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November 2020


    Emergence in Complex Systems
     From nature to engineering

                                other AI courses


→    [ Read the General presentation of the course ]


The course is divided in several chapters corresponding to lectures. Each chapter proposes several topics. Don’t hesitate to skip some of them and go directly to those that match your interests best.             
  1. First contact with Evolife (← recommended to be read first)
  2. Emerging Behaviour
  3. Emerging Phenomena
  4. Emerging sociality
  5. Genetic algorithms
  6. Behavioural Ecology
  7. Emergence of communication

    Don’t panic! You are not expected to be exhaustive.     
→    List of students (you may upload a photo if you wish)

→    2020 Evaluation: possible answers

→    [Docs, Biblio & Links] (below)


Forum: About this course
Please express any thought, advice, global question that may occur to you about the course, and see others’ input.
(try to express yourself in a constructive style)


Personal Work

  1. Your answers during the Lab Work sessions are recorded.
  2. You are expected to make a personal contribution (project) during the week.

Your Project

Your project will typically consist of an improvement on some topic studied during the Lab Work sessions. You should pick a problem that you want to investigate further. Initiative is welcome.
  1. You may choose one of the "Suggestions for further work" mentioned in the lab sessions, but you are free to choose any topic that you regard as relevant.
  2. Your study should be based on simulation results.
  3. You should seek for simple and clear-cut results from which we can learn something (even if you study is inconclusive, we want to know clearly why). Initiative and logical clarity will be appreciated.
  4. Try to be realistic about what you can do. Your study should not be trivial, and it should lead somewhere.
  5. Your contribution shoud be achieved using the Evolife platform. If it involves code, this code should be in Python.
You are encouraged to work in pairs. In this case,
  1. both partners should enter the same project (title, description) on the site.
  2. Both members of the pair should be heard during the Friday presentation.
  3. If you opt for a common report, then the report should include two separate parts that make clear who did what.

Please indicate here what you intend to do as a project.
    You may decide as soon as Tuesday evening.
    If you change your mind, redo the inscription.
    →    You may consult the others’ projects. Try to play a minority game in your choice!

On Thursday evening :

On Friday

  1. You will be ask to talk during 3 minutes about your small study (from you seat). Your audience is not the teachers, but the other students.
  1. Be interesting
  2. Be scientifically sound    

  1. You will be asked to answer a small quiz in English (~ 20 min.)


  1. The code and the written description might be uploaded until the next Tuesday after the LUTECE week (in the evening).