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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Forest Agostinelli

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Computer Science and Engineering, AI Institute
Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-576-7707
Office: Science & Technology Building, Room 516
AI Institute at University of South Carolina (AIISC)
1112 Greene Street
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  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 2019
  • M.S., Computer Science, University of Michigan, 2014
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Ohio State University, 2012

Research Overview

Forest Agostinelli's research involves designing new artificial intelligence algorithms and applying these algorithms to problems in the sciences. Simultaneously, his research draws upon the sciences to provide inspiration for new artificial intelligence algorithms.

His research interests include:

  • Deep learning: Neural network architectures, learning activation functions
  • Reinforcement learning: deep RL, model-based RL
  • Search: Learning heuristics, large state spaces, theoretical guarantees
  • Interpretability/Explainability

His application interests include:

  • Logic: Puzzle solving, theorem proving
  • Bioinformatics: Circadian rhythms, protein folding
  • Neuroscience: Hippocampus and memory
  • High energy physics: Identifying exotic particles
  • Chemistry: Molecular optimization, retrosynthesis

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.