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Artificial Intelligence (Kunstmatige intelligentie in Dutch) involves the study of artificial and existing intelligence through a wide range of disciplines: cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computing science, philosophy, logic, biology, and neuroscience. You will discover that combining knowledge from all these disciplines is often a source of innovation.
The subject of this programme is ‘intelligence’ or ‘thought’. This includes human thought and artificial thought (computers and robots), but also intelligence in social systems, such as a flock of birds forming that beautiful V shape. How do birds do that?
In the Artificial Intelligence programme, you will investigate the formal rules that determine intelligent behaviour and intelligence, and use them to develop computer simulations and smart programs. You may well discover that a particular flight pattern is determined by only a few basic rules, and not by highly intelligent birds.
After you have developed a computer simulation, you can investigate what would happen if you changed the rules a little bit: Would there be chaos? Or will new behaviour emerge?
When we know how existing intelligence works, we can use this knowledge to build smart computers. Think of the computer program that beat the world champion in the game Go last year, self-driving cars, or machines that learn by analysing large amounts of data. Finally, you will learn about the ways in which we humans are able, or unable, to interact efficiently with computers and other modern devices, and how to improve this interaction.
Artificial Intelligence in Groningen is truly a hard science: we try to understand and simulate intelligence through the application of formal methods across different scientific disciplines. All theory will be tested in project groups or practicals: AI is not only about thinking, but also for a considerable part about doing!
Is this the programme for you?
Artificial Intelligence is for inquisitive people. You should have lots of different interests and be comfortable with widely varying subjects such as mathematics, programming, linguistics, logic, biology and psychology. You will also need to be disciplined and committed.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Robot thuis aan het werk
A robot friend
How do you teach young patients with diabetes to manage their disease? A social character who plays educational games with them can be a helpful remedy. A former AI student is working at TNO on this European project. The children meet the robot in the hospital and have the same character on a tablet at home. Its behaviour will be adapted to the child, so the children can better accept its advice. Their experiences will be used for further improvements and perhaps every child with diabetes will have a robot friend in the future.
How do you go about developing a virtual car driver or a self-driving car? How does a computer recognize spoken language? What can a computer simulation tell us about how children learn mathematics?
What is Artificial Intelligence?