Synchronicity… a sudden convergence of interesting links have got me all nostalgic.
- A chat with @andrewgleave on Twitter about Non-negative Matrix Approximation,
- Coming across Hod Lipson’s fantastic work on evolutionary robotics and nonlinear system identification, and
- A discussion with Alex McLean about perceptual models and concepts
It all sent me back to the fascinating year I spent in 2004/05 doing the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems MSc at the University of Sussex.
This wonderful inter-disciplinary course brings together researchers in computer science, biology, creative systems and even a little philosophy. Pretty much everything was fair game for study, from robot ants spreading glow in the dark pheromone trails; neural networks made of actual buckets of water; to evolved passive-dynamic walking legs with fourteen knees.
I mean to go back through the work I did at Sussex and see what’s interesting enough to post here, starting with my dissertation on NMF.