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  1. Moshe Y. Vardi (2012), "Artificial intelligence: past and future", Communications of the ACM, pp. 5-5, January 2012.
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Prerequisites: Computer Science 230 and Mathematics 307

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Prerequisites: Computer Science 230 and Mathematics 307.

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Readings & References

  1. A. M. Turing (1950), "Computing Machinery and Intelligence", Mind, New Series, Vol. 59, No. 236. (Oct., 1950), pp. 433-460.
  2. "Meet Elbot, 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest winner" - Elbot's purpose is to converse with users about any topic. While Elbot doesn't try to appear human, given "the hidden humans, who were also responding to the same conversation, could have also tried to confuse the human interrogator", Elbot took the 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest prize and came close to passing the Turing Test (passed test with 25% of interrogators, as opposed to 30% suggested by Turing).
  3. Wired (2009), Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics - In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.
  4. An introduction to pair programming. This 9-minute video describes what pair programming is, the do's and don'ts of effective pairing, and the pros and cons of pair programming.
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Readings & References

  1. A. M. Turing (1950), "Computing Machinery and Intelligence", Mind, New Series, Vol. 59, No. 236. (Oct., 1950), pp. 433-460.
  2. "Meet Elbot, 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest winner" - Elbot's purpose is to converse with users about any topic. While Elbot doesn't try to appear human, given "the hidden humans, who were also responding to the same conversation, could have also tried to confuse the human interrogator", Elbot took the 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest prize and came close to passing the Turing Test (passed test with 25% of interrogators, as opposed to 30% suggested by Turing).
  3. Wired (2009), Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics - In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.
  4. An introduction to pair programming. This 9-minute video describes what pair programming is, the do's and don'ts of effective pairing, and the pros and cons of pair programming.

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  • Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig (2003), "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach", Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence.
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  • Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig, "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach", Prentice Hall - the 2nd most cited publication of this century!
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  • Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig (2003), "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach", Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence.
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  1. Meet Elbot, Loebner Prize winner Meet Elbot, 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest winner - Elbot's purpose is to converse with users about any topic. While Elbot doesn't try to appear human, given "the hidden humans, who were also responding to the same conversation, could have also tried to confuse the human interrogator", Elbot took the 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest prize and came close to passing the Turing Test (passed test with 25% of interrogators, as opposed to 30% suggested by Turing).
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  1. "Meet Elbot, 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest winner" - Elbot's purpose is to converse with users about any topic. While Elbot doesn't try to appear human, given "the hidden humans, who were also responding to the same conversation, could have also tried to confuse the human interrogator", Elbot took the 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest prize and came close to passing the Turing Test (passed test with 25% of interrogators, as opposed to 30% suggested by Turing).
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  1. Möbius transformations Möbius Transformations Revealed - a short video by Douglas Arnold and Jonathan Rogness which depicts the beauty of Möbius transformations and shows how moving to a higher dimension reveals their essential unity.
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    • Python Library Reference.
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Artificial Intelligence

When/Where

TR 10:50-12:05PM / MAYBANK 322

Description

A course introducing fundamental techniques for artificial intelligence. Among topics covered are heuristic search, knowledge representation, intelligent agents, reasoning, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and artificial intelligence programming. Additional topics may include Bayesian networks, natural language processing, machine learning, rule-based systems, robotics, and discovery informatics. Artificial intelligence programming techniques will also be introduced.

Prerequisites: Computer Science 230 and Mathematics 307

  • Course syllabus
  • Student wiki for lecture notes (requires password, opens new window)

Test Dates

  • Test 1: TBA
  • Test 2: TBA
  • Final: 8:00pm-11:00AM, Thursday, April 26, 2012

Assignments

* Homework #1, Homework #2, Homework #3, Homework #4, Homework #5 (final project). TBA

Textbook

  • Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig (2003), "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach", 2nd ed. Prentice Hall Series in Artificial Intelligence.

Python References

  • Magnus Lie Hetland, Instant Python (for programmers).
  • Pyro intro to Python.
  • Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey and Chris Meyers (2008), "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist - Learning with Python)", 2nd ed., The Open Book Project.
  • John Zelle, Teaching Computer Science with Python transparencies: one slide per page and four slides per page (PDF).

Readings & References

  1. A. M. Turing (1950), "Computing Machinery and Intelligence", Mind, New Series, Vol. 59, No. 236. (Oct., 1950), pp. 433-460.
  2. Meet Elbot, Loebner Prize winner Meet Elbot, 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest winner - Elbot's purpose is to converse with users about any topic. While Elbot doesn't try to appear human, given "the hidden humans, who were also responding to the same conversation, could have also tried to confuse the human interrogator", Elbot took the 2008 Loebner Prize Turing Test contest prize and came close to passing the Turing Test (passed test with 25% of interrogators, as opposed to 30% suggested by Turing).
  3. Wired (2009), Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics - In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.
  4. Möbius transformations Möbius Transformations Revealed - a short video by Douglas Arnold and Jonathan Rogness which depicts the beauty of Möbius transformations and shows how moving to a higher dimension reveals their essential unity.
  5. An introduction to pair programming. This 9-minute video describes what pair programming is, the do's and don'ts of effective pairing, and the pros and cons of pair programming.

Software

  • Python (for Windows or Mac OS X).
    • Python Library Reference.
  • Pyro Python robotics simulator.
    • See video tutorials