INF3490 – Biologically inspired computing

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

An introduction to self-adapting methods also called artificial intelligence or machine learning. Schemes for classification, search and optimization based on bio-inspired mechanisms are introduced. This includes evolutionary computation, artificial neural networks and more specialized approaches like e.g. swarm intelligence and artificial immune systems. Further, an overview of alternative traditional methods will also be included.

Learning outcome

INF3490 will provide you:
  • An overview of algorithms that can be used for autonomous design and adaptation of intelligent systems.
  • Insight in biologically inspired as well as traditional machine learning methods for search, optimization and classification.
  • An overview of the benefits and drawbacks of the various methods.
  • Knowledge of using the methods for real-world applications.
  • Practical assignments with experience being achieved from both using tools as well as coding your own algorithms.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Some experience with programming including the course INF2220 – Algorithms and Data Structures (continued)


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of assignment training per week. Mandatory assignments must be completed during the course. Rules for mandatory assignments.


4 hour written digital exam. The mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF4490 – Biologically Inspired Computing (continued)


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course

Every autumn

This course will be held for the last time autumn 2018. Students who are interested in the course should take a look at IN3050 which will go Spring 2020 and have 7 sp overlap with INF3490

Every autumn

Exam will be arranged Autumn 2019 and last time Spring 2020

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