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CS 692 — Databionics
(dt. Datenbionik)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Oral or written examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
One semester,
each summer semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Alfred Ultsch


Data bionics means the transfer of algorithms for data processing from nature. Examples are artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms.

  • Introduction to the well-known theories of nature-analogous information processing
  • Connectionist Models
  • Evolutionary and Genetic Algorithms
  • Swarm Intelligence & Artificial Life
  • Ant Colony Optimization & Particle Swarm Optimization

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • learn common databionic methods,
  • learn the possibilities and limits of nature-analogous information processing,
  • be able to design a solution using data-bionic methods based on a concrete problem,
  • practice scientific working methods (recognizing, formulating, solving problems, training the ability to abstract),
  • practice oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience.


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in den Basismodulen der Informatik vermittelt werden.


The module can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Data Science
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Business Informatics
  • M.Sc. Business Mathematics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying M.Sc. Computer Science, this module can be attended in the study area Specialization Modules in Computer Science.

The module can also be used in other study programs (export module).

Die Wahlmöglichkeit des Moduls ist dadurch beschränkt, dass es der Praktischen Computer Science zugeordnet ist.

Recommended Reading

  • R. Rojas, Theorie der neuronalen Netze, Springer 1996
  • T. Kohonen, Self-Organizing Maps, Springer, 2003
  • E. Bonabeu, M. Dorigo, G. Theraulaz, Swarm Intelligence, 1999
  • D. Goldberg, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001
  • Ashlock, D.Evolutionary Computation for Modeling and Optimization, Springer,2006

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Winter semester 2018/19. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

The module guide contains all modules, independent of the current event offer. Please compare the current course catalogue in Marvin.

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