CPSC 322 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (2019 S1)
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of artificial intelligence. The major topics covered will include reasoning and representation, search, constraint satisfaction problems, planning, logic, reasoning under uncertainty, and planning under uncertainty.
- Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 13:00 - 16:20
- First Class: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
- Location: Hugh Dempster Pavilion (DMP), room 310
- Instructor: Mehrdad Oveisi <email@example.com>, www.linkedin.com/in/oveisi
- Instructor's Office Location: ICCS 255
- Instructor's Office Hours: After each class in the same classroon, DMP 310
- TAs and their office hours TBA (all in the Demco Learning Center, DLC):
- David Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Hai Lin Zhang <email@example.com>
- Kyle Clarkson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Linzi Xing <email@example.com>
- Marjan Albooyeh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Michael Przystupa <email@example.com>
- Rahim Mammadli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Rui Ge <email@example.com>
- Zixuan Yin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Course Discussion Board:
- The place to discuss questions on course material with your peers and the teaching team: Pizza.
- Please assume a turnaround time of 24 hours (or more) for getting answers from the teaching team (weekdays). The teaching team will try to monitor the discussion board during weekends prior to relevant deadline (exams, assignment due dates).
- AISpace: demo applets that illustrate some of the techniques covered in class
- Mideterm: TBA (see Canvas)
- Final exam: TBA (see Canvas)
Grading Scheme: Evaluation will be based on a set of assignments, a midterm, and an exam. Important: you must pass the final in order to pass the course. The instructor reserves the right to adjust this grading scheme during the term, if necessary.
- Assignments -- 20%
- Midterm -- 30%
- Final -- 50%
- Bonus Points for iClicker - 2%:
- iClicker marks breakdown: 50% for participation, 50% for correctness
Your overall assignment grade will be computed by adding up the number of points you get across all assignments, dividing this number by the number of possible points, and multiplying by 20. Assignments will not be graded out of the same number of points; this means that they will not be weighted equally.
Working with a partner on assignments is permitted. To promote this collaboration, you will receive a 5% bonus to any assignment where you work with a partner (though the bonus cannot bring the score for a given assignment to over 100%). To optimize your learning, you should actively collaborate with your partner, rather than simply having each partner work on part of the assignment. Only one student in each partnership should make one submission for both partners; if both partners submit, the partnership bonus will be withdrawn.
Assignments are to be typed (not handwritten; also, no hand-drawn figures) and submitted electronically on Canvas by the due date. Your name(s) and student number(s) must appear at the top of the first page of your submission. Also, Canvas provides the ability to write notes about your submissions; however, we will not be looking at those notes, so please refrain from using that functionality.
Submitting assignments via Canvas: You will use Canvas for electronically submitting your assignments. Instructions on the files to be submitted will be provided for each assignment.
- Assignments are to be handed via Canvas by the specified deadline.
- Every student is allotted four "late days", which allow assignments to be handed in late without penalty on four days or parts of days during the term (see example below). The purpose of late days is to allow students the flexibility to manage unexpected obstacles to coursework that arise during the course of the term, such as travel, moderate illness, conflicts with other courses, extracurricular obligations, job interviews, etc. Thus, additional late days will NOT be granted except under truly exceptional circumstances.
- Each assignment can be at most two days late.
- Beyond the above, no late assignments will be accepted.
How late does something have to be to use up a late day? A day is defined as a 24-hour block of time beginning at time of the day an assignment is due. For instance, suppose an assignment is due at 1pm of a give day
- Handing in an assignment on that day but one hour later (2pm) consumes one late day.
- Handing in an assignment at 10:15 the morning after it is due consumes one late day.
- Handing in an assignment at 1:30pm the day after the assignment is due consumes two late days.
To use a late day, write the number of late days claimed on the first page of your assignment.
Missing Exams: In truly exceptional circumstances, when accompanied by a note from Student Health Services or a Department Advisor, the following arrangements will be made.
- If the midterm is missed, its grades will be shifted to the final. This means the final will count for 80% of the final grade, and assignments will count for the remaining 20%.
- If the final is missed, you will need to take a make-up final (most likely at the next offering of the class).
Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents, 2nd Edition. Available in electronic form and at UBC Bookstore.
- Although this text will be our main reference for the class, it must be stressed that you will need to know all the material covered in class, whether or not it is included in the readings or available on-line.
- Likewise, you are responsible for all the material in assigned readings, whether or not it is covered in class.
If you'd like to refer to an alternate text, I recommend Russell and Norvig's Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (third edition). There will be a copy on reserve in the CS reading room.
Submitting the work of another person as your own (i.e. plagiarism) constitutes academic misconduct, as does communication with others (either as donor or recipient) in ways other than those permitted for homework and exams. Such actions will not be tolerated. Specifically, for this course, the rules are as follows:
- For most assignments, you may work with one other student (exceptions will be noted in the assignment instructions, as needed). That student must also be a CPSC 322 student this term, and you will have to officially declare that you collaborated when submitting your assignment. Further instructions on how to submit an assignment in collaboration with another student will be provided in the assignment's cover sheet instructions.
- You cannot work with or copy work from anyone else. You may not, under any circumstances, submit any solution not written by yourself, look at a student's solution who is not your official partner (this includes the solutions from assignments completed in the past), or previous sample solutions, and you may not share your own work with others.
- All work for this course is required to be new work and cannot be submitted as part of an assignment in another course without the approval of all instructors involved.
- Use of another person’s clicker or having someone use your clicker is considered plagiarism with the same policies applying as would be the case for turning in illicit written work.
Violations of these rules constitute very serious academic misconduct, and they are subject to penalties ranging from a grade of zero on that work to indefinite suspension from the University. More information on procedures and penalties can be found in the Department's Policy on Plagiarism and Collaboration and in UBC student discipline. If you are in any doubt about the interpretation of any of these rules, consult the instructor or a TA!