The course provides a basic introduction to classical AI (artificial intelligence) as well as non-classical AI. It addresses fundamental conditions, problems and challenges for AI also from a philosophical perspective.
Topics covered: Background and history of AI in outline. Fundamental problems and challenges - realism, brittleness, scalability, real-time requirements, the frame problem, the homunculus problem, the substrate problem, symbol grounding, common-sense knowledge and common-sense reasoning. Fundamentals of search: problem, solution, state space, breadth-first, depth-first, heuristics, A*, local search and optimization. Knowledge representation: logic as form of expression (syntax and semantics of propositional logic and predicate logic). Agent paradigms: the hierarchical paradigm, the reactive paradigm, and the hybrid paradigm. Classical planning and execution, STRIPS, Shakey. Reactive agents, Braitenberg vehicles, subsumption architecture. Potential fields architecture. The physical structure of robots. Teleoperation and semi-autonomous robots. Embodied cognition and situatedness. Neural networks: background and fundamentals. Artificial evolution, genetic algorithms- short introduction. Multiple autonomous agents, swarm intelligence, stigmergy, emergence. Learning - short introduction.
To be admitted you must have 60 ECTS-credits in Computing Science/Cognitive Science or 2 years of completed studies, in both cases including a basic programming course consisting of at least 7.5 ECTS-credits (e.g. 5DV157, 5DV158, 5DV176, or 5DV177) and either at least 7.5 credits in Data Structures and Algorithms (e.g. 5DV149, or 5DV150) or at least 7.5 credits within Application Programming in Python (e.g. 5DA000) or equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.
Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.
Application deadline was
15 April 2021.
Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.