IIT Madras launches free online courses on Artificial Intelligence

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Posted on 06 Nov 2021
19:24 PM
Exams to be held on March 27 , 2022.

Exams to be held on March 27 , 2022. Shutterstock

UG and PG students pursuing Computer Science or any degree, can apply for this course
The course will be conducted from January 24 to March 8, 2022

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Madras has introduced a new eight-week online course on Artificial Intelligence. The course will be offered through the National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) platform.

The course named Artificial Intelligence: Constraint Satisfaction Problems, aims to look at the general approaches to solving finite domain constraint satisfaction problems and explore how search can be combined with constraint propagation to find solutions. The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if participants want a certificate, they will have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres. The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000. Only the e-certificate will be made available. Participants will not get any hard copies.

The course will be conducted by Deepak Khemani, professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras.


Course layout:

  • Constraint satisfaction problems (CSP), examples.
  • Constraint networks, equivalent and projection networks.
  • Constraint propagation, arc consistency, path consistency, i-consistency.
  • Directional consistency and graph ordering, backtrack free search, adaptive consistency.
  • Search methods for solving CSPs, lookahead methods, dynamic variable and value ordering.
  • Lookback methods, Gaschnig’s back jumping, graph based backjumping, conflict directed backjumping, and combing lookahead with look back, learning.
  • Model based systems, model based diagnosis, truth maintenance systems, planning as CSP. Wrapping up.


Both undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing computer science or any degree, can apply for this course. Professionals and other interested participants with prerequisite knowledge in basics of Computer Science, can also enrol for this course. It is preferable for participants to have taken two other free online courses offered by IIT Madras namely AI: Search Methods for Problem Solving and AI: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

The course will be conducted from January 24 to March 8, 2022. Participants will receive a certificate only if they obtain an average assignment score of 10 out of 25, and an average exam score of 30 out of 75.

Exams will be held on March 27 , 2022. Morning session will be conducted from 9am to 12 noon and afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm.

To apply for this course click here. The course details are now available on the SWAYAM NPTEL platform.

Last updated on 06 Nov 2021
19:24 PM
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