Students in this new program will be prepared for a defining and active role in the development of modern AI systems, e.g. for autonomous driving, digital language assistants, industrial automation or modern diagnostic systems for diseases. There is hardly an area of life that has not experienced the impact of artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence is a key technology within the process of digital transformation and is of rapidly increasing importance in all areas of life, particularly in companies and public institutions. Amid a sharp rise in demand of AI experts, the industry needs large numbers of well-trained specialists as quickly as possible. Building on a basic information technology education, the program equips students with profound specialist knowledge of the various disciplines of artificial intelligence while simultaneously promoting their language, social, method and self-competence. In addition to the fundamentals of information technology and maths, machine learning and robotics are key subjects. The Lucerne Schools of Information Technology, Engineering and Architecture, Social Work as well as Art and Design are involved in the program. The course imparts profound knowledge of the fundamental AI techniques that are machine learning, planning, optimization and knowledge presentation, framed by current findings in neuropsychology and a critical reflection of the related ethical questions. Practice-specific focal points include image and video analysis, natural language processing, optimization of industrial processes, development of diagnostic systems, AI-based business models as well as cognitive robotics.
One of the program's highlights is certainly the “Cognitive Robotics Lab”, which enables the students to program intelligent self-learning systems. In the Cognitive Robotics Lab, students acquaint themselves with the hardware and software components of humanoid robots and learn to use them in various task. Basic philosophical and psychological principles of perception, knowledge structuring and learning as well as the latest findings in neuro and brain physiology are part of the curriculum. Ethical questions around artificial intelligence, algorithms and robotics are discussed at length in the program, for instance trust in AI systems, and the reception of decisions made by autonomous systems and machines. It is of paramount importance to us that our students approach AI technologies critically.
The development of this pioneering program was supported and promoted by the Foundation of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
State-of-the-art learning and teaching methods
A unique feature of this program is the interdisciplinary collaboration with students of other degree programs for product development in the framework of the engineering learning projects. In teams consisting of e.g. electrical engineering, information technology, cyber security or mechanical engineering students, students engage in interdisciplinary project work ranging from the development and assessment of concepts to the concrete realization of prototypes. In this context, students also learn to apply established idea and solution finding methods. Participation in international competitions with the support of experienced coaches is an additional opportunity to apply and consolidate the skills and knowledge gained.
New and unique campus directly by the station
The modern campus opened in summer 2019 and is situated in immediate proximity of the Rotkreuz railway station. The appealing premises, the central location, the short distances and the fact that the entire School is now under a single roof together create ideal conditions for studying and experiencing student life.