Last revised 8/26/02
Who, what and where
This course will serve as an introduction to artificial intelligence concepts
and techniques. We will use the Lisp programming language as a computational
vehicle for exploring these techniques and their application. Specific
topics we will cover include the history and philosophy of AI, the Lisp
programming language, the agent paradigm in AI systems, search, game playing,
knowledge representation and reasoning, logical reasoning, uncertain reasoning
and Bayesian networks, planning, and machine learning.
CMSC 341 and strong programming skills. CMSC 441 or exposure to the theory
of complexity of algorithms will also be useful.
When and Where
Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:45 in SS205.
mariedj @ cs.umbc.edu
Office Hours: Monday 11-12, Wednesday 2:15-3:15
firstname.lastname@example.org, office hours Monday 2-3, ECS 334
This syllabus and course schedule are subject
to change. We will follow the Russell and Norvig textbook fairly closely,
with some additional background material on Lisp and other topics of interest.
We will be using the following:
A Modern Approach, Stuart J. Russell and Peter Norvig. Prentice Hall,
1994. ISBN: 0131038052. List price $73, hardback. The website for this
book has links to many useful online AI/Lisp resources.
Common Lisp, Paul Graham. Prentice Hall, 1995. ISBN: 0-13-370875-6.
List price: $47, paperback.
Optional reference book
As you will learn, I am a strong believer in two-way communication. I expect
all students to participate in classroom discussions, both by asking questions
and by expressing opinions. In return, I will make myself available to
answer questions, listen to concerns, and talk to any student about topics
related to the class (or not). I welcome your feedback throughout the semester
about how the course is going.
In addition to regular office hours, I maintain an open-door policy:
you should feel to stop by to ask questions, or just say hello, whenever
my door is open (which it generally will be unless I am out of the office,
in a meeting, or deep in thought). (I'm not that great at remembering names,
so please don't be offended if I ask you several times to re-introduce
yourself!) I will also make a concerted effort to answer e-mail within
Course grades will be based on the following work. The final weighting
may be changed slightly.
|Two midterm exams
Please refer to the class grading policy.
There will be six homework assignments. The homework assignments will have
a mix of written and programming components. Each assignment will have
a due date and is expected to be turned in on time. Please refer to the
class grading policy for homework submission requirements and penalties
for late homeworks.
There will be two in-class examinations and a final examination. The material
covered by the exams will be drawn from assigned readings in the text,
from lectures, and from the homework. Material from the readings that is
not covered in class is fair game, so you are advised to keep up with the
readings. Similarly, material from lectures that is not covered in the
textbook is fair game, so you are advised to attend class!
By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities
of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community, in which everyone's
academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty.
Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts
are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct
could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited
to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct
Policy, consult the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, or the
UMBC Policies section of the UMBC Directory. [Statement adopted by UMBC's
Undergraduate Council and Provost's Office.]
All students must read, understand, and follow the CMSC 471 course
policy on academic honesty. Each student will be required to sign a
copy of the academic honesty/grading policy, indicating that they have
read and understood it.
We will be using CLISP, a public-domain
implementation of Common Lisp that is installed on the gl Unix machines
(/usr/local/bin/clisp). You can also download a version that will run on
a PC (and for Macs running OS X), under Linux or Windows. More information
will be made available at a later date.
471 mailing list
There is a class mailing list to which you should subscribe. Send e-mail
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subscribe cs471 Your Name
subscribe cs471 Marie desJardins
If your request is successful, you will receive an e-mail telling you that
you are now subscribed to the list, how to post messages, and how to unsubscribe.
Class announcements, hints, and discussion of assignments will be posted
on this list. You can also send messages to the list to ask questions of
your fellow students and/or TA and professor.
General questions (i.e., anything that another student may also be wondering
about) should be sent to the list, so that everyone will be able to benefit
from the answers. Students are welcome to post answers to questions, even
the questions were directed at the course staff. Specific answers to homework
problems should not be posted. Individual concerns, requests for extensions,
questions about individual grades, and the like should be sent to the instructor
and/or TA as appropriate (preferably to both of us).
Thanks to Tim Finin (UMBC), Berthe Choueiry (University of Nebraska - Lincoln),
and Daphne Koller (Stanford University) for making their course materials
publicly available on the web. Some of the course materials (slides and
homeworks) have been adapted from those sources.