Dr. Amy L. Magnus
Research Assistant Professor

Director, Quantum Autonomy Research Group


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Dr Magnus joined the AFIT faculty in October 2007. She served 20 years active duty in the United States Air Force developing specialties in pattern recognition, deep learning, near and remote sensing, information fusion, and computational intelligence. At the start of her career, she managed a team of 60 aerospace contractors providing computational mission support and information fusion algorithms to the ground stations of the Defense Support Program. WIth these algorithms, ground stations could calculate precise launch and impact points of ballistic missiles. Upgrades to the algorithms enabled life-saving early detection of SCUD missile launches during the first Gulf War. Later in her career, Dr Magnus joined the Air Force Office of Scientific Research where she took 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 human-computer teaming, 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, Dr Magnus continued her research in compuational intelligence as she taught 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 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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