cod. 06149

Academic year 2015/16
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Informatica (INF/01)
Discipline informatiche
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

Provide an introduction to modern Artificial Intelligence (AI) with particular regard to logics and reasoning.

Taking Dublin indicators into account.

Knowledge and understanding
The course introduces the first concepts related to AI.
Particular emphasis is given to the understanding of the classical methodologies. The reference text is in Italian, but standard English terminology is commonly used during the lessons as goodwill to the consultation of the international scientific literature.

Applying knowledge and understanding
The knowledge presented is always applied to the resolution of specific problems. The exercises that accompany the course are focused on solving exercises and problems. Often the solution methods are presented in the form of an algorithm, developing in students the ability to structure procedures that are useful in many parts of computer science, and not
only in the study of AI.

Making judgments
The exercises, which are proposed in relation to the theoretical part presented in class, can be solved individually or in groups. The comparison with classmates, work at home or in classroom, favors the development of specific skills in students to enable the explanation of arguments to fellows and teachers. Often the exercises can be solved in many different ways and listening to the solutions proposed by other allows students to develop the ability to identify common structures, beyond the apparent superficial differences.

Communication skills
The numerous discussions on the different methods to solve problems allow students to improve communication skills. Specific communication of AI is also usually used during classes and exercises.

Learning skills
The study of the origins of technological solutions and their introduction motivated by qualitative and quantitative considerations contributes to the students’ ability to learn in a deep way and not just superficial and repetitive. The knowledge acquired is never rigid and definitive, but it is adaptable to any evolution and change of perspective and context.


Basic programming skills

Course unit content

Artificial intelligence and agents.
Problem solving via search.
Games and adversarial problems.
Constraint satisfaction problems.
Logic-based agents.
Structured knowledge representation.
Neural networks.
Multi-agent systems.

Full programme

Artificial intelligence and agents
Chapters 1 and 2 of the textbook. An introduction to Artificial Intelligence and to the rational agent metaphor.
Problem solving via search
Chapters 3 and 4 of the textbook. Problem solving via search in the state space. Breadth and depth search. Informed search: the A* algorithm.
Local search: genetic and evolutionary algorithms.
Games and adversarial problems
Chapter 5 of the textbook. Games via search in the state space: the
minimax algorithm and alpha-beta pruning.
Constraint satisfaction problems
Chapter 6 of the textbook. Constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs). CSP solving via backtracking. Types of consistency and arc-consistency.
Forward checking and algorithms for local consistency maintenance.
Logic-based agents
Chapters 7, 8 and 9 of the textbook. Propositional logic: clauses and resolution. First order logic and basics of resolution and logic programming.
Chapter 11 of the textbook. General characteristics of a planning system. The blocks world. STRIPS. Real-world planning: conditional planning and execution control.
Structured knowledge representation
Description logics and structured inheritance networks. Ontologies and their applications to the Semantic Web.
Chapter 18 of the textbook. Inductive learning: decision trees.
Reinforcement learning.
Neural networks
Perceptrons and feed-forward networks. Reinforcement learning and the back propagation algorithm
Multi-agent systems
Cooperative and competitive agents and multi-agent systems.
Communication between agents and communicative acts. FIPA and the
BDI model (brief introduction to modal logics).


Stuart Russell e Peter Norvig. Intelligenza artificiale: un approccio
moderno. UTET Libreria, 1998.

Teaching methods

Classes and laboratories are located at Dipartimento di Matematica e
Laboratory exercizes share time slots with classes.
Meetings with the teacher can be requested via e-mail

Assessment methods and criteria

Being able to understand and make appropriate use of techniques of
modern Artificial Intelligence.
The exam consists of a written test.

Other information

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