2024-06-20

Zeppelin University introduces the basics of artificial intelligence as a compulsory course

KI Bild Prompt: "a course at a university in which artificial intelligence is taught"

There are very few compulsory courses at ZU. The introduction of a compulsory course is therefore a significant step. Since the world is hardly conceivable without AI, a basic understanding of AI is also of central importance in humanities education.


"AI will influence us in all areas of life, both at work and at home. Be it at the doctor's, in the workshop, in hobbies or in retirement planning," explains Prof. Steffen Eckhard, who developed the basic course together with Prof. Matthias Weiss. "That's why it's crucial for us that our students deal with this systematically." This guarantees that Zeppelin University graduates are prepared for the demands of future professional life.

The basic course teaches how AI works: What statistical models underlie AI? What kind of data does it work with and how does it process this data? How does it arrive at results? And last but not least: How can the results be evaluated? Are they correct or incorrect? Can the results be trusted? These days, a lot of decisions that affect people are made on the basis of this evaluation.


Developments in the AI sector are also rapid. It is constantly necessary to deal with new offers. This costs time and energy, criticizes Prof. Matthias Weiss and adds: "With the basic course, we are creating a foundation of knowledge that enables students to keep pace with AI developments in the long term without having to constantly acquire new knowledge."


Interview: Not knowing how AI works is dangerous

Prof. Matthias Weiss and Prof. Steffen Eckhard (r.)
Prof. Matthias Weiss and Prof. Steffen Eckhard (r.)

Read more about the background to ZU's decision to introduce a compulsory basic course on artificial intelligence in an interview with Prof. Matthias Weiss and Prof. Steffen Eckhard on ZU|Daily (German language only):

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