The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has produced significant innovations that impact our everyday lives. From autonomous vehicles, smart assistants, automated financial investing, to smart cities, health care, and logistics; AI has laid the foundation to push human civilization forward. The AI option of the electrical engineering BS degree provides you with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to design ethical intelligent agents that will continue to advance our society. The programming-focused curriculum allows you to study how agents can solve complex problems, make inferences and decisions, learn from data (classical and deep learning), and evolve over time while understanding the ethical implications and societal impacts of your designs.
Courses in Artificial Intelligence
The artificial intelligence option includes three core courses that cover the foundations of artificial intelligence: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence Explorations, and Biorobotics/Cybernetics. You may select additional electives in topics such as pattern recognition, machine learning, digital signal processing, deep learning, principles of robotics, advanced robotics, and more.
Multidisciplinary Senior Design
Multidisciplinary Senior Design is a two-course sequence in your final year of study. It’s a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative team environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process. You’ll apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom and from your co-op experiences to this design project. Students in the AI option are expected to work on a design project that focuses on developing, implementing, or advancing different aspects of artificial intelligence.
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What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.
Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your engineering co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your engineering knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.
All engineering majors are required to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education experience. For students in the artificial intelligence option, your co-ops are expected to take place in companies that develop or integrate AI into their products or services. A sampling of companies where RIT students have completed co-ops related to artificial intelligence includes Amazon, Apple, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Tesla, Argo AI, and more.