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Australian National University

  • Code COMP4620
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career Undergraduate

This is an advanced undergraduate course that covers advanced topics in Artificial Intelligence. Topics vary from one offering to the next and are likely to be drawn from the following list: planning, scheduling, games, search, reasoning (constraint-based, model-based, spatial, temporal), knowledge representation, decision-making under uncertainty, reinforcement learning, agents, foundations.

Learning Outcomes

The content of the course will vary at each offering. In general, through this course, students should...

  • Gain both a wide and a deep knowledge of the topic(s) taught in the current instance of the course.
  • Improve their skills at navigating through, and critically examining, the scientific literature on the taught topic(s).

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (45%); Seminar (15%); Final Exam (40%)


30 one hour lectures

Requisite and Incompatibility


Prescribed Texts

Marcus Hutter (2005) Universal Artificial Intelligence, EATCS, Springer.

Shane Legg (2008) Machine Super Intelligence, Lulu, PhD thesis


Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have solid background knowledge in general computer science (e.g., programming experience; some basic theoretical CS), but no specialist knowledge.

Other Information





Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $2190
2005 $2190
2006 $2190
2007 $2298
2008 $2592
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952

International fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2004 $3234
2005 $3264
2006 $3264
2007 $3264
2008 $3264
2009 $3264
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762

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