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|CS 275 - Fall 2020, Constraint Networks|
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Instructor: Rina Dechter
Days,Time: M/W, 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm (PT)
Classoom: Zoom Meeting ID: 92451965137 - https://uci.zoom.us/j/92451965137
Office hours: W, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Constraint satisfaction is a simple but powerful tool. Constraints identify the impossible and reduce the realm of possibilities to effectively focus on the possible, allowing for a natural declarative formulation of what must be satisfied, without expressing how. The field of constraint reasoning and satisfiability has matured over the last three decades with contributions from a diverse community of researchers in artificial intelligence, databases and programming languages, operations research, management science, and applied mathematics.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the theory and techniques of constraint processing, using the constraint graphical model. This model offers a natural language for encoding world knowledge in areas such as scheduling, vision, diagnosis, prediction, design, hardware and software verification, and bio-informatics, and it facilitates many computational tasks relevant to these domains such as constraint satisfaction, constraint optimization, counting and sampling. The course will focus on techniques for constraint processing. It will cover search and inference algorithms, consistency algorithms and structure based techniques and will focus on properties that facilitate efficient solutions. Extensions to general graphical models such as probabilistic networks, cost networks, and satisfiability-based schemes will be discussed. This year we will look at the potential collaboration between Constraint Processing and Neural Networks. We ask: can neural networks help constraint processing, and vice-versa, can constraints representation and algorithms be relevant to training neural networks? Students will have an opportunity to address such questions through recent literatures in their projects.
TextbookRequired textbook: Rina Dechter, Constraint Processing, Morgan Kaufmann
Homeworks and projects (80%), exam(s) (20%).
There will be weekly homework-assignments, a project, and an exam.