Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
OTTAWA (APRIL 20, 2022) – Algonquin College is announcing the launch of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software Development program, a one-year graduate certificate program with co-op option. Located on the Ottawa Campus, program graduates will be equipped to meet the growing market demand for AI software development expertise.
“We’re thrilled to bring this leading AI program to the learners at Algonquin College. Graduates will have a clear advantage in the artificial intelligence field with an in-depth understanding of ethical considerations within the AI landscape,” said Claude Brulé, Algonquin College President and CEO.
Program courses will explore AI techniques as applied to machine learning, troubleshooting and optimizing AI systems, configuring AI models to perform tasks autonomously, and preparing analytical reports.
“Education in artificial intelligence has traditionally been highly theoretical and employers in the industry have told us they need graduates with more practical skills and knowledge so they can be productive faster,” said Sandra Brancatelli, Academic Chair of Information & Communications Technology at Algonquin College. “We wanted to create a program that utilizes the expertise of our faculty and create pathways for our students to meet the growing needs of our employers.”
Unique to the program is the Ethics for Artificial Intelligence course. AI algorithms have the potential to influence users’ online navigation and create division through misinformation. By examining concepts and principles of ethical decision-making models, this course gives learners the skills they need to advise on and incorporate ethical considerations into software development and deployment.
Students will develop their software development abilities on their own robot throughout the program. A key tool to facilitate learning, the iRobot Create® 3 is a mobile development platform with Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to mount external hardware.
“It will be very motivating for the students to see that as their skills grow, their robot’s skills will grow as well,” said Todd Kelley, Information and Communications Technology Professor at Algonquin College. “It is designed as an educational foundation for a range of skill levels, and students with advanced skills can make compelling enhancements.”
For more information about the Artificial Intelligence Software Development program, please visit www.algonquincollege.com/sat/program/artificial-intelligence-software-development.
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The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning in more than 185 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario.