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Nov 18, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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Welcome to AI

CS 3610, Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Ben Schafer


www.cs.uni.edu/~schafer/3610

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Getting to know you


“Mugshots”



Information Sheet

Getting Started


Name :
Dr. Ben Schafer


Hometown :
Ames originally but …


Class :
Thirteenth year
(plus 5 as an undergrad)


Previous languages/comfort:
Too many to list.
At one time I knew all of the ones on the list, but
Java
and Python are the ones I use the most.


Anything you should know about me :


My handwriting can be messy


My voice can get loud
.

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Why Are You Here?


Common reasons I have heard.


AI looks “cool” in the movies (in my video games).


I want to write a super cool app that does
______.


AI is a “hot” field.


Knowing AI might help me get a job.


Because I needed one last class in Foundations

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Why Are You Here?


Common reasons I have heard.


AI is a “hot” field.


Knowing AI might help me get a job.



True??? I don’t know



But, I do think that AI will always be relevant to the
student of CS. Every practitioner of computer
science should be familiar with the field, its
techniques, and its current interests.

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Why?


Well, consider this list of topics :


the first Fortran compiler


timesharing systems


Deep Blue and Watson


object
-
oriented programming


visual programming


client
-
server computing


web crawlers


Marketing Systems (such as used at Amazon.com).



All have their roots in AI research!

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How this course is “different” from
other CS courses


We will not
focus

our attention on programming.


Although we will program.


We will discuss a lot of philosophical issues.


Although we will almost always ground them in algorithms
and data structures.


You will have an opportunity to solve a problem our
two outside the discipline of computer science.

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Syllabus Discussion


Course website


www.cs.uni.edu/~
schafer/3610/


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Syllabus Discussion


The Textbook


Artificial Intelligence in the 21
st

Century



Lot’s
of good books in the library or available
online.


Feel free to consult other books for a
different
approach

Grading

Activity

Estimated Points
(approx. %)

Homework

200 (28.6%)

Research Paper

200 (28.6%)

Mid
-
term exams

200 (28.6%)

Final exam

100 (14.3%)

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Syllabus Discussion


I
take academic misconduct seriously


In general, I do not accept late
work


No laptops, no cell phones

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Syllabus Discussion


Research paper


Consists of seven (actually 8) deliverables pre
-
scheduled throughout the semester.


Will consist of a mixture of individual and group
based activities


Will culminate in you working with a group of
classmates to write and “publish” a very
specifically formatted overview of an AI topic of
your choice.

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Your FIRST Homework


Homework 0 is posted and due on Wed.


Type up a couple of pages (600
-
1200 words) on
“How do you define AI?”


This is an “opinion” piece and will be granted credit for
thoughtful completion.


Submit via the electronic submission system
(testing it more than anything).


Bring a print copy to class.