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Prospectus

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Natural Computing

Course
2012-2013

Toegangseisen

No special prerequisites required.

Beschrijving

Natural computing is a quickly developing field dealing with models and computational paradigms inspired by nature and attempts to understand the world around us in terms of information processing.
Natural computing today includes paradigms such as modelling information processing through artificial neural networks, modelling emergent behaviour resulting from the interaction of a large collection of agents in particle swarms (representing e.g., birds, insects) or spatial arrangements of cells (cellular automata), or modelling efficient search and optimization procedures such as ant colonies (finding shortest paths in a network of possibilities), simulated annealing processes (finding the optimal energy state of a crystal), and evolutionary processes (adapting a population to find the best mix of genetic material under changing environmental conditions).
The course introduces the foundations of a variety of such computational paradigms, and discusses algorithmic implementations on computers as well as the analogies between these implementations and the natural model. In addition, we also present some practical application examples of such computational paradigms, such as pattern recognition, engineering optimization, simulations of fire breakouts, to name a few.

Leerdoelen

The course gives a comprehensive overview of the field through a series of lectures and exercises. In addition, a practical application exercise of natural computing algorithms is given to the students, who are expected to run experiments and write a short report about the experiment and the results obtained.

Rooster

Het meest recente rooster is te vinden via de Liacs website

Onderwijsvorm

Veertien weken lang wekelijks 2 uur hoorcollege.

Toetsing

The final grade is a combination of grades for

  1. the written exam (70%)
  2. the report about the practical assignment (30%)

Literatuur

  • The following book is recommended but not mandatory for the course: Leandro Nunes de Castro, Fundamentals of Natural Computing, Chapman & Hall/CRC.

  • Slides will be provided to the students for download

Aanmelden

Aanmelden via Usis: Selfservice > Sudentencentrum > Inschrijven
Activiteitencodes te vinden via de facultaire website

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Contact

Onderwijscoördinator Informatica, Riet Derogee

Website

Zie Natural Computing

Opmerkingen

Dit vak wordt in het Snelliusgebouw in Leiden georganiseerd voor Informatica- en I&E-studenten tezamen.