Artificial Intelligence is a fast-paced and challenging field that is making visible inroads into our everyday life. This Master's program focuses on the theoretical symbolic foundations within Artificial intelligence. We examine the semantics of natural language and of reasoning and argumentation. Moreover, we also look at the foundations of autonomy and collaboration between distributed software systems. These are applied for instance in virtual characters in serious games, in logistic applications like train schedules and in autonomous cars. Other application areas are a social simulation for policy management and change of behavior.
The Master’s in Artificial Intelligence offers you an integrative and cutting-edge approach to the field from the viewpoints of Informatics, Logic, Cognition, Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics.
Choosing from a broad range of courses you can tailor the program to your personal interests within Artificial Intelligence.
As a graduate of the Artificial Intelligence program, you will have a solid understanding of the logical, philosophical, and cognitive foundations of AI research. You will also have a good overview of the main AI techniques and an in-depth understanding of how to apply these techniques in at least one of the areas within Agent Theory, Human and Machine Reasoning, or Cognitive Modelling. In addition, you will have the skills to carry out AI research in academic or R&D environments and to identify how AI techniques can provide intelligent solutions to IT problems in companies and organizations.
In recent years, Artificial Intelligence has turned from a niche area into mainstream computer science. Major companies such as Google, IBM, and Facebook are now seriously investing in AI research. Both Google and Facebook have recently bought several AI start-ups. It is expected that AI will be at the heart of new IT developments in areas like knowledge automation, (semi-) autonomous vehicles, the Internet, and advanced robotics.
Artificial Intelligence graduates carry out AI research in academic or R&D environments, and they identify how AI techniques can provide intelligent solutions to IT problems in companies and organizations. We want to emphasize that the program does not focus on particular products or tools from specific vendors; instead, we study underlying techniques and methods that are of a longer lasting value.
For students interested in research, the MSc degree provides the opportunity to start a Ph.D. research project (which will result in a doctorate degree) in any of the related topics at a university in the Netherlands or abroad. Such positions are regularly available within the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Intelligent Systems group at Utrecht University. There are ample contacts with other universities as well, partly through the nationwide Dutch research school SIKS (School for Knowledge and Information Systems). Some positions are sponsored by companies or the Dutch research council. Graduates may also find challenging positions in R&D departments of international companies, governments, and the banking and insurance sectors.
Graduates interested in a career in industry are well qualified for jobs in many different areas, such as banking, insurance, government policy, telecommunications, and consumer electronics. They may also find employment in agent-oriented software companies or companies specializing in the use of agent intelligence techniques. Their tasks may consist of developing new products and applications or directing such activities. Other possible opportunities include consultancy or creating a start-up company in an emerging market.