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SCI 48 — An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: How Neuroscience Is Creating Smarter Technologies

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 25—Oct 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Sohila Zadran
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet over 5 Mondays, beginning September 25.
Fall
On-campus course
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Sep 25—Oct 23
5 weeks
Drop By
Oct 8
1 Unit
Fees
$305
Instructor(s):
Sohila Zadran
Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet over 5 Mondays, beginning September 25.
The age of artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly here. In 2015 alone, more than $10 billion of investment went into developing “smarter” computer systems that use neuroscience (artificial neural networks and computational techniques) to perform tasks that require high-level intellect, including visual perception, speech recognition, and autonomous decision-making. The self-driving car is but one highly visible example. Even the automated customer service representative on the phone is artificial intelligence at work.

In this course, students will look at the neuroscience concepts and techniques that underpin artificial intelligence and the design of intelligent computer systems. Once we understand these essential concepts and techniques, we will see how scientists and programmers build artificial intelligence platforms and applications. This includes a discussion of artificial neural networks and machine learning. Speakers from academia, industry, and AI startups will be invited to discuss their innovations and new AI technologies. Lastly, we will begin to explore the ethics of artificial intelligence and the challenging questions we will soon be forced, as a society, to address. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of artificial intelligence and its roots in neuroscience, and how AI contributes to existing and new technologies.

Sohila Zadran, Founder, Igantia Therapeutics

Sohila Zadran’s research concerns understanding aging in the brain. She received a PhD in neuroscience from USC and was a postdoctoral fellow in systems neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology. She is on the board of directors for NeuroSwitchBoard and is the founder of the genomics company Igantia Therapeutics.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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