Syllabus for CS 484: Bio-Inspired AI Spring 2011

Professor: Dr. Alan Garvey

Section 01: TTh 9:30-10:20am

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The prerequisite for this class is permission from the instructor. Generally I have given permission to anyone who has taken CS 480 Artificial Intelligence. I would be willing to consider other possible prerequisites. This is a 400-level computer science class and I will expect you to be able to learn things on your own outside of class, as well as keep up with material that is presented at a fairly rapid pace in class.

Course Objectives

  1. Look at (mostly) recent work in AI that is inspired by biological systems or concepts.
  2. Introduce biological topics such as evolution, cells, neural networks, developmental systems, immune systems and behavior.
  3. Understand and sometimes build AI systems that explore and use these biological ideas.
  4. Explore a particular bio-inspired AI topic in more detail through a significant software project.

Class Attendance

I would like you to come to class. We will be exploring these topics together and having us all together will help. I understand that you will occasionally have to miss class. However, whether you are in class or not you will be responsible for all deadlines and all materials taught or assigned. Graded activities such as tests, quizzes, in-class projects, etc. . . may not be made up. Exceptions to this will be at my discretion and must be arranged with me before the missed class. Be aware that in class I will cover significant amounts of material that is not covered by the textbook.



Anyone submitting work to be graded which, in my estimation and beyond reasonable doubt, is not his or her work alone will receive an F. No group work is allowed unless I explicitly indicate that you can work in groups. When you do hand in group work, you must always indicate that it is group work and who was involved in it. You are welcome to discuss assignments with anyone, but all work you hand in must be your own. Corrolary: If you provide work you produce to others, you are aiding and abetting their dishonesty and thus being dishonest yourself. Providing your work to others or giving answers to others is not acceptable.

ADA Statement

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and the Disability Services office (x4478) as soon as possible.

Organization of the class

This is still under development, but my best idea so far of how this class will work is: