CSE 473 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Autumn 2003
Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30-11:20 am, EE 003

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Henry Kautz
(206) 543-1896
666 Paul J. Allen Center
Office hours (held in CSE 666)
11:00-12:00 Tuesday
1:30-2:30 Friday
and by appointment


Jeffrey Bigham

Office hours (held in CSE 212)
6:30-7:30 Wednesday
2:30-3:30 Thursday
and by appointment

Textbook:  Artificial Intelligence, A Modern Approach: Second Edition.  Stuart Russell & Peter Norvig.  Prentice Hall, 2003.  Please note that you must have the Second Edition.

CSE 326 required, CSE 341 recommended.  Not open for credit to students have have completed CSE 415.

Knowledge Post-Conditions

This course will enable you to:

Course Work

A set of assignment will be given out (almost) every Monday.  The due date for each task will be specified.  It is important that you finish each task by its due date, because doing the task prepares you for the work we do in the classroom that day.  There will be 5 different kinds of tasks:


70% of your grade will be based on the assignments and 30% on the midterm and final exam.  See the Grade Breakdown page for the formula used to calculate the final grades.

The midterm exam will be in class on Nov 5.  The final exam is 8:30 am - 12:20 pm on Friday, Dec 12.

Staying in Touch

The course mailing list is <cse473@cs.washington.edu>, and will be enabled by Oct 3rd.  Please use it as a resource to discuss issues about the course and the assignments with other students.  The TA and instructor will also be reading this list, so it is also appropriate for any question of a general nature.  You may also send email to Jeffrey or me directly with either general questions or questions about your own performance in the course.  The course home page is:


I encourage people to come to office hours.  You do not have to wait until you have a problem with an assignment:  I am happy to talk about your progress in the undergraduate program, career and graduate school opportunities, or wild and crazy ideas about AI.  I will be out town at computer science research conferences Sept 30-Oct 3, Oct 20, and Nov 10-12.  Jeffrey and guest lecturers will fill in on these days.

Collaboration and Academic Honesty

In this class, you will be collaborating with other students to solve problems. Some solutions will be handed in and graded as a group activity and some will be individually written and evaluated. When doing individual assignments, you may still collaborate with other students. However, you must give credit to others who have given you some insight into solving a problem, just as professionals recognize others who have helped with their research or writing.