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Artificial Intelligence Summer Course in Oxford Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
Also available in Cambridge

Part of the NEW PERSPECTIVES Programme


Artificial Intelligence (AI) seeks to create systems that can learn just like humans. The field is inspired by multiple disciplines; statistics, biology, psychology and computer science, and is continuing to grow in today’s society. The advancement of AI has been fuelled by exponentially growing amounts of data being collected by various systems.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Artificial Intelligence course taught by experts.
  • 17 exciting classes to choose from - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019

Course Summary

Over the last decade, we have seen an upsurge in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Inspired by disciplines in statistics, biology, psychology and computer science, AI continues to proliferate a myriad of applications that aid human life. AI seeks to create systems that can learn just like humans. Fundamentally, AI algorithms can automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. The advancement of AI has been fuelled by exponentially growing amounts of data being collected by various systems. AI algorithms can make automatic inferences inspired by machine perception and an innate ability to recognise complex patterns from data. Consequently, we are poised to enjoy imminent technologies like self-driving cars, personalised medicine and personal household robots owing to successes in the field of AI.

No prior knowledge of AI or computing is required to participate in this course, all students need is an enthusiasm for learning. The course will equip students with relevant knowledge about the history, development and progression of AI and one of its subfields, Machine Learning (ML). Students will learn about key AI techniques, and applications in which they are applied. In doing so, they will be introduced to how machines make predictions and learn to 'think' like humans. This course aims to introduce key theoretical principles that enable AI technologies, namely supervised learning, unsupervised learning, semi-supervised learning and reinforcement learning.

What will you get out of the Artificial Intelligence Summer Course?

By the end of this two-week course, you will understand AI techniques to design and develop computer programs that can perform prediction tasks, for instance predicting stock prices on any exchange platform, and classification tasks, such as object detection. You will have created a real-time object detector that you will have tested on yourself and objects both inside and outside of your classroom. Real-time object detectors make self-driving cars able to 'see' just like humans. You will learn not only to code AI algorithms, but also to train and optimise them. By the end of the course, you will be able to access massive datasets, visualise patterns in them and instantiate ML algorithms that can learn from these datasets for specific applications.

The New Perspectives Programme

This subject is part of the New Perspectives course at Oxford Royale's Oxford summer school.

The New Perspectives summer course, for students aged 13 to 15, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 17+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying New Perspectives in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Click here to apply for the New Perspectives Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No specific experience or skills are expected of students wishing to participate in this course, although a strong command of the English language is vital. We ask students to bring a laptop with them. If any additional course-specific equipment or software is needed, you will be notified in advance.

Choose your options and apply for New Perspectives in Oxford

The New Perspectives programme - our flagship Oxford summer course for 13-15s - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main New Perspectives Programme page

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