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25.06.2024 | יט סיון התשפד

BIU Offers Over 200 Courses on AI

Ranging from the humanities, medicine, business management, literature, Jewish studies, environment, and sustainability – AI is now in every faculty

AI courses

Artificial intelligence has become a significant tool, changing the world and enabling new breakthroughs in industry, medicine, agriculture, economics, and social sciences. In line with this trend, Bar-Ilan University is now offering over 200 courses in artificial intelligence and its applications as part of our study programs, to provide students with the most advanced skills in any field.

With the completion of their degree, BIU graduates will begin their journey towards their desired career with advanced knowledge in artificial intelligence giving them the edge over competing job seekers.

In the field of medicine, for example, BIU’s Program for Genomics and Biomedical Computations, for example, is one of the world's most prestigious programs in AI, Data Science, and Bioinformatics.

The program is a joint venture with Sheba Medical Center, designed for those with advanced degrees in medicine or computer science, and includes leading doctors from Israel and abroad. The program has even been showcased in the ADX online learning platform of Harvard and MIT.

Dr. Ronen Tal-Botzer, one of the program's founders and its director, says that the program provides graduates with professional tools that have a significant impact in all areas of medicine - imaging, surgery, genetics-based diagnostics, pathology, blood test analysis, pregnancy, and more. "Artificial intelligence will not replace the doctor, but doctors who use artificial intelligence will replace doctors who don't."

In the Master's program in Learning and Teaching Sciences, the course Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learning is offered, where students learn and experience advanced practices suitable for unique situations. One example is the use of generative artificial intelligence, which is used to assist students in preparing research papers during emergency periods when teacher availability is lower.

Another course focusing on a fascinating aspect of artificial intelligence is Computer Applications and Artificial Intelligence in Information Analysis in the Middle East Context. The course includes lectures and a research seminar which review the use of artificial intelligence for intelligence information analysis. Among other things, the course teaches the use of complex and professional tools that allow connecting hypotheses to evidence and identifying logical patterns, for purposes such as classifying texts from social networks.

"One of the models taught is Human in the Loop," says Professor Dov Te’Eni, who teaches the course. "The idea is not to release the world to the rule of artificial intelligence, but to keep humans in the process, for system control, to improve the machine and control it - and to continue learning along with it."

Indeed, there are many other ways in which AI technologies can be used to improve and impact research and the quality of human life in the future.

Here are just a few of the courses offered in 2024-25: : Digital Humanities in the Service of Hebrew Text Analysis in the Department of Jewish Literature; courses dealing with text mining and business intelligence in the School of Business Administration; a course in machine learning and applications for biological data analysis in the Faculty of Life Sciences; a course in digital image processing in the Faculty of Engineering; a course in big data and law in the Faculty of Law; a course on Big Data and Smart Space in the Department of Environment, Planning and Sustainability; and an even wider variety of AI courses such as Machine Learning, Learning and Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning in Medical Information, and Personalized AI Applications in the Faculty of Exact Sciences.

Take a tour of BIU’s Program Catalogue and find what you want to learn in the coming years.