CSU520 Artificial Intelligence - Spring 2007 - General Information
Professor Futrelle -
College of Computer and Information Sciences, Northeastern U., Boston, MA
Version of 7 January 2007
Course description, from the catalogue:
CSU520 Artificial Intelligence (4 SH)
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; machine
learning. Additional topics may include game playing; uncertain reasoning and
expert systems; natural language processing; logics for common-sense reasoning;
ontologies; multi-agent systems. Prerequisites: CSU212, PHLU215 (Symbolic
- Course Key Number:
- Northeastern University, and the
College of Computer and Information Sciences, Boston, MA.
- Professor Robert P. Futrelle
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
but note the important emailing instructions at the end of this page.
- 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: Mondays, 1-2pm; Wednesdays 4:45-5:45pm.
IM hours below.
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.
- Instant Messaging office hours:
- Google Chat: email@example.com Monday and Wednesday evenings 8-10pm.
Other IM providers may be added, but I'll limit IM to Google Chat initially.
If you need a Google account, I'd be happy to give you one.
Google talk is available for voice contacts, Windows only
(it runs fine for me in XP SP2 under Parallels on my MacBook Pro).
- 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:
Read the blog here.
- Mondays and Wednesdays 2:50 PM-4:30 PM (Seq. B) 320 Shillman
- Information will be available on the
- Course homepage:
- Points of credit out of 100 points for the course:
- Quiz #1 on the Overview (closed book, notes) 4 points
- Quiz #2 on Bayes and Learning (open book, notes) 4 points
- Midterm Exam (closed/open book) 20 points
- Each of the five assignments 4 points 20 points (total)
- Project initial report 5 points
- Project interim report 7 points
- Project final submission (includes class presentation) 18 points
- Final Exam (take-home) 22 points
- The course mailing list and archives:
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regarding the course
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