Be Part of the Fast-Growing Artificial Intelligence Industry

25 February 2021
DePaul student using a laptop

Did you know that the artificial intelligence industry is work more than 39.9 billion USD worldwide? According to a Grand View Research report (2020), the industry is projected to grow by 42.2% from 2020 to 2027. What does this mean for you? A degree in artificial intelligence can provide a number of career opportunities, and DePaul University can help you pursue those jobs.

Artificial intelligence is a field far beyond robots and chess-playing machines, as our Global Gateway Program Director Dr. Gretchen Frickx learned. Recently, she attended an information session about DePaul’s new Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence program.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Two faculty members in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), Dr. Jacob Furst and Dr Raffaella Settimi-Woods, discussed the artificial intelligence field and the benefits of enrolling in this new MS program. According to Dr. Settimi-Woods, artificial intelligence is at the intersection of computer science and data science:

  • Data Science: Improves decision making with statistical analyses and uses those analyses as computer inputs
  • Artificial Intelligence: Helps machines learn to make decisions – better ones – based on data and information

The Technology Sector Needs Artificial Intelligence Specialists

From Siri to Alexa, and from self-driving cars to the algorithms that make up our social media and shopping platforms, AI is growing. During the information session at DePaul, Dr. Frickx learned that the demand for skilled workers is expected to exceed the current workforce supply. The World Economic Forum reports that AI is one of the key drivers of change in the technology sector, but one of the biggest challenges is that there aren’t enough skilled AI professionals to meet this growth. Across the globe, there is a 40% gap in skills needed for AI careers.

How to Build Your AI Skills at DePaul University

When choosing to study artificial intelligence at DePaul, our graduate students will focus on both theory and practical applications. In most classes, students write computer programs to apply what they have learned, so they have hands-on learning experiences that they can apply to their future careers.

Our CDM research laboratories provide another benefit to studying artificial intelligence at DePaul. Students can work on projects and develop new skills in many specific areas of research, like human-computer interaction, machine learning, and image analytics, to name a few. For example, the Laboratory for Interactive Human-Computer Analytics (LIHCA) uses machine learning and interactive visualization to collect information, understand algorithms, and apply technology to bioinformatics, data, journalism, and medical informatics. By participating in lab research at DePaul, students can apply their academic knowledge to real-world improvements.

At the end of the program, MS in Artificial Intelligence students can choose to complete either a capstone project or a research project that results in a thesis. Dr. Frickx learned that this approach allows DePaul students to finish their degrees in the way that will be suit their career objectives.

Artificial intelligence is a fast-growing, innovative field filled with potential for career opportunities. Do you want to be part of it? Click here to apply to the MS in Artificial Intelligence program and start your journey.