Artificial Intelligence (CPS 570), Fall 2017

Basics
WF 10:05-11:20, LSRC D106
Instructor: Vincent Conitzer (please call me Vince). Textbook: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig.

Prerequisites
comfortable programming in a general-purpose programming language
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 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).

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