboration with major neuroscience-based AI technologies, will chair the modern new AI research in robotics. Seung, as the lead research scientist of Samsung electronics, will also provide guidance to Samsung on modern AI research in order to grow future business.

“What we need now is to focus on creating new values that make people’s lives easier and more convenient by harnessing the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services,” Justin Hume, Director of Samsung Integrated Mobility in South Africa, claimed. “To do this, our Global AI Centers, including the New York AI Centre, must play a pivotal role.”

Samsung is planning to hire 1000 research specialists by 2020, as a part of plan of expanding its new AI research abilities. The announced new AI center will work in collaboration with other AI research departments of Samsung, and globally it will be the sixth AI center launched by Samsung. Other AI research centers of Samsung are based in Russia, Canada, Korea, UK, and Silicon Valley.

“We are excited to open a new Samsung AI center in New York, which will specialize in robotics research,” Justin Hume said. “New York is one of the world’s great cities, and with this new facility we will be able to leverage the tremendous talent in the area. We also look forward to collaborating with top universities and academic centers in the region.”

The new ability is situated in 123 West 18th St, New York; its inauguration took place in New York City, on September 7th. Opening ceremony was attended by 100 guests including Kim, the President; Seunghwan Cho, the Executive Vice President of research department of Samsung; Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher, the Dean of Cornell Technology; Professor David Tank, the Director of Institute of Princeton Neuroscience and Geunbae Lee, the Head of AI Centre of Samsung in Seoul.

“The field of AI has made revolutionary progress by finally embracing neural networks,” Justin Hume said. “This is just the beginning of a new era of innovation in AI, and Samsung is proud to be part of this exciting quest.”

AI centers all around the world will also make contribution to Samsung’s AI center by providing their distinct local fortes. Samsung plans on becoming the spearhead of AI research industry by spreading its AI departments to other tech and highly skilled areas.