New international course to help tackle AI skills shortage

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The UK’s Coventry University and University of Cincinnati in the US have joined forces to create a new academic course aimed at providing industry with a pipeline of skills in AI (artificial intelligence)

Unveiled at the Farnborough International Air Show, the new MSc course in Artificial Intelligence and Human Factors hopes to tackle a perceived skills shortage in an area of technology that is increasingly important across industry. Indeed, according to a report from the World Economic Forum AI will create a net total of 97 million new jobs by 2025.

The course will aim to assist students in gaining theoretical knowledge and technical skills in AI, developing a deeper understanding of the influence AI can have on humans who use it and bolstering knowledge and awareness around advanced concepts such as soft computing based artificial intelligence, intelligent decision making, neutral network systems and security of emerging connected systems. 

Dr Reda Al Bodour, Associate Head of School in Coventry University’s School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, said: “Coventry University always strives to be at the forefront of incorporating cutting edge technology into the teaching it delivers and the research it carries out. This innovative course aims to provide students with a platform to obtain the appropriate skills and AI knowledge which is crucial given the current skills shortage and the growing importance and value of AI in different fields.

Paul Orkwis, Professor and Interim Head, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Cincinnati, added: “The next step in the intelligence revolution is incorporation of the most complicated machine ever devised, the human brain, together with our modern computing machines. This will mean better, faster decisions but with all the safeguards and higher-level decision-making skills inherent to humans. We see the unparalleled excitement of the next unknown that this collaboration will bring as it bids to turbo-boost industries on both sides of the Atlantic.”