How can you develop an autonomous car? How does a computer recognize speech or emotions? How can software and devices be aligned to the way humans think?
In the international Bachelor's degree programme in Artificial
Intelligence you will study intelligence and develop 'intelligent'
and user-friendly products.
This international degree programme focuses on human thinking, artificial thinking (computers, robots) and behaviour in social systems (e.g. group behaviour). You will study the underlying processes in order to predict or simulate behaviour.
Artificial Intelligence draws on knowledge from various disciplines, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computing science, logic and philosophy. You will develop skills in these areas in the first year, after which you deepen your knowledge in the subdiscipline you prefer, such as machine learning, robotics or cognitive science.
Translating knowledge into practical applications
There are many applications in which intelligence and usable technology are indispensable, in ticket machines for example. This degree programme therefore has a strong practical orientation.
Please note: AI has a fixed quota (numerus fixus), for which a selection procedure takes place. You can find more information on the fixed quota programmes, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the AI fixed quota/numerus fixus page.
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.