Making research tools accessible for AU AI students

Zachary Dodds*, Christine Alvarado, Sara Owsley Sood

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The AI community is constantly creating and improving sophisticated tools for visualizing, understanding, and investigating AI algorithms. Because these tools are designed by and for researchers, they do not always present a welcoming interface to students learning the discipline for the first time. This paper presents a set of short assignments that scaffold three freely available libraries of use in AI investigations. We have found that activities such as these give undergraduate students the confidence and capabilities crucial to future success with open-ended AI investigations. In addition, the self-guided tasks free classroom time from software details that are better learned in a hands-on setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAI Education Colloquium - Papers from the 2008 AAAI Workshop, Technical Report
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event2008 AAAI Workshop - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jul 13 2008Jul 13 2008


Other2008 AAAI Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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