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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. There are currently over 40 billion mobile sensors with more smart devices and devices which make up the Internet of Things being adopted daily. Since many of these devices can output massive amounts of streaming data to the Web, in terms of the amount of data created we are past terabytes, passing petabytes, and will soon approach zettabytes in 2015.
Simply being able to search all this information or organize it so that humans can sift through it does not help—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, as humans we should be able to be oblivious to it. What we care about is receiving answers to our questions, gaining insights, making decisions, and improving the human experience.
The Semantic Web is one of the key enablers and technologies in Web 3.0 that can assist us in moving 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 faced in 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 Semantic Web and associated topics in the world, and are equally influential.
Kno.e.sis brings together 15 faculty members from four colleges. 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 matched by 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 in our areas of work, our research targets significant regional economic impact through collaborations, workforce development, and technology transfer. Our world-class faculty (2,000+ average citations per faculty member) have advised students who are in demand by the most discriminating employers in academia and industry, and who have become leaders in their own right.