Samsung has acquired two artificial intelligence experts to its research and development arm in an effort to expand its AI capabilities.

The electronics giant has added to its team Dr. H. Sebastian Seung, the Evnin Professor in the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, and Dr. Daniel D. Lee, the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania

The pair have previously worked together, jointly developing algorithms for machine learning.

Dr. Seung studied theoretical physics at Harvard University before joining Princeton University in 2014. He has also worked as a researcher the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“Samsung is a company with a long history of pursuing innovation, and is committed to tapping the full potential of artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Seung.

“I look forward to working at Samsung to help discover what lies ahead in AI.”

Dr. Lee began his career after securing a degree in physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Lee joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

Lee is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and on the Executive Board of the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation, which runs the premier machine learning conference in the world.

“I am eager to be joining Samsung Research and to help develop next-generation technologies for Samsung Electronics,” said Dr. Lee.

“Fundamental research and understanding of machine learning and robotic systems will be key to fulfilling the promise of AI.”

Samsung Research recently established global AI centers in five countries including Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Canad and Russia.