Master of Science in IT, Digitalization and Sustainability
This program focuses on understanding the specific measures associated with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and on using information technologies to achieve them. The curriculum centers on five pertinent areas: Intercultural Collaboration, Project Management and Leadership, Digital Transformation, Natural Language Processing and Information Systems, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In addition to attending a semester abroad, students can study for a Dual Degree at an international partner university.
Sustainable and Transformative Design in the Digital Ideation program
Students consider their design practice in relation to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They develop participatory projects with a sustainability focus in workshops and by applying relevant methods. They also engage in depth and self-critically with topics such as the circular economy, building a sustainable society, and economic models for the common good in relation to innovation and technology.
Responsible AI Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning program
Students investigate the potential of AI-based applications as a tool achieve the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the framework of a design sprint, they derive functionalities for a mobile assistant from the users’ sustainability requirements. They then test the resulting business idea with a minimally functional product. Sustainability topics such as food waste, recycling and health are tackled with the use of recommender systems, computer vision and natural language processing.
Philosophy, Art and Artificial Intelligence in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning program
This module talks about the latest developments in artificial intelligence and explores the ethical and social limits of what can and should be done. Namely, this includes the utopian potential of technology and the expansion of human capabilities with the aid of artificial intelligence. Positions and schools of thought held in philosophy, art and film inform this critical analysis.
ISA Modules and International Week for all degree programs
The sustainability-oriented ISA modules are open to students from all programs, allowing them to consolidate their knowledge around environmental, economic and social sustainability. IT students have the added benefit of being able to participate in the annual summer university themed “Sustainable Future”. The two-week summer academy typically takes place at one of the HSLU’s European partner universities.