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Ten years ago we had billions of web pages, but now we have 5 billion people using mobile phones collecting observations and sharing what they think using SMS, Twitter and Facebook. And, there are over 40 billion mobile sensors with an increasing number of smart devices and the Internet of Things. Some of these can put massive amounts of streaming data on the Web. So we are way past terabytes, now to petabytes, and into zeta bytes by 2015.
Just being able to search all this information, or even organize it so that humans can sift through the results does not help-- it is just too much. What we need is to go from data to information to meaning. Even though technology surrounds us anywhere and everywhere, humans 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.
Semantic Web is one of the key enablers and technologies in this Web 3.0 that can aid in going from data to meaning. Here at Kno.e.sis (the 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 health care 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 has extensive industry collaborations with the very best Web/Internet/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. Besides significant advances in science and technology in our areas of work, our work targets significant regional economic impact through collaborations, workforce development and technology transfer. Our world-class faculty (2000+ 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.