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Digital Intelligence Training Program Melds Science with Humanities

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The Digital Intelligence training program, a new Arts and Technology program that combines computer science with a discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences, will launch in fall 2019 with the introduction of IAE 101: Introduction to Digital Intelligence, recently approved by SUNY and now available for registration.  

Computer educationAn interdisciplinary course that combines the arts with computer science, IAE 101 offers students hands-on opportunities to learn basic programming skills in a creative context. Students will learn the full suite of tools, languages, and methods they can expect from any introductory-level computing course, plus an exciting array of creative problems and applications connected to these skills, including applications in the Fine Arts.

Taught by Elyse Graham, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English, and Christopher Kane, Research Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Computer Science, IAE 101 offers a unique opportunity for students to take a course co-taught by professors partnering across the two Colleges.   

“This will be a really exciting, fun, yet practical course for Stony Brook students who want to work with creative topics, hands-on projects, and essential computer science skills,” says Graham. “It will help them build a foundational skill set for their growth into confident and capable creators, regardless of the course of study they ultimately pursue.”

A collaboration between Stony Brook University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science, the Digital Intelligence training program was designed to educate students for today’s high tech marketplace by creating new programs that cross the computer science/engineering divide by incorporating arts, humanities and social sciences disciplines. Each curriculum provides a solid foundation in their respective programs; digital badges will be earned in specific areas.

“Today’s students are aware that jobs are disappearing as a result of advances in artificial intelligence, and they are driving the need for changes in higher education,” says Nicole S. Sampson, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and distinguished professor of chemistry. “The Digital Intelligence training program blends technological aptitude, data literacy, and the human touch – creativity, empathy, and ethics – providing today’s technology-focused students a broader skill set required for today’s high tech jobs. This diverse, interdisciplinary skill set will allow students to explore a variety of positions in the IT sector.”

“Innovative educational paradigms like the Digital Intelligence training program will help prepare students to creatively co-exist with A.I. systems,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “By fusing computer science and engineering disciplines with humanities and social sciences, we can provide students the critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding that will be required in the A.I. driven economy of the future.”  

The unique Digital Intelligence training program is the first of its kind in New York State; it will stand alone among a densely populated landscape of academic institutions and will be offered at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels.

IAE 101 will simultaneously satisfy both ARTS and TECH SBC requirements; no prerequisites are required. Students interested in learning more about the Digital Intelligence training program and IAE 101 may complete this form.

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