CS 451/551: Artificial Intelligence

Course Syllabus -- Fall 2006

Preliminary Version - to be updated by August 28th

Instructor: Janice T. Searleman

Office: 375 Science Center
Phone: 268-2377
email & IM: jets@clarkson.edu, jetsza

Course Objective: This course is a comprehensive introduction to core concepts in artificial intelligence (AI), and surveys active research areas. Topics covered include:

Text and Software: Grading Policy: To be determined.

You are responsible for all material discussed in class and in the reading assignments. Attendance is particularly important, and class participation is encouraged. Written homework and programming assignments are expected to be individual efforts, and are due in class on the date posted. Late programs will be accepted up to one week late, but there will be a 15% deduction in grade.

The project allows you to explore in more depth an area of AI, such as natural language understanding, computer vision, intelligent tutoring systems, neural networks, or whatever you find most interesting. You may work in teams of two on a project of sufficient scope, as approved by the instructor. A brief proposal describing your project will be due as posted on the course calendar, and the final project is due at the end of the semester.

Tentative Course Outline:

This will be subject to change.
Topic Readings
Introduction to AI
   The Turing Test; Intelligent Agents
Chapters 1 & 2
Problem Solving
   State-Space Search; Heuristic Search; Game Playing
Chapters 3, 4 & 5
Knowledge & Reasoning
   Predicate Calculus; Inference; Forward & Backward Chaining;
   Resolution; Frame Systems and Semantic Nets
Chapters 6, 7, 9 & 10
Planning
   Planning Agents; Situation Spaces

Chapter 11
Reasoning Under Uncertainty
   Probabilistic Reasoning; Belief Networks; Decision Making
Chapters 14, 15 & 16
Learning & Neural Nets
   Inductive Learning; Decision Trees;
   Feedforward networks; Backpropagation
Chapters 18 & 20
Advanced Topics
   Natural Language Understanding; Perception; Speech Recognition
Chapters 22, 24 & 26


jets@clarkson.edu