Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Interface Design Course by MIT

Published Jan 07, 2009

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While research has made leaps and bounds in the development of artificial intelligence, teaching computers simple common sense has eluded computer scientists. 'Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications,' a free OpenCourseWare from MIT, explores the possibility that computers can learn the elements of common sense reasoning. Students will also learn about the many potential applications of such technology, from a truly 'smart' cellular phone to a computer that can infer meaning. This graduate-level course is ideal for students pursuing master's or doctoral work in Computer Science, especially those interested in artificial intelligence.

Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications: Course Specifics

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Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications: Course Description

A computer may be able to beat a human being at chess, but it can't use common sense to warn you not to plan that trip during rush hour. Although we rely on computers to assist us in our personal and professional lives, teaching computers common sense reasoning has proven to be one of the most challenging aspects of artificial intelligence research. In 'Common Sense Reasoning for Interactive Applications,' students will learn a new approach to solving this problem. Rather than seek a perfect solution, they will explore the use of partial knowledge and human and computer collaboration. The course focuses on the differences in common sense knowledge between cultures, and how a computer that understands these differences might help facilitate such communication. This graduate level computer science course is taught in a lecture format by MIT Professor Henry Lieberman.

You can download assignments and lecture notes on the course website. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the common sense reasoning for interactive applications' course page.

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