Acquired Intelligence & Adaptive Behaviour (G6042)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

We take Acquired Intelligence and Adaptive Behaviour (AIAB) as a paradigm (similar to 'Artificial Life' or 'New-wave AI') exemplified by situated, embodied approaches to the study of intelligence and robotics.

Topics covered will include: evolutionary (genetic) algorithms, the study and exploitation of emergence in complex systems, simulated and real world robotics, and active perception.

AIAB is introduced scientifically and also in terms of practical uses.


50%: Lecture
18%: Practical (Laboratory)
32%: Seminar (Class)


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 52 hours of contact time and about 98 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: