SIAI Motto: Rerum Cognoscere Causas

‘Rerum Cognoscere Causas’ is an expression sourced from “Georgics” (29 BC). To be more specific, “Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas” is verse 490 of Book 2 of the “Georgics” (29 BC), by the Latin poet Virgil (70 – 19 BC).

It means knowing the causes of things that has been the motto of many supreme quality higher education. The motto has been chosen by the founding members of SIAI by the same spirit of other prestigious universities in the world. We want students to learn the causes of things, like theories, statements, agendas, and even everyday articles.

Right after the hype created by Alpha-Go in 2017, many practitioners thought that scientific studies will be replaced by machines and machine-based computer programs. Founders of SIAI knew that it was just a non-linear pattern recognition algorithm that human race still has far away to go when it comes to what ‘dreamers’ call ‘Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)’. To be able to better use of a variety of non-linear algorithms, we still have to learn painstaking math and science to understand how the computer-based calculation models work.

The line of study, known as Artificial Intelligence, is in fact one of the many applications of computational statistics, the technical method of which is a day-to-day tool for studies computational science, such as computer science, natural science, financial engineering/mathematics, and all other disciplines that rely less on analytic solutions but more on computer solutions. The school is established to enlighten people to understand that, for computational science, just like all other scientific disciplines, we have to learn from basic materials like mathematics and statistics. By that, we have chosen the motto as ‘Rerum Cognoscere Causas’. We want students to learn from basics and become well aware of scientific theories by combining basic building blocks. The process has helped founders to be successful in academic and business careers and we want the same process to be replicated by SIAI students.