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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Columbia University via edX

9 Reviews 1404 students interested
  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $325 Certificate Available
  • Effort 8-10 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 12 weeks long
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What do self-driving cars, face recognition, web search, industrial robots, missile guidance, and tumor detection have in common?

They are all complex real world problems being solved with applications of intelligence (AI).

This course will provide a broad understanding of the basic techniques for building intelligent computer systems and an understanding of how AI is applied to problems.

You will learn about the history of AI, intelligent agents, state-space problem representations, uninformed and heuristic search, game playing, logical agents, and constraint satisfaction problems.

Hands on experience will be gained by building a basic search agent. Adversarial search will be explored through the creation of a game and an introduction to machine learning includes work on linear regression.


Week 1: Introduction to AI, history of AI, course logistics
Week 2: Intelligent agents, uninformed search
Week 3: Heuristic search, A* algorithm
Week 4: Adversarial search, games
Week 5: Constraint Satisfaction Problems
Week 6: Machine Learning: Basic concepts, linear models, perceptron, K nearest neighbors
Week 7: Machine Learning: advanced models, neural networks, SVMs, decision trees and unsupervised learning
Week 8: Markov decision processes and reinforcement learning
Week 9: Logical Agent, propositional logic and first order logic
Week 10: AI applications (NLP)
Week 11: AI applications (Vision/Robotics)
Week 12: Review and Conclusion

Taught by

Professor Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi

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4.0 Based on 9 reviews

  • 5 stars 44%
  • 4 stars 33%
  • 3 star 11%
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Malolan V
5.0 2 years ago
by Malolan completed this course, spending 15 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This is a great course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting an introduction to AI. The course itself was quite challenging and definitely worth the verified certificate. Although the quizzes were just a bit tough, the programming assignments were extremely hard (in a good way). The projects were fun and interesting. Do however note that they might suck up a lot of your time (20-25 hrs on average)

Also, this course has quite a bit of math in it. I took this course when I didn't know much of linear algebra and calculus and in some parts of the course, my mind was …
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I loved this course despite its inconvenient quirks. It covers everything it says on the label and more. Expect to put a not insignificant amount of effort into the programming assignments which at times are on the challenging side. I would recommend that you have the text book available at your side as you work through the lectures - as a resource it is second to none. There are some caveats for this course though. Queries about the grader and platform take an age to get answered by the assistants and some get plane ignored. The quiz questions can be a bit on the tedious side testing reading …
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Dolly Y
3.0 3 years ago
by Dolly is taking this course right now.
Taking right now,not as rigorous and intellectually challenging as the UC Berkeley version (CS188) on edX or other MIT computer science courses. Given that the instructor for CS188 (Dan Klein) is a star (thus unfair comparison) and that the course is archived, her presentation of the materials is ok.You still learn a lot about AI basics.However,there is no staff support and no answer to quiz question.Don't take it for a certificate.Nevertheless,the programming assignments are fun and doable. I definitely recommend you take BerkeleyX: CS188x_1 Artificial Intelligence.It's by far the best academic experience I have so far.
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Dissipate D
1.0 3 years ago
by Dissipate is taking this course right now.
I can't say much as to the content of the course since I dropped it in Week 2. The content in Week 1 was merely introductory, and not too easy nor difficult.

The problem was that the lecturer speaks way too fast in the videos. At first I thought that I had accidentally set the video to run at 1.5x. But, the video showed that it was running at 1.0x and I thought edX might be broken. Upon refreshing a few times, I found out that nothing was broken. There was the option of 0.5x, but that was too slow-mo, I do not think an accurate 0.5x.

There are subtitles, but it just means that you have to read at a fast speed as well. You can read the subtitles without watching the video, but you may miss the slide that it is paired with, and what the lecturer is writing on the slide.

Since it was highly unlikely that the videos would be redone with the lecturer speaking at a pace that everyone can follow comfortably, I dropped out. More trouble than worth it.
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Davide M
5.0 2 years ago
Davide is taking this course right now, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I think this course is extremely interesting and well done in terms of contents and assignments. I am at the third project right now and I found the first two challenging and useful (I recommend taking this course with the requirements they specify in the description, like linear algebra, some coding, statistic). The only weak point is the quality of the lessons in my opinion: the speaker is often too fast and not clear enough, but the structure of the content is absolutely great. I haven't tried BerkeleyX's one (mentioned above here), but I consider this AI course as the best so far.
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4.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The highlight of the course is the content: good lectures and five very interesting and informative programming assignments. I put about 20 hrs/week into the course and learned quite a bit. The weak part of the course is the TA engagement; they weren't very responsive or helpful. Course materials, including quizzes, contain numerous grammatical errors that hopefully will be cleaned up before the next session.
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4.0 3 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I at least found the speed of her talking ok. She does get mixed up sometimes but the subtitles are there to make up for that. Quizzes I feel are a bit of a pain but the projects you have to do are on point. They are the perfect amount of challenging to keep you interested. Still taking the course.
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Gacko G
4.0 3 years ago
by Gacko is taking this course right now.
The quizzes are so painful. Can anyone help me? I love this course. But I confused by quiz of every week. My mail:
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Hong X
5.0 3 years ago
by Hong completed this course.
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