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Swarm Robotics - ELE00114M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mark Post
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module will examine collective and emergent behaviour, as observed in natural systems such as ants, fish and other social animals, and the application of those concepts to robotics.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • Develop technical skills in programming of swarm algorithms applied to robotics

  • Develop technical skills in the use of simulations

  • Develop analysis skills in understanding experimental data


Graduate Skills Aims:

  • Understand data and present it in a meaningful manner

  • Apply problem solving skills to complex problems

Module learning outcomes

  • Students should understand, and critically evaluate, a range of swarm robotics approaches

  • Students should be able to analyse the underlying biological principle of swarm robotics, often where there are competing views of biological understanding

  • Students should be able to apply a range of swarm intelligence algorithms to a variety of application areas and understand their limitations

  • Students should be able to critically reflect of the differences in various techniques within the swarm robotics paradigm

  • Students will be able to combine various swarm robotics approaches to solve a complex problem


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be via the open assessment, where the students will be provided with a breakdown of comments on various aspects of the assessment, highlighting both strengths and weaknesses of their work.

Indicative reading

Russell, Shi & Eberhart - Swarm Intelligence 2001

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