FIT3094 - Artificial life, artificial intelligence and virtual environments - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces topics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) suited to real-time simulation and computer games development. Using a practice-based and programming-led approach, the unit explores a number of fundamental concepts, techniques and algorithms that can be used to build real-time, interactive games, virtual environments and simulations. Starting with basic concepts in 2D discrete simulation, the unit progresses to continuous, 3D models, agent simulation, bio-inspired intelligence models and search algorithms. Programs are developed using the Processing environment in Java or C++.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. select, evaluate and apply AI software techniques to model simple intelligent behaviour in 2D discrete simulations and games;
  2. select, evaluate and apply AI software techniques to model simple intelligent behaviour in 3D continuous simulations and games;
  3. apply evolutionary algorithms to devise novel agents and understand their application, and that of other search algorithms, to problems requiring the search of a solution space;
  4. apply methods of embodied intelligence and physicality to the development of intelligent behaviour in physical artefacts;
  5. apply -- through practice-based learning -- design, development, execution and validation of real-time interactive software using AI techniques;
  6. design, develop and debug applications using the Processing and Cinder coding environments.


Examination (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour studio
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


FIT2049 or FIT2096

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