Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning and Neural Networks

In this course we explain what AI is, how algorithms work, and how you select, train and implement algorithms.



Course Level
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has grown from a promising research field into a widely applied technology in the last few years. Many processes and decisions in our lives are governed by algorithms: from autonomous driving, e-commerce recommendations, traffic predictions to fraud detection. It is important that AI is used correctly, to prevent privacy issues, discriminations and other harm.

In this course you get a hands-on introduction into all aspects of modern AI. You will learn the following:

  • Definition of AI and common usage. Distinction between AI, machine learning, deep learning and classic AI
  • Explanation of rule based systems and limitations
  • Representing data as vectors and manipulating data with linear algebra in python
  • Neural networks
  • Genetic Algorithms
  • The process of training, testing and evaluating algorithms
  • Understanding algorithmic bias and how to ensure the ethical and responsible use of AI. 

The course consists of a combination of lectures, practical sessions using the Python programming language, and group discussions. The course is an extension of a previous Webinar and will also cover the following articles on algorithmic bias and responsible use of AI:

T15 Day-to-day Summerschool-AI-machinelearning-program 2024.pdf

Target audience

Bachelor and Master students from all backgrounds are welcome. It is necessary to have basic mathematics experience (linear algebra) and computer literacy skills . The course includes practical sessions where students will use Python and Jupyter Notebook to complete assignments.

Please note that students should bring their own laptop computer.

A good command of English is absolutely necessary.

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to give students with a Business or Science background an understanding of Artificial Intelligence and help them develop basic AI systems.

Study load

Fifty hours


  • Course fee: €590.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €200
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

The course fee presented applies to all students currently enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni'.

If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for this fee, please include this in your motivation when applying for this course.

If not, the professional fee of €740 is applicable, and will be invoiced and visible for you in your account once you are accepted to the course.

Please note: if you do not provide proof that you are currently enrolled in a bachelor, master or PhD programme or a  'Fresh Alumni', we will charge the ‘professional (higher) fee!

Additional information

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order.