ACIT4610 Evolutionary artificial intelligence and robotics Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Evolutionary artificial intelligence and robotics
Study programme
Master's Programme in Applied Computer and Information Technology
Year of study
FALL 2021
Course history


This course will present complex systems (cellular automata, networks, and agent-based) modelling and programming through state-of-the-art artificial intelligence methods that take inspiration from biology (sub-symbolic and bio-inspired AI methods), such as evolutionary algorithms, neuro-evolution, artificial development, swarm intelligence, evolutionary and swarm robotics.

Required preliminary courses

No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will get both theoretical and practical experience within complex systems and bio-inspired/sub-symbolic AI methods. In particular, students should have the following outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student:

  • Has a deep understanding of complex systems modelling and analysis
  • Has advanced knowledge in sub-symbolic and bio-inspired AI methods
  • Has a clear understanding of key concepts in AI such as emergence, adaptation, evolution.
  • Can relate concepts in artificial intelligence and biological intelligence


The student:

  • Can model and analyse complex systems using cellular automata, networks and agent- based models
  • Can program complex systems using bio-inspired AI methods
  • Can design and implement evolutionary and swarm robotic systems

General Competence

The student:

  • Has theoretical and practical understanding of complex and biologically-inspired AI methods and evolutionary robotics methods
  • Can understand and discuss relevance, strength and limitations of complex and biologically inspired systems
  • Is able to work in relevant research projects

Teaching and learning methods

The course consists of lectures and seminars on techniques and methods, as well as a project to be carried out in groups (2-4 students). The project will be chosen from a portfolio of available problems. The students will work in groups and will submit the code and a project report. 

Practical training

Lab sessions.

Course requirements



The assessment will be based on a portfolio of the following:

  • A group project delivery (2-4 students), consisting of a report (7500-3000 words) and code
  • An individual oral examination

The weight of the two parts is 50 % each.

The project report should be between 7500-3000 words. Both the code/program and the report will be evaluated. The comprehensiveness of the code/program is evaluated with the assumption that each student in the group has committed about 60 hours towards developing the solution. As a general guideline, the code/program carries a stronger weight than the report.

The portfolio will be assessed as a whole and the exam cannot be appealed.


New/postponed exam

In case of failed exam or legal absence, the student may apply for a new or postponed exam. New or postponed exams are offered within a reasonable time span following the regular exam. The student is responsible for applying for a new/postponed exam within the time limits set by OsloMet. The Regulations for new or postponed examinations are available in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at OsloMet.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

For the oral exam, students will not have access to computers or other aids.

Grading scale

For the final assessment a grading scale from A to E is used, where A denotes the highest and E the lowest pass grade, and F denotes a fail.


Two internal examiners. External examiner is used periodically.

Course contact person

Associate Professor Stefano Nichele