Instructor: Dr. Paul Fodor
1437 Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University
Office hours: Wednesdays&Fridays 9:00AM-10:30AM and By Appointment
Phone: (631) 632-9820
Email: pfodor (at) cs (dot) stonybrook (dot) edu
Honors topics courses: these courses, which use alternative learning modes, are intended to enrich the Honors College experience by introducing students to specific aspects of community, academic, and creative life at the University, on Long Island, and in the New York metropolitan region. Past topics have included: the lives of scientists; current events; Long Island ecology; contemporary art; musical performance at Stony Brook; the language of dance; immigration; cultural diversity; entrepreneurship. Each course culminates in the writing of a short, substantive paper. May be repeated as the topic changes.
This Computers playing Jeopardy! class is about the IBM Watson project. IBM Watson is a computer system capable of answering rich natural language questions and estimating its confidence in those answers at a level of the best humans at the task. On Feb 14-16, 2011, in an televised event, Watson triumphed over the best human players of all time on the American quiz show, Jeopardy!. In this course we will discuss the main principles of natural language processing, computer representation of knowledge and discuss how Watson solved some of its answers (right and wrong).
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors College.
|1||Mo 8/25||Administrative (course information) + What is Computerized Jeopardy!||see Blackboard|
|2||Mo 9/1||NO CLASSES (Labor Day Weekend)||N/A|
|3||Mo 9/8||Computerized Jeopardy! (cont.), UIMA||see Blackboard|
|4||Mo 9/15||Prolog - Logic programming||see Blackboard|
|5||Mo 9/22||Wordnet in Prolog||see Blackboard|
|6||Mo 9/29||DCG Parsers in Prolog||see Blackboard|
|7||Mo 10/6||Probability theory, algorithms and NLP applications||see Blackboard|
|8||Mo 10/13||Text search and indexing||see Blackboard|
Grades will be based on homework and lab work. The grades are posted on Blackboard: http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu.
Information about the laboratory room (classroom) is available at the Computer Science Department Windows Computing Facilities and the Computer Science SINC site websites.