Main class: Time: Mon/Wed 3:30 -- 4:25 pm Location: LWSN B134
Lab: Time: Friday 9:30 -- 11:20 am Location: LWSN B160Course Outline Edstem Brightspace Gradescope Vocareum
Professor Yexiang Xue
Lawson 2142L yexiang [at] purdue DOT edu
Office hours: Wednesday before class: 2:30 -- 3:30 pm.
Office hours will only be held if appointments are made via emails at least 24 hours in prior.
Nan Jiang jiang631 [at] purdue DOT edu Office hours: 11:30 am -- 12:30 pm every Friday, at the lab classroom.
Questions: We will use Edstem for class questions/discussion. The link to join our class on Edstem will be made available in Brightspace. Instead of sending email to the TA list, please post your questions on Edstem.
This course provides an introduction to foundational areas of artificial intelligence and current techniques for building intelligent systems. As an entry-level class for Artificial Intelligence, the primary goals of this course are:
Math 161/165. CS 180, 182.
No required textbooks. The following optional book is encouraged if you would like to study AI in the future.
More useful books:
A few useful online resources:
Machine learning materials:
More resources coming up.
The class consists of lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays, and laboratories on Fridays.
The labs will be released each week and are expected to be completed at the lab sessions. Most labs use Vocareum.
There will be four homework/programming assignments that will be posted on the schedule. Assignments should be submitted online via gradescope for written questions or via Vocareum for programming assignments. In general, questions about the details of homeworks should be directed to the TA.
There will be an evening midterm and a comprehensive final exam. Exams will be closed book and closed notes.
Assignments are to be submitted by the due date listed. Each person will be allowed three days of extensions which can be applied to any combination of assignments (homework/projects/essays only) during the semester without penalty. After that a late penalty of 15% per day will be assigned. Use of a partial day will be counted as a full day. Use of extension days must be stated explicitly at the time of the late submission (by accompanying email to the TA), otherwise late penalties will apply. Extensions cannot be used after the final day of classes (ie., April 30). Extension days cannot be rearranged after they are applied to a submission. Use them wisely!
Assignments will NOT BE accepted if they are more than five days late. Additional extensions will be granted only due to serious and documented medical or family emergencies.
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Introduction (1 week)
What is artificial intelligence? Overview of AI history and motivating application areas.
Learning Python (2 weeks)
Programming using Python.
Data parsing, wrangling, cleaning (1 week)
Using python for data processing.
Knowledge representation (2 weeks)
How to represent knowledge in an AI system.
Learning (2 weeks)
Build a first-hand machine learning system.
Validation, diagnosis, and visualization (2 weeks)
How to make sure the learned knowledge make sense?
Reasoning and decision-making (3 weeks)
How to solve reasoning problems and make complex decisions using AI.
State-of-the-art outlook (2 weeks)
Game playing, causality, fairness/bias/ethics, uncertainty handling, reinforcement learning.