This is a level 9 course taken by 3rd-year undergraduate and MSc students.

Here is the official course descriptor

**Lectures** are Tuesdays 15:00-15:50 in
7 Bristo Square Lecture Theater 1
and Fridays 15:00-15:50
7 Bristo Square Lecture Theater 1

**Lectures ** have started on Tuesday 20/9/2011.

**Schedule (to be updated)**

Lecture | Date | Topic | Links |
---|---|---|---|

1. | 20/09 | Introduction | (slides) |

2. | 23/09 | Genetic algorithms: Introduction | (slides) |

3. | 27/09 | The canonical genetic algorithm | (slides) |

4. | 30/09 | The schema theorem | (slides) |

5. | 04/10 | The building block hypothesis | (slides) |

6. | 07/10 | Hybrid GAs | (slides) (GA in the news) |

7. | 11/10 | Multiobjective optimisation, Evolution strategies | (slides) |

8. | 14/10 | Differential evolution, Genetic programming | (slides) |

9. | 18/10 | Genetic programming II | (slides, suppl. 1, 2) |

10. | 21/10 | Ant colony optimisation | (slides) |

11. | 25/10 | Ant colony optimisation II | (slides) |

12. | 28/10 | Particle swarm optimisation | (slides) |

13. | 01/11 | Metaheuristic optimisation | (slides) |

14. | 04/11 | Comparison of metaheuristic algorithms | (slides) |

15. | 08/11 | DNA computing | (slides) |

16. | 11/11 | Molecular computing | (slides) |

17. | 15/11 | Membrane computing | (slides) |

18. | 18/11 | Brief introduction to quantum computing |

- 1. Tutorial (3-7/10): (exercises 1, hints for solutions)
- 2. Tutorial (10-13/10): (exercises 2, hints for solutions)
- 3. Tutorial (17-20/10): (exercises 3, hints for solutions)
- 4. Tutorial (24-27/10): (exercises 4, hints for solutions)
- 5. Tutorial (31/10-3/11): (exercises 5, hints for solutions)
- 6. Tutorial (7-10/11): (exercises 6, hints for solutions)
- 7. Tutorial (14-17/11): (exercises 7, no solutions given)
- No tutorials on 21-24/11

**Tutorials** are in weeks 3-9, i.e. starting on Monday 3th
October. They are in Appleton Tower (AT).
The final tutorial is a revision tutorial given by your tutor before
the exam around the end of the Easter vacation or the start of the
exam period.
Tutorials are

Mondays

group 1: 16:10-17:00 (AT 4:07)

Tuesdays

group 2: 13:05-13:55 (AT 4.14a)

Wednesdays

group 3: 12:10-13:00 (AT 4.14a)

group 4: 13:05-13:55 (AT 4:14a)

Thursdays

group 5: 12:10-13:00 (AT 4.14)

**Assignments:**
There are two marked assignments.
The first assignment is worth 10% of the course mark.
The second assignment is worth 20% of the course mark.
The assignments are to be handed in, resp., on 27/10/2011, 4pm
and 24/11/2011, 4pm.

**Exam:** worth 70% of the course mark, taken at the end of Semester 2.

Visiting students can take the exam already at the end of Semester 1.

**Further information:**
Page of the 2009/2010 course on
Genetic Algorithms and Genetic Programming (GAGP)

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