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An introduction to modern AI representation systems and problem-solving techniques.
|Paper title||Artificial Intelligence|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,004.75|
- COSC 201 or COSC 242
- Recommended Preparation
- COSC 202
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
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- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Dr Lech Szymanski
- Paper Structure
In this paper we will look at some different definitions of intelligence and at the concept of intelligent agents. As a way of focusing on the hard problems to be solved in AI, we will do some practical work with LEGO robots, concentrating on the issue of how to get information about the world and how to make use of it. We will consider techniques for machine learning and probabilistic reasoning. Almost every human ability results from learning from experience: we will look at how these learning processes can be modelled computationally.
Topics to be considered include:
- Embodied AI and robots
- Search and optimisation algorithms (including genetic algorithms)
- Probabilistic reasoning method (including Bayesian methods)
- Machine learning algorithms (with a focus on neural networks)
- Two assignments 40%
- Final exam 60%
- Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures per week, plus weekly lab/tutorial sessions.
Artificial Intelligence A Modern Approach (Third Edition), by Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig, Prentice Hall 2010.
- Course outline
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Ethics, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will gain an understanding of a selection of core concepts in AI research: autonomous agents, planning and search, probabilistic reasoning,machine learning, decision trees, neural networks and sequential decisions.
- In each case, this understanding will be strengthened through practical exercises and experience with implemented systems
- The paper will also give students an awareness of the increasing influence of these technologies in daily life