Syllabus for CS 695 - Natural Computation


De Jong

Fall 2012

Wednesday, 4:30-7:10pm


Prerequisites: CS 580 and CS 583, or permission of the instructor.

Textbook:  None required

Resource materials:

Bio-Inspired Artificial Intelligence, D. Floreano and C. Mattiussi, MIT Press, 2008.

Evolutionary Computation: A Unified Approach, K. De Jong, MIT Press, 2006.

Natural Computing journal, Springer Publishing, Heidelberg, Germany.

Natural Computation conference proceedings


This course will be a survey of the emerging field of Natural Computation, i.e. computational systems inspired by systems found in nature. Topics to be covered will include but not be limited to:


This will be a programming-oriented course in which students will be expected to read and modify standard versions of existing algorithms. There will be a series of computational homework assignments, a class project, and a final exam.