Last updated: 19 March 2017

Home Page for CM50230 & CM30229
Intelligent Control & Cognitive Systems   2017

Dr. Joanna Bryson

This unit reflects a rapidly developing field.  Therefore the schedule on this page is subject to change. 

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 for support & is where you submit your coursework.
  You are responsible for reading thoroughly all communication from email, the moodle news forum, and the coursework specifications.

Note on Labs:  Sometimes a single laboratory will be mandatory for the entire class.  Generally you are welcome to attend either laboratory, but the people who are assigned to a lab have first precedence for equipment and tutor time.

 Lecture Topics
(exact organization still subject to change)
Coursework & Labs
(courseworks all due Friday at midnight, handed out Tuesdays in Lecture)
First Lecture
Special notes
Introduction, Intelligence & Sensing; Artificial Intelligence & Cognition.
Lecture 1; Lecture 2
Coursework 1 handed out. 6 Feb Discuss flipped classrooms; quizzes; possible guest lectures; possible shift of Tuesday lecture time.
Action Selection; Cognitive Architectures.
Lecture 3; Lecture 4

13 Feb

Perception & Learning.
Lecture 5; Lecture 6

20 Feb
Monday's lecture in CB 5.13 from now on.  Tuesday's lecture in CB 4.17 by default.
Evolution and Evolutionary Algorithms; Design, Learnability, and Specialised Perception for Robots.
Lecture 7; Lecture 8
Coursework 1 Due
Coursework 2  & Coursework 4 handed out
27 Feb
This week's Tuesday lecture would be in CB 5.13
Science, Agents and Spatial Simulations; Social Simulation and Social Structure.
Lecture 9; Lecture 10;
Robot Beauty Contest in one Lab!
Quiz Tuesday, 5:45. Details in Monday lecture
6 Mar
Lab:This year's judge / na´ve observer is our librarian, Emma Stuart Edwards.  Labs this week are just the (optional) beauty contest and the (non optional) disassembly of the non-winning robots (for undergrads; MScs can hold on to their robot if they think they might use it for CW4.)
Lectures:  Problem with the lecture is being addressed
NetLogo; Hypothesis Testing and Evidence
Lecture 11; Lecture 12
NetLogo lecture live Monday, 3:15, by Joanna
Netlogo labs this week & next.
13 Mar
No quiz this week.
Likeability, Believability & Engagement; Emotions & Intelligence
Lecture 13; Lecture 14
Coursework 2 due Friday
Coursework 3 handed out

20 Mar
Quizzes back to Mondays
Multiple Conflicting Goals: Intro to Game AI; Lecture 15; Lecture 16 Game AI lecture Tuesday 9:15am by Andreas
Game AI labs this week & next
27 Mar
This week's Tuesday afternoon lecture (if it happened) would be in CB 5.13
Culture, Language & Cognition II
Lecture 17 & 18 (double lecture)
Code for Coursework 3 due Friday. 3 Apr
Could let CW3 coding go through break, or half of break, up to you guys.  Remember, your dissertation matters a lot more! Talk about it Monday during Q&A. No room at 5:15 on Tuesday.

AISB 2017, 18-21 April @ Bath
Mind & Consciousness; Ethics & Society
Lecture 19; Lecture 20
Labs mandatory,
Coursework 3 writeup due Friday
21 Apr
Lab: Round robin game competition; if you can't make your lab you need to get someone else to make your code run for you (NOT the tutors!)
Lectures: New lecture live on Monday, quiz & q&a on Tuesday at 5:15 (or no quiz: up to you guys on Monday. Remember you only need 70 points of quizzes.)
Revision or Guest Lecture Optional fun lab on Tuesday (game championship)
No more quizzes
1 May
Dissertations due the end of this week.  No more quizzes!
 Revision or Guest Lecture

8 May
Coursework 4 would be do if there were postgraduates.

If you want to meet with Dr. Bryson privately, 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 the tutor also have twitter accounts they tend to read at least notifications on daily.  Note that extension requests go to the Director of Studies, not to Lecturers.  The best time to talk to Dr. Bryson is often immediately after lecture (before is OK iff everything technical seems to be set up OK.)

Is there a text?

This 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 literatureľthat is, you should be able to read some of the publications cognitive scientists use to communicate to each other.  However, we have also ordered a large number of books on robots, AI, LEGO robots & Cognitive Science for the library.  Have a look on the shelves or in the catalogue.  Let me know if you particularly like any of these books and/or think we should get more copies.

page author: Joanna Bryson