Information Technology Program Creates New AI Application Minor

Seven students are currently enrolled in the new Artificial Intelligence Application Minor, in which students learn the basic framework of AI. (Tomoki Dog | Daily Trojan)

Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Technology program has launched a new minor in Artificial Intelligence Application to reflect a rapidly evolving AI industry. The minor is open to all students at the beginning of the autumn 2022 intake.

Noticing the great industrial potential of artificial intelligence, Professor of Information Technology Practice and Industrial and Systems Engineering Practice Nitin Vasant Kale founded the minor program, which aims to educate students on the IA, improve their major studies and explore career opportunities.

“We believe our students can use AI and apply it in many industries that we don’t even know about today because this field is changing so rapidly,” Kale said. “[For instance, AI] could be used in the medical field, to predict risk factors for certain diseases or the spread of viruses.

The minor’s course outline was designed to educate students from a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds, Kale said.

“We do [courses] very accessible to non-engineers and non-[computer science] students,” he said. “Those who haven’t taken several semesters of computer science can still acquire enough AI knowledge to get out into the real world, work for companies, and solve real-world problems using AI.”

Basic program requirements include introductory courses such as “Programming in Python”, “Introduction to Data Analysis“, and “Basics of Artificial Intelligence”, which provide students with basic skills in creating of artificial intelligence. A bridge course, “Applied Artificial Intelligence”, is offered to future students to interest them in the minor application IA.

“I highly recommend anyone interested in the AI ​​aspect to enroll in these courses. What I really like is that it focuses on real-world experiences and applications, so you can actually learn things and apply them to real-world situations like a work environment, and it sets you up really well,” Kelly Gee said. , a cyber intelligence and operations junior who plans to declare a minor in AI applications.

One of the main reasons she hopes to declare a minor in AI application, Gee said, was the potential to develop a career in AI.

“Right now in cyber, I’m particularly interested in digital forensics,” Gee said. “There are a lot of possibilities with AI and cybersecurity, because we could create different machine learning algorithms and other things to speed up the process and maybe even automate threat detection to speed up threat prevention. cybersecurity. [issues].”

The program has received a lot of attention since its launch, with some students even lamenting the missed opportunity to declare the minor.

“I currently have the minor in applied analytics. But, if I was in second year, [and] if I had the option to choose this minor, I would probably take it because it also covers ethics and is more focused on a specific area, which is AI. So I feel like its application prospect is much better than my current situation. [minor]said Greg Xu, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and economics.

There are currently seven students enrolled in the minor. Kale said he was optimistic about the program’s prospects and ambitious about its development.

“Hopefully in that first year of college, we’ll have about 20 students and then expand from there,” Kale said.

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