Artificial Intelligence: Image and Reality
|email:||andrea "at" cs "dot" williams "dot" edu|
| Office:||TCL 305|
| Office Hours:||M 8:00-10:00 PM, T 1:00-3:00 PM,
W 10:00-11:00 AM,
and by appointment|
| Lectures:||MWF 9:00-9:50, TCL 206|
| Labs:||Thurs 1:00-2:30, TCL 312B|
| TA:||Bill Jannen|
| TA Hours:||Sun 8:00-10:00 PM (CS Lounge
or TCL 312), W 5:30-8:30 PM (TCL 217 or 217A)|
| Review Sessions:||Mon 1:00 PM and Tues
1:00 PM (meet in my office).
| Sample Final Exam:||Available
Computer Science 108 is an introduction to the field of Artificial
Intelligence (AI). Artificial Intelligence is a concept that has been
pondered by many, from computer scientists to philosophers to novelists
and film-makers. "AI" has made its way into our vocabulary and brings to
mind images of walking, talking, and thinking robots. Great strides have
been made in the field, but promises have also been broken in the 50
years since this area of research was officially named.
In this course, we will explore the field of Artificial Intelligence,
considering the state of the art as well as the ways in which the field
is depicted in literature and film.
We will also consider the practical issues involved in building AI
systems. We will explore game-playing systems, systems that learn from
their environments, and systems that create plans for complex tasks.
In weekly lab sessions, held on Thursdays, you will work in groups to
build small, mobile robots and to program them to perform a variety of
tasks such as obstacle avoidance and light seeking.