Students will formulate and implement an engineering project desired to explore a biological principle or property that is exhibited in nature. Students will work in small teams in which they build a hardware platform that is motivated by a biological example in which a given approach or architecture is used to implement a given behavior. Alternatively, the team will construct new experimental instruments in order to test for the presence of an engineering principle in a biological system. Example topics include bio-inspired control of motion (from bacteria to insects), processing of sensory information (molecules to neurons), and robustness/fault-tolerance. Each project will involve proposing a specific mechanism to be explored, designing an engineering system that can be used to demonstrate and evaluate the mechanism, and building a computer-controlled, electro-mechanical system in the lab that implements or characterizes the proposed mechanism, behavior or architecture.
|Richard and Michael |
Richard and Michael
Lecture 9: decision-making systems
|Lecture 10: biological sensor processing|
|Richard or Michael|
Michael or Richard
|10||7 Jun||Project presentation, 1-3 pm|
The final grade will be based on homework and a ?nal exam:
- Lab reports (30%) – There will be 6 one-week labs, with a lab writeup (wiki page, with data) due no later than Tuesday at 10:30 am (start of class). Late writeups will not be accepted without prior permission from the instructors.
- Final project (50%) – The last three weeks of the course will be used to implement a project the demonstrates the principles and tools that are covered in the course. Students will work in groups of 2-3, with a single grade assigned to the group.
- Class/lab participation (20%) – Students will be assigned by the lecturers and TAs based on their participation in class discussions and lab sessions.
Collaboration on lab work is encouraged. All lab writeups that are handed should re?ect your understanding of the lab work and results at the time of writing.
Final projects are collaborative.
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