Introduction: what is artificial intelligence?
It is broadly accepted that this name identifies an interdisciplinary area which includes computer science, robotics, engineering, mathematics. In short, artificial intelligence (AI) is a discipline based on the ability of a machine to learn from experience, to simulate the human intelligence, to adapt to new scenarios, and to get engaged in humanlike activities.
AI has made a rapid progress in recent years, and it has already played and will continue to play a crucial role in the economic, social, and scientific areas of society. It is well-recognised by researchers and scientists that AI will change and transform business models and every segment of all industries through the adoption of innovative technologies and creative intelligence. It will also outperform humans on most cognitive tasks in this century, disrupt businesses and societies at large in greater magnitude than any previous technological revolutions, and affect labor productivity as it will make the production and delivery of new goods and services much easier and simpler than before.
In the coming years, AI will contribute to business research through the large-scale implementation of AI in technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), smart speakers, chatbots, cybersecurity, 3D printing, drones, face emotions analysis, sentiment analysis, natural language processing, human resources, customer profiling, marketing, finance, and many others.
AI activities have been growing a lot in the past two years at SKEMA; new faculty members have been hired and new research interests have been added to our main core areas. This has made possible the transition from augmented intelligence, which is a subset of AI that focuses on simulation of human cognitive abilities to support the decision making process, to the much more complex and richer world of artificial intelligence and technology which aims to create systems and applications that run without humans.
SKEMA AI activities
SKEMA AI activities are aligned with the SKEMA SKY25 strategic plan. They will help SKEMA to develop the three main axes of its strategic plan, that are: to become the Avant-Garde School through the 100% hybridisation of its programmes, to establish itself as an Impactful Player, and finally to positioning itself as a Glo-cal Institution.
SKEMA AI activities contribute to the main missions of the school: research, teaching (cross-campuses programmes), and the creation of strong ties, collaborations and partnership with industries and organisations.
SKEMA AI activities facilitate the creation of a strong and interdisciplinary AI-related research environment. Research activities range from technical and algorithmics to more business-oriented applications and include: AI ethics, big data analytics, cybersecurity and privacy, human-machine interactions, machine learning, mobility track analysis, sensor analysis, facial emotion detection, image analysis, speech recognition, and their different applications to business.
SKEMA AI programmes
SKEMA has already widely developed teaching related to artificial intelligence within its portfolio of programmes and in particular in the following ones: