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.
Wer offer voluntary exercises 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.
You should be capable of presenting, and explaining your results of
the assignments during
the exercise groups.
The paper and pencil assignments are accompanied by small programming
tasks to be completed using state of the art simulation tools and
individually implemented programms.
Exercise participation is voluntary for this module in Summer 2017.
In order to receive feedback for the assignments, a student should be present during the next tutorial to discuss and present the assignments.
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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