Dr. Amit Sheth
Amit P. Sheth
Founding Director, AI Institute@UofSC
NCR Chair and Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

An important measure of my success is whether my advisees/mentees can compete with the those from the top universities in their career choices (most of them have chosen from academia, research, entrepreneurship). Below are some of the objective measures that demonstrate that they do. Equally important is the progress in their earlier career, which demonstrate their well rounded capabilities that include communication skills, social and networking, innovation, teamwork, mentoring, and leadership skills; for that see other tabs.

Citations as a Recognition of Publication Impact:

Nearly half of my former PhD advisees (11 out of 23 as of July 2016) have over 1,000 citations each; three of them—Jorge Cardoso, Kunal Verma, and Vipul Kashyap have > 5,000 citations each (Kunal's position in WWW, 10-year impact). Some had 1,000 around the time they defended their dissertation. Here is a list (Nov. 2014, see latest citations).

Keynotes at International Events Before Graduation: Major International Awards and Recognition: Invited Talks at Significant Events: Tutorials at Major Conferences Given Before Graduation (Partial List): Chairing Program Committees, Journal Editorship, Panels or Significant Organizational Roles Before Graduation: Media Coverage:

Students activities have appeared in many influential media articles and influential posts: Time.com, Daily Mail (UK), Fast Company, La Croix, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, MIT Technology Review, Tech President. See more here.

Student Profiles in the News: Major Standards Contributions/Leadership/Editorship:
  • Hemant Purohit, Invited as subject matter expert by the DHS S&T institute, for bridging socio-technical communication gap between technologists and emergency managers during emergency response exercise of federal agencies at JIFX, Feb. 2014.
  • Cory Henson, final report co-editor, key participant/co-organizer for W3C XG on Semantic Sensor Networking, 2010-2011.
  • Karthik Gomadam and Ajith Ranabahu were co-editor of the W3C Member submission, SA-REST: Semantic Annotation of Web Resources.
  • Satya Sahoo developed Provenir ontology for semantic provenance which was one of the key inputs to W3C’s PROV specifications, including the PROV Ontology (PROV-O); Satya was active and key participant. 2009-2011.
  • Kunal Verma, key participant in/contributions to Semantic Annotations for WSDL (SAWSDL), W3C recommendation, 2006-2007. Ajith Ranabahu was the primary author of the SAWSDL4J reference implementation for SAWSDL, 2007.
  • Christopher Thomas was the key developer of GLYDE II standards that is adapted worldwide by complex carbohydrate research community. 2005-.
  • Meena Nagarajan and Kunal Verma (with R. Akkiraju, J. Farrell, J.Miller, M. Nagarajan, M. Schmidt, A. Sheth), Web Service Semantics - WSDL-S, W3C Member Submission (which was the primary input to the resulting W3C’s SAWSDL recommendation/standard), 2005.
Intellectual Property, Innovations, and Commercialization:

Students are frequent co-inventors on patents (appox. one per year) and IP disclosures filed through Wright State University. On average 2-3 patents are filed per year based on inventions resulting from student's internships at companies such as IBM, Samsung, Bosch, etc. Their participation in industry sponsored research at Kno.e.sis have also led to commercial products such as one from edDI. Recent patent(s):

University/College Recognition as Best/Outstanding PhD Student in Computer Science:
  • Ajith Ranabahu, Presidential Commendation for Excellence in co-Curricular activities awarded by President David R. Hopkins, 2011-2012. [Certificate, Plaque.]
  • Hemant Purohit, Outstanding Student Award, Computer Science department, Wright State Univ., Apr. 2014.
  • WSU Graduate Student Excellence Award for Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering (basically the best student in our CS program as selected by a faculty committee): Cory Henson, 2013; Prateek Jain, 2012; Ajith Ranabahu, 2011; Meenakshi Nagarajan, 2010; Karthik Gomadam, 2009.
  • Ashwin Manjunatha, Best MS Student Award in Computer Science, Graduate School, Wright State University, 2011.
Program Committees in Top Conferences Before Graduation (Partial List):

Lu Chen (WebSci-2014, SocInfo-2014, SocInfo-2013), Pramod Anantharam (WWW 2015, ISWC 2014, ), Hemant Purohit (ICWSM 2015, ISCRAM 2015, HICSS 2014, WWW 2014, SocInfo-2014/2013), Cory Henson (ESWC 2010/2011/2012/2013, ISWC 2013, EKAW 2012 ), Meena Nagarajan (ISWC 2007, CIKM 2007, WSDM 2009, ICWSM 2010, ESWC 2010), …

Several PhD students have been invited for and served on over 15 PCs before graduating.

Student Fellowship and Travel Awards:

Too many to list. Practically all my students have received these and often have received multiple travel awards/fellowships. For additional details, visit http://www.knoesis.org/aboutus/thesis_defense.

Professor Amit P. Sheth
Artificial Intelligence Institute
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of South Carolina