A new course in computer science and artificial intelligence, a major overhaul of one of the oldest, most fundamental engineering courses in the world, has taken shape.
The course was created by the Difa Engineering Education Initiative, a program of the National Center for Advanced Placement (NCAP) that teaches more than 4,000 students in computer-related disciplines in schools nationwide.
The new course is called the “Difa Computer Series” and is a major undertaking, the initiative’s director, Chris Jobe, said.
The first course was taught by students at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Difa engineers have spent decades developing and refining this course, which takes students through advanced topics in artificial intelligence and computer programming.
The second course, “The Difa Programming Language” is taught by professors from Carnegie Mellon University.
The first two courses in this series are taught by faculty at the University of Michigan and Harvard.
The DIFA courses will be taught in partnership with the universities.
The DIFA program’s goal is to expand its courses to a dozen schools by 2020, Jobe said.
The effort has attracted more than 1,000 applications from more than 500 universities, including more than 100 that were finalists in the NCAP’s 2018 computer science rankings.
“I’m really proud of our students, their dedication to their education, and their dedication and commitment to learning,” Jobe told The Associated Press.
“The Difas programming language is the most advanced programming language I’ve ever seen,” he added.
The two courses are designed to take the focus off of engineering and concentrate on learning how to build complex systems.
Jobe said the new curriculum focuses on making the programming language easy to understand.
“It’s a very simple language that’s very well-understood,” he said.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work with the compiler and the compiler’s the one that’s responsible for making the code more understandable,” Jobo said.
“The programming language itself is a bit more complex than what’s usually taught in the school system.”
The program’s first year was open to all, with about 70 students taking the new course this year.
In 2019, the number rose to about 90 students.
In the past, the Difa course was held in the fall and summer.
This year, it was held during the summer months.
The initiative also plans to teach a second Difa course next year.
The program is part of a broader effort by Difa to diversify the curriculum and increase diversity.
Jobe also said he is working to make Difa’s students a diverse group.
“That’s the goal, that’s the way we’re going to continue to improve,” Jabe said.
He said he hopes to have a new class every year.
The program will also be open to a wider range of students, including those who are not engineering majors.
Difa has not released the number of students who have taken the new Difa programming language course.
It’s unclear how many students have taken it so far.