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FFR125 - Autonomous agents
 
Owner: FCMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 16 - PHYSICS


Teaching language: English
Maximum participants: 35

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0199 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   2,0 c 3,0 c   Contact examiner

In programs

TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)
FCMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, Year 1 (compulsory)
TDATA COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Other elective courses, Year 4 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Mattias Wahde



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

The course aims at giving the students an understanding of design principles for autonomous systems, both robots and software agens, and also gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice by constructing a simple autonomous robot. The course contains a major construction project, where students collarborate in groups to build simple robots that take part in a competition to solve a problem.

Content

The course consists of a lecture part, which includes the following topics:
- software agents, applications in information gathering and entertainment.
- technology for autonomous robots.
- Design paradigms for autonomous systems, e.g., subsumption architecture, neural net-works.
- Learning algorithms, reinforcement learning.
- Evolutionary robotics.
- Biological analogies from behavioral ecology, designing simple behaviours, Braitenberg ve-hicles.
- Collaboration among groups of agents, collec-tive problem solving.
- Evolution of communication.
The lecture part is intended to give the students a solid theoretical understanding of autonomous agents and how they can interact. The project part is carried out in small groups and is intended to give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge to a real engineering problem.

Literature

D. McFarland och T. Bösser, Intelligent Behavior in Animals and Robots, MIT Press, 1993.
J.L. Jones and A.M. Flynn, Mobile robots: Inspiration to Implementation (A.K. Peters, 1993). Articles from the research literature.

Examination

Written documentation and oral presentation of the project part. Oral or written exam.


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