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Ten years ago we had billions of web pages, and now we have roughly 5 billion people using mobile phones, collecting observations, and sharing what they think using SMS (Social Media Services), Twitter, and Facebook. Worldwide, there are currently over 40 billion mobile sensors, with more smart devices being created each day, which make up the Internet of Things. Since many of these devices are capable of outputting massive amounts of streaming data onto the Web, in terms of the amount of data created we are past terabytes, passing petabytes, and will soon be approaching and exceeding zettabytes by 2015 and beyond.
Simply being able to search through all this information and organizing it so that humans can sift through it is not a reasonable option—it is just too much information. What we need is to go from data to information, then from information to meaning. Even though technology surrounds us anywhere and everywhere we go, ideally, as humans we should be able to be oblivious to it. What we care most about is receiving answers to our questions, gaining insights, making decisions, and improving the overall human experience.
The Semantic Web is one of the key enablers in this regard along with technologies in Web 3.0 which can assist us in the translation from data to meaning. Here at Kno.e.sis (Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing), we research, develop, and apply semantic and knowledge-enabled techniques. Our work addresses the challenges facing the traditional Web, Social Web, Sensor Web, mobile services, and cloud computing. Our work is multidisciplinary by design, addressing significant challenges in domains such as healthcare and life sciences, defense and intelligence, and many more. We are among the largest academic groups in the area of Semantic Web and associated topics in the world, and we are equally influential.
Kno.e.sis brings together 15 faculty members from four colleges at Wright State University. We have approximately 50 PhD students and an increasing number of MS and BS students from computer science, cognitive science, biomedicine, and health informatics. This is combined with access to world-class resources. Kno.e.sis also collaborates extensively with the very best Web, Internet, and technology companies. The center is well-funded by competitive grants from major federal, state, and industry sources.
The success of our students is the single most important aspect of our mission. In addition to significant advances in science and technology, our research also aims to leave a positive, long-lasting impact on regional economies through collaborations, workforce development, and technology transfer. Our world-class faculty (with an average of more than 2,000 citations per faculty member) have advised students who are in demand at the most discriminating employers in academia and industry, and who have become leaders in their own right.