Computational thinking, programming, and algorithms form the basic of many of the things that are shaping our world, the way we work, interact, organize ourselves, and even spend our free time with social networks, streaming media, and games. And this transformation is far from being complete, it is rather beginning. Artificial intelligence, crypto money, deep fake and mage processing are keywords that we hear almost everyday on the news for their capability in effects on our everyday life.
The current edges of computer science
In the last years computer science has created high levels of abstraction resulting in programming languages like Python that, in turn, boosted the current success of artificial intelligence. There have been remarkable successes with computer science methods that have been covered in detail by the media, for example, the first artificial intelligent system (AlphaGo) to beat human Go world champions, a game that only ten years ago was considered as too complex for modern computers. Another popular success is the introduction of blockchains, with enormous impact not only on the financial world with the introduction of crypto currencies, but also the legal one with smart contracts. Computer science methods are more and more used in practice, very often in an interdisciplinary context, together with Chemistry, Physics, Logistics, Engineering, Economics and even Social Sciences and Humanities. They are not only used to determine what you see in Facebook or Instagram or what you are recommended to buy on Amazon or other online shops, they find you the way on Google maps or personalize your music listening experience, but are also needed to make new medicines or design new engines, or assist you with steering a vehicle (or completely take over themselves)
Our program will give you a good idea of some of the current computer science methods and of their practical applications.
About the lectures
All lectures in this programme are given in English.
The credit value of active participation in the PRE-programme is 25 studielasturen.
Registration and admission
Who can apply?
Pupils from 5 and 6 vwo are welcome to apply.
Write a letter of intent to tell us about yourself and, in particular, why you would like to take part in this programme. Please restrict your letter, in English, to about 300 words or one page of A4. The deadline for signing up is 7 november, before 10:00 AM. Check out Aanmelding & selectie for more information about the registration procedures.
The maximum number of students selected for the programme will be 24.