Bij Kunstmatige intelligentie onderzoeken we bestaande intelligentie van mensen en dieren en ontwikkelen we nieuwe intelligente computers en robots. We ontwerpen ook gebruiksvriendelijke producten.
We simuleren bestaande intelligentie met computerprogramma's om meer te leren over waar intelligentie vandaan komt en hoe het werkt. De kennis die hier uit voorkomt, dient vervolgens als inspiratie voor nieuwe programma's, producten en robots. Naast het simuleren van bestaande intelligentie ontwerpen we ook nieuwe slimme algoritmes en systemen.
Kennis uit veel vakgebieden
Kunstmatige intelligentie (Artificial intelligence) gebruikt kennis uit verschillende vakgebieden, zoals informatica, cognitieve psychologie, taalkunde, logica, biologie, neurowetenschappen en filosofie.
Programmeren en wiskunde maken een belangrijk deel uit van de opleiding, omdat dit de bouwstenen zijn om nieuwe intelligentie systemen te bouwen en intelligentie te simuleren. Kun je al programmeren? Dan kun je daarop mooi voortbouwen in het eerste jaar. Heb je nog helemaal geen voorkennis? Dan zul je harder moeten werken om snel op niveau te komen.
Je werkveld later en het bedrijfsleven zijn internationaal georiënteerd. Een goede reden om deze opleiding Artificial intelligence als internationale bachelor aan te bieden, met al het onderwijs in het Engels.
Let op: deze opleiding hanteert per studiejaar 2019-2020 een numerus fixus. Meer informatie over de numerus fixus, de toelatings- en de selectieprocedure vind je op de KI Numerus-Fixuspagina.
How humans learn new tasks
After doing her master's project in the USA, Trudy wanted to continue to work on the edge of knowledge. She ended up back in Groningen for a PhD project about the transfer of cognitive skills. She builds computer models which show how humans learn new tasks and tests them by comparing them to, for example, test scores or brain activity. Using her models we can learn more about how your brain uses what you already know to learn something new.
The lectures have a good dynamic, the lecturers are very involved and their English helps me improve mine
Groningen is a great place for international students. I started with a semester here as part of my first studies, Law and Economics, and returned for the bachelor programme Artificial Intelligence. There are plenty of places that define themselves as 'academically oriented', but Groningen really offers an involving university atmosphere.
There are so many committees, study-related activities, sports clubs, extra-curricular courses and even a welcoming week. Thanks to the ESN (Erasmus Student Network ) there also is a thriving community of international students.
The Dutch are very open and helpful, but it is essential to have other international students around. Especially when it comes to bureaucratic issues, like enrolling at city hall, signing up for exams or finding a doctor. It helps to talk to people who are going through the same things. I've made sure to be part of several different student bodies and groups, so that I can help guide other students. It's a lot of work, but being a pivot within the university makes me feel like this city really is my home.
The Netherlands have a very curious, open and accepting society. As soon as you realise that everyone here is away from their home, even the Dutch, it's easy to find common ground and make friends. I live with other Dutch students and was recently invited to go sailing with one of them, and I've even met their parents. I feel lucky to be able to keep in touch with my own family and friends at home so easily thanks to social media and video calls. It has made it a lot less scary to take the leap.
Although I already knew the city from my initial semester, I was a little hesitant about starting a full-blown bachelor. The university offered me the chance to get my math level up to scratch over the summer so that I would qualify for the programme, which made me a little nervous about whether I'd be able to pass my classes. Fortunately, Artificial Intelligence is right up my street. The lectures have a good dynamic, the lecturers are very involved and their English helps me improve mine. It is a tough subject that takes a certain commitment, but that truly pays off.
I read a very interesting quote in one of our readers, that has stuck with me ever since: 'Artificial Intelligence is one of the newest fields in science and engineering. (…) A student in physics might reasonably feel that all the good ideas have been taken by Galileo, Newton, Einstein and the rest. AI, on the other hand, still has openings for several full-time Einsteins and Edisons
Programming has made me think more analytically
The main reason I chose AI is that it is very broad and covers a multitude of subjects in different fields. It's perfect since I am widely interested and I didn't want to commit to one specific field.
The subjects I enjoyed most are logic, cognitive psychology and linguistics. I like the way logic and programming have made me think more analytically. Programming has been hard for me though, especially persevering with an assignment when all hope seems to be lost. This is something I am still working on.
In my free time I like to play and listen to music and have drinks at my LGBT-student association Ganymedes. I also do committee work there, as I enjoy being an active member.