Adaptive Intelligence
(M.Sc. in Cognitive Science, University of Athens)


The objective of the course is to familiarise students with the fundamental approaches, methodologies and techniques involved in the synthesis and the design of "atomic" intelligence, that allows an artificial individual to face a particular problem and that entails a number of cognitive functions. The major approaches are surveyed: both the traditional classical centralised approaches that rely basically on logic and tackle issues such as problem-solving, planning, learning, board games etc., as well as the modern situated, behaviour-based and distributed approaches that follow a systemic and algorithmic methodology. Special emphasis is put on the study of adaptive behavior in a bottom-up manner, that investigates first the cognitive equipment of lower organisms that scale in higher-order organisms and that focuses on problems and environments where behavioral plasticity and adaptivity are of paramount importance, such as spatial learning or modelling and synthesis of attention and imitation. Besides essays and assignments, the students have to carry out substantial experimental work with real systems and models related to synthesis, simulation and experimental analysis of computational adaptive systems.


	Elpida Tzafestas
	Associate Professor
	Cognitive Science Laboratory
	Department of History and Philosophy of Science (M.I.Th.E.)
	National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
	University Campus, Ano Ilisia 15771 Athens
	Tel. (+30) 210-727 5522,
	     (+30) 210-727 5506
	Fax. (+30) 210-727 5530


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