IBM Announces the AI Nanodegree with Udacity and Free Access for Universities to the Complete IBM Bluemix Portfolio Including IBM Watson Technology

IBM Announces the AI Nanodegree with Udacity and Free Access for Universities to the Complete IBM Bluemix Portfolio Including IBM Watson Technology

Bangkok, Thailand — 27 OCT 2016: IBM today announced with Udacity the introduction of a Nanodegree program that incorporates expertise from IBM Watson and covers the basics of artificial intelligence. The “AI Nanodegree” program will be helpful for those looking to establish a foundational understanding of artificial intelligence. IBM will also help aid graduates of this program with identifying job opportunities.

Nanodegree programs offer unique, hands-on learning opportunities for students to master critical skills in cutting-edge fields, while simultaneously building up project-based portfolios of work that demonstrate those skills for future employers.

The AI Nanodegree will guide students through courses and projects on different aspects of artificial intelligence, such as:

  • Game playing/search
  • Logic and planning
  • Probabilistic inference
  • Computer vision
  • Cognitive systems
  • Natural language processing

IBM experts have collaborated with Udacity on the curriculum for a number of these courses and provided supporting guidance on how Watson works and aligns with the Nanodegree objectives. The courses will include online videos of these experts leading exercises that cover the core concepts of Watson. The Nanodegree will also feature capstone projects for students to demonstrate their mastery of the skills and techniques taught.

The AI Nanodegree is comprised of two, 13-week terms, the first of which will open in early 2017. Upon completing the program, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of artificial intelligence as an area of continued study
  • Become grounded in the basic mathematical and technical competencies needed to participate meaningfully in the AI community
  • Be able to write programs to solve computational problems important in AI

Teaching the Next Generation of Builders

To continue on this commitment, IBM also announces another new program geared at college students that we’ve launched with Kivuto Solutions, an academic software distributor. Via Kivuto’s popular digital resource management platform, students and academics around the world will now gain free access to the complete IBM Bluemix Portfolio — and specifically, Watson. This offers students and faculty at any accredited university – as well as community colleges and high schools with STEM programs – an easy way to tap into Watson services. Through this access, teachers will also gain a better means to create curriculum around subjects like AI.

Starting today, students and teachers can register online using their academic credentials, download IBM software and secure Bluemix promotion codes that enable them to access our suite of cognitive services available through the Watson platform. They will receive six months’ worth of free access and then can renew their access at no cost while they are enrolled at the university. Faculty receive 12 months of free access.

For academic faculty, we have gone a step further and are now providing them access to specialized IBM courseware, including labs, exercises and answer sheets for use in classes or lectures. For both groups, our goal was simple – to provide fast, easy and free access to a huge portfolio of tools and resources that will enable them to tap into the power of cognitive computing.

All of the software and products available through the IBM Academic Initiative can be accessed through the OnTheHub IBM Academic Initiative page, a digital storefront of IBM’s offerings including, of course, Watson.