CS 426: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Call Number: #3632
IACC, Rm. #104
CS426 Grader: Ganesh Kumar Vellaswamy (email@example.com)
- Reading for the next assignment:
The first two sections of the Text
The Rich and Knight textbook, pages 73-79
and Navigating and Searching the MUD
- Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 7 PM, Memorial Union Conference Room
MIS Club meeting, featuring Gary Inman from Microsoft Great
Plains, talking about the internship program
- Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 2 PM, Memorial Union Century Theater,
Doug Burgum, former President, Great Plains Software.
- The First Blackwood Server Assignment (100 pts) has been
posted, see below.
- The first part of the next assignment goes like this:
- go to http://dbay.ndsu.edu/
and press the Play-Login button
- click the "DollarBay Client Windows Installer"
- download the most recent install file (currently V2.1.14)
- install the Dollar Bay application
- create a store using Hostname: javamoo.ndsu.edu
- There is a listserv
problem As of August, 31 2006.
- NO CLASS, Thursday, August 24.
- CS426 Final Exam is scheduled for Friday, December 15th,
at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Blackwood Mine Search
Assignment (150 pts) Due Midnight, Tuesday, December 5.
Turn in the usual 'report' to the TA demonstrating your program
works, but this time, also include the relevant code as well.
Assignment (100 pts) Due Midnight, November 16
Required Reading: The Importance of $g
The First Blackwood Server Assignment (100 pts) Due
Midnight, Thursday, November 2nd.
Assignment #2: (50 pts) - Due: Midnight, Tuesday, October 24
Play Test Dollar Bay and (50
pts) report a 'bug' to the CS426 Grader:
Ganesh Kumar Vellaswamy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note: materials on 'how to play' Dollar Bay (and perhaps a
source of 'bugs') are online at
Assignment #1: Subscribe to the CS426 Listserve (20 points)
send an email message to email@example.com with a message
SUBSCRIBE NDSU-CS426-SLATOR Your-First-Name Your-Last-Name
Due, Midnight, Thursday, August 24
READ FOR CLASS, Tues. Aug. 29
Computing Machinery and Intelligence
by Alan Turing, in Mind, a Quarterly Review of Psychology
and Philosophy, [VOL. LIX. No.236.] [October, 1950]
READ FOR CLASS, Tues. Sep. 5
What is Artificial Intelligence? Basic Questions by John
READ FOR CLASS, Tues. Sep. 12
ELIZA--A Computer Program For the Study of Natural Language
Communication Between Man and Machine by Joseph Weizenbaum,
Communications of the ACM Volume 9, Number 1 (January 1966):
dialogues with colorful personalities of early ai by
Guven Guzeldere and Stefano Franchi
Related Reading (not required) a couple of amusing and almost relevant articles
The Myth of Soulless Women by Michael Nolan, and
The Alleged Soulless Women Doctrine by Mystic Rose
The Chinese Room Thought Experiment from the Internet
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Artificial Intelligence (2nd Ed.) by Elaine Rich
and Kevin Knight. Published by McGraw-Hill, 1991, ISBN
Exam #1 (100 pts): Tuesday, Sep 26, 2:00 to 3:15
Blackboard(?), 50 questions, open book, open notes, individual effort
- Turing Paper, 20 of 28
- Basic Questions with John McCarthy, 12 of 16,
- ELIZA, 12 of 17,
- Dialogs with colorful personalities of early AI, 6 of 11,
Question: Who said the following: "Chess is the Drosophila of
[X] Alexander Kronrod
Falling Prey to Machines? John Holland, recipient of the first
computer science Ph.D in 1959, says
artificial intelligence is possible, but will take far
more work on the conceptual
Summary at: http://www.acm.org/technews/articles/2003-5/0212w.html#item1
Read how agent based simulation
is "too state-of-the-art"
- A CS426 student sent me this: THIS LINK IS CURRENTLY BROKEN
The above URL might be of interests to students of CSCI 426.
to try and code the most intelligent robot tank to fight in an
others. It's done with Java and pretty fun.
Of Pawns, Knights, Bits, Bytes
A story about Deep Junior, which "is
different from the usual computerized players because of the
human way it plays", from Wired News (01/23/03); Kahney, Leander
The Turing Tournament at Cal Tech, a $10,000 prize.
AI Overview by the American Association for Artificial
Course Overview and Philosophy
CS426 will be a course that surveys Artificial Intelligence
(AI) techniques but concentrates these together into a project-oriented
approach to SOFTWARE AGENTS. The class will
contribute to the ongoing development of a multi-player synthetic environment
that supports an educational game.
The students of CS426 will work on the Blackwood Project.
The class will be organized as a project team. Each member
will have an individual set of project responsibilities for which they
will be graded. There will be exams (open book, open notes),
primarily over the textbook material, and offered over
Blackboard. There will be optional final project.
Visit the Blackwood Project Web Site
Graduate Students taking this course as CS626 for credit
towards an advanced degree will be required to do an extra assignment.
This might take the form of an in-class presentation. Details of this extra
assignment will be developed on a case-by-case basis.
You are expected to BE HERE. Come to class -- attendance
will be taken semi-regularly. If you miss class, come and speak to me.
This WILL affect your grade.
Participate, cooperate, and help others.
The general format will be:
You can expect a substantial amount of outside class effort
for this course.
This document will change over the course of the semester.
You should check here at least once a week.
Periodically you might be asked to take a survey or some
other in-class activity. These will not be graded, but they will be a form
of taking attendance.
Policy on Late Assignments
There is no happy way to assign lateness demerits. For the
purposes of this class, it is never too late to turn in work -
until the time of the final exam which is, this term:
Friday, December 15th at 12:30 PM.
However, the later an assignment is produced, the less it is
Therefore, the policy will be this: late assignments will
lose a letter grade immediately, and then another letter grade after one
week. Assignments received after that will be accepted up until
the very last minute, as described above.
Policy on Extra Credit
There could possibly be extra credit opportunities for interested
persons. See me.
NDSU Academic Affairs New Course Syllabi Requirement
Any student with disabilities or other special needs,
who needs special accomodations in this course, is invited to share these
concerns or requests with the instructor as soon as possible.
Academic Dishonesty or Misconduct
NDSU Academic Affairs New Course Syllabi Requirement
Work in this course must adhere to the Code of Academic
Responsibility and Conduct as cited in "Rights & Responsibilities of
Community: A Code of Student Conduct" (1993) pp. 29-30. "The academic community
is operated on that basis of honesty, integrity, and fair play. Occasionally,
this trust is violated when cheating occurs, either inadvertently or deliberately
.....Faculty members may fail the student for the particular assignment,
test, or course involved, or they may recommend that the student drop the
course in question, or these penalties may be varied with the gravity of
the offense and the circumstances of the particular case."
Academic dishonesty can be divided into four categories
and defined as follows:
Cheating: Intentionally using or attemping to use unauthorized
materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: Intentional and unauthorized falsification or
invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Facilitating academic dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly
helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism: Intentionally or knowingly representing the words
or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.
Modified: 29Dec98, 9Jan01, 28Dec02, 13Jan03, 22Aug05, 21Aug06
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