About the Master
This world-class master’s program will prepare the future digital transformation leaders for AI in the public sector. You will learn how to plan, design and use Artificial Intelligence in the delivery of public services, so as to improve the provision, effectiveness and value of these public services as well as the public sector’s capacity by means of an adequate management, knowledge and development of AI-related projects and services.
We expect students that belong to any of the two following groups of professionals:
- Professionals from any discipline (not only Computer Science) aiming to become functional specialists for the implementation of AI-based services in public institutions.
- Staff working in public institutions (civil servants, contractors), aiming to complete their education with practical knowledge on how to implement, manage and govern AI-based services.
The overall expected outcome culminates in the education of functional specialists in the application of AI to public services. A functional specialist in AI and public services will not only understand the foundations and state of the art of AI technologies, but also the full cycle for the development and delivery of public services that make use of AI technologies, including design, development, delivery and evaluation.
The core objectives of this program are providing education on: (i) the management of AI-based public services, (ii) the usage of AI in public administration’s operations, and (iii) the governance of AI in the public sector and for the delivery of public services to society.
Understand the potential of data
Know and understand the potential of data to create public services, and be able to critically assess social and ethical impacts:
- Understand datasets (quality, appropriateness, value, cost, etc.)
- Learn how to operate with data and to manipulate data to extract insights for design
Understand what AI can do
Understand what AI can currently do, what the different applicative domains are with a specific focus on governance with AI, and what features it can have:
- Understand the state-of-the-art of AI and the available market solutions with a level deep enough to commission implementation.
Propose practical AI projects
Analyse, design, plan, implement and evaluate practical AI projects for an up-to-date range of public services:
- Develop strategic management abilities for AI-based projects
- Learn how to analyse and propose AI-driven concepts for governance and public services
Be able to commission/buy AI-based systems
Be able to commission/buy AI-based systems to companies and experts, and evaluate and analyse their performance and quality:
- Learn how to manage innovative procurement and public-private partnership in public services design and delivery.
- Learn how to evaluate the quality of the commissioned implementations.
Make informed judgements on AI
Get the ability to think critically and analyse different use cases for AI delivery through public services in society:
- Ability to create public value through innovative design and implement AI-based projects
Acquire project groupwork and communication skills
Working autonomously and in groups, students will develop the ability to present and discuss their ideas and the attitude to negotiate in teamwork
Our core team belongs to four institutions with a long outstanding record in the research, development and delivery of AI technologies and services, as well as public services across EU-based institutions at the local, regional, national and international levels. We belong to four European universities: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain, Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) in Italy, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) in Germany, and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia.
Lectures will not only be taught by members of these institutions, but also by other professionals with a large experience in the deploynment of public services in institutions worldwide
Claudio Feijoo (UPM)AI4Gov Project Coordinator
Gianluca Misuraca (UPM)Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Marzia Mortati (PoliMi)Master Vicedirector email@example.com
Oscar Corcho (UPM)Academic Director at UPM
Francesca Rizzo (PoliMi)Academic Director at PoliMi
Philipp Dumbach (FAU)Academic Director at FAU
Gunnar Piho (TALTECH)Academic Director at TALTECH
Alessandro Deserti (PoliMi)
Ingrid Pappel (TALTECH)
Pirjo-Andra Põõsaste (TALTECH)
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section we provide answers for the most frequent questions that our prospective students have asked.
What is the expected duration of the course
The first edition of the Master will run from the beginning of October 2021 (01 October 2021) to mid July 2022.
How many credits (ECTS) does the Master correspond to
The Master corresponds to a total amount of 60 ECTS, distributed across all the courses.
What are the fees for the following course?
The total tuition fees for the Master in future courses will be approximately of 17.000 euros. However, for this course 2021-2022 those tuition fees will be only of 2.400 euros, given the fact that the creation of materials for the Master is being funded by the CEF-Telecom programme. A small additional charge will be required for administrative costs and diploma generation once the course is completed. Furthermore, we will offer grants to approximately 15 students, so that their tuition fees are covered.
Are there any other costs associated to participating in the course?
We will ask students to participate in three physical events, of a weekend each, around November 2021 (end of module 1), February 2022 (end of practical use case 1) and July 2022 (end of the master), in Madrid, Milan and another European place to be decided later, as long as COVID-19 restrictions allow for it. You will only be expected to pay for your travel costs. Your accommodation, food costs, etc., will be fully covered by the master.
Will I get an official title from any of the universities involved in the Master?
Upon the successful completion of all the activities in the Master you will receive a joint certificate from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Politecnico di Milano.
What is exactly the title awarded to who finishes the master?
You will be awarded a joint title from UPM and PoliMi that corresponds to a Master of 60 ECTS. More particularly, in the Spanish system this corresponds to a "Máster (título propio) por la UPM" and in the Italian system it would correspond to a "master di primo livello da PoliMi".
How many students do you foresee for the first edition of the Master?
We expect a range of 40 to 50 students.
Will there be any exam?
The educational methodology of the Master is centered around project-based learning. Therefore, there will be some tests during the first modules and continuous checkpoints by mentors during the courses, including oral presentations, and especially during the activities associated to the different projects.
Can I participate in the Master part-time?
We assume that most of the students will be working while they take part in the Master, and hence most interactive activities will be done on Friday evenings and Saturdays. That said, we expect students to be able to finish the Master during this academic course, so for this first edition we will only accept those students that are confident in finishing during this academic course. In future editions we may consider part-time options.
When should I register and which documentation will you ask for?
There will be a two-stage application process. Firstly, you need to send us a simple application form (which will be available shortly) with your CV and a letter describing your interest in the Master's course before the start of the course (exact dates will be advised) by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The sooner you send it to us, the sooner we will let you know our decision. If you are accepted, you will be redirected to the official UPM registration system, where you will have to fill in your details, you will be asked for proof of your previous qualifications and you will be provided with your payment details.
Applications for the Master will follow these steps.
- First, you will have to provide via this form some basic information from you, including:
- A 1-page document describing your interest in the master.
- A short CV (maxium 2 pages)
- The academic commission of the master will review the applications received in batches, every 2 weeks, letting you know whether your application is accepted, discarded or kept in the reserve list.
- If accepted by the academic commission, then you will have to register through the official registration system setup by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, whose link will be provided to you together with the acceptance letter.
You can contact the academic directors of the Master preferably by e-mail (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone, as specified above. Should you wish to visit us, our main office is based on the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the ETSI Informáticos of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in Boadilla del Monte
Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial. ETSI Informáticos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Campus de Montegancedo sn, Boadilla del Monte, Spain
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