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thursdays, 10.00am-12.00noon, in room 4421


Artificial Life: An Overview. edited by Christopher G. Langton. publisher: MIT Press (1995/1997).
Here it is on Amazon and at MIT press.
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"Using the links throughout the Virtual Bookshop, students can order their course books online via Amazon or Powell, and The Graduate Center's library will get 5 percent of the total sales."
There will also be handouts given in class most weeks.

course description:
This course will cover the basic topics in the field of Artificial Life from an historical, philosophical and (primarily) technical perspective. The course will involve weekly readings, presentations and a term project. For the project, students will create ALife applications, either in simulation or using robots. The main topic areas include:

This course satisfies the Computer Science curricular requirement of a Seminar (1 credit).

Advanced understanding of an object-oriented program language (like C++ or Java) and an introductory course in Artificial Intelligence.

Your course grade will be made up of the following components, out of 100 points: