The course aims to provide a foundation in artificial intelligence techniques for planning, with an overview of the wide spectrum of different problems and approaches, including their underlying theory and their applications.The January to March 2015 session was the final version of the course, but it remains open until March 2016 so that those interested can register and access all the materials. All assignments are available to try but will not score or be eligible for a statement of accomplishment. Soon after that date Coursera will no longer support the platform on which this course is built, but the course materials and videos will continue to be available via:
Planning is a fundamental part of intelligent systems. In this course, for example, you will learn the basic algorithms that are used in robots to deliberate over a course of actions to take. Simpler, reactive robots don't need this, but if a robot is to act intelligently, this type of reasoning about actions is vital.
Five weeks of study comprising 10 hours of video lecture material and special features videos. Quizzes and assessments throughout the course will assist in learning. Some weeks will involve recommended readings. Discussion on the course forum and via other social media will be encouraged. A mid-course catch up break week and a final week for exams and completion of assignments allows for flexibility in study.
You can engage with the course at a number of levels to suit your interests and the time you have available:
The January to March 2015 session was the final version of the course, but it remains open until March 2016 so that those interested can register and access all the materials. Soon after that date Coursera will no longer support the platform on which this course is built. The course materials and videos will continue to be available via:
http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/project/plan/ooc/ (AI Planning Course Home Page)
http://bit.ly/aiplanmooc (Videos on YouTube)
Students who complete the class during the originally scheduled session dates (that is, by 1st March 2015) will be offered a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.
The Statement of Accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in your subject to a higher education institution or potential employer.
Nothing is required, but if you want to try out implementing some of the algorithms described in the lectures you'll need access to a programming environment. No specific programming language is required. Also, you may want to download existing planners and try those out. This may require you to compile them first.
You will appreciate that such direct contact would be difficult to manage. You are encouraged to use the course social network and discussion forum to raise questions and seek inputs. The tutors will participate in the forums, and will seek to answer frequently asked questions, in some cases by adding to the course FAQ area.
Use the hash tag #aiplan for tweets about the course.
We are passionate about open on-line collaboration and education. Our taught AI planning course at Edinburgh has always published its course materials, readings and resources on-line for anyone to view. Our own on-campus students can access these materials at times when the course is not available if it is relevant to their interests and projects. We want to make the materials available in a more accessible form that can reach a broader audience who might be interested in AI planning technology. This achieves our primary objective of getting such technology into productive use. Another benefit for us is that more people get to know about courses in AI in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, or get interested in studying or collaborating with us.
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