The École Polytechnique Master of Science and Technology in Artificial Intelligence and advanced Visual Computing is a two-year program, entirely taught in English and designed for highly qualified and internationally oriented students. It provides you with an in-depth understanding of the most recent techniques in artificial intelligence and teaches you to implement them efficiently.
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This research-oriented program is at the heart of digital science and its latest, most promising applications. Its curriculum comprises two complementary branches, namely Artificial Intelligence and Visual Computing. The first branch considers statistical learning and data analysis, while the second looks at 3D computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, multimodal interaction, computer vision, robotics, and 3D manufacturing.
The Program offers high-level scientific classes taught by faculty from École Polytechnique and partner companies and institutions.
Why study Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence, A Sector in Constant Evolution...
At the edge between computer science and applied mathematics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a constantly growing field, and its recent advances are highly impressive. Its goal is to create intelligent agents or systems capable of operating on their own to achieve difficult goals, such as decision-making or creation tasks.
This can be done using the modelling of knowledge and of reasoning mechanisms and/or by relying on statistical learning (from Bayesian models to Deep Learning) where the training data is either collected at once or on the fly. Besides developing these methods, competitive research on their reliability is of primary interest.
...Leading to Strong Societal Impact Applications
Combined with Visual Computing techniques, a part of computer science which studies the processing and simulation of visual information in all its forms (from images and videos to 3D virtual worlds), Artificial Intelligence leads to strong societal impact applications, as for instance:
Searching the mass of online audio-visual contents, to process, edit, or re-arrange them, leading to the crearion of new interactive educational or cultural media;
Controlling drones or autonomous vehicles so that they move according to the surrounding dynamic environment and to some pre-specified rules;
Synthesizing virtual 3D characters for gaming, online retailing, serious games and simulators, with behaviors matching to some extent those of real humans;
Designing, fabricating, and controlling soft robots dedicated to various difficult tasks, from personal assistance to micro-surgery.
The graduate degree in Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Visual Computing will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the most recent Artificial Intelligence techniques together with the ability to implement them efficiently. This program responds to the growing demand by companies that aim to recruit researchers and engineers who are able to create new original AI algorithms that are computationally competitive. The particular focus put on visual computing in this training will naturally lead students toward applications related to image processing, virtual worlds, conversational agents, or drone navigation.
Upon graduation, students are expected to pursue a Ph.D. thesis or to join a company directly. Here is a non-exhaustive list of industries that are interested in the profile of students in AI:
Digital applications for smartphones, computers, or personal assistants (Google, Facebook, Shazam, Apple, Snap);
Control of autonomous vehicles, drones, and robots (Valeo, Audi, Google, BMW);
Virtual reality, image & video editing, design and simulation of 3D virtual worlds (Ubisoft, Dassault systems, Microsoft, Adobe, Sony, Nintendo);
E-commerce and online advertisement (Criteo, Amazon, Google, Teads, Cdiscount, FNAC, eBay);
Financial, banking and insurance sector (BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Barclays, HSBC, AXA).
Although not listed here, many start-ups are in demand for high-quality profiles in Artificial Intelligence and advanced Visual Computing.
Applicants must hold or expect to hold a Bachelor's degree in mathematics or computer science prior to the beginning of the program. Applicants must have followed at least one statistics course. Candidates with other degrees may be considered, provided that they have a strong background in the above-mentioned subjects.
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École Polytechnique is pleased to provide accommodation on campus for all graduate degree students given that they request it within the given timeframe.