Instructor: Dr. Harry S. Delugach
Dr. Daniel M. Rochowiak
Phone: (256) 824-6614 (Delugach)
(256) 824-6844 (Rochowiak)
Class Meets: Mon. Wed. 2:45 - 4:45 PM in TH N-306
Office Hours:
  • Mon - Fri. by appointment





If you think there is an error in the grading of your work, you must bring it to the instructor's attention within one week after the assignment was returned to you.
20 %
30 %
30 %
In-class Participation
20 %

The following grading scale will be used (final averages are rounded to the nearest whole number):

A+ 96; A 92; A- 90; B+ 88; B 82; B- 80; C+ 78; C 72; C- 70; D 65

Course Objectives

General Information

Please read the general guidelines and policies that apply to this course, They are a part of this syllabus. This syllabus is freely available to anyone. Other course materials, announcements, discussions, etc. will be distributed using ANGEL (

ANGEL Online Access

Communication in this class will be conducted through ANGEL. To access it, go to You'll find instructions there about id/password and access information. You can get help from the TAG help desk at or at (256) 824-3333.


There will be three assignments. You are required to discuss the problems with your classmates, although all work turned in must be your own. Assigments consist of your contributions to an ANGEL discussion group. 80% of your assignment grade will be based on the number of contributions you make to the discussion. 20% of your grade will be based on the instructors' evaluation of the quality of your contributions. Each student must provide one external reference per assignment.

Presentation / Project

Each of you will conduct a project on some topic related to the course. In preparation for your project, you will prepare a survey of relevant literature as background. Expect to have at least a dozen references. This forms the basis of a presentation. Each student will therefore have about 30 minutes to present their background and problem area(s), followed by a question-answer session. A one-page abstract of your presentation is required to be posted on ANGEL at least 24 hours prior to your presentation. The presentation schedule will be decided at least two weeks in advance.

In-class Participation

You'll be evaluated on the basis of your participation, both in the class and in your discussions.

Course Schedule

NOTE: Readings are to be done before the class at which they will be discussed.

Mon May 20 Introduction    
Wed May 22 Data vs. Knowledge (Delugach)    
Mon May 27 No Class (Memorial Day)    
Wed May 29 Summarize online discussion   Assignment One
begin project discusssions
Mon Jun 3 Watson handout (IBM Research Report)  
Wed Jun 5 Watson    
Mon Jun 10 Knowledge Representation CGs handout  
Wed Jun 12 Knowledge Representation   Assignment Two
Mon Jun 17 Knowledge Acquisition (manual)    
Wed Jun 19 Knowledge Acquisition (automatic)    
Mon Jun 24 Reasoning (planning, inference, query)    
Wed Jun 26 Reasoning (constraints, control, etc.)   Assignment Three
Mon Jul 1 Exam    
Wed Jul 3 No class    
Mon Jul 8 Student Presentations (3 students)    
Wed Jul 10 Student Presentations (3 students)    
Mon Jul 15 Student Presentations (3 students)    
Wed Jul 17 Student Presentations (3 students)    
Mon Jul 22 Discussion of Student Projects    
Wed Jul 24 Active Knowledge Systems   Final Project due
Fri Jul 26 Final Examination