**Term and Year of Offering:** Fall 2012

**Course Number and Title:** CS486/686, Introduction to
Artificial Intelligence

Website:
http://www.student.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~cs486

Comp Sec | Camp Loc | Time Days/Date | Bldg Room | Instructor |
---|---|---|---|---|

LEC 001 | UW U | 16:00-17:20TTh | MC 2038 |
Poupart,Pascal |

Instructor's Name |
Office Location |
Contact |
Office Hours |

Pascal Poupart | DC2514 | ppoupart@uwaterloo.ca | Wed 10:00-11:30 |

TA's Name |
Office Location |
Contact |
Office Hours |

Arthur Carvalho | |
a3carval@uwaterloo.ca | |

Milad Khaki | |
mkhahi@uwaterloo.ca | |

Laleh Soltan Ghoraie | lsoltang@uwaterloo.ca | |

The topics we will cover include:

- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

- Search and Problem Solving
- Uninformed Search
- Informed Search
- Constraint Satisfaction Problems
- Local search
- First-order logic

- Reasoning Under Uncertainty
- Probability Theory
- Bayesian Networks
- Utility Theory
- Decision Networks
- Markov Networks

- Markov Logic Networks

- Machine Learning
- Inductive Learning
- Decision Trees
- Statistical Learning
- Other areas of Artificial Intelligence

- Natural Language Processing
- Assistive Technologies

The grading scheme for the course is as follows.

CS486:

- Assignments (4): 40% (10% each)
- Miterm test: 20%

- Final Exam: 40%
- Optional project: 5% bonus

- Assignments (4): 28% (7% each)
- Miterm test: 12%

- Final Exam: 35%
- Project: 25%

There will be four assignments given the course. Each assignment will have a theoretical part and a programming part. Assignments are done individually (i.e., no team). You are free to program in the language of your choice, however Matlab is recommended since it provides a convenient high-level programming environment for matrix operations. If you decide to program in Matlab, the IST group maintains a nice set of online references for Matlab including a tutorial.

The approximate out and due
dates
are:

- A1: out Sep 18, due Oct 4

- A2: out Oct 4, due Oct 23

- A3: out Oct 23, due Nov 13

- A4: out Nov 13, due Nov 29

There will be one midterm test of
75
minutes
duration. The midterm is
scheduled on November 1st.

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When
in
doubt please be certain to contact the department's
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to
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