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Samsung AI Researcher of 2021


The "Samsung AI Researcher of the Year" recognizes promising researchers who have made outstanding research or contributions to the field of AI.

We encourage highly-qualified individuals that meet the eligibility requirements to submit applications directly via this website. If you would like to nominate an outstanding researcher for this award, please see the nomination guide provided below in the “To Apply” section.

Eligibility Criteria
  • - Faculty or research scientist at a university or public research institute.
      * Undergraduate and Doctoral Students are not eligible; however, post-doctoral researcher and
         research scientist can apply for the award.
  • - Applicant must be age 35 or under on August 10, 2021.
  • - Research must be in the field of artificial intelligence.
Rewards and
  • - A plaque and monetary award of $30,000 USD.
  • - Winners are required to give a presentation about their research at the 2021 Samsung AI Forum.

* Award ceremony will be held during the Samsung AI Forum on November 1, 2021.
* This year the forum will be held online due to COVID-19.
   The award ceremony, winner interviews, and awardee technical presentations will be pre-recorded.

(KST / UTC+09:00)
  • - Program announcement : June 21, 2021.
  • - Submissions accepted through August 10, 2021.
  • - Winners announced (via email) in late September, 2021
  • - Awards ceremony will be held on November 1, 2021 during the Samsung AI Forum

* If you wish to nominate someone for the award, please submit the nomination form by July 31, 2021 (KST).
   Please see the nomination guide provided below.
* The selection process will be overseen by Professor Yoshua Bengio
   (Co-chair of the Samsung AI Forum) and a committee of world-class professors.
* Awards Review Committee will not provide individual feedback on the results.

  • Samsung AI Researcher of 2021 submission is now closed.

  • We are committed to recognizing standout AI researchers throughout the world.
    Samsung will conduct the AI Researcher of the Year program annually
    to support creative and meaningful contributions to AI.


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