Joining Us & Financial Assistantship

Why Join Kno.e.sis?

We think it's among a handful of the most "happening" research organization in the world if you are interested in doing research with significant impact on science (especially BioHealth) or social, human, and economic development using the latest in semantic-empowered computing. We have probably the largest academic research group on Web 3.0, Semantic Web, and semantic computing, exploiting social big data, sensor/IoT big data, health big data, and biomedical big data. Our faculty members come from Computer Science (with expertise in bioinformatics, text processing/IR, knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, network science, cloud computing and privacy, visualization, etc.), the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Boonshoft School of Medicine, and the College of Science & Mathematics (cognitive science and biomedical sciences).

A significant majority of our work is multidisciplinary, with an emphasis on working with real-world data, developing robust, well-engineered tools, services, and solutions and achieving real-world impact—all while making theoretical and fundamental progress in core disciplines. Kno.e.sis research has coined the terms and led corresponding research themes in Smart Data, Citizen Sensing, Semantic Sensor Web, Semantic Perception, Physical-Cyber-Social Systems, Semantic-Cognitive-Perceptual Computing, and Computing for Human Experience.

Kno.e.sis' most important outcome are its world-class graduates who are second to none. Our graduates routinely compete against their peers from top 20 universities, and win. Here are two concrete measures of our quality:

  • The list of the top organizations in World Wide Web. Wright State University routinely features among the top 10 organizations in the field of World Wide Web (WWW) based on 10-year impact. This is particularly significant since work in this field started at Wright State with the establishment of the Kno.e.sis Center in 2007.
  • 11 out of 18 PhDs advised by Prof. Sheth have over 1,000 citations each, and 3 advisees have over 5,000 citations! Even seasoned researchers would envy our graduates' citation record!

Our educational philosophy is "learning how to learn." We prepare students for long-term success that goes beyond good technical skills. Training encompasses communication, presentation, leadership, and teamwork. Most of our work is done in small teams. Our students are very successful. Advisees of faculty in the center have been employed in research universities (e.g., NCSU, Case WRU, and George Mason University), major companies (e.g., Accenture Labs, IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, and SAP) and start-ups. Several are now successful high-tech area entrepreneurs. We have an excellent alumni network. Practically all students do internships at top institutions including IBM Research (Almaden, TJ Watson, and Bangalore), HP Research, National Library of Medicine, Oracle, and Amazon. Faculty have prior experience in starting successful companies as well as R&D in large established companies, and several are actively engaged with companies as co-founders, advisors, and consultants.

With nearly 20,000 students from all 50 states and 64 countries, Wright State offers an inclusive, diverse learning community to prepare students to succeed in today's global economy. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a driving force behind all of our strategic initiatives.

Our Ohio Centers of Excellence, coupled with the ongoing success of the Wright State Research Institute, are transforming the Dayton and West Central Ohio regions. Current and future collaborations in business, industry, and government will stimulate our economy by creating high-paying jobs. Our world-class faculty and staff mentor students, preparing them for the workforce of tomorrow.

Kno.e.sis has exceptional resources. The third floor of the new Joshi Research Center is dedicated primarily to the activities of the Kno.e.sis Center and the LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, Dr. Amit Sheth. Our computing resources include a major cluster of 864 CPUs, 17 TB main memory, 18 TB SSD, and 435 TB of disk space, supporting computing that uses Hadoop and Spark-supported big data processing.

An additional virtualization environment and project-specific computing is hosted on multiple racks of Linux and Windows servers. We also have access to the Ohio Super Computing Grid and the world-class Appenzeller Visualization lab. The Center also has Web and video conferencing and multiple conference rooms.

The Ohio Eminent Scholar position was established by an $11 million state award to fund a Wright Center of Innovation for Advanced Data Management and Analysis. Our research is well-funded with federal (NSF, NIH, AFRL, etc.) and state money. All PhD students are funded.

We are still growing; the CSE department seeks to recruit young faculty for two open positions that will expand and strengthen the Center's expertise and scholarship. The Center may be recruiting post-docs and software engineers (contact the director). Highly motivated students should check out instructions for prospective students and contact relevant faculty (be sure to check faculty member's web pages and his/her Quora account first).


Prospective Graduate Students

Interested students should look at the information on graduate studies in computer science for general information, including application forms. Prospective graduate students are also encouraged to refer this additional valuable information. GTA, GRA, and Fellowships are also available; the Kno.e.sis Center currently has around forty-eight GRAs, and all PhD students are currently funded. Students interested in GRA support should study the department's research information, as well as the Kno.e.sis website (including, its projects, funding, and faculty pages). Once you identify your specific area of interest (and only then) you may write to respective faculty leading that research.


Prospective Undergraduate Students

The Kno.e.sis Center currently has funding for two undergrads who would like to engage in and support our research related to Web technologies. For more information contact Tonya Davis, Kno.e.sis Administrative Coordinator.

Undergraduates are encouraged to meet with faculty members to investigate additional opportunities.


International Summer Interns

Kno.e.sis Center hosts a couple of summer interns each year to engage with our researchers and undertake independent projects. In general, the program seeks students who meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • have completed the third year in a four-year bachelor's degree program
  • are in the top 25% of their class
  • are from one of the top 10% of universities in their country (universities whose admissions are based on national exams or competition)
  • want to pursue graduate studies in the US and will apply for admission to a PhD program starting one academic year after the summer internship
  • are interested in one of the areas in which Kno.e.sis excels
  • can demonstrate strong programming expertise in Java or C++
  • have been exposed to basic Web technologies
  • have participated in technical or scientific extracurricular activities such as research projects and competitions
  • have shown an excellent work ethic

We invite interested students to study our Web site thoroughly and then to write a letter expressing their interest, with a link to their Web site, to Prof. Sheth and e-mail to Tonya Davis.

Some of the past summer internship details are available at the past visitors page.


U.S. Summer Interns

We certainly welcome US undergrads in their third year with an interest in pursuing graduate studies with a focus in our areas of expertise. Contact Prof. Sheth via Tonya Davis. For more information contact Tonya Davis, Kno.e.sis Administrative Coordinator. We generally do not host summer interns unless a student is already engage in a collaboration with a faculty or his/her group.


The Community and Region

Learn more about the vibrant sports, cultural and intellectual life in Dayton by starting at Active Dayton. In a few clicks, you'll reach the resources you want. ActiveDayton pools resources (newspaper, television, radio). It's also complete and comprehensive. There's breadth and depth close to the action.

  • If you already live in the immediate area, you've heard about the new RiverScape
    Park downtown, but have you actually seen the permanent sculpture inspired by the aluminum can pop-top? It's in the sculpture garden showcasing local
    inventors and Video Transcript inventions. You can go there any day, or do it in conjunction with a special RiverScape event.
  • If you live a little further away - Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Detroit, and Louisville - you may have come to the Erwin J. Nutter Center on the Wright State campus to see a group on a national tour, or to cheer at a Dayton Bombers hockey game. Would you also be interested in live entertainment at the local clubs? Or a Dayton Dragons minor league baseball game for a fun time, close to the action?
  • Or maybe you're from a large metro area - Chicago, DC, Atlanta or St. Louis - and you've only been to the Dayton International Airport when you're passing through? Make Dayton your DESTINATION instead!! You can drive here in a day.

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Cost of living is reasonable in the Dayton area, according to students in the program. "Housing can eat up two thirds of a graduate student's budget." An article about grad school in a recent "education issue" of the online copy of US News cautions prospective students to be prepared. Although specific stipends and costs varied, it is clear that even with subsidized university housing, government welfare programs, long commutes, and shared housing, much of one's income disappears on basic costs. Childcare only adds to the burden. The bright note in the article? A shared (two-person) "deluxe two-bedroom [apartment] for a mere $325 a month" in Dayton, Ohio. The cost in 2007 is still only approximately $350/month. "Can you afford the rent?" by Margaret Loftus, usnews.com, September 25, 2001


Faculty Excellence

In addition to his duties as the Lexis-Nexis Ohio Eminent Scholar for Advanced Data Management and Analysis, Amit Sheth serves as the executive director of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-Enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis). Kno.e.sis has one of the largest academic research groups in Semantic Web/Web 3.0 that is pioneering new techniques in knowledge- and semantic-enabled computing. The Center has 15 faculty members led by Sheth, supports 45 researchers (mainly PH.D. students), and directs research in nine labs. "Dr. Sheth's research accomplishments are extraordinary," said Thomas Sudkamp, associate provost for undergraduate studies and the University College. "His publications span a wide variety of research topics including information integration, metadata, workflow management, semantic web and knowledge services, and services science" he has made significant contributions in all of these areas. His extensive list of publications includes coauthoring two books, co-editing six more, one of which is the most cited paper in query processing using multiple ontologies. But what truly sets Sheth apart is the guidance and leadership he provides to his students, helping them establish themselves as the next generation of leaders in their field. "A true teacher and mentor, Dr. Sheth takes greater pride in the accomplishments of his students than obtaining personal recognition," said Sudkamp. Bor Jang, former dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said of Sheth, "He is the quintessential professor who has consistently excelled in all areas of academic endeavor. In terms of publishing, academics, leadership, and economic impact, he is without peer at Wright State University."


Financial Assistantship

Kno.e.sis usually has around 50 funded students. Most PhD students are fully funded from the start, usually as a GRA. Fellowships are available for outstanding applicants. Most US MS and several undergrad students are funded too. International MS students almost never get funding at the start of their MS studies, but some are funded if they get involved in funded research. For International MS students, is best to take a course with a faculty you hope to be funded by, and demonstrate your readiness to engage in research to improve your chances for funding.

Students are advised to thoroughly review this web site including faculty web pages, carefully read instructions provided for prospective students by the faculty whose research areas match your interests, and then contact that faculty. Communicating with the current students and alumni may also be valuable. For International PhD applicants, completing the application by early February improves the chances of funding for a fall start. Admissions are granted year-round and some faculty may be open to a summer or spring start.

Major Themes: Physical-Cyber-Social Systems, Semantic-Cognitive-Perceptual Computing.

Computer Science Areas: bioinformatics, text processing/IR, knowledge representation/reasoning, machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, network science, cloud computing and privacy, semantic web, visualization.