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Information and knowledge are crucial assets in the 21st century, underpinning the continuing revolution that is taking place in all major sectors of the modern economy, such as banking, education, health, finance, manufacturing and entertainment. The ultimate aim of AI research is to emulate human intelligence and automate computer systems to efficiently do what normally requires a person to do effectively. AI is probably the most important technology in the near future and it comes to no surprise that tech giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many others are investing heavily in this technology.

DEPARTMENT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Faculty of Information & Communication Technology

University of Malta Msida MSD 2080  um.edu.mt/ict/ai  (+356) 2340 2519  ai.ict@um.edu.mt

B.Sc. in Information Technology (Hons.) (Artificial Intelligence)

DEPARTMENT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Department of Artificial Intelligence Faculty of Information & Communication Technology

The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense which was set up in 1592. Today, it hosts over 11,000 students following full-time and part-time degree and diploma courses. The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and its structures are in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. It strives to provide courses that are relevant to contemporary needs of the industry and employers.

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ABOUT THE COURSE

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY

The degree in Artificial Intelligence has four main objectives:

The programme of studies will ensure that students are prepared for both an academic career path as well as the industry path, targeting a variety of IT-related jobs by ensuring that students acquire programming, database and mathematical skills together with knowledge and competencies. Students will bring to industry AI skills, strengthened with knowledge and competencies in areas such as Web Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Knowledge Acquisition, Representation, Reasoning, Knowledge Systems Development and Management, AI in Game Development and User Adaptive Systems. Through these skills, graduates will have the added advantage of recognising opportunities for integrating “intelligence” into mainstream IT systems.

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to provide coverage of the fundamental topics in computer science necessary to appreciate Artificial Intelligence (AI) covers the essential skills and knowledge required in the ICT industry at large ensures that students acquire the unique ability to look at the world in a different way to identify and leverage opportunities for industries of tomorrow and thus to increase their competitiveness in the Knowledge Age to provide a solid foundation for students who prefer to further their studies with an ICT-related Masters degree

The degree is suitable for students interested in designing and building intelligent computational systems in areas related to knowledge management, natural language processing, game AI, Web intelligence, systems that are able to learn, adapt to users and that operate autonomously to communicate and collaborate with each other to solve realworld problems. The course also looks at advanced user interfaces that enable humancomputer interaction to go beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse devices.

LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course, graduates will be able to: =

Identify, leverage, and grasp opportunities to apply AI techniques to solve real-world problems and to engage in the study of AI.

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Provide solutions to key challenges in computing, such as how to perceive the environment, represent human knowledge, use computational models to understand, explain and predict complex behaviour of individuals, groups, and systems.

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Independently carry out research, apply their knowledge and understanding to analyse and solve or partially solve a problem using AI techniques.

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Clearly describe and justify their approach in a scientific and rigorous manner. Using the correct tools and AI techniques to solve different problems in different contexts.

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Carry out research, analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation independently, as well as working as part of a team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Apart from the general University Entry requirements, students must be in possession of one of the following criteria: =

two passes at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics and Computing provided that one of these passes is at Advanced Level and the other pass is at least at Intermediate Level

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a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics and either • the Diploma of the City and Guilds of London Institute Course No.7235 in Applied Information Technology or • the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing.

This is an extremely desirable set of skills and we’re already experiencing shortages in Malta. Furthermore, despite the rapid growth in the ICT sector across Europe which is creating some 120,000 new jobs a year, Europe will face a shortage of more than 800,000 skilled ICT workers in the coming years. Through this degree programme, students will also be able to undertake research in AI at postgraduate level at the University. The department is always seeking scholarships for the most promising students in order to get them to further their studies in AI at Masters Level and event at Doctorate Level. International experience The department of AI has a number of bilateral Erasmus+ agreements with European Universities (Groningen, Salerno, Leon, among others). By applying through the standard channels of the University of Malta the students have the opportunity to spend some months studying and living abroad. This offers a unique opportunity to extend the range of transferable skills.

Artificial intelligence seemed to be a bombastic phrase thrown around to instil awe and leave an impression on the uninformed. How could an inanimate set of objects conceive intelligence? This fuelled my curiosity, pushing me to pursue this new, exciting field; opening my eyes to the capabilities and applications of a wide variety of technologies in a society governed by data. Throughout the course, students were encouraged to devise creative solutions to tackle real-world problems, while respecting the mathematical foundations of computer science. The topics covered were challenging while highly stimulating, breeding a great sense of fulfillment. Edward Fleri Soler - 3rd year AI student

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B.Sc. Artificial Intelligence  
B.Sc. Artificial Intelligence  
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