Top 5 Universities Engaging in AI and ML Research in 2021

Top 5 Universities Engaging in AI and ML Research in 2021

You should apply to these universities for AI and ML research

Artificial intelligence, also known as machine learning, is a discipline within computer science. Artificial intelligence does much more than computing numbers. AI is more conceptual, such as describing qualities, or understanding meanings in different contexts. Here are the top 5 universities engaged in AI and ML research in 2021.

Carnegie Mellon University

School of Computer Science

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The School of Computer Science has a groundbreaking program in Artificial Intelligence. It was the first to offer a Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence in the US (starting in 2018).

CMU offers two Artificial Intelligence Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence (BSAI)
  • Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Innovation (MSAII)

The Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence (BSAI) is interdisciplinary, with instructors from:

  • Computer Science Department
  • Human-Computer Interaction Institute
  • Institute for Software Research
  • Language Technologies Institute
  • Machine Learning Department
  • Robotics Institute

Students must take:

  • Math and Statistic Core (6 classes)
  • Computer Science Core (6 classes)
  • Ethics Elective (1 class)
  • Artificial Intelligence Core (4 classes)
  • AI Cluster Electives (4 classes)
  • Humanities and Arts (7 classes)
  • Science and Engineering (4 classes)

The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Innovation (MSAII) is offered through the Language Technologies Institute. It is also interdisciplinary, with instructors from:

  • School of Computer Science
  • Computer Science Department
  • Machine Learning Department
  • Institute for Software Research

Students must take:

  • 192 eligible units of study
  • 84 units of Core Curriculum (including a 36-unit Capstone)
  • 72 units of Knowledge Requirements
  • 36 units of approved Electives

Research teams at CMU developed the CoBots. CoBots are mobile, intelligent robots. They are "aware of their perceptual, physical, and reasoning limitations and proactively ask for help from humans".

Professor Tuomas Sandholm and Ph.D. student Noam Brown developed the Libratus program. This program has beaten professional No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em poker players. Many students studying AI take part in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University has established itself as a world-leading teaching and research institution. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) has been studying and researching Artificial Intelligence since 1962. SAIL offers courses, hosts events and manages outreaches to schools.

Degree in Artificial Intelligence:

  • Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence

The Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence is in the School of Engineering. The Graduate Certificate has one required course, and three required electives. The Certificate is 13 to 15 units.

Required Course:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques

Some of the Electives:

  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Computational Logic
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning

Students have a maximum of three years to complete the Certificate.

Stanford also offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, which includes courses on AI.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

MIT was founded in 1861 in response to the growing industrial capacity of America and the need for more technologically-minded personnel. As a result, the majority of programs offered at MIT are technology-based, and thus many are related to the study of Artificial Intelligence.

In 1959 the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory began its own research and experimentation, and in 1963 the Laboratory for Computer Science was opened. As the projects became more and more interconnected, the two labs merged in 2003 to create the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the largest and most prominent of the MIT laboratories.

Degree in AI:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence research and course work opportunities

Currently, there are more than 100 senior researchers and faculty members representing eight academic departments, managing more than 50 research groups and hundreds of projects. Other participants include 40 postdoctoral fellows and associates, 350 graduate students, and approximately 50 undergraduate students. In total there are over 1,000 members of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. All research and experimentation fall under three generalized categories: Artificial Intelligence, Systems, and Theory.

Related Course in AI:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy (self-paced online)

Offered through the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). This is an online collaborative program that's handled through third-party GetSmarter. This course program teaches the business aspects of how to capitalize on and manage Artificial Intelligence applications. It is not a course for learning the technical aspects of AI.

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, California

The oldest of the institutes for higher education in the California system, Berkeley has an extensive array of facilities and persons dedicated to the teaching and research of Artificial Intelligence.

Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory includes more than two dozen faculty members and over a hundred graduate students. In addition to research opportunities the AI lab offers seminars and courses such as Computational Imagining and Robotic Manipulation and Interaction.

The Robotics and Intelligent Machines Laboratory at Berkeley includes:

  • Biomimetic Millisystems Lab
  • CITRIS People and Robots Initiative
  • Berkeley Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering
  • Robot Learning Group
  • Automated Science and Engineering
  • Embedded Human project
  • BErkeley AeRobot (BEAR) project
  • Computer Vision group
  • Medical Robotics at Berkeley
  • Network Embedded Systems Technology

Other research centers include the Laboratory for Information and System Science, the Vision and Learning Center, the Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence, and the International Computer Science Institute.

Much of the study of AI is affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Related Courses in AI:

  • Artificial Intelligence Strategy, online short course (in collaboration with GetSmarter)
  • Artificial Intelligence Business Strategies and Applications, online program (in partnership with Emeritus)

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

In 1847 Harvard University opened the Lawrence Scientific School as its first formal effort to provide higher-level education in engineering and the sciences. Over time, this effort grew into the current John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, established in 2007.

This school now has 76 tenured faculty members and more than 1,300 students in attendance. The study of Computer Science itself is available to undergraduates through doctoral candidates. Students enrolled in the program are encouraged to engage with the Harvard College Engineering Society for cross-disciplinary research, and networking opportunities.

Related Programs and Courses in AI:

  • Online Professional Certificate in Computer Science for Artificial Intelligence (in collaboration with edX)
  • Online Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python
  • Online Data Science: Machine Learning
  • Online Introduction to Deep Learning
  • Online Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing

Other Centers and Institutes of research managed by the school include the Institute for Applied Computational Science, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Under the category of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and the subsets of Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning, Multi-agent Systems, and Robotics, are researched in detail by various faculty members. In 2013 the National Science Foundation Awarded Harvard and MIT 25 million dollars in order to build the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines.

In 2015, the Future Society at Harvard's Kennedy School created The AI Initiative, which is yet another artificial intelligence research center. The center focuses more on oN research, whereas the initiative has a stronger emphasis on shaping global policy as it relates to AI. This makes Harvard one of the few schools that put as many resources into understanding the ramifications of AI as it invests into actually developing AI technology.

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