CSEP 573, 24wi: Introduction to AI

Thursdays from 6:30-9:20 in CSE2 G10.

Recordings in canvas.


(subject to change)

Wk. Dates Lecture slides Reading (optional reading)
1 Jan 4 Introduction; Agents; Search R&N, 1,2,3.1
2 Jan 11 Search (cont.); Informed Search R&N 3.2-end, 5.1-5.2; Search tool
3 Jan 18 Adversarial Search; ExpectiMax R&N 5.3-5.5, (4)
4 Jan 25 Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) R&N 17.1-17.3, (S&B 4.3-4.4)
5 Feb 1 Reinforcement Learning R&N 22.1-22.5, (S&B 5.1-5.5)
6 Feb 8 RL (cont.); Uncertainty R&N 12, 13.1-13.3 (MIT notes), R&N 15.1-15.3
7 Feb 15 Hidden Markov Models R&N 15.1-15.3
8 Feb 22 Bayesian Networks (BNs) R&N 14.1-14.3
9 Feb 29 Inference in BNs R&N 14.4-14.5
10 Mar 7 Machine Learning R&N 18.1-18.2; 20.1-20.2

Communication and Office Hours

The staff is available to help you in a number of different ways. Please consider asking any questions first on the Ed forum, so that others can also benefit from the shared responses. We will try to schedule office hours to accommodate students' schedules and will offer some office hours virtually. If you're still not able to make this time, please reach out to us on Ed.

We also have office hours in a number of different times and locations.


Projects (programming)

Individual assignments graded on correctness and due by 11:59pm on the day listed. Worth 50% of grade total.

Projects (PR) Total Points Due
0: Warm-up N/A Not graded
1: Search 25 Sun Jan 28
2: Multi-Agent Search 25 Sun Feb 11
3: Reinforcement Learning 25 Sun Feb 25
4: Inference and Filtering 25 Sun Mar 10

Written Exams

Individual assignments graded on correctness and due by 11:59pm on the day listed. Worth 50% of grade total. Make sure your answers are selected and visible when you submit them. You may handwrite and scan the homework if you would like, but the answers must be clearly visible (i.e., pencil may not work).

Homeworks (HW) Due
Midterm Feb 19, 2024
Final Mar 13, 2024



  • All work will be turned in electronically.
  • Assignments should be done individually unless otherwise specified. You may discuss the subject matter with other students in the class, but all final answers must be your own work. You are expected to maintain the utmost level of academic integrity in the course, pertinent to the Allen School's policy on academic misconduct.
  • Each student has six penalty-free late days for the whole quarter. Consecutive days off (weekends or holidays) count as one late day. Other than that, any late submission will be penalized at 20 percent of the submitted grade per day (weekends count as one day). (This should incentive you to attempt the assignments even if you submit them quite late).
  • The maximum late days that can be used per assignment is four.
  • You must link pages to questions for written assignments submitted to gradescope. You will lose 0.25 points off the assignment if you do not do so. (For guidance watch this video on how to do this.)


Please stay home if you're ill. Lectures are recorded and most office hours are held remotely. If one of the course staff becomes ill we will move the appropriate events online. Consult the UW policies for more information.


  • Your grade is is divided equally between the written (50%) and programmaing (50%) assignments. I will also add up to 5% extra credit for students who actively participate in class or help others on the Ed discussion board.


Discussion Board

Please use Ed for course related questions.


Lecture slides will be posted on this site before the relevant day. We will alert the class if any major changes are made to correct errors, etc after posting.

Lecture videos should upload to canvas automatically.


We welcome students from all backgrounds and adhere to the Allen School’s Inclusiveness Statement. If anything related to the course makes you feel unwelcome in any way, let the instructor know.


We are eager to provide necessary accommodations.

For disability accommodations, please see the UW resources.

For religious accommodations, please see the UW resources.

We recognize that our students come from varied backgrounds and can have widely-varying circumstances. If you have any unforeseen or extenuating circumstance that arise during the course, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor to discuss your situation. The sooner we are made aware, the more easily these situations can be resolved. Extenuating circumstances may include:

  • Work-school balance
  • Familial responsibilities
  • Unexpected travel
  • ... or anything else beyond your control which may negatively impact your performance in the class