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Artificial Intelligence : a new synthesis
Nilsson, Nils J., 1933-
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San Francisco, Calif. : Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxi, 513 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Q335 .N495 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Intelligent agents are employed as the central characters in this new introductory text. Beginning with elementary reactive agents, Nilsson gradually increases their cognitive horsepower to illustrate the most important and lasting ideas in AI. Neural networks, genetic programming, computer vision, heuristic search, knowledge representation and reasoning, Bayes networks, planning, and language understanding are each revealed through the growing capabilities of these agents. The book provides a refreshing and motivating new synthesis of the field by one of AI's master expositors and leading researchers. Artificial Intelligence: A New Synthesis takes the reader on a complete tour of this intriguing new world of AI.

Author Notes

Nils J. Nilsson's long and rich research career has contributed much to AI. He has written many books, including the classic Principles of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Nilsson is Kumagai Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He has served on the editorial boards of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and as an Area Editor for the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery. Former Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford, and former Director of the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center, he is also a past president and Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Table of Contents

1 Stimulus-Response Agents
2 Neural Networks
3 Machine Evolution
4 State Machines
5 Robot Vision
6 Agents that Plan
7 Uninformed Search
8 Heuristic Search
9 Planning, Acting, and Learning
10 Alternative Search Formulations and Applications
11 Adversarial Search
12 The Propositional Calculus
13 Resolution in The Propositional Calculus
14 The Predicate Calculus
15 Resolution in the Predicate Calculus
16 Knowledge-Based Systems
17 Representing Commonsense Knowledge
18 Reasoning with Uncertain Information
19 Learning and Acting with Bayes Nets
20 The Situation Calculus
21 Planning
22 Multiple Agents
23 Communication Among Agents
24 Agent Architectures