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, 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 and detected SCUD missiles launched during the first Gulf War. From 2005 to 2007, Dr Magnus managed a basic research portfolio on information networks and socio-cultural modeling at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. She designed data mining methods that identified collaborative partnering opportunities for AFOSR’s International Office. As a professor, Dr Magnus has taught electrodynamics, digital image processing, Fourier analysis, and calculus.
As a researcher, Dr Magnus characterizes distributed intelligence and emergent behaviors associated with 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.