Practicum in Artificial Intelligence

CS 4701 - Fall 2019

Haym Hirsh (Instructor)

Contact Information: For all main course correspondance, please email: This email contacts both Prof. Hirsh and graduate TAs. It will facilitate better (and hopefully quicker!) communication between you and the staff. If your issue is something you prefer to discuss only with Prof. Hirsh, his email is found on his website.


Course Description

CS 4701 involves the creation of one semester-long programming project. The goal is to exercise knowledge you acquire from one of your AI courses (CS 4700 or others in our curriculum) through the development of a large-scale system. The major effort of the project should involve AI, as opposed to user-interface design, client-server software, etc. These can certainly be part of your system, but it should not be where most of the work takes place – beware, it is very easy to get sucked into programming effort that is not central to the goal of 4701.

Students should work in teams of 3; to work in groups of other sizes, you must receive permission from the instructor.

For more details please consult the course Project Description. You can also consult the slides from the organizational meeting.


Academic Integrity

From Cornell's code of academic integrity:

Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student in all academic undertakings. Integrity entails a firm adherence to a set of values, and the values most essential to an academic community are grounded on the concept of honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others. Academic integrity is expected not only in formal coursework situations, but in all University relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of University resources. ... A Cornell student's submission of work for academic credit indicates that the work is the student's own. All outside assistance should be acknowledged, and the student's academic position truthfully reported at all times. In addition, Cornell students have a right to expect academic integrity from each of their peers.


This course complies with the Cornell University policy and equal access laws to ensure that students with disabilities can still participate fully in this course. Requests for academic accommodations should be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services, as we may require verification of eligibility to provide appropriate accommodations.

Respect in Class

Everyone, the instructor, TAs, and students, must be respectful of everyone else in this class. All communication, in class and online, will be held to a high standard for thoughtfulness and inclusiveness: it may never target individuals or groups for harassment, and it may not exclude specific groups. That includes everything from outright animosity to the subtle ways we phrase things and even our timing.

If any of the communication in this class doesn't meet these standards, please don't escalate it by responding in kind. Instead, contact the instructor as early as possible; if for whatever reason you don't feel comfortable discussing something directly with the instructor please contact your advising office or the department chair.

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