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Why Join Kno.e.sis?

We think it's the most “happening” research organization in the United States if you are interested in semantic Web, semantic Web services, applications of semantic and workflow technologies to e-science (life science, health care), DoD and content management applications, and collaborative research encompassing information integration, database management, Web-based information systems (including search and analysis techniques), data mining, statistical and NLP-based information processing, information extraction, grid computing, and more.

Our educational philosophy is “learning how to learn.” We prepare students for long-term success that goes beyond good technical skills. Training encompasses communication and presentation, leadership, and teamwork. Most of our work is done in small teams. Our research is interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with partners to address real-world problems and real-world data.

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 with 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.

Our students are very successful. Advisees of faculty in the center have been employed in research universities (e.g., NCSU, Raleigh) and major companies (e.g., Accenture Labs, Yahoo, Microsoft, and SAP. We have an excellent alumni network. Practically all students do internships at top institutions including IBM Research (Almaden, TJ Watson, Bangalore), HP Research, National Library of Medicine, Oracle, and Amazon. The Center's faculty have varied and complementary backgrounds covering information integration, knowledge representation and reasoning, data mining, statistical machine learning, bioinformatics, and programming languages. Faculty have prior experience in starting new successful companies as well as R & D in large established companies.

We have 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. Our computing resources include the Center’s server rack with multiple Linux and Windows servers, a cluster system, access to Ohio Super Computing Grid and the world-class Appenzeller Visualization lab. Each student has a workstation with dual processors, 4GB main memory, 250GB disk, etc. The Center has Web and videoconferencing and access to 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&Analysis. Our research is well funded with federal (NSF, NIH, AFRL, etc.) and state moneys. 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.


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 encouraged to refer additional valuable information. GTA, GRA and Fellowship also available; Kno.e.sis Center currently has around forty eight GRAs, and all PhD students are currently funded. Students interested in GRA support should study department's research information, as well as Kno.e.sis Web site (and 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 faculty members and 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 email to Tonya Davis.

Some of the past summer internship details are available at the past vistors page

US 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.


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, 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,, 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 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 under- graduate 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."

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