Link to the Exercises
This lecture is part of the intelligent systems track of the master programme "Computer Science".
The lecture gives an overview over the most prominent aspects of
artificial life research from the foundations, including strong and
weak artificial life, via the most prominent topics of artificial life
to the state of the art and to current applications.
The following topics will be presented and discussed in detail:
Cellular automata, Conway's "Game of Life", mechanisms to structure development and pattern formation, basics of nonlinear systems, Lindenmeyer Systems, evolutionary methods, and genetic algorithms, reinforcement learning, adaptive behaviour, self-organising criticality, swarming behaviour, swarm intelligence, ant algorithms, particle swarm optimization.
The exercises are arranged to intensify the work with the research
topics presented in the lecture. You will get weekly paper-and-pencil
assignments that are designed to be worked on in two person groups and
completed within one week. Your results of the assignments shall be
presented and discussed during the exercise group to practice and
improve your oral presentation skills. You should be capable of
presenting your solutions during the exercise groups. The paper and
pencil assignments are accompanied by small programming tasks to be
completed using individually implemented programms and stat of the art
Reaching at least half of the possible points from the programming and paper and pencil assignments is a good possibility to rate your performence.
The schedule for the exercise groups is not yet fixed.
The exact arrangement for the groups will be negotiated in the second lecture on Monday 8, March 2019.
There will be a 100 minutes written examination, covering all topics from the lecture and the assignment sheets. In general, working carefully on the assignments is a good preparation for the exam.
Unfortunately no text-book is at the moment available for this
Most necessary literature will be named during the lecture.
C. Adami: Introduction to Artificial Life, Springer-Verlag New York, 1998
D. Floreano and C. Mattiussi: Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence, The MIT Press, 2008.
E.Bonabeau, M.Dorigo, G.Theraulaz: Swarm Intelligence: From Natural to Artificial Systems, Oxford University Press.
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