Carnegie Mellon University
October 28, 2022

INI Launches AI Engineering Program in Information Security

By Ann Lyon Ritchie

INI Communications Team

Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute is launching a new graduate program that prepares students for careers at the intersection of information security and the rising realm of artificial intelligence (AI). The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence Engineering – Information Security (MSAIE-IS) is accepting applications for the cohort starting in Fall 2023.

“The INI’s Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence Engineering – Information Security is a first-of-its-kind program to unite these two critical domains at a top-ranking engineering school. MSAIE-IS graduates will fill a need in industry for interdisciplinary technologists,” said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the INI and the Barbara Lazarus Professor of Information Networking.

MSAIE-IS students will gain a deep understanding of AI methods, systems, tool chains and cross-cutting issues, including security, privacy and other ethical, societal and policy challenges. Students will apply AI to the design and implementation of information security systems, including networks, software and services.

“AI creates new opportunities to sift through reams of security data and revolutionize how we do information security. Conversely, the principles of infosec are essential to making AI systems resilient and trustworthy. We have designed the MSAIE-IS program to provide both perspectives,” said David Varodayan, INI associate teaching professor and faculty advisor.

The INI prepares engineers through technical, interdisciplinary programs with business and policy perspectives. The MSAIE-IS students also take a set of core courses taught across the college to AI Engineering graduate students.

The MSAIE-IS is part of a college-wide initiative involving multiple disciplines within CMU’s College of Engineering recognizing the importance AI will play in the future workplace.