Artificial Intelligence Option - Electrical Engineering BS

RIT’s artificial intelligence option in electrical engineering provides you with the skills needed to design intelligent agents that can advance society.

Overview for Artificial Intelligence Option - Electrical Engineering BS

Why Study RIT’s Artificial Intelligence Option in Electrical Engineering BS

  • Dynamic Courses: Explore the foundations of artificial intelligence, biorobotics, and cybernetics.
  • Multidisciplinary Senior Design: Engage in a capstone learning experience that focuses on developing, implementing, or advancing different aspects of artificial intelligence.

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has produced significant innovations that impact our everyday lives. From autonomous vehicles, smart assistants, and automated financial investing, to smart cities, health care, and logistics; AI has laid the foundation to push human civilization forward. This option is part of the electrical engineering BS.

The Artificial Intelligence Option in Electrical Engineering

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)
  • Evolve over time

This learning is enhanced by gaining an understanding the ethical implications and societal impacts of your designs.

Courses in Artificial Intelligence in Electrical Engineering

The artificial intelligence option includes three core courses that cover the foundations of artificial intelligence:

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: An introduction to artificial intelligence and machine learning topics with practical examples of data, tools, and algorithms. The course will explore basic artificial intelligence techniques and their applications to engineering problems.
  • Artificial Intelligence Explorations: Explore the history of artificial intelligence and its development over the years, and then investigate various artificial intelligence techniques, along with their applications and limitations.
  • Biorobotics/Cybernetics: Investigate cybernetics as well as the aspects of robotics and controls associated with applications of a biological nature.

You may select additional electives in AI that cover topics such as:

  • Pattern recognition
  • Machine learning
  • Digital signal processing
  • Deep learning
  • Principles of robotics
  • Advanced robotics

Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Multidisciplinary Senior Design is a two-course sequence in your final year of study. It’s a capstone learning experience integrating engineering theory, principles, and processes in 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.


Careers and Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

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.

Admissions and Financial Aid

This program is STEM designated when studying on campus and full time.

This option is part of the electrical engineering BS. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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