David Poole and Alan Mackworth, Artificial Intelligence. Foundations of Computational Agents. Cambridge University Press 2010 website
Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig. Artificial Intelligence. A modern Approach. Third Edition. Prentice Hall, 2010.
Machine Learning: An Algorithmic Perspective CRC 2009.
Book's website: http://www-ist.massey.ac.nz/smarsland/MLBook.html
Since today's AI is mostly learning and inference, we will focus on both
This course is designed as an advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate course in learning and inference.
It introduces the basic concepts by focusing on their intuitive understanding and algorithmic perspective.
It is intended to prepare the students for future graduate courses in machine learning, data mining, robotics, and computer vision.
Part of the course will be based on the following online course:
Stanford CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig
More info is on http://www.ai-class.com/
The online schedule and the list of topics is on http://robots.stanford.edu/cs221/online.html
The students are strongly encouraged to attend the online lectures for four weeks starting on October 10.
During this time the online lectures will be reviewed and discussed during our lectures.
Homework: Homework due dates are on Thursday. Late homework will result in a penalty. You will be allowed to drop your lowest three homework grades.
Class attendance: Class attendance is expected, and may be recorded from time to time. Absences for legitimate professional activities and illnesses are acceptable only if prior notice is given to the instructor by e-mail or phone. Scheduling conflicts with your work, extra-curricular activities, or any other such activities is not a valid excuse. Although attendance is not a specific part of the course evaluation it has a direct effect on class participation. If you are not in class you cannot participate. Class participation means that you attend class regularly and have completed your assigned readings. It means that you ask relevant questions and make informed comments in class. Class participation will contribute to the final grade.
Exams: If you miss a midterm for an emergency [as agreed ahead of time with the instructor], there will be no makeup exam: the other exams will become proportionally more important. If you miss any exam without prior agreement, and without definitive proof as to the reasons, you will get a zero.
I encourage students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities such as chronic diseases and learning disabilities, to discuss with us any appropriate accommodations that we might make on their behalf. Student must provide me with a note from the office of Disability Resources and Services at in 100 Ritter Annex, 215-204-1280, regarding their disability.