Inspired by the renowned Swiss apprenticeship system, this unique Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is a game changer. It gives companies the opportunity to integrate AI in their strategy and to acquire the skills they need. At the same time, it provides students with theoretical knowledge, professional skills, a salary and maximum flexibility to fit in with their personal life. It also provides the economy with unique development skills in AI and a workforce ready to be on the professional market. It is a win-win program.
*Why a master in artificial intelligence?*
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the computer science and engineering area. It is everywhere, from smartphones integrating face recognition to self-driving cars. According to Motley Fool, the reference media for technology investors, AI alone will generate a five billion dollars market by 2020. AI therefore offers the ability to transcend the current capacity to propel economic growth, thus revealing unprecedented opportunities for value creation.
*What is artificial intelligence?*
Artificial intelligence (AI) brings together computer science, engineering and mathematics in order to develop so-called intelligent programmes or machines. Intelligent systems can perceive, learn, adapt, and be autonomous. Thanks to technologies such as machine learning or deep learning, a robot’s camera equipped with intelligent programmes can localise or identify objects as well as analyse sounds for speech recognition. The capacity to process large amounts of data in order to recognise patterns is key. One of artificial intelligence's biggest challenges is to combine data in order to develop advanced applications such as self-driving cars or fully autonomous artificial intelligence. Machine learning & perception, facial, object and gesture recognition as well as robotics or natural language processing are a core part of AI research.
*A visionary programme to help companies develop their artificial intelligence potential*
Today, new applications and perspectives emerge at lighting speed. An increasing number of industries and domains are waiting to be disrupted and enhanced by machine learning and deep learning. However, many companies lack skills and knowledge to develop their artificial intelligence potential.
The master of science in artificial intelligence builds on professional experience. Oriented towards skills acquisition, it combines state-of-the-art theoretical training and a professional experience. This programme therefore takes into account company needs, students’ expectations and the present and future requirements of the labour market.
*A unique partnership*
The Idiap Research Institute, Swiss Distance Learning University and the Canton of Valais have partnered together to present the very first professional Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence. It is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
This master equally meets the needs of companies to acquire talent in the area of artificial intelligence, of skilled professionals to further their career and of students to specialize in this area.
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*A word from Professor Hervé Bourlard, Programme Director*
«This Master is a unique, visionary programme that combines job experience and education. You will develop a company’s artificial intelligence (AI) and, at the same time, get a high-level, flexible university training, thus acquiring the advanced skills which are essential to managing AI projects. Sixty per cent of your time is dedicated to courses taught by Idiap researchers enjoying worldwide recognition in their fields. As you will mainly study online, you will enjoy major flexibility, fitting your studies around your life. Fourty per cent of your time is dedicated to your company, for which you develop an AI project with the support of the Idiap R&D team. Your company provides the financial support you need to get a training programme which is aligned with its interests and activities. And you get an internationally recognised degree.»