Artificial Intelligence (CPS 570), Fall 2014

Basics
WF 10:05-11:20, LSRC D106
Instructor: Vincent Conitzer (please call me Vince). Office hours: Monday 8:45-10am (LSRC D207), Wednesday 11:20-11:40am (catch me right after class), Friday 11:20-11:45am (catch me right after class).
Teaching Assistant: Andrew Kephart. Office hour: Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm in LSRC D301, and by appointment.
Textbook: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig.

Prerequisites
comfortable programming in language such as C (or C++) or Java
some knowledge of algorithmic concepts such as running times of algorithms; having some rough idea of what NP-hard means
some familiarity with probability (we will go over this from the beginning but we will cover the basics only briefly)
not scared of mathematics, some background in discrete mathematics, able to do simple mathematical proofs

If you do not have a standard undergraduate computer science background, the course may still be appropriate for you, but talk to me first. Well-prepared undergraduates are certainly welcome.

You do not need to have taken an undergraduate AI course (though of course it will help if you have).

Grading
Assignments: 35%
Midterm exams: 30%
Final exam: 30%
Participation: 5%

For a quals pass, you need a B+ grade or higher in the course. If you want to take the qualifying exam, it will be on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9am-noon, LSRC D106.

For the homework assignments, you may discuss them with another person, but you should do your own writeup, programming, etc. This also means that you should not take extremely detailed notes during your meeting with the other person; if you can't remember what you talked about, you probably didn't really understand it...

Schedule
I have not taught this course for a while so we will be flexible with the schedule. Each topic will probably take a number of lectures to finish.

Sometimes, a book chapter will include more information than what we cover in class; in those cases, for the purpose of exams, you are only responsible for what we covered in class.

For your convenience there are links to chapters that are available online (which would be useful if you have an old edition of the book; the chapter correspondence is here).

Date Topic Materials
8/27 Introduction. Chapter 1.
Introduction slides: ppt, pdf.
8/29-9/12 Search. Constraint satisfaction and optimization problems. Chapters 3, 4, 5.
Search slides: ppt, pdf.
More search slides: ppt, pdf.
For more about linear and integer programming, you can go to the website of a course I taught recently; especially the introduction and branch and bound lecture notes might be useful.
Homework 1. Helper files: knight distances.
9/17, 9/19 Game playing. Chapter 6.
Slides: ppt, pdf.
9/19-? Logic. Chapters 7, 8, 9.
Propositional logic slides: ppt, pdf.
Planning. Chapter 11.
Probabilistic reasoning. Chapters 13-17.
Decision theory. Markov decision processes, POMDPs. Game theory. Chapters 18, 19, 20.
Machine learning (briefly, if time allows). Chapters 18, 19, 20, 21. (You do not need to know this in great detail since we will spend so little time on this in class, the chapters are just in case you're interested.)
Wrapping up.