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TITLE Emerging Trends in AI

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Artificial Intelligence

DESCRIPTION Advances in the field of Artificial Intelligence are being made at a faster rate than ever before. This is a result of advances in two main areas: hardware (resulting in the availability of smaller, faster, cheaper technology on a scale required for AI techniques to produce real-time or near real-time results) and the availability of massive data sets to support the production of AI techniques that yield increasingly accurate results. This study-unit is aimed to provide final year students with advanced knowledge on emerging trends in Artificial Intelligence.

Study-unit Aims:

- To expose students to recent breakthroughs in AI research and development and the use of AI in industry;
- To expose students to ways in which ethical issues in Artificial Intelligence can be identified and overcome;
- To provide a forum for students to present an exposition of an AI topic of their choice and to participate in a discussion;
- To further develop student presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify an area of AI for exposition;
- Explain why it is an area worthy of exposition;
- Recognise the issues, including ethical issues, whose resolution are key to success in the area;
- Identify the key contributors to research in the area.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Investigate an AI research area, or an opportunity for research, or an opportunity for industry to use AI techniques (or any combination);
- Analyse key literature in the area;
- Write a concise scientific exposé of the area;
- Demonstrate critical awareness of the key issues, including ethical issues, of the area;
- Use the literature and their understanding of the area to give a seminar;
- Plan and deliver a seminar about the area;
- Demonstrate an ability to explain key concepts delivered during the seminar to the general public.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

A set of relevant material will be made available through the VLE.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students will be expected to present their work during an event (normally held shortly before Easter Recess) to a general audience.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 100%


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