Yashita Agarwal, pictured above, is a student (2020–21 academic year) on the one-year, classroom-based MSc Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence (AI). Prior to that she completed her undergraduate degree in India in 2016, became an adept programmer and worked for one of the top IT companies in the country.
Yashita says, “My job role involved automating redundant IT infrastructure-based tasks, which is when I started developing a flair for automation. I realised that a deeper understanding of the subject is required to become an expert. This inspired me to pursue a master’s degree and I started looking for programs that offer a blend of theoretical and practical learning in Artificial Intelligence. I chose NUI Galway as it allows cross-domain specialisation by considering the relevant work experience of candidates, while also providing a world-class education.”
Artificial Intelligence is one the most exciting and fastest growing areas of the ICT industry and research. It has the potential to positively transform every aspect of all our lives, from Smart Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, through to improved healthcare services and low-carbon economies. Artificial Intelligence has the capacity to provide intelligent solutions that can help us to tackle many today’s greatest societal challenges. NUI Galway offer two programmes in Artificial Intelligence, one of the Masters programmes is entirely online and is aimed at people working in industry who need to deepen their computer knowledge, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence, while the other is classroom-based.
Yashita had no previous experience relating to some of the modules, such as Python programming and building Neural Networks and she found the programme challenging at first. However, the weekly lectures and practical lab exercises at the School of Computer Science helped her familiarise with the course.
She elaborates: “Soon I was able to build complex codes and even develop a SOTA computer vision model. This program has trained me on skills that are in high demand, both in the industry and research community. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with a strong desire to learn about and work in the AI domain, even if they lack prior knowledge in the field.”
Speaking at the launch of the programmes in 2019, Mary Mitchell O’Connor the Minister of State for Higher Education at the time, stated that “These two innovative Master’s programmes at NUI Galway will help to ensure graduates have the highest skills needed to meet this demand and to make Galway and the West of Ireland a leader in Artificial Intelligence.”
For information on all Computer Science postgraduate programmes available at NUI Galway, please visit www.nuigalway.ie/courses. Applications are made online via www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduateapplications