Research in Artificial Intelligence concerns the analysis and modelling of tasks that are commonly assumed to require human intelligence, as well as the design of systems that can perform or support such tasks. Such research requires a wide varience of activities, from observing and interviewing human expert to designing and implementing computer programs, and creating mathematical models.
Artificial Intelligence integrates computer science with (cognitive) psychology. Other ingredients are biology, linguistics, philosophy and logic, all used to understand and describe the underlying principles of human cognitive processes, including reasoning and natural language understanding. For these reasons Artificial Intelligence is a broad and multi-disciplinary research area.
The programme consists of a Bachelors study (taking 3 years) and a Master study (taking 2 years). The Bachelors study is dedicated to providing the student with a broad and thorough basis in Artificial Intelligence, whereas the Masters provides the student with an opportunity to specialise in an area and further deepen his knowledge of AI in general. Both Bachelors and Masters studies are organised by the Faculty of Sciences in close cooperation with the Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy, and the Faculties of Arts. Furthermore, the students can follow courses at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Information about the Bachelor programme can be found in a separate study guide.
Depending on the chosen Master programme the student attends lectures in other faculties, for example Psychology, Linguistics, Economy, Law, Social Sciences, and Biology. Graduation projects vary from practical to rather fundamental, depending on the preferences and capacities of the students. Students can go to companies, research institutes or universities either in The Netherlands or abroad.
Examples of projects and locations, and more information on what such a project entails, can be found at: Term Projects.
Masters in Artificial Intelligence are employed by companies that develop AI-systems either for their own company (for example banks, insurance companies) or in commission for other companies (software companies). Masters in AI are also employed as consultants, for example for the management of knowledge within organisations. Research and education is another area where masters in AI build a future for themselves, for example at universities or research institutes doing research in Artificial Intelligence.