COGNITIVE COMPUTING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
ING-INF/05 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester
Teaching StaffDANIELA GIORDANO
DIEEI, Plesso XIII, stanza 9, Cittadella UniversitariaPhone:
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Note: This course is offered in English
The course provides an integrated and modern approach to the design and development of intelligent systems, by resorting to state of the art technologies and methods from the fields of machine learning, large-scale multimedia analysis, natural computation, knowledge representation, logic and automated reasoning to solve typical and topical problems in application scenarios such as: natural human-computer interaction, business intelligence and decision-making support. The students will learn to design, develop and validate systems that learn from heterogeneous data (either in a supervised or unsupervised manner) and are able to detect and recognize patterns; 2) they will learn to program the behaviours of autonomous agents (NAO robots) capable to interact adaptively with humans. The course provides the theoretical foundations of artificial cognitive systems, but it is essentially practical and application-oriented. The students will gather hands-on experience on languages supporting the development of semantic web and logic programming applications, on frameworks and libraries such as TORCH for deep learning; on MATLAB libraries for multimedia signal processing and data mining; and with the NAO autonomous, programmable humanoid robot.
The course involves frontal lessons, laboratories, and seminars. Attendance is strongly recommended. Attending and actively participating in the classroom activities will contribute positively towards the overall assessment of the oral exam.
Detailed Course Content
Part 1: Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, and Semantic Technologies
- Introduction to Knowledge-Based Systems and to Knowledge Representation
- Reasoning: deductive and inductive reasoning; reasoning with uncertainty; temporal and spatial reasoning, case-based reasoning.
- Problem solving: search strategies and optimization
- First order logic and logic programming. Examples in Prolog.
- Fuzzy logic and the computing with words approach
- The Semantic Web: The RDF Data Model. OWL: The Web Ontology Language. Ontology Engineering. Examples in Protege. The SPARQL query language. Reasoners. Other Semantic Web Technologies and Applications. Linked data.
Part 2: Machine learning and knowledge discovery from large scale multimedia data
- Supervised learning: Probabilistic models, linear models, kernel-based methods, Support Vector Machines, data pre-processing
- Neural models: networks, model design, backpropagation training
- Deep learning: issues with "deep" models, training methods, convolutional neural networks (CNN), Recurrent Neural Networks
- Problem solving through natural computation: reinforcement learning and evolutionary algorithms.
- Multimedia analysis: Fundamental of multimedia signal processing (audio, speech, video). Image representations, filters, edge and contour extractions, segmentation. Image description; features and feature extraction, SIFT, bag-of-words models. Artificial vision. Object detection and recognition. Towards scene understanding.
- Knowledge discovery from data: the general data mining process, model construction and testing, performance evaluation, scalability issues, applications: recommender systems and business intelligence
Part 3: Autonomous agents and the NAO humanoid robotic platform
- Theories of perception, action and interaction. Interactive autonomous agents. Human-robot interaction
- The Nao robot operating system (NAOqi), the graphical programming environment Choreographe, NAO SDK.
- Applications. Augmenting the NAO perceptual and cognitive system.
Selected chapters from the following:
- Artificial Cognitive Systems: A Primer. David Vernon, MIT Press, 2014
- Artificial intelligence: a modern approach. Stuart Russell, Peter Norvig, 3rd edition, 2010
- Data Mining: The Textbook, Charu Aggarwal, 2015. Springer
- Deep Learning. I. Goodfellow, Y. Bengio and A. Courville, MIT Press, 2016
- A semantic Web Primer (third edition). Grigoris Antoniou, Paul Groth, Frank van Harmelen, and Rinke Hoekstra, 2012. The MIT Press, Cambrigde, Massachusetts, London, England.
- Computer Vision: A Modern Approach. David A Forsyth, Jean Ponce, 2015. Pearson education Limited
- Teaching materials provided by the instructor
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