Kevin H. Knuth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics and Informatics,

Director of KnuthLab
Director of the Knuth Cyberphysics Laboratory

President, Autonomous Exploration Inc.




B.S. Physics 1988, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
M.S. Physics 1990, Montana State University
Ph.D. Physics (Minor Mathematics) 1995, University of Minnesota
Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School, 1995



Associate Professor, Depts. of Physics and Informatics, 2009-Present

University at Albany (SUNY), Albany NY.

President, Autonomous Exploration Inc., 2009-Present
Assistant Professor, Depts. of Physics and Informatics, 2005-2009

University at Albany (SUNY), Albany NY.

Research Scientist GS-14, Intelligent Systems Division, 2001-2005

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA.

Research Scientist III, Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, 1999-2001.

Instructor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, 1999-2000.

Instructor, Departments of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience, 1998-1999.


Research Areas


The physics of information-based control

Intelligent Instruments

Design of instruments that decide which measurements to take, given what they are programmed to learn

Brain-Robot Interface

Extension of brain-computer interface to the physical realm

Source Separation of Mixed Signals

Bayesian source separation, identification of evoked brain responses (EEG and MEG), Spectral decomposition and astrobiochemistry

Information Processing in the Brain

Dynamics of neural ensembles, oscillatory processes, evoked responses (ERPs?), hierarchical (or heterarchical) organization

Identification of Relevant Causal Interactions

Information theory and transfer entropy, application to large-scale Earth climate data sets.

Role of Order in Physical Law

The foundations of lattice theory and its generalization to measure theory

Foundations of Inference and Inquiry

Foundations of Bayesian probability theory, information theory, the algebra of questions and the inquiry calculus