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Just announced! The TOP-RANKED university in Ohio in the Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Education Programs of 2016 is...Wright State University! We were ranked #26 in the nation! Read more: http://bit.ly/1lLX4Wz.

The Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) at Wright State University performs world-class research on translating information to meaning, towards the vision of Computing for Human Experience. The well-funded center consists of 13 labs and approximately 100 multidisciplinary researchers, including 15 faculty members and more than 50 Ph.D. students from Computer Science (i.e., machine learning, natural language processing, information retrieval, knowledge representation, databases, data mining, bioinformatics, and visualization), biomedical sciences, health informatics, and cognitive science.

The center's current focus is on Web 3.0 topics, including the Semantic/Social/Sensor Webs, Web of Things, and Ubiquitous-Mobile-Cloud Computing, with varied applications such as disaster management and diplomacy (e.g., social media-based emergency coordination, water diplomacy), e-Sciences with a focus on health-care and life sciences (metabolomics, human parasite research, extra-medical use of painkillers, reducing hospital readmissions, cardiology data mining, and literature-based knowledge discovery), and defense/intelligence (warfighter situational awareness, sociocultural-behavioral analysis, human effectiveness). In addition to competitive federal funds (NIH, NSF, AFOSR, AFRL, etc.), its faculty members have received recent innovation, challenge, and/or faculty awards from MSR, IBM Research, Google, and HP Labs. Additionally, they maintain strong industry collaborations. Kno.e.sis’ outcomes have placed the university among the top in WWW, and its graduates are highly sought after and successful whether they choose to pursue a career in academia or industry.


The Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) was announced by the Governor of Ohio and the Chancellor of the Board of Regents in January 2010. Dr. David Hopkins, President of Wright State University hosted an inauguration. Ohio Centers of Excellence are nationally recognized academic programs that generate world-class research and help draw talent and investment to the state. Click here to view a brochure with details about the Joshi Research Center.

Dr. Amit Sheth, LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, is the Center's Director. The Center consists of 15 faculty members from four of Wright Sate University colleges that collaborate on funded research through support from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as well as many multinational corporations. This is the second, multidisciplinary phase of Kno.e.sis that was founded by Prof. Sheth when he moved from the University of Georgia with ten of his PhD students in January 2007.

Video Introduction of Kno.e.sis

The Event

Kno.e.sis was inaugurated by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Eric Fingerhut, at an event hosted by Dr. Hopkins, then President of Wright State University. Around 120 people from industry, academia, and Wright State University attended the inauguration ceremony.

The Agenda

The inauguration ceremony was kicked off by:

  • Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, Dr. Eric Fingerhut
  • The President of Wright State University, Dr. David R. Hopkins

The event included:

  • An introduction to the Third Frontier and LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, by Dr. Harry Silver, LexisNexis
  • A technical review of Knoesis presented by Prof. Amit Sheth, Meenakshi Nagarajan (PhD Student), Prof. Mike Raymer, Prof. John Flach, Terry Rapoch (DaytaOhio), Jim Leftwitch (Dayton Development Corporation), and Prof. Ahmed Elmagarmid (Purdue University and member of Kno.e.sis' Advisory Board).

Inauguration Videos

A career panel, consisting of the Guest Experts listed below, offered a question-answer session to undergraduate, MS and PhD students.

  • Prof. Ahmed Elmagarmid, Purdue University
  • Dr. Dan Gruhl, IBM Research-Almaden
  • Dr. Daniel Serfati, Aptima
  • Dr. Harry Silver, LexisNexis
  • Prof. Amit Sheth (moderator)

In the afternoon, the Kno.e.sis Center hosted a technical talk by Dr. Daniel Gruhl.

Media Coverage of Inauguration

Faculty (When Founded)

*HFIO: Human Factors and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. Program
BMS: Biomedical Sciences PhD Program

  • Kevin Bennett (Department of Psychology/HFIO)
  • Katherine Cauley (Community Health/Center for Healthy Communities)
  • Keke Chen (Computer Science and Engineering/Data Intensive Analysis and Computing Lab)
  • Guozhu Dong (Computer Science and Engineering/Data Mining Lab)
  • John Flach (Department of Psychology/HFIO)
  • Robert Gilkey (Department of Psychology/HFIO)
  • Arthur Goshtasby (Computer Science and Engineering/Intelligent Systems Lab)
  • Pascal Hitzler (Computer Science and Engineering/Knowledge Engineering Lab)
  • Michael Raymer (Computer Science and Engg & BMS/Bioinformatics Research Group)
  • Nicholas Reo (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences/Magnetic Resonance Lab)
  • Shu Schiller (Information Systems and Operations Management)
  • Amit Sheth (Computer Science and Engineering & BMS/Semantic Web Services Social Sensor e-Science)
  • Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan (Computer Science and Engineering/Metadata and Languages Lab/Semantic Web)
  • Shaojun Wang (Computer Science and Engineering/Statistical Machine Learning Lab)
  • Tom Wischgoll (Computer Science and Engineering/Visualization & Medical Data Analysis Lab)