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 three or 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
To be admitted to the exam you will have to met the following two conditions:
- 50 percent of the reachble points from the assignments
- two times presentation of your results in the exercise groups
The exercises are designed to help you to comprehend the content of the Artificial Life lecture.
The tutors will give you feedback for your assignments, and will answer questions regarded to the lecture.
We have set up 3 on-line operated exercise groups.
Group I: Wed 14 - 16
Group II: Thu 14 - 16
Group III: Fri 12 - 14
Distribution to the respective exercises will be probably done by TVS.
The exercise groups will be operated via the video conferencing tool "BigBluButton".
The links will be made available on the eCampus website.
Please prepare for the exercises; use the opportunity to ask questions; prepare for a fruitfull discussion.
Distribution of the exercises will be done by TVS until Saturday 25.4.2020, 23:59
Link to TVS
After the end of the lecture period (17.7.2020) there will be an examination for the module Artificial Life. You will need a minimum 85 points (50% of the possible reachable points) from the assignments to be admitted to the examination. As soon as the modalities for the examination are decided we will inform you.
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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