Universität Bonn: Autonomous Intelligent SystemsInstitute for Computer Science VI: Autonomous Intelligent Systems

Lecture Artificial Life (2V+2Ü) (MA-INF 4201)

Dr. Nils Goerke

Fridays 8:15 - 9:45

Room A.207 at the AVZ III, Roemerstr. 164

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Exam inspection for resit exam:
Tuesday 9.9.2014 10-10:45, Room: LBH, I.42
Or by direct appointment with Dr. Nils Goerke.

Please have a valid ID (with Photo) with you.


This lecture is part of the intelligent systems track of the master programme "Computer Science". It is open for CS diploma students [B].

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, artificial immune systems, adaptive behaviour, self-organising criticality, swarming behaviour, swarm intelligence.

Hinweis für Diplom Studierende:

Diese Lehrveranstaltung wird als Modul (MA-INF 4201) im Masterstudiengang angeboten und daher komplett in Englisch gehalten.
Die aktive Teilnahme an den Übungen ist Pflicht.


The mandatory exercises are designed to intensify the work with the research topics presented within the lecture. You will get weekly paper-and-pencil exercises that shall be worked on in two person groups and completed within one week. Your results to the assignments presentation and discussion of the results of the weekly homework during the exercises; small tasks to be completed using state of the art simulation tools and programms implemented individually.

Successful exercise participation (not graded) is a prerequisite for participating at the written exam (graded) for this module. 


You will need more than 50 percent of the maximal points from the assignments to be admitted to the exam.
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 module.
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.

Universität Bonn, Institute for Computer Science, Departments: I, II, III, IV, V, VI