Artificial Intelligence

AI for a thriving society

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Series Description

Artificial intelligence (AI) will require the entire workforce to learn new skills, whether it’s to keep up to date with an existing role, or pursuing a new career as a result of automation."

AI specialist is the top emerging job in 2020

The wave of artificial intelligence data and technology sweeping across industry is transforming how we work, how we develop new products and services, how we measure our success, and how we plan for the future. That is why we are creating the most comprehensive AI curriculum in the UC Extension system.

The UCSC Silicon Valley AI curriculum prepares you for today's workforce. We are focusing on providing you hands-on, practical technical skills as well as strategic business acumen to meet a skyrocketing demand for people who understand what it takes to develop and implement AI technology across industry. It is a multi-billion dollar market and growing and we are casting a wide net to ensure the future is created by many for many. Explore our curriculum and learn about the technology and business decisions shaping companies, products, and services for all of us.

UCSC Silicon Valley's unique focus

  • Interactive online classroom with industry leaders
  • Industry-aligned curriculum
  • Cross-industry skills prep
  • Active curriculum guidance and classroom mentorship
  • Tech-focused and business-focused programs
  • Lowered barriers to entry for people interested in learning

AI opens doors—AI for All

As AI reshapes our workforce, costing jobs in many sectors, it will also create many new jobs. We want to make sure everyone is ready for the transition—the technically focused, the business-minded, and the seasoned tech worker—as well as the underrepresented populations that often face high barriers to entry into the well-paying tech workforce.

AI Specializations

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Cost: Varies.
Required Credits: Varied CEUs and UC Credit
Duration: Varies


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Courses
AI, Empathy, and Ethics 1.0 CEUs
AI-Led Enterprise Transformation: Technologies and Use Cases 0.5
Artificial Intelligence for Robotics 1.0 CEUs
Building Integrated AI Applications 3.0 CEUs
Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence with TensorFlow and Keras 3.0
Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining 3.0 +
Natural Language Processing 3.0 CEUs Fall TBD
Predictive Analytics: Applications of Machine Learning 3.0
Python for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Essentials 3.0
The Business of AI 1.5 CEUs Fall TBD

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AI Program Advisory Committee

BIPIN THOMAS, M.S, is the president of ICURO, a Santa Clara-based artificial intelligence (AI) systems company delivering hardware and software integrated solutions for business growth outcomes. He is an award-winning senior executive with 30 years of experience—from strategy through execution of transformational initiatives at Fortune 500 corporations. Thomas is an expert leading the AI paradigm shift in smart manufacturing (or “industry 4.0”), automotive, retail, and healthcare. As the founding chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension AI Program Advisory Board since 2019, he is spearheading the ongoing expansion of UCSC Silicon Valley AI offerings.

AI Program Advisory Committee

PAUL BALDASSARI, Magister (Australia)
EVP of Strategic Programs and Asset Management at Flex

Head of Tech Mahindra
Instructor, AI-Led Enterprise Transformation: Technologies and Use Cases
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Fellow and Cofounder of™
Instructor, Edge Artificial Intelligence Development Capstone
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

Asst. Professor, Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience: Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognition: Fundamental Theories, The Neuroscience of Consciousness
UC Santa Cruz Psychology Department

Director of Software Engineering at AMD

President of ICURO
Instructor, AI-Led Enterprise Transformation: Technologies and Use Cases
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

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