Associate Professor of Physics, University at Albany, State University of New York

Kevin Knuth is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physics and Informatics at the University at Albany. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Entropy. He is a former NASA research scientist having worked for four years at NASA Ames Research Center in the Intelligent Systems Division. He has 20 years of experience in applying Bayesian and maximum entropy methods to the design of machine learning algorithms for data analysis applied to the physical sciences. His current research interests include the foundations of physics, inference and inquiry, autonomous robotics, and the search for and characterization of extrasolar planets. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been invited to give over 80 presentations in 13 countries.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Physics, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • 2009–2017
    Associate Professor of Physics and Informatics, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • 2005–2009
    Assistant Professor of Physics and Informatics, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • 2001–2005
    Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • 1999–2001
    Research Scientist III, Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, Nathan Kline Institute
  • 1999–2000
    Instructor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • 1998–1999
    Instructor, Departments of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


  • 2018
    The symmetrical foundation of measure, probability and quantum theories, Skilling, J., Knuth, K.H., Annalen der Physik (Invited Submission), In Press.
  • 2018
    Bayesian model testing of ellipsoidal variations on stars due to hot jupiters, Gai A.D. and Knuth K.H., The Astrophysical Journal, 853(1), 49. doi: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa9ee1
  • 2017
    EXONEST: The Bayesian exoplanetary explorer, Knuth, K.H., Placek, B. Angerhausen, D., Carter, J.L., D’Angelo, B., Gai, A.D., Carado, B., Entropy, 19(10), 559. doi: 10.3390/e19100559
  • 2017
    Analyzing exoplanet phase curve information content: Toward optimized observing strategies, Placek, B., Angerhausen, D., Knuth, K.H., The Astronomical Journal, 154(4), 154. doi: 10.3847/1538-3881/aa880d
  • 2017
    Enhanced optical alignment of a digital micro mirror device through Bayesian adaptive exploration, Wynne, K.B., Knuth, K.H., Petruccelli, J., AIP Advances, 7(12), 125207. doi: 10.1063/1.5002539
  • 2016
    Combining photometry from Kepler and TESS to improve short-period exoplanet characterization, Placek B., Knuth, K.H., Angerhausen, D., Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 128(965). arXiv:1511.01082 [astro-ph.IM]
  • 2015
    Characterization of Kepler-91b and the investigation of a potential Trojan companion using EXONEST, Placek B., Knuth, K.H., Angerhausen, D., Jenkins, J.M., The Astrophysical Journal, 814(2): 147; doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/814/2/147, arXiv:1511.01068 [astro-ph.EP]
  • 2015
    Recipes for the estimation of information flow in a dynamical system, Gençağa, D., Rossow, W.B., Knuth, K.H., Entropy, 17:438-470; doi:10.3390/e17010438
  • 2015
    Bayesian evidence and model selection, Knuth K.H., Habeck, M., Malakar, N.K., Mubeen, A.M., Placek, B., Digital Signal Processing, 47:50-67; doi: 10.1016/j.dsp.2015.06.012, arXiv:1411.3013 [stat.ME]
  • 2014
    A potential foundation for emergent space-time, Knuth, K.H., Bahreyni, N., Journal of Mathematical Physics, 55, 112501. doi:10.1063/1.4899081, arXiv:1209.0881 [math-ph]
  • 2014
    Bayesian model selection applied to the detection and characterization of exoplanets via photometric variations, Placek, B., Knuth, K.H., Angerhausen, D., The Astrophysical Journal, 795(2): 112. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/795/2/112, arXiv:1310.6764 [astro-ph.EP]
  • 2014
    Information-based physics: an observer-centric foundation, Knuth, K.H., Contemporary Physics, 55(1), 12-32, (Invited Submission). doi:10.1080/00107514.2013.853426. arXiv:1310.1667 [quant-ph]
  • 2012
    Foundations of Inference, Knuth, K.H., Skilling, J., Axioms 1:38-73. doi:10.3390/axioms1010038, arXiv:1008.4831 [math.PR]

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Society
  • Senior Member IEEE
  • International Astrostatistics Association
  • Foundational Questions Institute (FQXI)