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The University of Edinburgh College of Science and Engineering Artificial Intelligence What is Artificial The School of Informatics came top in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise, What does the course involve? Our BSc Honours, BEng Honours and MA Intelligence? and received an ‘excellent’ rating in the latest Honours degrees are four years long and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the attempt to build Teaching Quality Exercise. As well as a flexible in structure (see sample curriculum artificial systems that have intelligent behaviour. thorough grounding in the fundamentals, we overleaf). There is also a possibility of direct There are two main directions of research. One offer you a large range of specialist topics, and second year entry into the BSc Honours and is to understand natural intelligence by the the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge BEng Honours degreees for well qualified use of computer models. The other provides research projects. We have excellent and students. techniques and technology for building systems extensive facilities, both for computing and for capable of intelligent decisions and actions. the related AI research activities, from robotics In first year you will study a general course in Thus AI is both a science and an engineering to language analysis. We also have many Informatics that includes programming, logic, discipline. Applications of AI range from ‘smart’ connections to users who require working the theory of computation, and the nature of controllers for household devices, to computers applications, and you will gain experience in information processing. You will study two that can converse in English, play games, do the skills necessary to transform ideas to real other subjects in parallel. For most degrees this intelligent web searches or act as the brain of systems. includes a Mathematics course tailored to the a robot. subject. For Joint Honours degrees with other Schools you will also study a first year course in AI has links with many other subjects including this subject. Otherwise your third subject choice computer science, psychology, philosophy, “Although AI involves some can be from any in the University, subject to engineering, and linguistics. If your interest is programming, it’s not programming availability. particularly in the connection of computing to for the sake of programming, it's human cognitive processes such as thought, task oriented. AI has connections In the second year you will have specific language and memory, you might want to Informatics courses that lay the foundations with many disciplines, and often consider the Cognitive Science degree (see of Artificial Intelligence (such as reasoning, separate information sheet). If your aim is to involves practical, hands-on project search, planning, inference learning, and build the next generation of intelligent machines work. Projects I’ve been involved language processing), further courses in then an AI degree will put you at the forefront of with include: designing and Mathematics or your joint degree subject, and this fascinating and rapidly expanding field. implementing genetic algorithms, the possibility to continue with an additional and a big group project on subject. building robots which had to In the third and fourth year (and fifth year Why study Artificial sweep a mine field. One of the for MInf) your studies will be focused on the Intelligence at Edinburgh? big advantages of studying at discipline(s) of your chosen degree. You will choose 6-10 courses from the wide range we The degree in Artificial Intelligence is offered Edinburgh is that you often find offer in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science by the School of Informatics, the largest centre yourself studying things that have and Computational Linguistics (for example in Europe for the study of this subject. The been invented by the person Agent Based Systems, Computational Cognitive University of Edinburgh was one of the first places in the world to see the potential of lecturing it. If you’re looking for a Science, Vision and Robotics, Machine computers and to introduce the study of Artificial core book in the field, it’s often Learning, Natural Computing, Intelligent Intelligence, and much of the fundamental work by an Edinburgh lecturer.” Autonomous Robotics, Knowledge Modelling, in this area was done at Edinburgh. It is still at Machine Translation). In the third year you Fiona Love, will participate in several group projects, and the forefront of this field, so you will be taught BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer by the researchers who laid the foundations in the fourth year (and fifth year for MInf) Science student complete an individual research project. Some and are still making key advances. The course content is regularly reviewed to ensure our examples of recent fourth-year projects include: students learn about current developments. bagpipe music transcriber; detecting emotions in email text; face detection; mimicking the visual pathway; extending a geometric theorem prover; and star/galaxy classification. Degrees in Science and Engineering For more detailed information on degree BSc Honours in: MInf (5-year Undergraduate Masters) in: structure and content, please see table overleaf Artificial Intelligence Informatics or: www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/ Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science student-recruitment/publications-resources/ Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics Degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences degree-programmes Cognitive Science BEng Honours in: MA Honours in: Artificial Intelligence with Management Cognitive Science (Humanities) Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering For more information on the new MInf Informatics degree log onto: www.inf.ed.ac.uk See also separate sheets on Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Software Engineering. The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336 Artificial Intelligence What sort of teaching and Are there any opportunities In a recent survey of first destinations carried out by the University’s Careers Service, assessment methods are used? to study abroad? over 90% of Informatics graduates were You will be taught by a mixture of lectures, The School of Informatics encourages students in employment and a further 7% went into tutorials, practical classes and projects. to consider the possibility of spending one further study. Employers included: Cadence, Lectures enable an efficient transfer of year of their undergraduate degree course Civil Service Fast Track, Ingenico Fortronic, information from staff to students, and usually (typically the third) at a university in another Shell International, VIS Entertainment, Credit include demonstrations of running systems country. We believe this will help you learn Suisse First Boston, Citigroup, and the British and discussion of extended examples, to a new language and open new employment Council. Some graduates have set up their own complement the presentation of theoretical markets for you. The School has some specific companies. ideas. Tutorials in small groups (typically 8 to 12 exchange schemes with foreign universities, students) offer the opportunity to ask questions but we will consider any other university you What are admissions staff and receive personalised explanations. We wish to attend, as long as certain curriculum recognise that understanding and skills in requirements are met. looking for? Artificial Intelligence are often best acquired The entrance requirements for Artificial by doing, and hence throughout the course you will have practical classes and project Are there any links with Intelligence can be found in the current edition of the Undergraduate Prospectus. work to complete. You will thus develop your industry or commerce? The simple rule is that we require Higher or analytical and problem-solving skills, be trained The School of Informatics has many links A Level Mathematics (or equivalent). We do in good practice in programming, and learn to with industry, stemming from its research not generally expect or require prior study of present your work in written reports and verbal work. The Scottish economy boasts a strong computer science or related topics; it is more presentations. Assessment is by a mixture of IT sector, with many companies located in or important that you have an interest in this area, examinations and coursework. near Edinburgh. These companies sponsor and the ability to think logically and creatively. scholarships, work placements and prizes, and Well qualified students may also be offered the PDF version available at: www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/information-sheets Typically, in the first two years, your week will possibility of direct second year entry. If you are offer jobs to our students. contain around 20 timetabled hours of lectures, made an offer, you will be invited to visit us and tutorials and practicals, and you will need about 15 to 20 hours private study to consolidate the Are there any bursaries or you will have a one-to-one informal chat with one of our members of staff. material from lectures, prepare for exams, and to work individually on tutorial and practical scholarships available? assignments. In later years the balance tips The School of Informatics awards merit How do I find more? scholarships (i.e. based on your course Visit our website: www.inf.ed.ac.uk more towards private study (e.g. with 10 to 15 performance). The scholarships are sponsored timetabled hours per week) as you develop by the global software company, KAL. In independence in thinking and working. You will Or contact: addition, there are prizes sponsored by The have individual supervision for your final year British Computer Society, Citigroup, Microsoft, Informatics Teaching Organisation (ITO) project. Google, JP Morgan, Freescale, Real Time School of Informatics Engineering and Netcraft. In addition, the The University of Edinburgh The School of Informatics provides a number University has a range of additional support Appleton Tower of support mechanisms to enhance your schemes. For more information please visit: Crichton Street learning, organised by the Informatics Teaching www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk Edinburgh, EH8 9LE Organisation (ITO). Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who oversees their progress and Telephone: 0131 650 2706 advises on course choices. Course lecturers What can I do after my Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. can be approached outside the lecture times to (April 2012) answer questions, and maintain a mailing list or degree? news group to inform and support the students Computers are now ubiquitous in modern life. on the course each year. Course materials, Some of the most interesting - and best-paid including lecture notes, assignment details, and - opportunities in the future are open to those who really know about computing, software and Printed on recycled paper for Student Recruitment and Admissions – www.ed.ac.uk/student-recruitment past exam papers and solutions, are always available online. We also have a student-led information systems. Graduates with degrees peer-support system called ‘Cascade’, in which in Artificial Intelligence have good prospects experienced students offer an advice service to of employment, in fields that will shape our new students with problems or questions. society, such as economics, entertainment, user-friendly technology, mobile systems, manufacturing or health, to name but a few. Typical degree curriculum: BSc Honours in Artificial Intelligence Year of study Curriculum Topics 1st year Informatics Mathematics Course of Computation; logic; data; programming your choice 2nd year Informatics Mathematics Course of Formal and Natural Languages; Algorithms; Data your choice Structures and Learning; Reasoning and Agents 3rd year Artificial Intelligence Honours courses and projects 4th year Artificial Intelligence Honours courses and projects including a major practical project on which you will write a dissertation Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this leaflet at the time of going to press. However, it will not form part of a contract between the University and a student or applicant and must be read in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions of Admission set out in the Undergraduate Prospectus.
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