AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Bitwise Biology: Crossdisciplinary Physical Computing Atop the Arduino
John Grasel, Wynn Vonnegut, Zachary Dodds

Last modified: 2010-03-23


We present the design and deployment of a physical computing platform developed for a crossdisciplinary introduction to biology and computer science. Using the accessible Arduino interface as its foundation, students instantiate increasingly nuanced physical interactions with the environment. Biological and computational ideas receive equal attention through three layered projects that span from circuit design through the co-evolution of predator-prey robot behaviors. The low-overhead platform presented here scales to support sophisticated projects at surprisingly modest time-and-money costs


AI education; educational robotics

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