The compulsory home work in the course is to write an essay on a freely chosen topic that is related to artificial intelligence in a reasonable way. Appropriate length for the essay is 10 to 15 pages (depending on the number of participants in the group, using a reasonable font size and marginals) and it should be written in English. The topic is not supposed to be new, but it should not be based on the lectures. You may deal with a topic that is connected to the lectures, but you need to provide additional information from new sources. A suitable topic is a general overview on a research field, introduction to a specific topic, or something in between these extremes.
The essay must begin with an abstract of the contents. The main content is divided into sections and it ends with the list of references. You need to base your essay on at least five articles and they have to be referenced in the text. Own contributed text and citations have to be separated clearly. Whenever you make a claim which cannot be seen to be common knowledge among computer scientists, it has to be made clear from which source the claim comes from.
The essay is intended audience for the essay is your fellow students knowledgeable in computer science and quick to learn, but no experts on the specific topic of your study. The essay should first introduce the background and required concepts for understanding details of its topic. The essay will be graded on the basis of general appearance, structure, language, and interestingness on the scale 0 – 10. You need to score at least one point to be able to pass the course.
A short (max 20 min) presentation on the essay may be given on the last lectures of the course, after Easter break. The presentation yields up to 4 extra points. Prepare to distribute some copies of your essay (or its short version) for the audience.
Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Do not base your essay on Wikipedia alone.
Deadline for the essay is May 15, 2012. Please deliver your essay to M.Sc. Teemu Heinimäki preferably as pdf file.