Amit P. Sheth
LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar
Executive Director, Kno.e.sis
Amit Sheth is an Educator, Researcher and Entrepreneur. He is the LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, an IEEE Fellow, and the executive director of Kno.e.sis—the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing. Kno.e.sis is a multidisciplinary Ohio Center of Excellence in BioHealth Innovation involving computer scientists, cognitive scientists, biomedical researchers, and extensive clinical collaborations. It has the largest US academic research group in the area of Semantic Web and maintains a very high publication impact. In recent years, it has shared 2nd place in World Wide Web (WWW) research with world-class universities for 5-year impact (http://j.mp/www-Mar13) and earned a spot among the top 10 universities in the world based on its 10-year impact (http://j.mp/www-org-Jun15).
Previously, Dr. Sheth was a professor at the University of Georgia, where he started the LSDIS lab in 1994. His professional appointments also include senior scientist/staff positions in R&D groups at Bellcore, Unisys, and Honeywell as well as the founding and management of three start-ups.
Sheth is working towards a vision of Computing for Human Experience which incorporates semantics-empowered Physical-Cyber-Social computing and Smart Data. His recent work focuses on Web 3.0 technologies and involves enterprise, social, sensor/IoT data and applications as well as services and cloud interoperability. In the past, he has worked extensively on federated databases, semantic interoperability, and workflow management. Since founding Kno.e.sis, he has predominately been involved in multidisciplinary research with key collaboration and application in the areas of healthcare and life sciences (i.e., biomedicine and public health), national defense/intelligence, manufacturing science, human/social/economic development, etc. He is also intimately involved in open source activities, social entrepreneurship, technology transfer and licensing, and commercialization, as he continues to seek a real-world impact through research.
As an educator
Sheth's most prized achievement is the exceptional success of his past advisees, all of whom compete successfully against graduates from top institutions. Several of his students have received prestigious international awards and fellowships and been mentioned in numerous articles in top global media outlets. Two of them have given keynotes at significant events prior to completing their PhDs, and eleven of his eighteen former PhD advisees have over 1,000 citations each, including three with 5,000+ citations each, and one who places 5th in WWW based on 10-year impact worldwide. Average citations for these PhD advisees is over 1,400.
Sheth's students are employed at major research universities (North Carolina State University, Case Western Reserve University, etc.), top industry research labs (IBM Research Almaden—three of them in the IBM's prestigious Watson for Life Science division, Samsung Research, etc.), top technology companies (CISCO, Amazon, etc.), hold executive positions and are successful entrepreneurs. Their high demand is demonstrated by first year compensation exceeding $200K for a PhD advisee and $120K for several of his MS advisees.
Sheth has demonstrated academic initiatives and innovations in the form of initiating/advising new academic programs (most recently, on Big and Smart Data Sciences), being among the first in the world in offering courses on emerging topics (Internet Programming in 2000, Enterprise Information Systems & Distributed Workflow in 1995, Global/Web Information Systems in 1995, Semantic Web in 2001, Web 3.0 in 2013, etc.), on-line teaching, international educational and research collaborations, and extensive tutorial presentations to academic and professional audiences.
As a researcher
His h-index of 89 (i100 > 80) and 32,000+ citations to his publications (based on Google Scholar) place him among the top 100 most influential researchers in the world for computer science (37th based on 10-yr. impact, 79th all years), top 1-3 in WWW (based on 5, 10 or all-years), and top 20 in databases (all years) (based on top authors list from Microsoft Academic Search checked on Mar. 2013: http://j.mp/MAS-a). He has been a PI of numerous competitive research grants, totalling around $20 million, sponsored by federal agencies (NSF, NIH, NIST, DARPA, AFRL, etc.) as well as industry (Microsoft Research, IBM Research, HP labs, etc.). Additionally, more than $5 million has been awarded to support his technology commercialization and R&D efforts. During 2010 and 2011, his own research expenditures exceeded $1 million per year (directly supporting approximately 25 students and post-docs including 15-18 PhD students) and $2million for the Kno.e.sis Center. He is on several journal editorial boards (including IEEE Internet Computing), is the founding EIC of the International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS), joint EIC of Distributed and Parallel Databases (DAPD), and a co-editor of two Springer book series (Semantic Web and Beyond: computing for Human Experience, and Advanced Database Systems). He has organized and/or co-organized over 100 international events (conferences/workshops), served on 200+ PCs and given 49 keynotes.
As an Entrepreneur, Technologist, Executive and Leader with Real-World Impact
Sheth's research has led to founding of three companies (one acquired, one sustaining, and one recently formed) which have resulted in significant regional impact and development of high-tech jobs. His work has also resulted in several commercial products and many deployed applications in financial, healthcare, biomedical and Internet domains. He has a long history of leading multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and multinational activities. In the areas of healthcare and life sciences areas, his intensive collaborations with clinicians as well as biomedical researchers, have resulting in a large number of research and commercial tools, systems and applications.
As a leader, he has been able to demonstrate ability to create world-class entities to achieve unprecedented institutional outcomes. Kno.e.sis with its ability to position Wright State University among the top 10 in the world in the area of World Wide Web, and earlier similar success for the LSDIS lab and University of Georgia are key exemplars. His leadership approach includes ability to create a strong ecosystem with focus on vision, people, and resources. He has pursued vision with a multidisciplinary scope placing bets of high risk and high reward topics well before those topics have ascended the hype curve, developed highly collaborative environment that attracts exceptional members (e.g., faculty, staff, student), personally and collectively securing highly competitive funds, and ensuring exceptional outcomes (e.g., student success, significantly enhanced faculty productivity since joining the center/lab, IP creation and licensing, technology transfer and regional economic development).
For the companies he has founded, he has also played executive roles encompassing Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, SrVP, CTO and Chief Scientist, supervising a full range of activities including fund raising, finance, customer acquisition/sales, business development and marketing, engineering, recruiting and training. His second company grew to approximately 35 employees (with a majority coming from the university) and spent $7 million in local
payroll before it was acquired. He has served (and continues to serve) on technology and business advisory broads and in a variety of advising roles including international research projects, academic programs, and start-ups. He has had a long-term interest in higher education, and has given a number of presentations covering policy and strategic issues to policy and decision- makers.