Course details

Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (in English)

IZUe Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 4 credits

Current academic year

Problem solving, state space search, problem decomposition, games playing. Knowledge representation. AI languages (PROLOG, LISP). Machine learning principles. Statistical and structural pattern recognition. Fundamentals of computer vision. Base principles of natural language processing. Application fields of artificial intelligence.


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Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs pc labs

Assessment points

  • 60 pts final exam (written part)
  • 20 pts mid-term test (written part)
  • 20 pts numeric exercises




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students acquire knowledge of various approaches of problem solving and base information about machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing. They will be able to create programs using heuristics for problem solving.

Learning objectives

To give the students the knowledge of fundamentals of artificial intelligence, namely knowledge of problem solving approaches, machine learning principles and general theory of recognition. Students acquire base information about computer vision and natural language processing.

Why is the course taught

In the IZU course, students should gain knowledge what artificial intelligence is, realize that the artificial intelligence does not mean artificial being, but that it is serious and very useful branch of computer science. Furthermore, students will learn basic techniques and approaches to solving problems that they can use then for creation of artificial intelligent systems.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Study literature

  • Zbořil,F., Hanáček,P.: Umělá inteligence, Skripta VUT v Brně, VUT v Brně, 1990, ISBN 80-214-0349-7
  • Mařík,V., Štěpánková,O., Lažanský,J. a kol.: Umělá inteligence (1)+(2), ACADEMIA Praha, 1993 (1), 1997 (2), ISBN 80-200-0502-1
  • Luger,G.F., Stubblefield,W.A.: Artificial Intelligence, The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc., 1993, ISBN 0-8053-4785-2

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction, types of AI problems, solving problem methods (BFS, DFS, DLS, IDS).
  2. Solving problem methods, cont. (BS, UCS, Backtracking, Forward checking).
  3. Solving problem methods, cont. (BestFS, GS, A*, IDA, SMA, Hill Climbing, Simulated annealing, Heuristic repair).
  4. Solving problem methods, cont. (Problem decomposition, AND/OR graphs).
  5. Methods of game playing (minimax, alpha-beta, games with unpredictability).
  6. Logic and AI, resolution and it's application in problem solving.
  7. Knowledge representation (representational schemes).
  8. Implementation of basic search algorithms in PROLOG.
  9. Implementation of basic search algorithms in LISP.
  10. Machine learning.
  11. Fundamentals of pattern recognition theory.
  12. Principles of computer vision.
  13. Principles of natural language processing.

Syllabus of computer exercises

  1. Problem solving - uninformed methods
  2. Problem solving - informed methods
  3. Problem solving - games playing.
  4. Problem solving - test.
  5. Resolution method
  6. PROLOG language - simple individual programs.
  7. OpenCV library

Progress assessment

  • Mid-term written examination - 20 points
  • Programs in computer exercises - 20 points

Controlled instruction

Written mid-term exam

Exam prerequisites

At least 2 points earned during semester.

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