Professor Andrew Forney is a third-generation Lion who completed his B.S. in Computer Science and Psychology at Loyola Marymount University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at UCLA. He is a local product from Torrance, CA who loves the LA atmosphere though could do without the traffic.

Professor Forney joined LMU as a faculty member in the Computer Science department in 2018. His mission is threefold:

  1. To continue the legacy of world-class, student-focused education that was begun at LMU before him.

  2. To bring the latest in advancements of artificial intelligence to a new generation of practitioners, researchers, and scholars.

  3. To make inroads to other departments to engage in an interdisciplinary study of intelligence.


His research bridges the disciplines of cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and experimental design, with an emphasis in causal inference. He is interested in the mechanics of counterfactual reasoning and its applications to human and machine learning, decision-making, and memory. His active studies focus on a formalization and automation of regret, a powerful counterfactual tool that allows humans to learn from instances in the past under which they've hypothesized that another action would have turned out better.

Professor Forney's other interests include pedagogical methods for the sciences and the entanglement of increasingly advanced AI in society.

To see more about his research interests, ongoing ACTivities, and student projects, see the Applied Cognitive Technologies (ACT) Lab page:


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