An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

By Prof. Mausam   |   IIT Delhi
Learners enrolled: 40964
The course introduces the variety of concepts in the field of artificial intelligence. It discusses the philosophy of AI, and how to model a new problem as an AI problem. It describes a variety of models such as search, logic, Bayes nets, and MDPs, which can be used to model a new problem. It also teaches many first algorithms to solve each formulation. The course prepares a student to take a variety of focused, advanced courses in various subfields of AI.

INTENDED AUDIENCE   : Undergraduate students in computer science
PREREQUISITES  : Data Structures, Probability
INDUSTRY SUPPORT    : Most software companies
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1  :Introduction: Philosophy of AI, Definitions
Week 2  :Modeling a Problem as Search Problem, Uninformed Search
Week 3 :Heuristic Search, Domain Relaxations
Week 4  :Local Search, Genetic Algorithms
Week 5  :Adversarial Search
Week 6  :Constraint Satisfaction
Week 7  :Propositional Logic & Satisfiability
Week 8  :Uncertainty in AI, Bayesian Networks
Week 9  :Bayesian Networks Learning & Inference, Decision Theory
Week 10:Markov Decision Processes
Week 11:Reinforcement Learning
Week 12:Introduction to Deep Learning & Deep RL

Books and references

Stuart Russell & Peter Norvig, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, Prentice-Hall, Third Edition (2009) (required).
Ian GoodFellow, Yoshua Bengio & Aaron Courville, Deep Learning, MIT Press (2016).

Instructor bio

Prof. Mausam

IIT Delhi
Mausam is an Associate Professor of Computer Science department at IIT Delhi, and an affiliate faculty member at University of Washington, Seattle. His research explores several threads in artificial intelligence, including scaling probabilistic planning algorithms, large-scale information extraction over the Web, and enabling complex computation over crowdsourced platforms. He received his PhD from University of Washington in 2007 and a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 2001. ArnetMiner, a global citation aggregator, has rated Mausam as the 25th most influential scholar in AI for 2019. He was recently awarded the AAAI Senior Member status for his long-term participation in AAAI and distinction in the field of artificial intelligence.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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