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The aim of this module is to introduce students to a range of important biologically-inspired algorithms and techniques and to establish a practical understanding of the real-world problems to which these techniques may fruitfully be applied.
Awareness of biologically-inspired engineering techniques and of the multidisciplinary background to such methods. Appreciation of how new ideas in science and engineering can emerge from lateral thinking and ideas from other disciplines. Understanding of a range of biologically-inspired methods and the ability to apply them to solve real-world problems. Ability to apply genetic algorithms and ant-colony optimisation to solve engineering optimization problems. Ability to recognise future opportunities for exploiting biological inspiration in solving engineering problems.
Examination & coursework
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