Computer Sciences Dept.

CS 540 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Section 2
Spring 2018


Schedule


Lecture: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Room 1125 DeLuca Biochemistry Building

Prerequisite


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

Syllabus


Instructor: Chuck Dyer

  Office:       6379 Computer Sciences Building
  Telephone:    262-1965
  E-mail:       dyer@cs.wisc.edu
  Office Hours: 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment

Teaching Assistants

  • Yunang Chen
      Office:       1351 Computer Sciences Building
      E-mail:       ychen459@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and by appointment
    
  • Abhanshu Gupta
      Office:	3387 Computer Sciences Building	
      E-mail:	abhanshu@cs.wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, and by appointment
    
  • Kurtis Liu
      Office:	5384 Computer Sciences Building	
      E-mail:	kliu89@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and by appointment
    
  • Samareh Shahmohammadi
      Office:	1351 Computer Sciences Building	
      E-mail:	samareh.shahmohammadi@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and by appointment
    
  • Stephen Sheen
      Office:	1308 Computer Sciences Building	
      E-mail:	sheen2@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment
    

Peer Mentors

  • Hima Adusumilli
      E-mail: hadusumilli@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 2:30 - 6:00 pm on the "Shelf" (aka CSLC) above the CS entrance next to Union South, and 9:30 - 11:45 am and 1:15 - 2:15 pm Wednesdays in room 3310 CS
      Discussion Sessions:  5 - 6 pm Mondays in room 1263 CS and 6 - 7 pm Tuesdays in room 1263 CS
  • Justine Chia-Ni Kao
      E-mail: kao8@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 6 - 8 pm Mondays in room 1207 CS, 4 - 5 pm Tuesdays in room 1207 CS, and 5:30 - 8:30 pm Wednesdays in room 1207 CS
  • Nicholas Mandal
      E-mail: nmandal2@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 9:00 - 11:45 am Mondays in room 3310 CS, 2:30 - 4:30 pm Wednesdays in room 3310 CS, and 9:00 - 11:45 am Fridays in room 3310 CS
  • Akshay Mishra
      E-mail: mishra27@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: 12 - 5 pm Mondays in room 3310 CS, and 4 - 7 pm Fridays in room 1207 CS
  • Rita Roloff
      E-mail: rroloff@wisc.edu
      Office Hours: Tuesdays  11 - 12:45 pm in room 3310 CS, Thursdays 11 - 12:45 and 2:30 - 3:15 pm in room 3310 CS, Thursdays 6 - 7 pm in room 1207, and Sundays 5 - 7 pm in room 1289 CS

Textbook


Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, 3rd edition, S. Russell and P. Norvig, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2010

Grading

  • 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%
    

Examinations

  • Midterm: Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., room 125 Ag Hall
  • Final: Wednesday, May 9, 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


http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~dyer/cs540/

Canvas Page for Electronic Hand-In of Assignments


https://canvas.wisc.edu/courses/77490

Piazza Class Discussion Page


https://piazza.com/wisc/spring2018/cs540section2/home

 
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