25 Best Artificial Intelligence Colleges 2/2

25 Best Artificial Intelligence Colleges 2/2

Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

The College of Computing at Georgia Tech is organized into three schools, offering 18 degree programs. Student enrollment consists of more than 1,500 undergraduates and nearly 3,000 graduates. The 84 academic faculty and 35 research faculty includ e three members of the National Academy of Engineers, four recipients of the NSF Presidential Young Investigators award, and two Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Some centers of interdisciplinary research directly involved with Computer Science includ e the Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies, the Institute for People and Technology, and the Algorithms and Randomness Center. Additionally the College of Computing is home to the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines .

The Institute for Robotics and Intelligence Machines was established in 2013 from the previous Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center. There are more than 70 faculty members and over 180 graduate students involved with the Institute. With more than 30 robotics laboratories and over 1,000 publications, the institute is in the midst of cutting-edge research. Core areas of investigation includ e Control, AI and Cognition, Interaction, and Perception.

14. University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)

In 1964 the study of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts began with just three faculty members. By 2012 the department became a school, and in 2015 the current College of Information and Computer Sciences was established. There are now 51 faculty members, many of whom have been nationally recognized for their work. Within the faculty there are 10 Association for Computing Machinery Fellows, eight members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and eight members of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Student enrollment in the College includ es over 250 graduates and approximately 850 undergraduates.

There are 9 research centers and laboratories of the College that span several difference departments and actively perform research in artificial intelligence. They includ e the Cybersecurity Institute, the Center for Intelligent Information Retrie v a l, the Advanced Computer Networking Research Group, the Architecture and Language Implementation Group, the Knowledge Discovery Laboratory, the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, and the Theoretical Computer Science Group.

15. University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign, IL)

At the University of Illinois, the study of computers can be traced back to 1946. Today the department of Computer Science can be found through the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Of the 70 majors offered by the school, seven degree programs are available through the department, including Computer Science and Anthropology, Computer Science and Astronomy, Computer Science and Chemistry, and Computer Science and Linguistics. There are more than 90 courses related to the Computer Science field.

The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory was opened in 1991 with the primary focus of applying AI methodologies to real world issues. Current projects of the lab includ e Data Mining for Manufacturing and Design Processes, Biological Motif Modeling, and Automating the Evolution of Linguistic Competence in Artificial Agents. Faculty members involved with this research includ e Dr. Peter C. Nelson, Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio, and Dr. Bing Liu. Other facilities investigating areas specific to the research of Artificial Intelligence includ e the Beckman Institute, the Natural Language Processing group, and the Speech and Language Engineering group.

Currently, there are more than 1,500 undergraduate and over 500 graduate students enrolled in the department. The 70 full-time faculty members includ e 15 ACM Fellows, 14 IEEE Fellows, 27 NSF Career award recipients since the year 2000, and eight Sloan Research Fellows.

16. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania can trace its roots back to the study of engineering in 1850. In 1946 researchers at UPenn developed the world’s first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer bringing global recognition to the field and to the school. In 1979 the College of Engineering and Applied Science became the current School of Engineering and Applied Science, which manages the department of Computer Science and Information.

UPenn has continued to develop the field of Computer Science through:

  • Institute for Research in Cognitive Science in 1990
  • Center for Human Modeling and Simulation in 1994
  • Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering Center in 2008
  • SIG Center for Computer Graphics in 2009
  • Warren Center for Data and Network Sciences in 2014

Facilities specific to the study of Artificial Intelligence includ e the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab and the Penn Research in Machine Learning group.

17. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

The Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California was established in 1999. Recognized as a research leader in the areas of graphics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence, the Institute works in close collaboration with the Information Sciences Institute and the Department of Computer Science located within the School of Engineering.

Both Institutes and the Department of Computer Science have additionally partnered with the Center for Body Computing and Keck Medicine. Founded in 2007, this unique Virtual Care clinic is advancing both the Health care field and the Artificial Intelligence field and providing patients with the opportunity to “receive world-class medical treatment without having to physically visit the clinic”.

Other research centers and institutes affiliated with the Department of Computer Science includ e the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems.

18. California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

Comprised of six major academic divisions all centered around the sciences, the Engineering and Applied Science division at Caltech is home to the department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, located in the Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology.

There are more than 20 faculty members in the department of Computing including two members of the National Academy of Engineers, three MacArthur fellows, one member of the National Academy of Science, three Sloan Fellows, two American Academy Of Arts And Sciences members, and one Foreign Member of the Royal Society. The student body includ es approximately 70 graduates and 80 undergraduates.

Research relevant to AI includ es the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, the Lee Center for Advanced Networking, and the Rigorous Systems Research Group. Through the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, students will focus on using AI in Advanced Drone Research, Autonomous Explorers, and Robots in Medicine. There are currently a dozen Caltech faculty members working in robotics and autonomous control.

19. University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

The largest of the 20 schools and colleges which comprise the University of Wisconsin is the College of Letters and Science. Now home to 34 academic departments, it was in the early 1960’s that the Department of Numerical Analysis was founded, and by 1964 this had become the Department of Computer Science. In addition to the traditional bachelor’s through doctoral degrees, the department also offers a Professional Master’s Program and a Professional Capstone Certificate Program. Courses cover a variety of topics including operating systems, programming languages and compilers, software engineering, and wireless systems.

Research centers of the Department includ e the Center for High Throughput Computing, the ADvanced Systems Laboratory, and the Wisconsin Institute on Software-defined Data-centers in Madison. Research groups includ e Computer Architecture, Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Artificial Intelligence.

The Artificial Intelligence research group is led by faculty members Charles Dyer, Jerry Zhu, Jude Shavlik, and Mohit Gupta. There are three major focus areas of the group: computer vision, machine learning, and biomedical informatics. Regularly offered AI courses includ e Medical Image Analysis, Advanced Natural Language Processing, and Computational Cognitive Science. Additionally, the Department of Computer Science holds regularly scheduled seminar talks addressing current areas of AI.

20. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

The first Artificial Intelligence group at the University of Georgia was formed in 1984. These dedicated researchers, including faculty members from the departments of Computer Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, and Engineering, made great strides in advancing the program. The Artificial Intelligence Center was formally established in 1995. In 2006 the Center became a part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and in 2008 became the Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Today the Institute is affiliated with more than 75 faculty members and researchers from more than 10 countries. There are two major academic programs offered: the Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence. Within the Bachelor’s program there are four areas of concentration: Artificial Intelligence Foundations, Philosophical Foundations, Psychological Foundations, and Language and Culture. The Master’s program has 11 areas of specialization, including genetic algorithms, cognitive modeling, microelectronics, logic programming, and robotics.

21. University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

In 1967 the University of Washington opened the inter-college graduate program of Computer Science and Engineering. As the industry and popularity grew, the school added an undergraduate program in 1975 and granted departmental status. Now Computer Science and Engineering is one of 16 schools and colleges comprising the University at large.

There are currently 55 faculty members, 375 graduate students, and a growing undergraduate body of more than 750 students enrolled. Faculty members are actively involved with several national academies and many have been nationally recognized for their research and dedication to the field. Presently there are 31 recipients of the Presidential/NSF Young Investigator Award, six ONR Young Investigator Award recipients, and nine Fulbright recipients, among others.

Research areas of the Computer Science and Engineering school includ e Computing for Development, Security and Privacy, Ubiquitous Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Wireless and Sensor Systems. The Artificial Intelligence group focuses on areas such as Automated Planning and Control, Intelligent Interaction, and Brain-Computer Interfaces and Computational Neuroscience. Faculty members with an interest in the field includ e professor and research Sham Kakade who is also a Washington Research Foundation Data Science Chair, and Rajesh Rao, author of the new textbook ‘Brain-Computer Interfacing: An Introduction’, and director of the Neural Systems Laboratory.

22. Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

Of the eight colleges which comprise Colorado State University, it is the College of Natural Sciences which hosts the Department of Computer Science. Originally located within the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science became its own independent area of study in 1974. There are currently 23 faculty members, more than 650 undergraduate students, and over 140 graduate students within the department. Activities hosted by the department includ e a weekly colloquium, the Association for Computing Machinery organization, and the AMC Women in Computing club. The Artificial Intelligence program within the department consists of six faculty members and approximately 30 graduate students.

Research areas of the department includ e the High-Performance Computing group, the Computer Vision and Graphics group, and the Artificial Intelligence group. Projects specific to Artificial Intelligence includ e Reinforcement Learning and Control, EEG Pattern Analysis for Brain-Computer Interfaces, and Intelligence Agents for Protecting Users in Cyberspace. The program has particular strengths in the interface between biology and AI. For instance, they are currently doing research in genetic algorithms and bioinformatics. The university uses a four course core to lay the foundation for students interested in AI research.

23. University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

The original Computer Science department at the University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1966, making it one of the oldest departments of its kind. Recently, the School of Information Science joined with the Department of Computer Science to create the new School of Computing and Information which will begin accepting students in fall, 2017. The department continues to offer degrees at the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas such as data visualization/imaging, algorithms, software engineering, and artificial intelligence. Affiliated with the department is the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Opened in 1986, this center is operated as a joint effort with Carnegie Mellon University.

Also affiliated with the department is the Intelligent Systems Program. This graduate level track offers students a comprehensive Artificial Intelligence degree with the option to specialize in biomedical informatics. Research groups directly under the management of this program includ e the Natural Language Processing and Information Retrie v a l group, the Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Technology group, the Artificial Intelligence and Law group, and the Machine Learning and Decision Making group.

24. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City, SD)

In 1885 the Dakota School of Mines, as the name implies, studied technology of mining. As the curriculum grew and the fields of science and engineering expanded, the Dakota School of Mines became the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1943. Today there are over 16 engineering and science degrees available, including 12 Masters and seven Doctorate tracks. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a BS in Computer Science, BS in Applied and Computational Mathematics, or an MS in Computational Sciences and Robotics. Students with a strong interest in AI should find the latter degree particularly attractive.

The Master’s program provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and signal processing, and much more through courses in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.

Research laboratories and centers includ e the Experimental and Computational Mechanic Laboratory, the Advance Manufacturing Process Technology Transition and Training center, and the Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology center.

25. Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)

In the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University students will find the Department of Computer Science. Going back to the 1980’s, students were able to enroll in a computer science undergraduate major through the Mathematics Department. In 1985 Computer Science split from the Mathematics department to create its own field of study. As it continued to expand, the new Computer Science department added Master’s studies by the late 1990’s.

The headed of Professor Augustine Ikeji, the department has recently added courses in data mining, mobile application, and web science. The diversity of the faculty and continues to increase with professors from seven countries and three continents. Though no doctoral studies in computer science are available as of yet, there is a 12-hour graduate certificate offered in Artificial Intelligence. In addition, Eastern Michigan offers the Master’s of Science in Computer Science, and a double Master’s degree with Hochschule Karlsruhe – Technik und Wirtschaft, the University of Applied Science in Germany.