Why Enrollment is Surging in Machine Learning Classes

Machine learning is sweeping through industries, transforming scientific research and already changing aspects of everyday life, making the impossible possible. No wonder university students are flocking to it. Enrollment in machine learning classes is soaring, and universities are scrambling to add classes to meet an unprecedented demand. Comprehensive figures aren’t available for U.S. machine learning enrollment or degrees, but all evidence points to dramatic growth. In a survey of more than a half dozen universities, all reported sharp increases in students pursuing the field. “At its highest level, machine learning is about understanding the world through data,” said Geoffrey Gordon, acting chair of Carnegie Mellon University’s Machine Learning Department. “Anything you can think of — public policy, finance, automobiles and robotics, for example — there’s a role for machine learning.” 600%…


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