CSCI 335 - Artificial Intelligence
The goal of the project is for you to learn about an aspect of artificial
intelligence in greater depth than we have studied during this course.
You may choose to write an expository paper, a computer program, or select
an option that combines both elements. You may also extend a previous
- Expository: Research a category of at least four distinct
intelligent algorithms and
write a report describing each one. Your paper should educate
the reader about the systems you have investigated. One method for educating
the reader is to illustrate each algorithm by a detailed example. No
programming is required.
- Programming: Implement an intelligent algorithm that
has capabilities that none of our assignments this semester have evidenced.
You will be required to have one reference work, from which you obtain the
algorithm for the system you implement. You will also be required to
implement at least two alterations to this algorithm, and perform an
empirical comparison between the original algorithm and
your altered versions. You will also write a paper describing the
algorithm, your alterations, your empirical comparison, and (to the extent
that it is possible) a theoretical comparison. Implementations may
use any programming language you would like. Ideally, the
paper should contain sufficient detail to understand the algorithms
implemented without having to look at the source code. It should also
contain enough detail to enable any student in the course to replicate the
- Enhanced Assignment: This is a variation of the
programming option. You may select any of our assignments from this
semester and propose two extensions. You will be required to use
one reference work, perform a comparison, and write a paper as described
above for the programming option.
For your references, you may use books, web pages, or technical papers
(available either on-line or through a library). Here are some rules
regarding the selection of references:
Here are some suggestions for finding references for topics that may
- Up to two different chapters from the same book can qualify as distinct
references as long as they cover distinct material. They will not qualify
if they cover material that is a cumulative sequence.
- Wikipedia may not
be counted as a reference. However, you are encouraged to use Wikipedia
to gain an overview of a topic, and to find suggestions for appropriate
- No more than two web pages may be counted as references. Technical
papers that you find online do not count as web pages for this purpose.
Please feel free to ask the instructor if any particular resource seems
ambiguous in this regard.
- Look at the Wikipedia article for
a given topic, and follow the external links.
- Search for online technical papers using
- Go to the library.
- Visit web pages of research groups that study a given topic.
|Project proposal (1-2 pages)||11/7, 1:15 pm|
|Revised proposal||11/16, 1:15 pm|
|Progress report||11/28, 1:15 pm|
|Final project due||12/7, 2:00 pm|
In your proposal, describe the project you envision. State the number of
references you intend to read and the number of implementations you plan
to complete. After you turn in your proposal, I will supply you with
comments by the next class period. You will then have until the following
class period to revise your proposal to take into account my comments.
At this point, you will need to have
completed at least one implementation (for implementation projects)
and you will need to have selected all of your reference works. If
progress is unsatisfactory or some of the references need to be replaced,
we can alter the proposal at this time.
Your progress report is to be presented orally in class on Tuesday,
November 28. It should be composed in PowerPoint or in an equivalent
format. It should consist of five slides as follows:
- Title slide
- Project Goals
- Technical Background
- Progress to Date
- References selected
- Implementation completed
- Plan for project completion
You will write a paper as described above. You should have at least one
page of your paper dedicated to describing each of your references. You
should also have an introduction and a conclusion. If you did any
implementation, you will need to describe that in the paper as well.
During the finals period for the course (2-5 pm 12/7), you will give a
15 minute oral presentation about your project. Include a discussion of
each reference as well as a discussion of the results of your
implementations. Your presentation should be formal; PowerPoint or the like
should be employed. You may use no fewer than five and no more than ten
slides in your presentation. The title slide is not counted in this total.
Separate grades will be awarded for the revised proposal, progress report,
final paper, and oral presentation. The final paper and oral presentation
will each be 80 points, and the proposal and
progress report will each be 40 points, for a total of 240 points.
Proposal grade: An "A" proposal will include a good
summary of what you intend to do and a realistic timetable for doing it.
It will also incorporate revisions reflecting any comments I make. Lower
grades will result from imperfections in the above criteria.
Progress report grade: An "A" progress report will
honestly discuss the relationship between the timetable and your current
progress. If any references have not been selected or no implementation
has been attempted, the grade may be lower.
Oral presentation grade: An "A" presentation will be
well-organized and convey an overview of your work without dwelling too
much on the details. It will also require reasonable answers to any
questions you may receive, either from the instructor or other students.
Final paper grade: An "A" final paper will clearly
present the results of your research according to the requirements given
above. The degree to which the work you proposed has been completed is
critical. The quality of your implementation will also contribute to this