Artificial Intelligence & Applications (MSc)Dimeji Oladepo

Growing up in the city of Ibadan in southwestern Nigeria, Dimeji realised that technology could help to make people's lives better. This inspired him to study electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Ibadan, where he became interested in data science and artificial intelligence. 

What were your reasons for taking on a postgraduate degree?
During the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, I realised that the world was shifting into the 5th Industrial Revolution, where data-centric technologies such as AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data would be the global economy's driving force. After the pandemic, I decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence to equip myself with the knowledge to help build this future and improve global social and economic value creation.

How did you make the decision to study at Strathclyde?
The University of Strathclyde is one of the UK's highest-ranked universities offering an artificial intelligence MSc programme. More than this, they have fabled alumni such as Prof Jim McDonald and Dr Charles Huang, renowned globally in engineering and business. This inspired my decision to come and study at the University of Strathclyde.

What did you like about your course and Strathclyde?
The best part of my MSc experience was the people I had the chance to meet and build connections with. I had a chance to rub minds with the smartest people from around the world in a classroom. I also liked that the staff were open and always available to help. Finally, I loved my project experience, which allowed me to choose something I really liked – Amapiano Music, and develop a prototype that can be used to generate new sounds.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills did you develop whilst studying the course?
During my MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Applications at the University of Strathclyde, I acquired diverse skills crucial for today's technology landscape. From advanced machine learning and natural language processing to big data analytics and deep learning, the programme equipped me with the expertise to tackle complex challenges. I delved into AI theory and ethical considerations, ensuring responsible application. The hands-on experience in project management, research, and innovation fostered a well-rounded skill set. As the Course and Faculty Representative, I enhanced my leadership, collaborative and communication abilities and represented my peers in crucial discussions, contributing to a vibrant academic community.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
My future ambitions are centred around making meaningful contributions to artificial intelligence and advancing technology for societal benefit. My time at Strathclyde has been instrumental in shaping these aspirations. The diverse and challenging curriculum and hands-on projects have whet my technical skills and problem-solving abilities. Engaging with global peers has broadened my perspective, fostering a collaborative approach to innovation.

Additionally, my Course and Faculty Representative roles added valuable leadership and communication dimensions to my skill set. Armed with this comprehensive foundation, I am well-prepared to embark on a career path where I can apply cutting-edge AI solutions to address real-world challenges and contribute to the ongoing evolution of the technology landscape.

What's your favourite thing about Glasgow?
Glasgow has a rich architectural history and vibrant atmosphere and has become a city close to my heart. From Kelvingrove to Paisley, Glasgow's scale was initially surprising but quickly grew on me. The city's expansive nature brings a refreshing sense of openness, and its dynamic cultural scene ensures there's always something happening. Glasgow has become my second home, where every corner tells a story, and every moment is an opportunity to experience something new.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study at Strathclyde?
To anyone thinking of studying at Strathclyde, I'd say go for it! The University offers an excellent environment for learning and growing. The courses are top-notch, the staff are supportive, and you connect with brilliant minds from around the world. Glasgow, as a city, is vibrant and has a lot to offer. The mix of traditional and modern is unique, and there's always something exciting happening. It's an experience that not only enhances your academic journey but also enriches your life in unexpected ways. So, if you're ready for a fantastic adventure, Strathclyde is the place to be!