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1 Biologically Inspired Computing: Introduction This is lecture one of `Biologically Inspired Computing’ Contents: Course structure, Motivation for BIC, BIC vs Classical computing, overview of BIC techniques

2 General and up-to-date information about this module Go to my home page: Find my Teaching Materials page, and go on from there.

3 Course Delivery Week beginningMonday 3:15 EM306 Wednesday 11:15 EM303 Thursday 4:15 EM307 EVENTS 12 th JanDC overview of module DC EAs INT Neural Computation 19 th JanDC Evolutionary Computation NT Neural Computation DC hands out coursework 1 worth 25% of module 26 th JanDC Swarm Intelligence NT Neural Computation 2 nd FebDC Kohonen Networks DC Cellular Automata NT Neural Computation DC hands out coursework 2 worth 10% of module 9 th FebPF (PF c/w TBA) 16 th FebPF (PF c/w TBA) 23 rd FebPF (PF c/w TBA) 2 nd Mar PF (PF c/w TBA) 9 th MarNTPFNT Friday hand-in for coursework 2 16 th MarNTPFNTFriday hand-in for coursework 1 23 rd MarNT NT Revision Lecture 30 th MarDC Revision Lecture PF Revision Lecture DC NT PF

4 Examinable materials (DC) All the slides (all online) A few additional papers and notes provided online Exam + Coursework (whole module) Exam: 50%DC c/w 35% PF c/w 15% c/w 1 Programming/Expts assignment 25% c/w 2 Question Sheet 10%

5 DC = David Corne, will generally lecture about bio- inspired methods for optimisation, with a focus on evolutionary computation (aka genetic algorithms) – broadly this is about how certain aspects of nature (evolution, swarm behaviour) lead to very effective optimisation and design methods. PF = Pier Frisco, will generally lecture about molecular computing – how computation is done within biological cells – and how that can be exploited, and how it inspires new ideas in computer science. NT = Nick Taylor, will generally lecture about neural computation – this is perhaps the most widely exploited bio-inspired technique, which underpins how we can build machines that learn from examples.

6 About the DC Coursework Programming assignment: Worth 25% of the module; released in week 2. Quiz Questions: There will be 10 questions, each worth 1 mark. The questions are at the end of my ppt lecture material, and sometimes at the end of additional (ppt) reading material. Hence they are released gradually About the Exam Answer THREE Questions from FOUR You might expect that DC/NT/PF contribute roughly 1/3 each to the exam.

7 Difference between BSc and MSc The (DC) MSc coursework will be based on the BSc coursework, but a bit harder with more to do.

8 This Lecture Lecture 1: Classical computation vs biological computation Motivation for biologically inspired computation Overview of some biologically inspired things

9 What to take from this lecture: What `classical computing’ is, and what kinds of tasks it is naturally suited for. What classical computing is not good at. An appreciation of how computation and problem solving are manifest in biological systems. Appreciation of the fact that many examples of computations done by biological systems are not yet matched by what we can do with computers. An understanding of the motivation (consequent on the above) for studying how computation is done in nature. A first basic knowledge of the main currently and successfully used BIC methods

10 Classical Computation vs Bio- Inspired Computation the fridge story How do you tell the difference between dog and cat? How do you tell the difference between male and female face? How do you design a perfect flying machine? How would we design the software for a robot that could make a cup of tea in your kitchen? What happens if you: –Cut off a salamander’s tail? –Cut off a section of a CPU?

11 Classical Computation vs Bio- Inspired Computation Classical computing is good at: Number-crunching Thought-support (glorified pen-and-paper) Rule-based reasoning Constant repetition of well-defined actions. Classical computing is bad at: Pattern recognition Robustness to damage Dealing with vague and incomplete information; Adapting and improving based on experience

12 Why don’t we have software that can do the following things well? Automatically locate a small outburst of violent behaviour in a football crowd Classify a plant species from a photograph of a leaf. Make a cup of tea?

13 Pattern Recognition and Optimisation These two things tend to come up a lot when we think of what we would like to be able to do with software, but usually can’t do. But these are things that seems to be done very well indeed in Biology. So it seems like a good idea to study how these things are done in biology – i.e. (usually) how computation is done by biological machines

14 Basic notes on pattern recognition and optimisation Pattern recognition is often called classification Formally, a classification problem is like this: We have a set of things: S (e.g. images, videos, smells, vectors, …) We have n possible classes, c 1, c 2, …, c n, and we know that everything in S should be labelled with precisely one of these classes. In computational terms, the problem is: Can we design a computational process that takes a thing s (from S) as its input, and always outputs the correct class label for s?

15 Classification: examples What S might beWhat the classes might be Images of peoples’ facesmale, female Smells (e.g. molecular spectra: illicit_drugs, ok or fresh meat, good meat, rotten meat Utterances of “hello” (e.g. in wav files) child, man, woman or authorised-person, unauthorised Renditions of my signaturegenuine, fake Images of artworksbeautiful, good, reasonable, awful Patient data – results of various blood tests malignant, benign Applications for loansgood risk, medium risk, bad risk Aircraft engine diagnosticssafe, needs-maintenance, ground Ground-penetrating radar image land-mine-here, safe

16 Some notes about those examples The idea of these examples is to: 1.Remind you that pattern recognition is something you do easily, and all the time, and you (probably) do it much better than we can do with classical computation. (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 5) 2.Remind (or inform) you that such complex pattern recognition problems are not yet done well by software (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 5) 3.Indicate that there are some very important problems that we would like to solve with software (9, 8, 6, 2, 7 are obvious, but of course we would like to do all nine and much more ), which are classification problems, and note that these are just as hard as examples 1, 2, 3, 5. 4.So, hopefully we can learn how brains do 1, 2, 5 etc …, so that we can build machines that find land mines, tell fake from genuine signatures, diagnose disease, and so on …

17 How brains seem to do pattern recognition – more in lectures 17—18 The business end of this is made of lots of these joined in networks like this Much of our own “computations” are performed in/by this network

18 The key idea in brain-inspired computing The brain is a complex tangle of neurons, connected by synapses

19 The key idea in brain-inspired computing When neurons are active, they send signals to others.

20 The key idea in brain-inspired computing A neuron with lots of `strong’ active inputs will become active.

21 The key idea in brain-inspired computing And, when connected neurons are active at the same time, the link between them gets stronger

22 The key idea in brain-inspired computing So, suppose these neurons happen to be active when you see a fluffy animal with big eyes, small ears and a pointed face

23 The key idea in brain-inspired computing So, suppose these neurons happen to be active when you see a fluffy animal with big eyes, small ears and a pointed face … and suppose your mother then says “Cat”, which excites this additional neuron.

24 The key idea in brain-inspired computing Links will then strengthen between the active neurons So when you see a similar animal again, this neuron will probably Automatically be activated, helping you classify it. A slightly different group of neurons will respond to dogs, and sometimes both the “cat” and “dog” group will be active, but one will be more active than the other …

25 Notice this in particular What happens if we damage a single neuron (remember, in reality there will be thousands involved in simple classification-style computations)? Compare this with damaging a line of code. In classical computing we provide rules; but biology seems to learn gradually from examples.

26 Basic Notes on Optimisation We have 3 items as follows: (item 1: 20kg; item2: 75kg; item 3: 60kg) Suppose we want to find the subset of items with total weight closest to 100kg. Well done, you just searched the space of possible subsets. You also found the optimal one. If the above set of subsets is called S, and the subsets themselves are s1, s2, s3, etc …, you just optimised the function “closest_to_100kg(s)”; i.e. you found the s which minimises the function |(weight—100)| Which is the best?

27 Search and Optimisation In general, optimisation means that you are trying to find the best solution you can (usually in a short time) to a given problem. S s1s1s2s2s3s3 … We always have a set S of all possible solutions S may be small (as just seen) S may be very, very, very, very large (e.g all possible timetables for a 500-exam/3-week diet) … in fact something like is typical for real problems. S may be infinitely large – e.g. all real numbers.

28 How Biology Optimises We wish to design something – we want the best possible (or, at least a very good) design. The set S is the set of all possible designs. It is always much too large to search through this set one by one, however we want to find good examples in S. In nature, this problem seems to be solved wonderfully well, again and again and again, by evolution Nature has designed millions of extremely complex machines, each almost ideal for their tasks (assuming an environment that doesn’t go haywire), using evolution as the only mechanism. Clearly, this is worth trying for solving problems in science and industry.

29 Quick overview of BIC techniques we will learn about Evolutionary algorithms: Use nature’s evolution mechanism to evolve solutions to all kinds of problems. E.g. to find a very aerodynamic wing design, we essentially simulate evolution of a population of wing designs. Good designs stay in the population and breed to, poor designs die out. EAs are highly successful and come in many variants. There is also a lot to learn to understand how to apply them well to new problems. We will do quite a lot on EAs. EAs are all about optimisation, however classification is also an optimisation problem, so EAs work there too …

30 A genetically optimized three-dimensional truss with improved frequency response. An EA-optimized concert-hall design, which improves on human designs in terms of sound quality averaged over all listening points.

31 Swarm Intelligence How do swarms of birds, fish, etc … manage to move so well as a unit? How do ants manage to find the best sources of food in their environment. Answers to these questions have led to some very powerful new optimisation methods, that are different to EAs. These include ant colony optimisation, and particle swarm optimisation. Also, only by studying how real swarms work are we able to simulate realistic swarming behaviour (e.g. as done in Jurassic Park, Finding Nemo, etc …)

32 Kohonen Networks NT will teach you about neural computation, which is largely about how we can teach machines to do classification and pattern recognition – but there is a more fundamental type of neural-inspired method, which relates to making sense of the world around us without being trained or taught: this is what a Kohnonen network does Cellular Automata Cellular Automata (CA) are very simple computational systems that produce very complex behaviour, including `lifelike’ reproduction. CAs, as we will see, are also very useful for explaining/simulating biological pattern generation and other behaviours

33 Neural Computing Pattern recognition using neural networks is the most widely used form of BIC in industry and science. We will learn about the most common and successful types of neural network. This is Stanley, winner of the DARPA grand Challenge – a great example of bio-inspired computing winning over all other entries, which were largely `classical’

34 class 134 With these PF will tell you more … How Biological Computers Compute Not with these

35 Week 1 Self-Study & Quiz Before we get into looking at Evolutionary Algorithms (as well as other methods that do optimisation), we need to understand certain things about optimisation, such as When we need clever methods to do it, and when we don’t What alternatives there are to EAs – no point designing an EA for an optimisation problem if it can be solved far more simply. So some of the additional material and associated quiz questions this week is about optimisation problems in general, and some key pure computer-science things you need to know. The next lecture will then introduce evolutionary algorithms.


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