Artificial Intelligence Micro-credentials

Purdue’s AI Micro-credentials Program offers quick and convenient online courses that cover the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and its applications. With an average completion time of only 15 hours, this program is an ideal upskilling opportunity for professionals who want to advance in their careers quickly.

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AI is revolutionizing hundreds of industries, and AI skills are some of the most in-demand job skills in today’s tech-driven market.

Learn Essential AI Skills, including:

  • Understanding the current applications of AI and where the field is heading.
  • How to utilize AI technologies in a variety of organizational contexts through completing real-world projects.
  • How to amass a robust AI skillset and build marketable expertise in emergent technologies.
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According to Forbes, 97 million jobs related to artificial intelligence (AI) will be created between 2022 and 2025. AI is revolutionizing hundreds of industries, and AI skills are some of the most in-demand job skills in today’s tech-driven market.

Course Description: This course provides a foundation for understanding machine learning and its applications by taking a learn-by-doing approach. Students will learn about machine learning by training a regression model to perform data analysis. 

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Review of linear algebra: To review basic concepts in linear algebra including norm, inner product, linear combination, basis functions, matrix-vector multiplication, eigen decomposition
– Principles of regression: To understand the basic principles of regression, including loss function, linear models, parameter update
– Solving a regression problem: To derive the linear least squares solutions and understand the properties under-determined and over-determined linear systems
– Regularization techniques: To apply ridge regression techniques and LASSO regression techniques
– Optimization: To review constrained and unconstrained minimization, Lagrange multiplier, convexity, gradient descent, and stochastic gradient descent

Faculty: Stanley Chan

Course Description: Students will work through real-world problems and examples to understand the mathematical background for AI. By breaking concepts down and putting them in context, this course makes the math behind AI accessible for a wider audience.  

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Analyze equations involving matrices by applying algebraic concepts such as rank, nullspace, linear independence, and eigenvalues 
– Define properties of linear systems, including controllability, observability, and stability, and apply them to design state estimators and feedback controllers 
– Define probability distributions and moments of random variables, and characterize the long-term behavior of stochastic processes 
– Specify the fundamental optimality conditions for optimization problems, and implement basic algorithms to find the optimizers 

Faculty: Philip E. Paré and Shreyas Sundaram  

Course Description: This course provides in-depth conceptual explanation of supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms and how to implement them to address real-world problems.  

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Assess and understand the core principles, applications, and limitations of machine learning, distinguishing its role from traditional programming
– Analyze a variety of supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms using prominent frameworks
– Integrate machine learning knowledge to address real-world challenges by choosing appropriate algorithms and techniques

Faculty: Rishikesh P Fulari

Course Description: In this course, students will be able to explore data mining hands-on by using data mining tools for pattern recognition, visualization, artificial intelligence and more.  

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Examine foundational concepts in data mining
– Differentiate between descriptive and predictive elements of data mining
– Contrast the strengths and weaknesses of supervised and unsupervised methods

Faculty: John Springer  

Course Description: Machine Learning can be deployed in manufacturing to significantly increase production efficiency and capacity. In
this course, step-by-step tutorials on how to apply machine learning to analyze manufacturing data are presented. Students will learn how to create artificial intelligence solutions for manufacturing analytics.

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Explain the benefits of machine learning in manufacturing
– Describe the common operations in developing machine learning applications
– Apply machine learning for manufacturing analytics

ModuleTopic & Readings 
Module 1 Smart Manufacturing
Artificial Intelligence
Applications, Benefits, and Challenges
Module 2Vehicle MPG Prediction
Load and Process Manufacturing Data
Work on Linear Regression Models
Module 3Used Car Price Prediction
Compare Various Regression Models
Perform Feature Selection on Manufacturing Data
Module 4Quality Inspection of Casting Products
Build, Train, and evaluate a CNN Model
Augment Dataset

Faculty Name: Xiumin Diao  

Course Description: This course will introduce the fundamental knowledge of machine learning techniques via a series of hands-on
real-world examples in Python. The overall aim is to provide the students with a good understanding of machine-learning technologies, building machine learning with Python, and applying machine-learning technologies to address real-world problems.

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Explain the relationship (main mechanisms, internal logic, computing components, and the usage constraints) of 8 machine learning models (Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, FullyConnected Neural Network (FCNN), Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), Recurrent Neural Network (RNN), Autoencoder, General Adversarial Network (GAN), and Reinforcement Learning (RL))
– Program the basic realization of the machine learning models, stated in Learning Objective 1, in Python
– Apply the eight machine learning models stated in Learning Objective 1 to solve real-world problems

Faculty: Jin Kocsis   

Course Description: This course teaches about the human and social factors that affect artificial intelligence and its applications, showing students how to develop ethical, responsible, and human-centered AI solutions to real-world problems.  

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome: 
– Develop ethical, responsible, and human-centered AI solutions to address global problems
– Map user requirements, create appropriate data workflows, and inform the architecture and implementation of AI technologies
– Understand challenges and opportunities associated with augmented decision support and artificial intelligence

Faculty: Ankita Raturi 

Course Description: This course focuses on the real-world uses of natural language processing systems, including the current capabilities of natural language processing systems and how NLP can be refined and improved.  

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Describe the capabilities of existing NLP systems 
– Analyze the gap that exists between a stated scenario and the existing capabilities of NLP systems 
– Test solutions by measuring improvements introduced by NLP systems 

Faculty: Julia Rayz   

Course Description: This course provides students with the real-world knowledge they need to navigate the risks of AI and how it’s changing the technology landscape. Students will break AI down into engaging, accessible concepts and explore the ethics of AI through real-world examples. 

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Explain the history of AI research and why deep learning became the dominant approach
– Explain, in a non-technical way, how deep learning works
– Outline various risks of AI, including both speculative dangers and more tangible and immediate risks to the economy, the labor market, and civil society

Faculty: David Peterson 

Course Description: This course explores the ethical and regulatory framework that underpin AI. Students will analyze real-world policy and governance strategies that seek to manage AI’s impacts and engage in debates that will shape the future of the field. 

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Identify core concepts in the emerging AI policy domain including key actors, institutions, and governance strategies that have been proposed by or adopted in governments, firms, and civil society organizations
– Analyze and evaluate the social and ethical dimensions of AI, focusing on issue spotting and understanding the policy implications of these issues
– Examine current regulatory trends and policy frameworks for AI governance, including prominent debates and challenges
– Synthesize emerging best practices, issues, and debates in AI policy and governance, while developing strategies for continual monitoring and staying informed

Faculty: Daniel Schiff

Course Description: This course covers the growing global demands for AI regulations and puts them in context so students can understand what risks these regulations seek to address and how companies and governments can anticipate and comply with them.  

Prerequisites: None

Faculty: Dr. Swati Srivastava 

Course Description: In this course, students will learn how to create engaging data stories by contradicting common perception. They will use data analysis and AI prompts using Chat GPT to produce effective data stories and justify why AI makes these data stories more effective. 

Prerequisites: None

Learning Outcome:
– Identify how data stories should surprise, provide a new, more convincing explanation for time-worn ideas
– Identify ways to tell memorable, teachable arguments in the form of stories
– Examine how AI tools may be used to satisfy these conditions of storytelling

Faculty: Sorin Matei   

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