CS 687 - Spring   2014

Advanced Artificial Intelligence – CRN 11570 – CS 687 - 001

Prerequisites: CS 580

Instructor:  Prof. Harry Wechsler wechsler@gmu.edu

Course Description:  Course covers concepts and techniques in artificial intelligence (AI) for multidisciplinary applications. Topics include basics in probability, statistics, information theory; model selection, complexity, and prediction; learning, training and cross-validation strategies; neural networks and pattern recognition; uncertain knowledge and reasoning; statistical learning, support vector machines (SVM), semi-supervised learning, transduction, collective learning and stochastic relaxation, and anomaly / outlier detection; adversarial learning; ensemble and voting methods; comparative performance evaluation; natural language processing (NLP) using probabilistic learning [Hidden Markov Models (HMM), probabilistic Latent Semantic Analysis (pLSA), and Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA)] for text (“document”) retrieval, security applications (“spam and phishing detection”), image analysis (“object localization and recognition”), and biometrics (“face”); emerging themes and future challenges (lack of annotation, uncontrolled settings, interoperability, privacy). (Team) Term project required.


Time, Day, and Venue: M – Monday, 7:20 – 10:00 pm,

Art and Design Building 2026


Office Hours: M – Monday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, ENGR 4448


First day of classes: Monday, January 27

Spring Break [March 10 – 16]: no class on Monday, March 10

Last day of classes: Monday, May 5


Textbook:  Artificial Intelligence by Russell and Norvig, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall, 2010.

Textbook Website (and slides) (for reference): aima.cs.berkeley.edu


·        Homework 30%

·        Mid Term Monday, March 3 30 %

·        (Team) Project ­Class (Slide) Presentation and Final Report, April 28 & May 5 40%

Honor Code:

You are expected to abide by the GMU honor code. Homework assignments and exams are individual efforts. Information on the university honor code can be found at


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