Call for Participation


MLeXAI: Machine Learning Experiences in AI: A Multi-Institutional Project
http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/compsci/ccli
Call for Participation
-- Deadline: February 6

A workshop supported by the National Science Foundation DUE0716338
FLAIRS 2009 Pre-Conference Activity
Sundial Beach and Golf Resort , Sanibel Island, Florida

May 18, 2009

Through the support of the National Science Foundation we are able to provide a $600 honorarium to a limited number of attendees in support of their expenses of attending the workshop.

Background
MLeXAI is a multi-institutional effort that engages a community of 20 scholars from a broad range of universities working together on the development, implementation, and testing of curricular material, in a manner that fosters the integration of research and education. Our goal is to develop a project-based framework for teaching core AI topics through a unifying theme of machine learning. We build on the success of our smaller-scale NSF-funded project DUE-0409497 . A total of 26 adaptable, hands-on laboratory projects have been developed that can be closely integrated into a one-term AI course. Each project will involve the development of a machine learning system in a specific application. The applications span a large area including network security, recommender systems, game playing, intelligent agents, computational chemistry, robotics, conversational systems, cryptography, web document classification, vision, data integration in databases, bioinformati cs, pattern recognition, and data mining. The project will enhance the student learning experience in the introductory Artificial Intelligence course by:
  • Introducing machine learning elements into the AI course,
  • Increase student interest and motivation to learn AI by providing a framework for the presentation
  • Developing, applying, and testing an adaptable framework for the presentation of core AI topics which emphasizes the important relationship between AI and computer science in general, and software development in particular.

Workshop Format
The workshop will be held on May 18 as a pre-conference activity in conjunction with theInternational FLAIRS Conference e at the Sundial Beach and Golf Resort at Sanibel Island, Florida. The goal of the workshop is to introduce faculty to the MLeXAI projects and to the pedagogical possibilities for their use in the undergraduate computer science and engineering curricula. The workshop will begin with an introduction to project MLeXAI, followed by a series of presentations by faculty involved in the development of the MLeXAI projects. Each faculty will provide an overview of a project, discuss classroom experiences using it as well as help participants implement and adapt the projects to their own settings in the introductory AI course or in other courses in the curriculum. There will be an opportunity for hands-on work related to the projects presented.

Call for Participation
If you are interested in learning about project MLeXAI and in using the projects in your classes, we invite you to apply for a space at this workshop. We are looking for a diverse group of faculty, including some that have taught the introductory AI course and others who have not but are planning to. Faculty who may be interested in using these projects in other courses are also encouraged to apply. Several of the developers of the projects have also used the projects in other courses including software engineering, capstone and independent study courses. To apply, please prepare a 1-page statement that describes your interest in our project, prior experience with similar application-based approaches. Please indicate whether you have taught the AI course before and whether you plan to teach it in the near future. The statement should include your plans for using our projects in your courses. Please email your statement as a pdf file to Ingrid Russell, irussell@hartford.edu by February 6, 2009 . Notifications of the status of the applications will be sent around February 20, 2009.