ATLANTA — Georgia State University launched a new graduate certificate program in Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems, designed to prepare working professionals to advance their careers in this new and fast-growing field.

The fully online certificate program combines AI and machine learning with cybersecurity and privacy, which are among the most in-demand subfields of computer science.

“While there are many certificates in AI/machine learning and in cybersecurity separately, there’s currently no program in trustworthy AI to the best of our knowledge,” said Daniel Takabi, program director, associate professor of computer science and founding director of the Center for Information Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE).

The complex nature of AI systems creates important challenges, such as safety, security, privacy, fairness, and ethics, that must be addressed to ensure their trustworthiness, which, in turn, will help accelerate their adoption for economic growth and future innovations, Takabi said.

Courses in the certificate program will cover topics, such as robustness, reliability, security, privacy, fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics in AI systems. Students will gain knowledge and skills in trustworthy development, testing, and deployment of AI systems.

Georgia State offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs in computer science, data science, and related topics.

The certificate program can be completed in as little as 21 weeks, with all required courses offered online.

“Georgia State is uniquely positioned to offer this program given the expertise of our faculty in this area,” Takabi said. “The innovative curriculum is developed by several faculty whose work in trustworthy AI has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and Microsoft, among others.”