All information below refers to the academic year 1999-2000.
The following book was used as compulsory text:
Ballard, D.H., "An Introduction to Natural Computation", MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1997) (there exists a paperback edition published in 1999).More on the book can be found at the site of the publisher and the author. The author's site contains e.g. the transparencies developed by him.
A list of errata for the book composed by myself is now available.
Warning: The material used is protected by copyright which means that the slides can only be used for personal use and should in no way be used for commercial purposes.
|Topic||Corresponding book chapter||Release date|
|Organization||None||December 1, 1999|
|Introduction||1 and some extra material||December 9, 1999|
|Fitness||2||December 16, 1999|
|Programs||part of 3, part of 6 and some extra material||December 16, 1999|
|Data||4 and some alternative material||January 11, 2000|
|Dynamics||Parts of 5||January 12, 2000|
|Optimization||Parts of 6||January 13, 2000|
|Content-Addressable Memories||Large parts of 7 + extra material (i)||January 21, 2000|
|Supervised Learning||Large parts of 8 + extra material (i)||February 3, 2000|
|Unsupervised Learning||Large parts of 9 + extra material (i)||February 11, 2000|
|Genetic Algorithms||Parts of 12 + extra material||February 17, 2000|
|Genetic Programming||Parts of 13 + some extra material||February 24, 2000|
Chapter 1, entirely Chapter 2, entirely Chapter 3, entirely Chapter 4, except for Section 4.6 Chapter 5, entirely Chapter 6, except for Section 6.4.2 Chapter 7, up to (and including) Section 7.3 Chapter 8, up to (and including) Section 8.3 Chapter 9, up to (and including) Section 9.4.1 Chapter 12, up to (and including) Section 12.2.1 Chapter 13, entirely
The emphasis in the examination is on general lines, relations between different approaches, etc. rather than on e.g. mathematical derivations.
A student should hand over the following items after termination of an implementation project:
A literature review results in only a report. This report should not merely summarize the separate sources of information studied, but try to show their interrelations as well.
Students are encouraged to propose projects based on their own interests. However, they can also choose any of the following projects:
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