Master in Applied Artificial Intelligence starting September 2018

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

uOttawa recently approved a concentration in applied artificial intelligence (AI) within the existing Master of Computer Science program. The applied AI concentration will start September 2018.

The objective of this unique program is to graduate computer science cohorts who not only are highly skilled in AI theory, but also possess the ability to apply their knowledge across numerous domains. Since 2015, job opportunities in AI have grown by nearly 500% in Canada alone. To this end, the program encompasses both the foundations and applications of machine learning, and emphasizes the application of machine learning and AI to solve problems in areas such as health care, medicine, education, manufacturing and cyberspace.

All students in the concentration will take a mandatory machine-learning course that focuses on algorithms and theory. Other courses within the program cover AI-related topics such as deep learning and reinforcement learning, natural-language processing, computer vision, semantic web, and intelligent physical systems. The seminar focuses on the ethical and societal impact of AI while fostering community building and strengthening students’ communication skills.

Students pursing the AI concentration will become experts in machine learning algorithms and methodologies, and will possess the necessary knowledge to manage, assess and explore a variety of data across multiple application areas. They will gain an understanding of the potential of bias in machine learning and other AI technologies, the ethics, benefits and dangers of AI, and the impact of AI on society. These are scarce competencies that are immediately useful and valued by industry, as well as academia. Our future graduates will aid Ontario, and Canada, in addressing the current serious mismatch between the demand and the availability of key AI talent.

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