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Welcome to Week 4

In Weeks 1-3 you learnt about robot anatomy and how they use sensors to detect where they are and how to ensure they move at the correct speed. This week …

Welcome to Week 3

In the video above, Richard takes you through some key topics for Week 3. We know about the robot and its anatomy. It has sensors to perceive its environment. It …

Welcome to Week 2

This week we focus on the robot itself; the constituent parts (its anatomy). This includes: the means to allow it to move and to sense its environment its ‘brain’ its …

Welcome to the course

This video will introduce you to the topics we’ll be covering over the next four weeks, and what you’ll need to do to get started. Transcripts are available for all …

Braitenberg robots

In the final exercise on the course, you will be able to define the robot speed to specify the value of the neurons in the vehicles. In this video, Richard …

Follow walls/maze

In the exercise in the next step you will have the chance to drive your robot around a maze. Before you get started, take a look at this video in …

Student projects

In this video, Richard shows you three examples of final year project work from students at the University of Reading: Isaac Ashdown explored the probability of a robot choosing a …

Fractals

In this video, Richard explains fractals in more detail. He uses a simulation to explain how different fractals can be used to produce realistic looking models of artificial life. To …

Flocking and Boids

Another example of cooperative behaviour is ‘flocking’, where ‘animals’ move around in formation. Sheep provide a good example of this in nature, where there is one leader and the rest …

Artificial life

We have described some simple examples of artificial life: Simple robots with built-in instincts Robots with the ability to learn. We have looked at multiple robots interacting: Predator, prey. But …

Rules for ants

Ants are following these simple rules: Condition Action Not carrying food and not on pheromone trail Walk randomly, laying pheromone Not carrying food but on pheromone trail Follow trail laying …

Cooperation in nature

There are numerous examples from nature of cooperation Insects pollinating plants Birds eating food between teeth of hippos Specifically relating to cooperating on a task via communication Bees dancing in …
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