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export PATH=/usr/local/anaconda/bin:$PATH

This is a tentative schedule of CS440 topics for Fall, 2020. This will be updated during the summer and as the fall semester continues.


Week Topic Material Reading Assignments
Week 1:
Aug 24 - Aug 28
What is AI? Promises and fears.
Python review.
Problem-Solving Agents.
01 Introduction to AI
02 Introduction to Python
Chapters 1, 2, 3.1 of Russell and Norvig.
Section 1 of Scipy Lecture Notes
AI, People, and Society, by Eric Horvitz.
Automated Ethics, by Tom Chatfield.
The Great A.I. Awakening, by Gideon Lewis-Krause


Week Topic Material Reading Assignments
Week 2:
Aug 31 - Sept 4
Help with A1.
Problem-solving search and how to measure performance.
Iterative deepening and other uninformed search methods.
03 Problem-Solving Agents
04 Measuring Search Performance
05 Iterative Deepening and Other Uninformed Search Methods
Sections 3.1 - 3.4 of Russell and Norvig
Week 3:
Sept 7 - Sept 11
Informed search. A* search. Python classes, sorting, numpy arrays. 06 Python Implementation of Iterative Deepening
07 Informed Search
08 Python Classes
Rest of Chapter 3 A1.1 Uninformed Search due Tuesday, Sept. 8, 10:00 PM. Submit your notebook in Canvas.
Here are good solutions from your classmates
Week 4:
Sept 14 - Sept 18
A* optimality, admissible heuristics 09 Heuristic Functions
10 Local Search
Chapter 4 A2.1 Iterative-Deepening Search due Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:00 PM.
Here are good solutions from your classmates
Week 5:
Sept 21 - Sept 25
Effective branching factor.
Local search and optimization. Adversarial search. Minimax. Alpha-beta pruning. Stochastic games.
11 Adversarial Search Chapter 5
Week 6:
Sept 28 - Oct 2
Negamax, with pruning. Introduction to Reinforcement Learning. 12 Negamax
13 Modern Game Playing
14 Introduction to Reinforcement Learning
Chapter 21
Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction
A3 A*, IDS, and Effective Branching Factor due Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10:00 PM.
Here are good solutions from your classmates


Week Topic Material Reading Assignments
Week 7:
Oct 5 - Oct 9
Oct 8 Lecture will not meet, but recording will be available.
Reinforcement Learning for Two-Player Games. 15 Reinforcement Learning for Two-Player Games Chapter 21
Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction
Week 8:
Oct 12 - Oct 16
Constraint satisfaction.
16 Constraint Satisfaction Problems
17 Min-Conflicts
Chapter 6
Week 9:
Oct 19 - Oct 23
Natural language understanding and translation. Word2Vec and FastText Word Embedding with Gensim A4 Reinforcement Learning Solution To Towers of Hanoi due Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10:00 PM.
Week 10:
Oct 26 - Oct 30
Introduction to Neural Networks Sections 18.6 and 18.7 A5 due Oct 30, 10:00 PM


Week Topic Material Reading Assignments
Week 11:
Nov 2 - Nov 6
More Neural Networks. Autoencoders.
Week 12:
Nov 9 - Nov 13
Introduction to Classification. Bayes Rule. Generative versus Discriminative. Linear Logistic Regression. A6 due Tuesday Nov 10, 10:00 PM
Week 13:
Nov 16 - Nov 20
Classification with Neural Networks. Reinforcement Learning with Neural Networks. A7 due Thursday Nov 19, 10:00 PM
Nov 23 - Nov 27 Fall Recess!


Week Topic Material Reading Assignments
Week 14:
Nov 30 - Dec 4
Reinforcement Learning with Neural Networks Faster Reinforcement Learning After Pretraining Deep Networks to Predict State Dynamics by Anderson, Lee and Elliott
Week 15:
Dec 7 - Dec 11
Recent AI Success
Final Exam Week:
Dec 14 - Dec 18
No exam. Final assignment A8 due Dec 15th.
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