Minors in AI, Data & Digitization in Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam

News - 03 May 2022

The universities of Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam are working together to show their students what artificial intelligence (AI) means for their own field. Three AI minors will start in the 2022 – 2023 academic year, and will answer questions such as, "How do you best use AI for your research discipline?", and "What are the legal and ethical consequences of AI?”.

The artificial intelligence minors

Each minor has different requirements, and is designed for a specific target group with a specific learning demand – using different teaching formats. Students from different disciplines are brought together, making it possible to think about AI-related issues from various perspectives.

The minors from Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam are open to students from all three universities. The minor from TU Delft is currently only open to TU Delft students, because of the final project (which takes place in their own domain). From the year 2023 – 2024, this minor will also be open to students from Leiden and Rotterdam.

The three minors are:

  • Engineering with AI (TU Delft - 30 EC);
  • AI and Society (Universiteit Leiden - 30 EC);
  • AI in Society (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam - 15 EC).

A solid knowledge of AI, data and digitalisation is essential for future professionals in any field. Through these three minors, which highlight AI from different angles, we can facilitate this!

Geert-Jan Houben, Pro Vice Rector Magnificus for AI, Data and Digitalisation at TU Delft

What can students expect in these AI minors?

  • Engineering with AIDelft
    You will work on building AI solutions, and you’ll finish the minor with a project where you apply AI in your own domain. Andy Zaidman, professor of Software Engineering and program director responsible for this minor at TU Delft: "Seeing the potential of AI for your engineering discipline, and understanding the ethical consequences of applying AI – that is what the Engineering with AI minor is about". Read more here.
  • AI and SocietyLeiden
    You will immerse yourself in courses that link the technical features of AI to law, data privacy, governance and ethics, and then integrate this into work on a case study. Joost Batenburg, Professor of Imaging & Visualization and program director of SAILS: "In the AI and Society minor, you will learn how to responsibly use the opportunities that AI systems offer for society." Read more here.
  • AI in SocietyRotterdam
    You will participate in an active learning process around case studies and be introduced to different AI perspectives. Evert Stamhuis, professor of Law and Innovation, and initiator of this minor at Erasmus University Rotterdam: "Not only to follow the applications of AI critically, but also to anticipate them on the basis of concrete cases, that is what you will work with in this minor." Read more here.

AI-Convergence: collaboration in education

The new minors were made possible by the collaboration between the universities of Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam, which started two years ago under the name ‘AI-Convergence’. This collaboration has boosted education with a large-scale educational program, offered as an option to all 85,000 students across all branches of science. It is designed to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the areas of AI, Data and Digitalisation. The educational offering is now being further developed and scaled up. Read more about this collaboration.