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Welcome to CSE 473 (Autumn 2006)

Rajesh Rao (Instructor)


Ravi Kiran (TA) and Abhay Kumar Jha (TA)

MWF 1:30-2:20 EE1 037


In this course, we will explore basic concepts and techniques in the field of Artificial Intelligence and come face to face with the challenges of building an "intelligent system". We will focus on methods for search, knowledge representation, planning, probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, and robotics.
(Catalog Description. Prerequisite: CSE 326. Credits: 3).

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Instructor: Rajesh Rao (rao at cs.washington.edu)
Allen Center 566
Office Hours: By appointment (send email)

TA: Ravi Kiran (kiran at cs.washington.edu)
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 pm in CSE-220

TA: Abhay Kumar Jha (abhaykj at cs.washington.edu)
Office Hours: Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm in CSE-216


The (required) textbook is Russell & Norvig's "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach," (Prentice Hall) 2nd edition, 2003.


Your final grade will be assigned as follows:
  • 50% homeworks and projects
  • 20% midterm
  • 30% final

Late Policy

Unless otherwise indicated, assignments and projects are due by the start of lecture on their due date. If you hand in an assignment more than one hour late, we will take off 20% for each day (or portion thereof) that it is late. So, if an assignment is due on October 9, it must be in the TA or lecturer's hands by start of class on that day, with a one hour grace period after that.

Cheating Vs. Collaborating Guidelines

Collaboration is a very good thing. On the other hand, cheating is considered a very serious offense. Please don't do it! Concern about cheating creates an unpleasant environment for everyone. If you cheat, you risk losing your position as a student in the department and the college. The department's policy on cheating is to report any cases to the college cheating committee. What follows afterwards is not fun. So how do you draw the line between collaboration and cheating? Here's a reasonable set of ground rules. Failure to understand and follow these rules will constitute cheating, and will be dealt with as per University guidelines.
  • The "Survivor" Rule: This rule says that you are free to meet with fellow student(s) and discuss assignments with them. Writing on a board or shared piece of paper is acceptable during the meeting; however, you should not take any written (electronic or otherwise) record away from the meeting. This applies when the assignment is supposed to be an individual effort or whenever two teams discuss common problems they are each encountering (inter-group collaboration). After the meeting, engage in some mind-numbing activity (like watching an episode of Survivor: Cook Island), before starting to work on the assignment. This will ensure that you are able to reconstruct what you learned from the meeting, by yourself, using your own brain.
  • The Freedom of Information Rule: To ensure that all collaboration is on the level, you must always write the name(s) of your collaborators on your assignment. This applies when two groups collaborate.

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