This course will provide an introduction to artificial intelligence. In particular,
we will be taking an empirical approach: how can we have a computer act rationally? We
will study both local and global search techniques for problem solving, automated logical
reasoning, statistical machine learning, and complex adaptive systems.
This course will require experience in programming equivalent to that from CSC 207 and 234. You
may program the solutions in the language of your choice (Python or Java).
CSC 234 or permission of instructor.
Quizzes and Participation
You are encouraged to attend class and participate in discussions.
Active participation in class discussions and short quizzes will
comprise 5% of your final grade.
You will be expected to sign up for a Twitter account and
use it regularly to post status updates about the class and your progress in labs and projects
with the #csc440 hashtag.
Extra credit for this course can be earned by participating in the
Centenary Math Problem of the Week
(POTW). Each reasonable submission will be worth an
additional 0.5% toward your final grade, CC me with your submission for credit.
Centenary assures students with disabilities equal opportunity to reach the same level of
achievement as other students. Strict confidentiality will be maintained on students with
disabilities. Services for students with disabilities are available through the Counseling
Center, located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall, phone (318) 869-5424.
All students are bound by the Honor System. The Honor System is applicable to all academic
work. See the Centenary College Handbook
for the complete Honor Code
Extensions and rescheduling for labs, projects, exams and quizzes are only given when
circumstances beyond your control (e.g. being sick, choir or sports travel)
prevent you from completing a project on time. You must notify me either by
email or phone of your circumstances well in advance of the due date.
No extensions are given for requests made within three days of the due date.
We will be covering pieces of the textbook, Chapters 1-5, 7-9 and 18, 19, 21, 25-27.
We will also be using additional supplemental material such as relevant web-pages
and background material.
Readings will be assigned before material will be covered in class. You are expected
to review the material and come to class prepared. As additional readings are assigned,
they will be posted
- Chapter 1, 2 - Introduction and Rational Agents
- Chapter 3 - Search and Problem Solving
- Chapter 3 - Informed Search
- Chapter 5 - Game Playing
- Chapter 4 - Simulated Annealing and Genetic Algorithms
- Chapter 18 - Decision Trees, Neural Networks, Ensembles
- Chapter 21 - Reinforcement Learning
- Chapter 25 - Robotics
- Chapter 26, 27 - Wrapup
- Chapter 7 - Propositional Logic, Soundness and Completeness
- Chapter 8 - First-Order Logic
- Chapter 9 - Inference, Prolog
- Chapter 19 - Inductive Logic Programming
You will have small Homeworks in this course, one about every two weeks, for a total of
37% of your final grade. These homeworks will cover concepts we have
discussed in class, and will be due approximately two to three weeks
after they are assigned.
You may work individually on these homeworks or in small groups of no more than 2.
You may discuss concepts and ideas with other classmates, but the code you turn in
must be your own. You will be graded not only on correctness, but also technique,
documentation and evaluation
of your solution. Further details on the grading standards
for each project will be given when they are assigned.
The purpose of this project is to improve your research, writing and communication
skills as well as give you an opportunity to explore in-depth a particular area of
artificial intelligence, especially how it can be applied to other domains.
You will gain a grasp of the state-of-the-art artificial intelligence research in
your particular topic and share this with the rest of the class through a paper /
web-page and a presentation.
More details of the project will be posted here as the semester progresses.
Final presentations will be on Monday, December 13th at 8-11am.
There will be three take-home exams, each worth 11% your final grade.
- Exam 1 covering Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5
- Exam 2 covering Chapters 4, 18
- Exam 3 covering Chapters 19, 21, 25
Your final grade for this course will be based on the Homework, Project, Exams and
Participation described above.
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