Every time I make use of Google’s speech recognition feature, I am left wondering, at least for a brief moment, how incredible it is. There is no other adjective to describe it; it is unbelievably real and that makes Artificial Intelligence (AI) so intriguing. AI makes a promising stake in human life and the future as it becomes more and more adept at simulating human intelligence and easing the way of life.
Everyone, from governments to corporates, is investing their energies and resources to experiment with and exploit the potential of AI, but all of them need professionals and researchers to make that possible. That is where Higher Education comes in.
Unless there are students interested in AI, developments in AI cannot make any progress. Certain universities have measured the benefits of this surging demand and have begun proposing degree programs in the field. Top global universities are already in the game, and I have mentioned a few of them here. If you are interested in AI, then these places are perfect places to start with.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America
To galvanize the efforts of industrialization in the country, MIT was founded back in the year 1861. Currently ranked among the best, it is known for its comprehensive courses in the field of science and technology and conduct of groundbreaking research activities in its many centers and laboratories such as the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab that itself comprises as many as 21 research groups. To further research activities, it has collaborated with a number of elite institutions such as Harvard University with which it founded the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Stanford University, United States of America
Leland Stanford Junior University, or informally called Stanford University, is a highly celebrated institution of higher education that was established in the year 1885. Its academic organization is huge and diverse and comprises as many as 40 academic departments. There are 7 schools including that of Humanities and Sciences, Law, Education, Medicine, and Business. In terms of research publications, Stanford has only a few peers. It started with its course on AI in the year 1962 and operates a lab that engages in research activities pertaining to a range of related domains such as Robotics and Deep Learning.
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), United States of America
Following the merger of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research and the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the current CMU was founded in the year 1900. Originally, an institute of technology, it gradually transformed its academic organization to include several other disciplines such as Fine Arts, Business, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Humanities and Social Sciences. It was the first university in the country to offer an undergraduate program in AI under the CMU School of Science that also maintains many research departments in the related field.
The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America
With a composition of 14 colleges and schools subsuming hundreds of degree programs, UC Berkeley is ranked among the best universities in the world. Known for maintaining some of the highly regarded research facilities globally such as Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, it has developed a coveted status as one which spearheads high-profile research for the country and the world. It offers courses in Chemistry, Environmental Design, Letters and Science, Natural Resources, Business, and AI among many others. In the year 2016, it started a research center on AI and operates a lab called the BAIR Lab that involves researchers in the said area.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Ranked among the top 50 in the world, NTU is a national research university and the pride and joy of Singapore. Currently, it has been organized into colleges, schools, and institutes which include Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, National Institute of Education, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. It maintains 2 Research Centres of Excellence which have been credited to the institution’s high reputation in research. For those interested in AI, there is a Bachelor’s degree program in AI and a couple of laboratories and centers such as the Computation Intelligence Lab (CIL) to supplement the learning process.
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