Dr. Amy L. Magnus
Research Assistant Professor

Director, Quantum Autonomy Research Group


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Dr Magnus joined the faculty at AFIT in October 2007. She served 20 years active duty in the United States Air Force. Throughout her military career and her tenure at AFIT, Dr Magnus has made significant contributions to pattern recognition, deep learning, near and remote sensing, information fusion, and computational intelligence. At the start of her career managing a team of 60 aerospace contractors, she delivered information fusion algorithms to the ground stations of the Defense Support Program. WIth these algorithms, ground stations could determine precise launch and impact points of ballistic missiles upgrading the technology as it detected SCUD missiles launched during the first Gulf War. Later in her career, Dr Magnus joined the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to take a leadership role in an AFOSR-commissioned National Academy of Sciences study on information science. Tasked with implementing the recommomdations of this study---a precient study that would later be echoed by the Third Strategic Offset---Dr Magnus organized a basic research portfolio and the work of two dozen research teams in network analysis and socio-cultural modeling. A specialist in data analytics herself, Dr Magnus designed data mining and document curation tools that identified collaborative partnering opportunities for AFOSR’s International Office. When she joined the faulty at the AIr Force Institute of Technology, she continued her information science research as she also took on the responsibility of teaching courses in electrodynamics, digital image processing, Fourier analysis, and calculus.

As a researcher, Dr Magnus characterizes distributed intelligence and the behaviors that emerge from disordered systems. Her work contributes to artificial general intelligence and the computational strategies needed to realize ubiquitous computing, i.e., computational environments where processing units outnumber human users on the order of 100+ to 1.


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Air Force Institute of Technology, 2003

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1995

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1990

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