Topics in Artificial Intelligence (202-1-4251)
Semester A, 2002-2003
Lecturer: Prof. Moshe Sipper
Projects must be submitted by the end of
the semester: Friday, January 17, 2003.
- Itay Gofer: Ants
- Ayelet Eltahan, Ornit Hochman: Coevolution
- Michael Kaufman, Omer Caspi: Braitenberg
- Inbal Gal, Pavel Grabarnick: DNA Computing
- Amit Barzilai: Self-replication
- Polina Koslitzky: Braitenberg
- Joshua Kraer, Amit Kazmirsky: Genetic Programming / Genetic Algorithms
- Doron Eitan, Aliza Hason: Self-replication
- Sariel Tidhar: Coevolving CAs
- Or Arieli, Yariv Barak: Ants
- Offir Gonen: GA for solving Guards in Gallery Problem
- Sharon Darie: Self-rep or ants
- Students will work on software projects in the area of bio-inspired
computing (evolutionary computation, cellular computing, artificial
self-replication, cellular automata, and more) and artificial life.
- Prerequisite: Complexity, Algorithm Design, Data Structures
- Credits: 2.
- Time: Wednesday 12-14.
- Place: Building 34, Room 9.
- 70%: Project evaluation.
- 30%: Final report.
- Students may work on their own or in pairs.
- The final report (between 10-20 pages) should
include the following seven sections:
- A short introduction of the domain being investigated
- A description of the problem or phenomenon studied
- An explanation of the methods and algorithms employed
- A description of your programmed system
- An account of the results obtained
- Some interesting conclusions
- Bibliographic references
List of Projects:
- Searching for solutions to the traveling salesman problem (TSP) using an
algorithm simulating a nest of ants.
Dorigo M., V. Maniezzo & A. Colorni (1996).
The Ant System: Optimization by a Colony of Cooperating Agents.
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-Part B, 26(1):29-41.
- Genetic art: Creating computer images via evolution.
Artificial Evolution for Computer Graphics,
Computer Graphics, Vol. 25, No. 4, July 1991, pp. 319-328.
- Coevolving nonuniform cellular automata to perform computations.
Co-Evolving Non-Uniform Cellular Automata to Perform Computations,
Physica D, vol. 92, pp. 193-208, 1996.
- Cooperative/Competitive coevolution.
M. A. Potter and K. A. De Jong,
Cooperative Coevolution: An Architecture for Evolving Coadapted Subcomponents,
Evolutionary Computation, Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2000.
J. Paredis, (1996c), Coevolutionary Computation, Artificial Life Journal,
Vol. 2, No. 4.
- Self-replicating loops.
A New Structurally Dissolvable Self-Reproducing Loop Evolving in a
Simple Cellular Automata Space,
Artificial Life, Vol. 5, No. 4, Fall 1999.
More information can be found
- A simulator for Braitenberg vehicles (a series of simulated robots, going from
very simple ones to more complex ones).
V. Braitenberg, Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology,
The MIT Press, 1984, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (A small, beautifully written book.)
- Select a hard problem you've encountered during your computer-science
studies, and attempt to solve it with a genetic algorithm.
- Work with Khepera robots.
- Genetic programming (working with one of the existing packages).
See paper by Brad Dolin, J.J. Merelo available from
Kluwer Online (a copy is available
- DNA Computing simulator.