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Artificial Intelligence


  • 187 b/w illus. 173 exercises
  • Page extent: 682 pages
  • Size: 253 x 215 mm
  • Weight: 1.31 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 006.3
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: Q342 .P66 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Computational intelligence--Textbooks
    • Artificial intelligence--Textbooks

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521519007)

Replaced by 9781107195394

US $105.00
Singapore price US $112.35 (inclusive of GST)

Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of artificial intelligence as a serious science and engineering discipline. This textbook, aimed at junior to senior undergraduate students and first-year graduate students, presents artificial intelligence (AI) using a coherent framework to study the design of intelligent computational agents. By showing how basic approaches fit into a multidimensional design space, readers can learn the fundamentals without losing sight of the bigger picture. The book balances theory and experiment, showing how to link them intimately together, and develops the science of AI together with its engineering applications. Although structured as a textbook, the book's straightforward, self-contained style will also appeal to a wide audience of professionals, researchers, and independent learners. AI is a rapidly developing field: this book encapsulates the latest results without being exhaustive and encyclopedic. The text is supported by an online learning environment, AIspace,, so that students can experiment with the main AI algorithms plus problems, animations, lecture slides, and a knowledge representation system, AIlog, for experimentation and problem solving.

• Presents a coherent development of AI theory in terms of design space for building an intelligent agent • Offers practical descriptions of algorithms, linked to theory • Offers animations of the main algorithms in AIspace ( • Provides various routes through the material to allow for a variety of different one-term or two-term courses


Part I. Agents in the World: What Are Agents and How Can They Be Built?: 1. Artificial intelligence and agents; 2. Agent architectures and hierarchical control; Part II. Representing and Reasoning: 3. States and searching; 4. Features and constraints; 5. Propositions and inference; 6. Reasoning under uncertainty; Part III. Learning and Planning: 7. Learning: overview and supervised learning; 8. Planning with certainty; 9. Planning under uncertainty; 10. Multiagent systems; 11. Beyond supervised learning; Part IV. Reasoning about Individuals and Relations: 12. Individuals and relations; 13. Ontologies and knowledge-based systems; 14. Relational planning, learning and probabilistic reasoning; Part V. The Big Picture: 15. Retrospect and prospect; Appendix A. Mathematical preliminaries and notation.


'This book, by two of the foremost researchers in Artificial Intelligence, marks the transition of the field from a miscellaneous assortment of unrelated techniques to a genuine scientific discipline. It presents the fundamental concepts of AI in a coherent structure, which shows how different techniques are related and complementary. The book is written in a clear and engaging manner, which makes it suitable both for the serious student and for the intellectually curious layperson.' Robert Kowalski, Imperial College London

'The clarity of this book is amazing! Material in each chapter is a perfect blend of accessible stuff for beginners, theory and challenges for advanced students, and reference materials for experts, organized into sections so you can split off the right bits for your students. Its like having three textbooks in one! Definitely the must-have textbook on AI for the 21st century. I know mine will be within reach for years to come.' Jesse Hoey, University of Dundee

'This book fills a real gap in the AI literature. It is accessible for advanced undergraduate students, without compromising technical rigor. It is concise, but still gives a modern presentation of all major areas of AI. It is an eminently useful textbook for introductory courses to AI. Poole and Mackworth have made a valiant effort to impose some order on the wide and heterogeneous field of Artificial Intelligence. In this order, all of AI is placed in a design space for intelligent agents defined by dimensions of complexity.' Manfred Jaeger, Aalborg University

'This text is a modern and coherent introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence that uses rational computational agents and logic as unifying threads in this vast field. Many fully worked out examples, a good collection of paper-and-pencil exercises at various levels of difficulty, programming assignments based on the custom-designed declarative AILog language, and well-integrated online support through the AISpace applets complement the presentation. If you plan to teach a course in Artificial Intelligence at the upper-division undergraduate level or beyond, you must give serious consideration to this thoroughly enjoyable book.' Marco Valtorta, University of South Carolina

'The book covers a great variety of topics and every matter is presented with the best care for the understanding of the reader. The book is addressed to anyone who is interested in designing a smart agent: the explanations are very generous, but without being exaggerated … reading the text, the excitement of the authors about AI becomes obvious and even contagious. Even specialists in this field will find precious information and delightful interpretations. Without a shred of doubt, this textbook will very soon become basic material for the courses of AI at universities worldwide.' Zentralblatt MATH

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