Course description: Artificial intelligence (AI) is the subfield of computer science that studies how to design software that can perform tasks that ordinarily require human intelligence. This introductory course provides an overview of AI research and techniques. Primary topics covered this semester include search algorithms for pathfinding, game playing, and constraint satisfaction; machine learning algorithms, including nerual networks and support vector machines; and algorithms for planning and decision making. Other typics to be covered more briefly include logic and knowledge representation, expert systems, and probabilistic reasoning and Bayesian networks, among others. This course provides part of a general education in computer science as well as a foundation for more advanced study of AI.
Class Times and Location: Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-12:15, Butler 103
Instructor: Eric Hansen
Grading: Your grade for this class will depend on the following:
Prerequisites: CSE 2383 (Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms) and CSE 2813 (Discrete Structures), both with a grade of "C" or better, and significant programming experience. Familiarity with formal logic, the basics of probability theory, and algorithmic concepts such as graph search and computational complexity is also helpful.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend class regularly (including students auditing the course) and to arrive on time. Unexcused absences will negatively affect a student's grades. If a class is missed, the student is responsible for the material covered.
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