14 weeks of teaching consisting of lectures, exercises and supervision. Students will have the opportunity to choose between (1) more programming heavy assignments (such as implementing an evolutionary robotics algorithm in a physical simulator), (2) assignments that require minimal programming and use existing Alife software platforms (e.g. AVIDA), and (3) assignments that deal more with the philosophical and cultural perspectives on the nature of life and the possibility of artificial life.
- 7 weeks of intensive lectures + mandatory individual assignment. The mandatory individual assignment (6 page written report + additional material depending on choosen assignment) will be handed-in *TBD* (*hard deadline*) to the instructor.
- 7 weeks of group project work with supervision (some lectures are planned during this period). The group project report (written work + additional material depending on choosen assignment) will be handed-in at the examination office by *TBD* (*hard deadline*).
Students are responsible for attending lectures (some of which will likely be by outside guest speakers) and then working on their projects independently (individual mandatory assignment) or in groups. Besides the hours planned for lectures, tutorial, exercise and supervision sessions are planned which complement the theory covered during the lectures and are necessary for meeting the learning objectives of the course.
- Assignment that demonstrate that the students master the use of artificial life techniques in the context of software, hardware or the arts.
- The total duration of the oral examination is 30 minutes per examinee