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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 degrees are four years long and flexible Intelligence? and received an ‘excellent’ rating in the latest in structure (see sample curriculum overleaf). Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the attempt to build Teaching Quality Exercise. As well as a There is also a possibility of direct second year artificial systems that have intelligent behaviour. thorough grounding in the fundamentals, we entry for well qualified students. There are two main directions of research. One offer you a large range of specialist topics, and is to understand natural intelligence by the the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge In first year you will study a general course in use of computer models. The other provides research projects. We have excellent and Informatics that includes programming, logic, techniques and technology for building systems extensive facilities, both for computing and for the theory of computation, and the nature of capable of intelligent decisions and actions. the related AI research activities, from robotics information processing. You will study two Thus AI is both a science and an engineering to language analysis. We also have many other subjects in parallel. For most degrees discipline. Applications of AI range from ‘smart’ connections to users who require working this includes a Mathematics course tailored controllers for household devices, to computers applications, and you will gain experience in to the subject. For joint honours courses with that can converse in English, play games, do the skills necessary to transform ideas to real other Schools you will also study a first year intelligent web searches or act as the brain of systems. course in this subject. For most degrees, your a robot. third subject choice can be from any in the University, subject to availability. AI has links with many other subjects including computer science, psychology, philosophy, “Although AI involves some In the second year you will have specific engineering, and linguistics. If your interest is programming, it’s not programming Informatics courses that lay the foundations particularly in the connection of computing to for the sake of programming, it's of Artificial Intelligence (such as reasoning, human cognitive processes such as thought, task oriented. AI has connections search, planning, inference learning, and language and memory, you might want to language processing), further courses in with many disciplines, and often consider the Cognitive Science degree (see Mathematics or your joint degree subject, and separate information sheet). If your aim is to involves practical hands-on project the possibility to continue with an additional build the next generation of intelligent machines work. Some of the projects I’ve subject. then an AI degree will put you at the forefront of done include: designing and this fascinating and rapidly expanding field. implementing genetic algorithms, In the third and fourth year your studies will be focused on the discipline(s) of your chosen and a big group project on degree. You will choose 6-10 courses from the building robots which have to wide range we offer in Artificial Intelligence, Why study Artificial sweep a mine field. One of the Cognitive Science and Computational Intelligence at Edinburgh? big advantages of studying at Linguistics (for example Automated Reasoning, Genetic Algorithms and Genetic Programming, The degree in Artificial Intelligence is offered Edinburgh is that you often find Cognitive Modelling, Intelligent Autonomous by the School of Informatics, the largest centre yourself studying things that have Robotics or Machine Translation). In the third in Europe for the study of this subject. The been invented by the person year you will participate in several group 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 projects, and in the fourth year complete an computers and to introduce the study of Artificial core book in the field, it’s often individual research project. Some examples Intelligence, and much of the fundamental work by an Edinburgh lecturer.” of recent fourth-year projects include: bagpipe in this area was done at Edinburgh. It is still at music transcriber; detecting emotions in email Fiona Love, text; face detection; mimicking the visual the forefront of this field, so you will be taught BSc Artificial Intelligence and Computer by the researchers who laid the foundations pathway; extending a geometric theorem Science student prover; and star/galaxy classification. and are still making key advances. The course content is regularly reviewed to ensure our students learn about current developments. For more detailed information on degree structure and content, please see table overleaf or: www.sra.ed.ac.uk/drps Degrees in Science and Engineering BSc Honours in: MInf (5-year Undergraduate Masters) in: Artificial Intelligence Informatics Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics Degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences BEng Honours in: MA Honours in: Artificial Intelligence with Management Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence 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 entertainment, user-friendly technology, mobile systems, manufacturing or health, to name but assessment methods are used? to study abroad? a few. And Edinburgh graduates are very highly You will be taught by a mixture of lectures, The School of Informatics encourages students regarded by employers, so the choice is yours! tutorials, practical classes and projects. to consider the possibility of spending one In a recent survey of first destinations carried Lectures enable an efficient transfer of year of their undergraduate degree course out by the University’s Careers Service, information from staff to students, and usually (typically the third) at a university in another over 90% of Informatics graduates were include demonstrations of running systems country. We believe this will help you learn in employment and a further 7% went into and discussion of extended examples, to a new language and open new employment further study. Employers included: Cadence, complement the presentation of theoretical markets for you. The School has some specific Civil Service Fast Track, Ingenico Fortronic, ideas. Tutorials in small groups (typically 8-12 exchange schemes with foreign universities, Shell International, VIS Entertainment, Credit students) offer the opportunity to ask questions but we will consider any other university you Suisse First Boston, Citigroup, and the British and receive personalised explanations. We wish to attend, as long as certain curriculum Council. Some graduates have set up their own recognise that understanding and skills in requirements are met. companies. Artificial Intelligence are often best acquired by doing, and hence throughout the course you will have practical classes and project Are there any links with What are admissions tutors work to complete. You will thus develop your industry or commerce? looking for? analytical and problem-solving skills, be trained The School of Informatics has many links with The entrance requirements for Artificial in good practice in programming, and learn to industry, stemming from its research work. The Intelligence can be found in the current present your work in written reports and verbal Scottish economy boasts a strong IT sector, edition of the Undergraduate Prospectus. presentations. Assessment is by a mixture of with many companies located a short distance The simple rule is that we require Higher or examinations and coursework. away from Edinburgh. These companies A Level Mathematics (or equivalent). We do sponsor scholarships, work placements and Typically, in the first two years, your week will not generally expect or require prior study of prizes, and offer jobs to our students. contain around 20 timetabled hours of lectures, computer science or related topics; it is more tutorials and practicals, and you will need about important that you have an interest in this area, 15 to 20 hours private study to consolidate the Are there any bursaries or and the ability to think logically and creatively. material from lectures, prepare for exams, and to work individually on tutorial and practical scholarships available? Well qualified students may also be offered the The School of Informatics awards merit possibility of direct second year entry. You will assignments. In later years the balance tips scholarships (i.e. based on your course be invited to visit us and you will have a one- more towards private study (e.g. with 10 to 15 performance). The scholarships are sponsored to-one informal chat with one of our members timetabled hours per week) as you develop by Barclay’s Capital, IBM, KAL and MYSIS. We of staff. independence in thinking and working. You will also have paid work placements sponsored by have individual supervision for your final year project. IBM and Sun Microsystems. In addition, there are prizes sponsored by Agilent Technologies, How do I find more? Visit our website: www.inf.ed.ac.uk The School of Informatics provides a number The British Computer Society, Citigroup, of support mechanisms to enhance your Microsoft, Google, Barclays Capital, Unilever, Or contact: learning, organised by the Informatics Teaching Xerox, Real Time Engineering and Sun Organisation (ITO). Each student is assigned Microsystems. The University has a range of Informatics Teaching Organisation (SRA) a Director of Studies who oversees their additional support schemes. School of Informatics progress and advises on course choices. The University of Edinburgh Course lecturers can be approached outside What can I do after my Appleton Tower Crichton Street the lecture times to answer questions, and maintain a mailing list or news group to inform degree? Edinburgh, EH8 9LE and support the students on the course each Studies indicate that demand for graduates Telephone: 0131 650 9970 year. Course materials, including lecture notes, in computing will outstrip supply over the next Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. assignment details, and past exam papers ten years. Computers are now ubiquitous in (May 2010) and solutions, are always available online. We modern life. The most interesting - and best- also have a student-led peer-support system paid - opportunities in the future are open called ‘Cascade’, in which experienced students to those who really know about computing, offer an advice service to new students with software and information systems. Graduates Printed on recycled paper for Student Recruitment and Admissions – www.sra.ed.ac.uk problems or questions. with degrees in Artificial Intelligence have excellent prospects of employment, in fields that will shape our society, such as economics, Typical degree curriculum: BSc Honours in Artificial Intelligence Year of study Curriculum Topics 1st year Informatics Mathematics Course of Computation; logic; data; programming; cognitive your choice psychology; learning perception; research methods. 2nd year Informatics Mathematics Course of Computer systems; algorithms and data structures; problem your choice solving, learning and planning; neuropsychology; socio-biology; statistics 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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