CPS 822   Artificial Intelligence 2
Dynamical Systems in Artificial Intelligence

Course Management Form

Instructor: Mikhail Soutchanski.
Email: mes (at) cs (dot) [university name] (dot) ca (write cps822 in "Subject" to by-pass spam filters)
Web page: www.cs.ryerson.ca/mes/courses/cps822/
Office: Computing and Engineering Bldg, 245 Church Street, ENG275
Office Hours: Friday, 2-2:30pm (on request)     or   Monday, 11am-noon
(or email to make an appointment)
  • Amir Mohammadi     amir.mohammadi (at) ryerson.ca     (marks the 1st, 2nd and 5th assignment)
  • Ryan Young     ryan.young (at) ryerson.ca     (Labs and marks the 3rd and 4th assignments)

Section Activity Day Start Time End Time Room
001 Lecture Friday 16:10 18:00 VIC-106/Zoom
Lecture Monday 10:10 11:00 VIC-200/Zoom
Lab Tuesday 2pm 3pm Zoom
Office Hour Monday 11:00 12:00 ENG 275/Zoom

Course Description

Course Policies

Policy on collaboration in homework assignments
Discussing general approaches to problems is allowed. However, home work assignments are individual, unless group work is allowed in the assignment. No collaboration is allowed between groups when you write final solutions. You may discuss assignments only with other students currently taking the course. However, you should never put your name on anything you do not understand. If challenged, you must be able to reproduce and explain all solutions by yourself, or solve similar exercises. If you cannot explain a solution that you handed in, or if you cannot solve an exercise similar to questions in your home work, this will negatively affect your grade. In particular, you might be asked to solve exercises during the office hours, or in class (as a quiz). These unscheduled tests or evaluations can be given at any time without prior notice. Remember that if you work with a partner, you are still expected to know solutions of all exercises from the home work. Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge. In cases when a student fails to demonstrate knowledge about a home work, the grade for the home work can be decreased to 0. The first page of your homework should include: the name of all students with whom you discussed any homework problems (even briefly). Otherwise, it is assumed that you didn't discuss with anyone except the instructor. Copied work (both original and copies) will be graded as 0. An additional penalty for copied work may be assigned up to -5% of the final course grade, i.e., cheating students can get a negative grade on an assignment. Additional penalty for a copied (in part or in whole) solution to a quiz can be up to -1% of the final course score. This is in accordance with the new Ryerson Senate Policy 60 on Academic Integrity. Repeated involvement with plagiarism will be penalized in accordance with the departmental policy and the Student Code of Academic Conduct.

Contract Cheating Statement
In regard to any and all assessments in this course, the use of Chegg or any other similar help site/service will be pursued as "contract cheating".

In regard to any and all assessments in this course, the use of any third party (e.g., family member, freelancer, roommate, friend, tutor) to complete work on your behalf will be pursued as "contract cheating" under Policy 60 "Academic Integrity".

Policy 60 Penalty Guidelines for contract cheating (e.g., viewing a solution on Chegg or Discord) that only impacts you: F in course.

Policy 60 Penalty Guidelines for contract cheating that facilitates cheating for others (e.g., posting a question to Chegg): Disciplinary Suspension.

Committing academic misconduct, such as plagiarism and cheating, will trigger academic penalties including failing grades, suspension and possibly expulsion from the University. As a Ryerson student, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the Student Code of Academic Conduct.

Policy on Non-Academic Conduct
No disruption of instructional activities is allowed. In particular, taking video/photos in class is strictly prohibited since this violates the copyright and privacy policies. Among many other infractions, the Code specifically refers to the following as a violation: ``Disruption of Learning and Teaching - Students shall not behave in disruptive ways that obstruct the learning and teaching environment." In particular, the students can use the laptops (and similar electronic devices) in class only for taking notes.
The policy for remote synchronous content delivery over Zoom: the students are expected to use a Chat Window only for asking or answering lecture-related questions, but not for personal communication. The students can click on a "Raise a hand" icon in the Participants window in Zoom, if they have a questions, or unmute themselves and ask a question verbally. The students are expected to pay attention to a lecture and volunteer to answer instructor's questions during the class-time. The students are normally expected to keep their mics mute and unmute them only to answer instructor's questions. Make sure there are no background noises and no audio distractions in your environment.
In the case of in-person classes, in order to create an environment conducive to learning and respectful of others rights, phones and pagers must be silenced during lectures. Students should refrain from arriving late and/or leaving the classroom before the lecture is finished. In difficult cases, penalties can be imposed by the Student Conduct Officer.

Remarking Policy

  1. Grades are earned for the demonstration of knowledge.
  2. Read carefully the marking guide for the assignment you'd like to be remarked.
  3. Fill in this remarking form (available online).
  4. Email (or hand-in) the form and the assignment to a person who marked the assignment/test. Your grade may go up, or down, or remain the same. The students cannot request remarking of a quiz or any other evaluations that was automatically marked.
  5. You canot request remarking or recalculation later than TEN DAYS from the date on which your assignment/test mark was posted or your assignment was returned. It's your responsibility to pick up your work as soon as possible.
  6. Mark can decrease or remain the same if a marker finds something that was incorrectly awarded too high a mark.

Tentative Course Calendar (subject to change: all changes will be announced in class)

Course Work Due Date Grade Value (%)
Assignment  1 (in two parts)
January 21 and January 28
Assignment 2 (in two parts)
February 4 and February 11
Assignment 3
February 25
Midterm test
Friday, March 4, 4-6pm, Room TBA (in person) or Online
Assignment 4
March 18
Assignment 5
April 3rd
Second Exam
April 20, 15:00 EDT, in ENG206
10 Labs
1 Lab each week

The total mark is the sum of marks for assignments, labs, midterm exam and the final exam. If the total mark is less than 50%, then the grade F is assigned.