91.420/91.543 Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2011
First meeting: Monday September 12 at 4 pm in Olsen 210a
The online course is open to anyone in the world, and will be delivered concurrently with Stanford's regular course for their own students. Lectures, problem sets, and exams will be made available online as the course unfolds. Cohort discussion groups will be available for online students. PSs completed and exams taken by online students will be graded and returned (automatically -- without human intervention), and at the end of the semester, a certificate of completion and a ranking with respect to other online students will be given. (Stanford credit will not be awarded.)
Information about Stanford's class is at http://www.ai-class.com/; more than 100,000 students have registered. The course has been created and will be taught by two giants of the field: Sebastian Thrun, who is famous for his work in AI-based robotics (most recently, directing Google's autonomous car project), and Peter Norvig, who literally “wrote the book” as co-author of the most popular and best AI textbook, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (now in its third edition).
I am offering a directed study group for UMass Lowell students who wish to take this course. For UML credit, our version of the course will be based on you taking Stanford's course, and with extra work. Specifically, there will be reading and writing assignments during September (the online course begins on October 10), and I will require an original implementation project, demonstration to the department, and subsequent write-up. Please see my students' AI course projects from last fall for examples.
We will also have a required 75-minute per week face to face meeting. We will discuss and review material from the Stanford course each week. You will be expected to have studied each week's online material before our own meeting.
Grading will be determined by a weighted sum of your grades from the UML and Stanford portions of the class. The approximate weighting will be one-third UML material and two-thirds Stanford material.
UML material includes:
Stanford material includes:
See this movie for an informal discussion of the structure of the Stanford class:
Discussion Group / E-Mail List
We will use Google Groups for class conversation and announcements. Please join this group. I'd advise setting your preferences to immediate, individual delivery of messagesclick the Edit my membership tab.
The group address is AI-fall2011-UML@googlegroups.com. You have to be a member to send to the list.
For undergraduates, 91.420 Artificial Intelligence can be grouped with 91.450 Robotics I to form a course pair.