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Unit information: Artificial Intelligence with Logic Programming in 2015/16

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Unit name Artificial Intelligence with Logic Programming
Unit code COMS30106
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Peter Flach
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an introduction to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) from the perspective of logic programming. The first half covers the basic principles of knowledge representation and automated inference with the Prolog programming language. The second half covers more advanced methods in natural language processing and machine learning which exploit the representation and reasoning power of Prolog

Intended Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the main techniques for intelligent reasoning and learning using logic-based knowledge representation.
  2. Implement and apply these techniques to solve practical problems by means of the declarative programming language Prolog.

Teaching Information

2 hours of lectures per week; 2 hours of unsupervised labs per week with access to a helpdesk

Assessment Information

2 hour written exam (50%) assessing learning outcome (1). Programming assignments (to a total of 50%) assessing learning outcome (2).

Reading and References

Peter Flach. Simply Logical - intelligent reasoning by example. Interactive online copy at