Computer software and theory are the second-level disciplines under the first-level discipline "Computer Science and Technology." This specialty is characterized by "artificial intelligence", aiming at cultivating high-quality graduate students who master the basic theories and research methods of computer software and theory, and master the emerging "artificial intelligence" technology. The enrollment targets are mainly undergraduate graduates in computer science and technology, mathematics, electronic information, and communication engineering. Core courses include: object-oriented programming, advanced algorithm analysis, artificial intelligence, software engineering, information security, machine learning, image processing, computer vision, big data analysis, natural language processing, and more. After graduation, students can go to research institutions, financial institutions, and enterprises and institutions for research and development. The main research directions of this major are:
a. Basic theory of artificial intelligence: Research and exploration of some basic theories in the field of artificial intelligence, including: basic theory of deep learning, complex network optimization, evolutionary computation, and group intelligence.
b. Intelligent Finance: relying on the advantages of the “Great Finance” discipline of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and using artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain as the main technologies, research methods and applications to improve the efficiency of financial services. The main methods include: natural language processing, pattern recognition, financial time series analysis and so on. Specific applications include: identity authentication in the financial sector, scenario understanding, smart investment, quantitative transactions, credit analysis and risk management.