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Swinburne, IBM team up to deliver AI study course

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Swinburne University has partnered with IBM Research Australia to deliver a unit on artificial intelligence (AI) as part of Australia’s first Master of Financial Technologies.

The new unit - ‘Artificial Intelligence and Insights’ - will commence in Semester Two 2020 as part of the Master of FinTech – which Swinburne says is the first postgraduate program of its kind in Australia.

Director of the Master of FinTech, Dr Dimitrios Salampasis, says Swinburne is honoured to partner with a world leader in information technology and AI.

“IBM is a global and forward-thinking technology leader driven by expertise, an innovative mindset and global technological savviness in designing and building next-generation systems that transform industries around the globe,” Dr Salampasis says.

“AI and machine learning skills are fundamental core skills that employers now seek in their employees across many industries.”

The unit is designed to help students understand the characteristics and functionalities of technologies like AI and how they are changing jobs and services in the financial sector.

“For instance, if you walk into a bank and talk to a chatbot or a machine, there is a whole structure behind it that many people don’t understand,” Dr Salampasis says.

“The biggest mission of this unit and degree is for it to be a real eye-opener, to help students understand the mechanisms and technologies behind the innovative services and products we have.”

As part of the unit, students will be taught to critically evaluate the role of AI in various contexts related to financial services and shown how to apply appropriate techniques and tools to solve financial service problems.

And students will also learn coding basics and gain experience working with data in an AI-driven environment.

Dr Salampasis says the exposure to cutting-edge technological developments, and insight into IBM’s way of thinking and problem-solving, will be valuable for students’ long term career prospects.

“Through this partnership, IBM is essentially helping us create the talent that they can use or tap into in the future,” he says.

Dr Salampasis says co-creation is about safeguarding and securing the relevance of what Swinburne teaches.

“This model makes sure our course content is up-to-date and reflects the latest research, insights and technological advances,” he says.

“The co-creation model takes many forms such as sharing of capabilities, technologies, facilities or platforms between the two partners, the contribution of real-life case studies from industry or the supply of guest speakers for lectures.”

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