16.124 new MA programmes, Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam)

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 124.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 07:25:10 +0100
             From: schut@cs.vu.nl (Schut Martijn)
             Subject: Master programmes at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam


         **New** Master programmes at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam


    >From September 2002 onwards, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers
    new two-years Master of Science programmes in

    * Organisation Dynamics and Self Organisation
    * Knowledge Technology and Management
    * Intelligent Internet Applications

    These programmes have all been developed with the idea in mind of
    educating people to be knowledgeable in and sympathetic to a wide
    variety of fields and techniques within the different programme
    areas. The programmes emphasise the combination of developing
    theoretical insight, the ability to form a practical perspective on
    the learned theoretical techniques, and to consequently apply acquired
    theoretical insight in practice. Our Master programmes are open to
    people from a wide variety of disciplines, having minimally obtained
    an HBO or University Bacholor degree, or 'Drs' diploma. The programmes
    are full time studies, but it is possible for students to plan their
    studies in part time.

    == Overview ===========================================

    Currently, organisations become increasingly more dynamic,
    informational and knowledge intensive. The incorporation of the
    internet as to extending and replacing conventional organisational
    services with digital information services, is an important reason for
    the increase in these factors. Within our Master programmes

    * Organisation Dynamics and Self Organisation
    * Knowledge Technology and Management
    * Intelligent Internet Applications

    we offer the possibility to learn about novel developments in the
    multi-disciplinary information sciences that have recently had many
    important practical implications. As to the dynamics of organisations,
    we mention the management sciences that incorporate organisational
    concepts from the study of organisms, the brain, chaos and
    complexity. As to knowledge technology, this area has proven its
    successfulness by the deliverance of knowledge-based systems and, more
    recently, the "next-generation" semantic world wide web. For internet
    applications, the concepts of intelligent agents and multi-agent
    systems have contributed to the advancement of using artificial
    intelligence techniques in upcoming generations of the internet.

    == Programmes =========================================

    Organisation Dynamics and Self Organisation
    This multi-displinary Master programme focuses on the study of
    organisations, their dynamics, and the emergence of organisational
    structures. The curriculum contains courses taught in the Faculty of
    Social Sciences and the Department of Biology.

    The focus in the multi-disciplinary studies as contained in this
    programme, is on the analysis and modeling of, and simulating and
    experimenting with organised dynamic processes. The research
    disciplines as studied are from artificial intelligence, biology,
    social sciences, economics, and computer science. The curriculum
    includes lectures and practical work (some of which are subject to
    choice) in topics as datamining, modeling and simulation of
    organisations, organisation theory, economic models, evolution
    biology, evolutionairy genetics, neurobiology of behaviour and
    organisational behaviour.

    This programme is under responsibility of prof.dr. Jan Treur and
    prof.dr. Guszti Eiben.

    Knowledge Technology and Management
    This Master programme concentrates on knowledge, its structure and
    applications. It focuses on both the organisational aspects of
    knowledge management, as well as the technical aspects of designing
    and building knowledge-based systems.

    Companies that subscribe the significance of automating knowledge that
    is available within the organisation, often incorporate knowledge
    acquisition and modelling techniques from the research area of
    artificial intelligence to perform this automation. The management of
    knowledge in such an automated fashion is one of the key issues of
    this Master programme. As such, elements from economics and psychology
    (management and organisation, organisation psychology, knowledge
    models) are studied. A second issue of interest is knowledge
    technology, in which people are to be supported by automated
    knowledge-based systems. Techniques from knowledge acquisition,
    knowledge representation, software engineering and human computer
    interaction are taking part in this process. Finally, the world wide
    web is a development inherent related to the importance of knowledge
    as a production factor in companies. Incorporating knowledge in the
    world wide web requires the study of knowledge management and
    technology with respect to the development of the next web

    This programme is under responsibility of prof.dr. Frank van Harmelen.

    Intelligent Internet Applications
    In this Master programme, the focus is on the way that Artificial
    Intelligence techniques can play an important role in the context of
    the current and upcoming generations of the Internet.

    This programme contains elements so that the student has a good
    overview of the contemporary literature regarding applications of
    intelligent web-sites and intelligent agents on the Internet. The
    student learns techniques and methods from Artificial Intelligence
    that are used in Internet applications and is a capable designer of
    intelligent web-sites applications based on intelligent agents.
    Examples of such intelligent applications are knowledge-based advisory
    systems that are integrated within intelligent websites, intelligent
    agents that are active on the Internet (e.g., search-bots, personal
    assistants of e-shops), and various advancements of the Semantic
    Web. Subjects that characterise this Master programme are Intelligent
    Internet Applications, E-commerce, User Interface Design and
    Intelligent Interactive Distributed Systems.

    This Master programme is under responsibility of prof.dr. Frank van
    Harmelen, prof.dr. Jan Treur, and dr. Catholijn Jonker.

    Other programmes
    Besides these Master programmes, the Department of Artificial
    Intelligence at the Vrije Universiteit offers a Master programme in
    cognitive science and interdisciplinary programmes with linguistics
    and law. The Cognitive Science programme is built around the study of
    behaviour and cognition and the curriculum is mainly provided by the
    Department of Cognitive Psychology, in cooperation with the Department
    of Artificial Intelligence. In the interdisciplinary programmes,
    courses are followed at the Faculty of Linguistics and the Faculty of
    Law, respectively.

    == Admission ===========================================

    For the Master programmes

        Organisation dynamics and self organisation
        Knowledge technology and management
        Intelligent internet applications
        Cognitive Science
        Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics
        Artificial Intelligence and Law

    students may enroll who have a Bachelor or Drs diploma in Artificial
    Intelligence obtained at a dutch institute (Utrecht, Nijmegen,
    Amsterdam (VU, UvA), Groningen, Maastricht).

    The programmes are also open to people with other diplomas, University
    or HBO, who are kindly invited to contact us if interested in
    following a Master programme at our Department.

    == Contact information ================================

    For more information on the Master programmes, contact:
        dr. Martijn Schut
        Department of Artificial Intelligence
        Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
        De Boelelaan 1081a
        1081 HV Amsterdam
        The Netherlands
        tel: +31 20 44 47668 / +31 20 44 47700
        fax: +31 20 44 47653
        email: schut@cs.vu.nl

    == More information ===================================

    More detailed information on the Master AI Programmes can be
    found at the following website:


    More general information on our Department can be found at
    the departmental website:


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