Natural Computation Methods for Machine Learning

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1DL073

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computer Science A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Information Technology

Entry requirements

120 credits including 15 credits in mathematics and 60 credits in computer science/information systems, including 20 credits in programming/algorithms/data structures. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe how, and why, natural computation methods work, explain principles and show examples.
  • set up and solve typical problems, by implementation or by using established computer simulation tools, decide which machine learning methods/algorithms are suitable for which type of learning problems, i.e. know about their most important weaknesses and advantages,
  • recognize typical effects of bad choices (problem setup and parameter selection, for example) and determine how the results can be improved based on this,
  • plan an open project so that it can be implemented within the given limits.


The course introduces various natural computation methods. The course is divided into a theoretical part and a practical part.

The theoretical part consists of lectures and literature on various topics, including (but not limited to):

  • learning paradigms (supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning),
  • artificial neural networks for classification, function approximation and clustering,
  • deep learning,
  • reinforcement learning and temporal difference learning,
  • evolutionary computing (genetic algorithms and genetic programming), and
  • swarm Intelligence (ant colony optimisation, particle swarm optimisation).

The practical part consists of lab assignments and a self-chosen project task. The subject of the project assignment is defined by the students themselves, but must be approved by the course teacher before the work begins.


Lectures, labs and project.


Written exam (4 credits), written and oral examination of assignments (6 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course cannot be included in the same degree as 1DT071, 1DT022, or 1DT646

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