Grundlagen der KI
Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
Spring 2021
6 weeks à 6 hours


The course "Foundations of Artificial Intelligence" covers selected foundational topics in the field of artificial intelligence. Participants learn basic concepts and methods from the fields of intelligent agents and search strategies. The course discusses the theoretical foundations, but also the practical application of the techniques presented and illustrates them with numerous examples.

Participants can review the course content in the textbook by Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, 3rd edition, 2012 or in the English version Artificial Intelligence - A Modern Approach.

The course is in english language with German subtitle.


Which topics will be covered?

  • Intelligent rational agents

    • Concept of agents in AI, characteristics of intelligent agents 

    • Characterization of agent environments 

    • Architectures of intelligent agents

  • Search algorithms

    • Modeling of search problems 

    • Systematic search algorithms

    • Heuristic search algorithms

    • Local and stochastic search algorithms 

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • understand the basic design of intelligent systems based on the concept of rational agents and use it in architectures of your own applications,

  • identify and describe real-world problems that can be treated as search problems,

  • assess the applicability of basic search algorithms to an application problem,

  • participate in  AI projects in practice.

Which prerequisites do I need to fulfill?

  • Basic mathematical understanding as taught in school,

  • Ability to think abstractly and conceptually.

Who is offering this course?

Jana Koehler
Prof. Dr. Jana Koehler
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Universität des Saarlandes
Artificial Intelligence Group / Saarland University
Sophia Saller
Dr. Sophia Saller
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Annika Engel
M.Sc. Annika Engel
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Tobias Bleymehl
Tobias Bleymehl
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Anna Kenter
Anna Kenter
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Andrea Nawrath-Herz
Andrea Nawrath-Herz
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz

What else should I know?

Online course
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