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Week 1, J-ENG SCI B-1: Bio-inspired Robotics

Engineering Outreach, University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Monday, July 6, 2015 - Friday, July 10, 2015
St. George Campus TorontoONCanada  M5S 0A7
Monday, July 6, 2015 - Friday, July 10, 2015
St. George Campus TorontoONCanada  M5S 0A7

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What's Included

Nature is the ultimate engineer. During her 3.5 billion years of project development, the Earth has borne witness to systems of such astounding adaptability, specialization, complexity and organization, that to ignore them would put an engineer in dereliction of duty. In this course, we will examine the various ways in which we have attempted to leverage nature’s capabilities in system design and implementation. After an introduction to MATLAB and some mathematical fundamentals, we will explore computational models of the brain – neural networks – and discuss genetic algorithms as evolutionary optimization techniques. Each day will feature a hands-on implementation of the techniques discussed, culminating in the fifth day where we will merge the computational techniques to evolve a virtual robot brain and upload it into physical hardware.

About This Organizer

The Engineering Student Outreach Office (ESOO), created in Fall 2009, manages and administers the core outreach programs offered by the Faculty. We act as the central unit for outreach activities promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to a wide audience. We design and deliver programs centrally, and coordinate the activities by other entities including student organizations, Faculty members, and Departments. The vast majority of outreach activities supported by ESOO are pre-university programming.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is committed to inspiring youth within the community and across the world through outreach programming that focuses on engineering and applied sciences. These programs range from summer live-in programs to weekend courses during the fall and spring terms.

Below is a listing of our current program offerings. Click on the links to find out more about each program.

Organizer Info

  • Engineering Outreach, University of Toronto

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