Professor Amit Sheth
Executive Director of Kno.e.sis
The Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing
Wright State University


Big Data has captured a lot of interest in industry, with the emphasis on the challenges of the four Vs of Big Data: Volume, Variety, Velocity, and Veracity, and their applications to drive value for businesses. In this talk, I will describe Smart Data that is realized by extracting value from Big Data, to benefit not just large companies but each individual. If my child is an asthma patient, for all the data relevant to my child with the four V-challenges, what I care about is simply, “How is her current health, and what are the risk of having an asthma attack in her current situation (now and today), especially if that risk has changed?” As I will show, Smart Data that gives such personalized and actionable information will need to utilize metadata, use domain specific knowledge, employ semantics and intelligent processing, and go beyond traditional reliance on Machine Learning and NLP. I will motivate the need for a synergistic combination of techniques similar to the close interworking of the top brain and the bottom brain in the cognitive models. I will present a couple of Smart Data applications in development at Kno.e.sis ( from the domains of personalized health, energy, disaster response, and smart city.


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 a Wright State University. In World Wide Web (WWW), it is placed among the top 10 universities in the world based on 10-yr impact ( Prof. Sheth is among the top 100 most cited computer scientists (h-index = 87, ~30,000 citations, i100=76), and 1-3 most cited in World Wide Web. He has founded two companies, several commercial products and deployed systems have resulted from his research. His students are exceptionally successful.