Plans to offer AI and data-related degrees are underway as the university expands

Ben Wodecki, Junior Editor - AI Business

March 29, 2024

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Vanderbilt University is building a college dedicated to computer science, AI and data science.

The College of Connected Computing will offer students study opportunities amid a growing demand for degrees related to emerging technology.

The new college will also collaborate with Vanderbilt’s other colleges on research in what the university calls a “‘computing for all’ approach.”

“Of all the factors shaping society, few are more influential than the rapid emergence of advanced computing, AI and data science,” chancellor Daniel Diermeier said.

“To continue to carry out our mission, prepare all our students for their careers and advance research across the university, Vanderbilt must contribute even more to the study, understanding and innovative application of these fast-changing disciplines.”

A search for a dean to lead the new college will start in the coming months.

The computer science college is the university’s first new institute since it and the Blair School of Music merged in 1981.

The new college’s departments, degree programs and research infrastructure will be formed based on recommendations from a university faculty task force.

Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and innovation, will launch a working group to obtain input from staff on how to expand the university’s computing resources.

Vanderbilt University’s prior contribution to AI research includes a joint effort with the University of California, Berkeley and Nissan North America on an AI-powered cruise control system designed to reduce human-caused traffic congestion.

This article first appeared in IoT World Today's sister publication AI Business.

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Ben Wodecki

Junior Editor - AI Business

Ben Wodecki is the junior editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to junior editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others.

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