How can artificial intelligence improve your business?


Are you aware of your potential in the artificial intelligence (AI) area and need help to define your strategy? You now have a solution. The Idiap Research Institute, the Swiss Distance Learning University and the Canton of Valais proudly present a unique, made to measure, cutting-edge programme.

This programme offers a unique opportunity to define which artificial intelligence areas make sense for your business. At the same time, it provides you with the skills you need to develop your AI strategy. This exclusive mix of  expert support and skills acquisition through theoretical training courses at the highest level answers your needs to acquire knowledge and talent in artificial intelligence.

The Idiap artificial intelligence and technology transfer experts advise, support and guide you. Their expertise covers a broad range of fields such as data analysis, robotics, biometrics, machine and language learning, signal and image processing or computer vision, to name but a few.

Your AI manager and employee acquires the necessary skills within the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence education programme. Most courses take place online for maximum flexibility. The Swiss Distance Learning University experts provide state-of-the-art e-learning technology, pedagogical support and skills to guarantee the best possible online learning quality and experience.


How does it work?

As an  innovative curriculum, the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence combines top theoretical training with the development of a professional on-the-job project.

Your employee will dedicate 40% of her/his time to work on your AI strategy and the development of an AI project under the guidance and with the support of the Idiap artificial intelligence researchers and experts.

She/he will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to define an AI vision for your company, as well as complete a related project. At the end of the programme, you get a tailor-made AI strategy and incredible experience and know-how. As for your employee, he/she gets expert skills and an internationally recognised Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence.

The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is unique as it offers:

  • A strong, innovative combination of professional project management support and top AI theoretical training
  • The expertise of Idiap’ AI scientific and technology transfer teams who provide project guidance and support to both you and your employee enrolled into the master programme
  • The expertise of the Swiss Distance Learning University academic and online education teams who provide state-of-the art expertise in distance learning
  • A top training programme focusing on 14 high-tech modules that provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge in artificial intelligence such as signal processing, machine learning, robotics, image and speech processing, etc.


Who are your partners?

The Idiap Research Institute is one of the world leaders in the area of artificial intelligence. It is an independent, non-profit foundation specialised in technology transfer activities. It is in charge of the project management and training aspects of the programme.

Swiss Distance Learning University is the leading online university in Switzerland. It is in charge of the e-learning technology and the academic content of the programme and guarantees the ECTS credits. It offers an internationally recognized diploma.

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How do I proceed?

Are you interested in this programme? Here is how you can enter it:

  • Define the scope of your interest in AI (we can help)
  • Select the employee who will define and manage the project and meets the application requirements (i.e. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent degree)
  • Ask your employee to register in the Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence. She/he will have to give proof that he/she is employed by you.
  • Finance the training and project management costs

You do not have a clear vision on how to use your AI potential nor an employee who can enter the programme? We’re here to help. Please contact us.


How much does the programme cost?

The costs per term (3 terms in total) are:

  • CHF 2’000 training and tuition fees
  • CHF 6’000 project management fees (covering project-tailored support and guidance by the Idiap experts)

The enroled employee must be paid at least CHF 36'000.- per year.

You will receive the CHF 6000 project management invoice. Your employee, who enrols into the programme as a student, will receive the training and tuition fees invoice. Payment of the latter will be organised between you and your employee on the basis of your agreement.

The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence is sponsored by the State of Valais and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs supports this programme.


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