IT program creates new application for artificial intelligence

Seven students are currently enrolled in the new AI sub-application, where students learn the core AI framework. (Tomoki Shin | Daily Trojan)

The Information Technology program at Viterbi College of Engineering has launched a new minor program in the application of artificial intelligence to reflect the rapidly changing artificial intelligence industry. The door for minors is open to all students at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester.

Noting the huge potential of artificial intelligence in industry, Professor of Practice of Information Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering Nitin Vasant Kali founded the subprogram, which aims to educate students about artificial intelligence, advance their master studies and explore career opportunities.

“We believe that our students can use AI and apply it in many industries, which we don’t know until today because the field is changing so rapidly,” Kali said. “[For instance, AI] They can be used in the medical field, in predicting risk factors for specific diseases or the spread of viruses.”

The palace’s course plan is designed to educate students from various disciplines and academic backgrounds, Calley said.

“We make [courses] Very friendly to non-engineers and non[computer science] Students,” he said. “Those who don’t have several computer science semesters can still get enough AI knowledge to get out in the real world and work for companies and solve real-world problems with AI.”

Prerequisites for the program include introductory-level classes such as “Programming in Python,” “Introduction to Data Analytics,” and “Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence,” which provide students with basic skills in creating artificial intelligence. The Applied Artificial Intelligence portal course is offered to prospective students to spark their interest in the Application of Artificial Intelligence minor.

“I would highly recommend anyone interested in aspects of artificial intelligence to sign up for these courses. The thing I really like is that it focuses on real world experiences and application, being able to learn things and apply them in real world situations like the work environment, and it prepares you really well,” said Kelly G. “. , a junior major in intelligence and cyber operations planning to announce a minor in artificial intelligence applications.

Ji said one of the main reasons she hopes to advertise an AI minor is the possibility of developing a career in AI.

“Right now, in the internet space, I’m specifically interested in digital forensics,” Ji said. “There are a lot of possibilities with AI and cybersecurity because we can create different machine learning algorithms and things to speed up the process and maybe even automate threat detection to make it faster for us to help prevent cybersecurity [issues]. “

The program has generated a great deal of interest since its launch, with some students even lamenting the missed opportunity to be declared a minor.

“I currently have secondary analyzes applied. But, if you are a sophomore, [and] If I had the option of choosing this minor, I would probably take this because it also covers ethics and focuses more on a specific area, which is artificial intelligence. So I feel that the probability of its application is much better than the current one [minor]said Greg Shaw, a senior specialist in philosophy, politics and economics.

There are currently seven students enrolled in the minor. Kelly said he is optimistic about the prospects for the program and ambitious about its development.

“Hopefully this first year of school, we’ll get about 20 students, and then build from there,” Kali said.

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