CS 453: Artificial Intelligence, Spring 2005
As you know, there is a final project in this course that is worth 20% of the total grade. This project takes the place of a final exam. The project will consist of a paper, a presentation, and possibly some programming. For a project that has no programming, the paper should be about 15 pages. If you do some significant programming as part of the project, you can turn in a shorter paper of about 7 pages. The presentation should be about one-half hour long.
I expect your paper to be carefully researched and well-written. It will be graded for writing style as well as for information content. You should include a bibliography.
The papers will be due during the reading period at the end of the term, and we will schedule a time during that period for presentations. The four presentations will be given during a two-hour period that you are all required to attend. (Maybe we will go out to lunch afterwards.)
Everyone in class must choose a different topic. Topics should be chosen by Monday, March 28.
For your fourth assignment, you each looked at a possible project topic: Expert Systems, Neural Nets, the Genetic Algorithm, and Spam Filtering. You are not required to continue with the same topic. Other possible topics include, for example:
- The Turing Test and reactions to it.
- Machine Translation of Natural Languages.
- The current state of Robotics.
- AI in computer games.
- Cognitive psychology and computational models of the mind.
- The common sense problem and the CYC project.
- The early history of Artificial Intelligence (investigate what happened in the field from the 50s to the 70s and the controversies that arose).
I am also open to other possibilities.