The “Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning” Bachelor’s degree is the only one of its kind in Switzerland, according to Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). With the course, HSLU is responding to increasing demand across the economy for education in this field.
“Switzerland as an industrial center would be unthinkable without artificial intelligence and robotics, which facilitate networked production,” commented Martin Zimmermann, Vice Director of HSLU’s Information Systems department in Rotkreuz. “Our course will help safeguard the Swiss economy’s competitiveness in the long term.”
The new Bachelor’s degree will open in the 2020 spring semester at the university’s new campus by the train station Zug/Rotkreuz. Course content will cover a fundamental understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), with teaching on image and video analysis, natural language processing, the optimization of industrial processes, the development of diagnostics systems, AI-based business models, and cognitive robotics. Students on the program will have chance to work with colleagues on other courses, and, during the summer school, will be able to visit the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).
Across the Bachelor’s degree, HSLU is working closely with the economy. Among the lecturers are AI specialists at hardware manufacturer IBM, which has a research and development center in Rüschlikon in the canton of Zurich. Additionally, medical devices specialist Roche Diagnostics, which is headquartered close to the HSLU campus in Rotkreuz, is planning to conduct projects with the future students on AI research.