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Unit information: Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence in 2021/22

Unit name Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence
Unit code EMATM0029
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hauert
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Nature has found clever solutions for the design of intelligent systems. Chemical networks, cells, brains and societies are able to self-organise to perform seemingly complex tasks. These behaviours result from evolution, development, and learning.

With this course we aim to take inspiration from nature to engineer intelligent systems for real-world applications. Each lecture looks at a biological system and extracts basic principles that can be implemented in reality. Topics covered include neural networks, machine learning, artificial evolution, cellular systems, DNA computing, swarm intelligence, and bio-inspired robotics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to;

  1. Explain the benefits and limitations of bio-inspired approaches.
  2. Extract basic principles from intelligent systems in nature that can be applied to engineering.
  3. Apply bio-inspired AI to engineer solutions for real world applications.
  4. Use insight from engineered systems to improve understanding of natural systems.
  5. Build and pitch a startup idea in artificial intelligence.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, supported by live online sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

1 Summative Assessment, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs.

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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