CS 540 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Fall 2015)

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Instructor: Jude Shavlik

Office:      6393 CS Building 
Email:       shavlik@cs.wisc.edu 
Office Hour: Thursday 5-6pm, including for undergraduate advising. Also by appointment (send email). 

Teaching Assistant: Dmitry Basavin

Office:        1301 CS Building 
Email:         basavin@cs.wisc.edu 
Office Hours:  Monday and Wednesday 5-6pm, and by appointment (send email) 

Additional Information

Table of Contents

Course Overview and Requirements

This course provides an introduction to artificial intelligence. Topics covered include knowledge representation, heuristic search, game playing, deductive reasoning, reasoning under uncertainty, planning, learning, (natural) language understanding, and philosophical foundations.

The work in the course will consist of 5-6 homework assignments (about one every two weeks), a midterm exam, and a final exam. Your programs will be partially automatically graded, so they must be written to run on the instructional Unix machines. Two or three of the homework assignments will involve programming tasks that are to be done in Java. You may write your code on any computer you wish, but it is your responsibility to ensure it runs on the CS Dept's instructional Unix machines (located in Rooms 1350 and 1370, and running Red Hat Enterprise Linux).

Homeworks will count for 35% of the grade, the 'midterm' exam for 30%, and the final for 35%. Quality class participation will have an impact on borderline cases. The course will be graded on the conventional (A-F) system.


Reading Assignments

Assigned Dec 8, 2015:
Chapters 26 and 27 of Russell & Norvig. Skim Sections 19.5 and 18.5.

Assigned December 1, 2015:
Chapter 21 (except Section 21.5) of Russell & Norvig.

Assigned November 24, 2015:
Section 20.3.1 of Russell & Norvig. "Standard Algorithm" section of the Wikpedia article on K-Means Clustering

Assigned November 10, 2015:
Chapters 7-9 of Russell & Norvig; skim Section 7.7 and Sections 9.4.3-9.4.6. Some Notes on Debugging Translations of English to FOPC.

Assigned October 20, 2015:
Section 18.7 and Section 18.9 of Russell & Norvig. You might want to skim the other sections of Chapter 18, especially 18.6.

Assigned October 6, 2015:
Chapter 13, Sections 14.1 - 14.3, Subsection 14.4.1, and Section 20.2.2 of Russell & Norvig

Assigned September 22, 2015:
Chapter 3 & Section 4.1 of Russell & Norvig (Skim Section 3.6 and rest of Chapter 4) plus Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5,7, 5.8, & 5.9 of Russell & Norvig (skim rest of Chapter 5)

Assigned September 15, 2015:
Section 18.8.1 of Russell & Norvig. (You might also want to read this Wikpedia page and you might also want to check out the broader perspective of 'case-based reasoning' - the material on these Wikpedia pages will not be on the final, unless it was also covered in lecture or in Section 18.8.1.)

Assigned September 8, 2015:
Pedro Domingos' paper "A Few Useful Things to Know About Machine Learning" (you can access this paper for free if you are on a UW-Madison network; if you use DoIT's VPN I believe you can also access this from a non-UW network, such as a computer in your apartment).

The Algorithm section of the Wikipedia page on Random Forests (I will typically call these 'decision forests', ie a set of decision trees).

Assigned September 8, 2015:
Chapters 1 & 2, Sections 18.1-18.3, and Appendices A & B of Russell & Norvig

Lecture Notes

Exam Schedule

Previous Exams (PDF unless otherwise noted)

Some General AI Articles and Sites

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