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Undergraduate Course: Multi-agent Semantic Web Systems (Level 10) (INFR10019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/masws Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of the course is to give students an understanding of the theory and practice of large-scale, knowledge-based systems operating in an open, distributed environment. The primary intended examples of such systems are the Semantic Web; the semantic layer of grid based systems; and the coordination aspects of open multi-agent systems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Multi-agent Semantic Web Systems (Level 11) (INFR11030)
Other requirements Successful completion of Year 3 of an Informatics Single or Combined Honours Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School. Students should have a basic familiarity with the syntax and semantics of first order logic.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2012/13 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 12:10 - 13:00
CentralLecture1-11 12:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 12:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. F.21, 7 George Square
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Show an understanding of the basic principles of different theoretical models of distributed knowledge-based systems, and assess their applicability to specific knowledge-sharing tasks.
2 - Describe the motivations for, and effectiveness of, inference techniques in the implementation of distributed knowledge-based systems.
3 - Critically assess the adequacy of relevant standards (WSDL, RDF, OWL, etc) as a basis for building practical systems.
4 - Demonstrate an understanding of how the architecture and design of distributed knowledge-based systems interacts with wider social and technological developments.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 70
Assessed Assignments 30
Oral Presentations 0

Assessment
Exercises and reports.

If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Context
* History of the Semantic Web and Multi-agent systems
* Theory of knowledge sharing

Architectures
* Semantic Web and Multi-agent systems

Languages
* Theory: ontology specification, service specification and coordination specification
* Practice: using languages for service metadata and service description

Inference
* Reasoning with ontologies for the Semantic Web
* Service composition
* Service brokering

Craft
* Building example ontologies for agent communication
* Building Semantic Web sites
* Coordinating complex services

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Information Systems Technologies
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Dean Allemang and Jim Hendler, Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, Morgan Kaufman 2008
* Thomas B. Passin, Explorer's Guide to the Semantic Web, Manning 2004.
* Michael Wooldridge, An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems, Wiley 2nd Edition, 2009.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 30
Private Study/Other 50
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
Email: mcryan@inf.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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