CS 635/796 - Computational Models of Cognition
Summer 2006
Syllabus and Course Summary

last modified May 25, 2006
Instructor: Dr. Harry S. Delugach
WWW: http://www.cs.uah.edu/~delugach
Phone: (256) 824-6614
Class Meets: Tue. Thu. 2:45 - 4:45 P.M.
Location: Technology Hall TH N-308
Office Hrs:
   2:00 - 3:45 P.M. Tue. Thu.
Office Location: TH N-351

Michael Wooldridge, Reasoning about Rational Agents, MIT Press, 2000, ISBN 0-262-23213-8.

Peter Gärdenfors, Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought, MIT Press, 2004, ISBN 0-262-57219-2.

Other notes will be provided on the class web page.

Class Web Page: http://www.cs.uah.edu/~delugach/Courses/CS635

First Exam
25 %
Second Exam
25 %
30 %
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
The plus/minus grading system will be used in this course and such grades will appear on your transcript. In accordance with University policy, they will not affect your grade point average (GPA). If you feel 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.

General Policies

Please read the general guidelines and policies that apply to all my courses. They are a part of this syllabus. Since this course is offered through the Computer Science Department, you are subject to the CS Department policies for your performance and evaluation within the course, regardless of your degree program or major department.

Course Objectives

  • To understand essential concepts in cognitive systems and intelligent agent design.
  • To learn how to specify and design working intelligent systems that achieve some tangible and demonstrable result.
  • To understand the belief, desire, intention (BDI) model of cognition and apply it to actual problems.
  • To construct a coherent proposal for an actual cognitive science or computer science research project.


There will be two homework assignments, to be done individually. You may discuss the problems with your classmates, but the work must be your own.

Semester Exercise

You will submit a cumulative exercise at the end of the semester. These are to be done individually. The exercise will take the form of a formal research proposal, based on some actual program solicitations in cognitive and computer science. CS 796 students are expected to have more in-depth proposals and to present their exercise to the class at the end of the semester.

Course Schedule

NOTE: Readings are to be done before the class at which they will be discussed. Additional notes and material may be provided by the instructor as needed.

Tue May 30 Introduction and Orientation Agents 1,2  
Thu Jun 01 Belief-Desire-Intention (BDI) model Agents 2  
Tue Jun 06 Rational Agents Agents 5  
Thu Jun 08 Mental States Agents 6
Tue Jun 13 Dimensions, Representation Spaces 1, 2  
Thu Jun 15 Properties Spaces 3 Homework 1
Tue Jun 20 Concepts Spaces 4  
Thu Jun 22 Conceptual Semantics Spaces 5  
Tue Jun 27 Induction Spaces 6  
Thu Jun 29 First Exam    
Tue Jul 04 NO CLASS (Independence Day)    
Thu Jul 06 Computation Spaces 7  
Tue Jul 11 Communication Agents 7  
Thu Jul 13 Communication Agents 7  
Tue Jul 18 Cooperation Agents 8 Homework 2
Thu Jul 20 Logic Agents 9  
Tue Jul 25 Experiments    
Thu Jul 27 Project Presentations    
Tue Aug 01 Project Presentations and Summary    
Thu Aug 03
Second Examination 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Final project