Professor Harry Wechsler

Department of Computer Science

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA 22030

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         Fall   '2008

CS 480 --- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Prerequisites: C or better in CS310 and CS330

001  74997    TR   3:00 –  4:15 p.m.   STII    15

Office Hours

R   2:00 – 2:45 p.m. or by appointment (SITE II - Rm. 461)



S. Russell and P. Norvig, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, 2nd ed. Prentice Hall, 2003


1. Paul Graham. ANSI Common Lisp, Prentice Hall. 1995.

2. W. Clocksin and C. Mellish. Programming in Prolog, 3rd ed. Springer-Verlag. 1987.


Course Description

Principles and methods for knowledge representation, reasoning, learning, problem solving, planning, heuristic search, and natural language processing and their application to building intelligent systems in a variety of domains. Uses LISP, PROLOG or expert system programming language.

ABET Course Outcomes

1. A knowledge of basic uninformed and heuristic search techniques.

2. A knowledge of basic logic or probabilistic reasoning techniques.

3. A knowledge of basic machine learning techniques.

4. An ability to implement basic AI methods in Lisp or in Prolog.

5. An ability to identify and apply an appropriate AI method to a

given problem.


          1st day of classes: August 26, 2008

         Columbus Day recess: October 14, 2008

         Last Day of Classes: December 2, 2007


1. Homework Assignments: 25%

2. Midterm: 20% --- October 21, 2008

3. FINAL: 35% -- December 16, 2008 -- 1:30 pm – 4:15 pm

4. TERM PROJECT:  Project (20%).

Honor Code

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