Last updated: 31 March 2014

Home Page for CM30229 & CM50230
Intelligent Control & Cognitive Systems   2014

Dr. Joanna Bryson

This unit reflects a rapidly developing field.  Therefore the schedule on this page is often subject to change.  In 2014 in particular, the course has had to be radically revised due to Spring Break occuring after term (please complain to your student reps about this!) 

This page is provided as a resource, mostly so you can find lecture notes and problem sets.  There is also a moodle page associated with this course, which contains forums & is where you submit your coursework.

Note on Labs:  Sometimes a single laboratory will be mandatory for the entire class.  Generally it would be useful if you were all able to attend both sets of labs ? let me know if there is anyone who can't make one of them.

 Lecture Topics (exact organization still subject to change)
Coursework & Labs

First Lecture
Special notes
Introduction, Intelligence & Sensing; Artificial Intelligence & Cognition.
Lecture 1; Lecture 2
Coursework 1 described in lecture. 3 Feb
Action Selection; Cognitive Architectures.
Lecture 3; Lecture 4
Coursework 1 handed out. 10 Feb

Perception & Learning.
Lecture 5; Lecture 6

17 Feb

Evolution and Evolutionary Algorithms; Design, Learnability, and Specialised Perception for Robots.
Lecture 7; Lecture 8

24 Feb

Science, Agents and Spatial Simulations; Social Simulation and Social Structure.
Lecture 9; Lecture 10
Coursework 1 Due
Coursework 2 (and 3) handed out
3 Mar

Reading Week

Hypothesis Testing and Evidence; Multiple Conflicting Goals: Intro to Game AI
Lecture 11;
Lecture 12

17 Mar

Culture, Language & Cognition
Lecture 13 & 14 (double lecture)

24 Mar

Likeability, Believability & Engagement
Lecture 15

  31 Mar
Lecture Monday only!
Emotions & Intelligence
Lecture 16
Coursework 2 due
Mandatory lab Thursday
7 Apr
Lecture Friday only!
Mind & Consciousness; Ethics & Society
Lecture 17; Lecture 18
 Optional fun lab on Tuesday
"Friday" lecture Thursday 10:15 CB 3.16
14 Apr
No anything on Friday.
Revision Lecture
Coursework 3 due (postgraduate only)
7 May

If you want to meet with Dr. Bryson, schedule an appointment during her office hours.  Please don't email her! unless it is really very urgent & a tutor can't help you.  Most support will be in lecture, lab and the moodle forums, but please note that Dr. Bryson and both tutors also have twitter accounts.  Note that extension requests go to the Director of Studies, not to Lecturers.

Is there a text?

This course is an advanced course for which there is (so far) no single text book.  One of the skills taught in this course is reading primary literature.  However, I have ordered a large number of books on robots, LEGO robots & Cognitive Science for the library.  Have a look in the catalog & let me know if you particularly like any of them & think we should get more copies of.

page author: Joanna Bryson