6.S081 Human Computational Intelligence


Undergraduate Level
Units: 3-0-9
Co-requisite: 6.034
Instructor:  Professor Robert C. Berwick (berwick@csail.mit.edu)
Schedule:  MW1-2:30, room 56-154
Enrollment limited to 40 students.
Considers from a computational and biological viewpoint what distinguishes human intelligence from that of other animals. Introduces representations, methods, and architectures that account for human intelligence, the issue of “small” vs. “big” data, the value of special-purpose machinery and the comparative computational and evolutionary study of insect, primate, and human intelligence in domains like numeracy, concept formation, and language.  Emphasis on discussion and critical written analysis of key papers in the field. Enrollment limited.