CSU520 Artificial Intelligence - Spring 2009 - General Information
Professor Futrelle -
College of Computer and Information Sciences, Northeastern U., Boston, MA
Version of 30 December 2008
Course description, from the catalogue:
CSU520 Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
Introduces the fundamental problems, theories, and algorithms of the artificial intelligence field. Includes heuristic search; knowledge representation using predicate calculus; automated deduction and its applications; planning; and machine learning. Additional topics include game playing; uncertain reasoning and expert systems; natural language processing; logic for common-sense reasoning; ontologies; and multiagent systems.
- Course Key Number:
- Northeastern University, and the
College of Computer and Information Sciences, Boston, MA.
- Professor Robert P. Futrelle
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- Futrelle's Office:
- 450 West Village H (WVH). Also check my lab 460 WVH.
- Hardcopy mailbox:
- 202 West Village H (WVH)
- Futrelle's office: 617-373-4239, Lab: 617-373-4607
- Artificial intelligence : A Modern Approach
by Stuart J. Russell and Peter Norvig
Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2003.
(which I will refer to as "AIMA")
See the AIMA homepage.
Do not get the earlier, first edition; it is inappropriate for this course.
- Personal Help:
Regular office/advising hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 12pm - 1pm.
If you need help at any other time, find Prof. Futrelle
or call or send email, or ask in class to set up an appointment.
- On-line help:
- There is a ton of information about Artificial Intelligence on the web.
The best sources are probably the links on the homepages for the
textbook: AIMA homepage,
as well as a page of links
created for me recently by a student, which I'll be revising.
- Professor Futrelle's teaching blog:
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- Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:50-4:30pm (Seq B) in 110 WVH.
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- In progress, as the assignments, quizzes, etc. are worked out.
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