School of Computer Science

Module 06-12418 (2010)

Nature Inspired Design

Level 4/M

Robert Hendley Semester 2 10 credits
Co-ordinator: Robert Hendley
Reviewer: Xin Yao

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


The aims of this module are to:

  • introduce some of the fundamental techniques and principles in nature inspired design
  • investigate their strength, weakness, and potential applications

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate a good understanding of different nature-inspired design techniques and how they are applied to solve a real world problem
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of nature-inspired and other traditional design techniques and how they are combined and used to produce an effective solution to a real world problem
  • demonstrate an ability to research and analyse existing work in Nature Inspired Design


  • 06-12412 - Introduction to Neural Computation

Teaching methods

2 hrs lectures or tutorials per week


  • Sessional: 1.5 hr written examination (80%), coursework (20%)
  • Supplementary: 1.5 hr written examination (80%) with the coursework mark carried forward (20%)

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Engineering Design and Optimisation
  2. Creative Design
  3. Evolutionary Art
  4. Artificial Life and Cellular Automata
  5. Lindenmayer Systems and Developmental Approaches
  6. Emergence
  7. Evolvable Hardware
  8. Artificial Immune Systems
  9. Molecular Design
  10. Music

Programmes containing this module