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One part of this course is reading and discussing recent research papers. These will show what is state of the art in the field and what are exciting open problems waiting to be solved.

Before each class, you will read the papers that we will discuss, and submit a unique review to an online discussion board. In your review you can address questions such as: What more is to be had from that idea? What technical, social or economic impact will it have? What problems or difficulties does the idea bring? What other work did (or should) the idea motivate? What other work lead to this idea? What would you have done differently if you were the author? You can also answer your own questions, raise new questions or answer questions raised by other students.

Note that it is generally easier to criticize some aspects of a paper, but this may not always be helpful. You will often benefit by also trying to find out which aspects were well done, and by saying what you would have done differently if you were given the same resources available to the original authors.

Summaries should be about 1/2 or 3/4 of a page in length, certainly no longer than one page.

All reviews should be submitted by 9:30am on the day of class so Dan can read and incorporate them in the class flow.

Cheating vs. Collaboration

You are allowed to discuss problems with your classmates to the extent of formulating ideas. When it comes to writing up solutions, I expect each person to do their own work. I'll also request that you wait an hour between discussions of a problem and the subsequent writeup.

On the homework you submit, please include a list of all the people with whom you discussed the problem. If you consult written materials other than the course materials, please list these resources as well. (Normally, this should be unnecessary). On programming assignments, I expect you to write the code from scratch given the materials we have listed. (E.g., on PS2, please don't search for a unification routine on the Web - I'm sure that there are many out there). If you wish to write your PDDL domain by modifying an existing domain, that can be fine, but list the domain(s) you started from and include a listing.

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