Computer Sciences Dept.

CS 540 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Section 1
Fall 2019


Lecture: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Room 125 Agricultural Hall


CS 300 or CS 367, and Math 211, 217, 221 or 275



Chuck Dyer
  Office:       6376 Computer Sciences Building
  Telephone:    469-5154
  Office Hours: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment

Teaching Assistants

Peer Mentors


Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, 3rd edition, S. Russell and P. Norvig, Pearson, 2010


  • Midterm Exam: 30%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Homework Assignments: 40%
Note: Typically, final grades have been distributed approximately as follows in recent semesters I have taught CS 540. Of course, interpret these as rough guidelines because scores cluster differently from semester to semester. The median student's course grade is usually a low B. The percentiles refer to ranking in the class based on the final weighted score.

    A   top ~15-20% of class
    AB next ~15-20%
    B  next ~15-25%
    BC next ~15-20%
    C  next ~15-20%
    D  next ~2-5%
    F  next ~2-5%


  • Midterm: Date to be announced, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., room to be announced
  • Final: Tuesday, December 17, 12:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m., room to be announced
Exam grading questions must be resolved with the instructor within one week after it is returned.

Homework Assignments

Homework assignments will include written problems and programming problems in Java. All problems are to be done individually unless stated otherwise. Accounts will be provided on the Computer Science Department's instructional Linux workstations located in rooms 1355, 1358, 1366 and 1368 CS. Assignment grading questions must be resolved with the TA or instructor within one week after it is returned.

Late Penalties

All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. One (1) day late (weekday or weekend), will result in 10% of the *total* points for the assignment deducted. So, for example, if an assignment is due on a Wednesday and it is handed in any time on Thursday, a 10% penalty will be deducted. Two (2) days late, 25% of the total points will be deducted; three (3) days late, 50% of the total points will be deducted. No homework can be turned in more than three (3) days late, regardless of whether or not any free late days are used. A total of three (3) free late days may be used throughout the semester without penalty. They will be applied to the first late days incurred on the assignments.

Academic Integrity

All examinations, programming assignments, and written homeworks must be done individually unless explicitly stated otherwise. Cheating and plagiarism will be dealt with in accordance with University procedures (see the UW Academic Misconduct Policies and Procedures). Hence, for example, code for programming assignments must not be developed in groups, nor should code be shared. You are encouraged to discuss with your peers, the TA or the instructor ideas, approaches and techniques broadly, but not at a level of detail where specific implementation issues are described by anyone. If you have any questions on this, ask the instructor before you act.

Course Web Page

Canvas Page for Electronic Hand-In of Assignments

Piazza Class Discussion Page

CS 540 | Department of Computer Sciences | University of Wisconsin - Madison