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When: September 8-10, 2011

Where: Basel, Switzerland | HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design

Papers: Abstract submission deadline June 15, 2011

Workshops: Proposal submission deadline May 15, 2011

Artifacts: Proposal submission deadline June 15, 2011

Pecha Kucha: Proposal submission deadline June 15, 2011

The Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs) Conference invites you to submit your papers, workshop proposals, and artifacts to the 3rd annual conference to be held in Basel, Switzerland, hosted by HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design from September 8-10, 2011. COINS11 brings together practitioners, researchers and students of the design and science of collaboration to share, learn, and gain inspiration. Conference activities will take place throughout the Old City of Basel. Attendees will be encouraged to engage with the community, meet local entrepreneurs, artists, and designers, take a guided tour of the city, and participate in hands-on workshops and interactive sessions.
Where science, art and design meet, COINS11 looks at the emerging forces behind the phenomena of open-source, creative, and entrepreneurial movements. Through interactive workshops, professional presentations, and fascinating keynotes, COINS11 combines a wide range of interdisciplinary fields such as social network analysis, group dynamics, design and visualization, information systems and the psychology and sociality of collaboration.

Thinking the Swarm
The COINS11 conference committee seeks original and creative paper submissions, workshop ideas and concepts, unique artifacts or installations, and engaging rapid-fire presentations celebrating the theme “Thinking the Swarm.” This year we are asking what is relevant with regard to the innovative powers of creative swarms, what are the observable qualities of virtual collaboration, and how does the quest for global cooperation affect local networks? We invite both theoretical and practice-based dialogues, case studies, technological solutions, research studies, and interactive artifacts that thoroughly reflect this year’s conference theme.

We invite researchers and designers to submit their latest scientific results and experimental design solutions as full research papers, workshop proposals, artifact demonstrations in the following conference themes:
- Collaboration in a Global Context: Optimization through Collaboration | Teamwork through virtually enhanced Collaboration | Measuring the performance of COINs | Patterns of swarm creativity 
- Group Collaboration: Collaborative Leadership | Design and visualization in interdisciplinary collaboration | Group dynamics and global teaming in virtual collaboration 
- Individual Aspects of Collaboration: The psychology and sociality of collaboration | Social Behavior Modeling | Social Intelligence and Social Cognition
- Tools and Methods: Social System Design and Architectures | Dynamic Social Network Analysis | Semantic Social Network Analysis

The increase of online social network communication opens up unprecedented opportunities to read the collective mind, revealing trends while they are still being hatched by small groups of creative individuals. The Web has become a mirror of the real world, allowing researchers, in fields of social science and design, to study and better understand why some new ideas change our lives, while others never make it from the drawing board of the innovator. Collaborative Innovation Networks, or COINs, are cyberteams of self-motivated people with a collective vision, enabled by technology to collaborate and innovate by sharing ideas, information, and work. COINs are powered by swarm creativity, wherein people work together in a structure that enables a fluid creation and exchange of ideas. ‘Coolhunting’ – discovering, analyzing, and measuring trends and trendsetters – puts COINs to productive use.

Below are the details and deadlines for the submission of Papers, Workshops, Artifacts, and Pecha Kucha sessions.
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COINS11: Call for Papers
COINS11 seeks original, high-quality papers that reflect the full breadth and scope of collaboration science and design including: bold research ideas, conceptual developments, research investigations, methodological & theoretical advances, design ideas, development experiences and more. Submissions should report original research, reflections on theoretical concerns, methodological advances, or other insights that contribute to our understanding of all aspects of collaboration and help advance the state of knowledge for the community. We encourage perspectives from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Paper submissions must include:
- Title
- Author(s)’s email address, affiliation and other contact information
- Proposed length of paper, if accepted (5 – 15 pages)
- Extended Abstract (< 750 words)
Paper abstracts should be submitted in .doc or .txt or .rtf format. Authors are required to attend the conference to present their work.
Please send extended abstracts to: [log in to unmask]
Important Dates:
June 15, 2011 | Deadline for extended abstract submissions
July 15, 2011 | Author(s) will be notified of provisional acceptance of the paper based on the abstract.
August 15, 2011 | Final copy for conference to publications chair
September 8-10 | Paper presentations at COINS11, Basel, Switzerland

COINS11: Call for Workshops
Proposals Submission Deadline May 15, 2011
Workshops will take place during the conference and will form part of the main program. This year we are accepting proposals for both two-hour and four-hour sessions. Workshops are intended to provide a forum for exchanging ideas, sharing experiences, fostering conversation and research communities, learning from each other, exploring controversies, engaging in debate, envisioning future directions and elaborating new methods and perspectives. Workshop activities can range from open forum discussion, to demonstrations or presentations with discussion, to collaborative activities such as structured brainstorming, illustrative games or role-plays. Whatever the focus or format, organizers will be required to schedule time for conversation, reflection, discussion, and debate. Although we envision most workshop activities to take place in one setting, let us know if your workshop will venture out into other sites in Basel.
Workshop proposals must include:
- a summary of 500 words describing the theme(s) of the workshop
- a longer detailed description of the workshop structure, activities and goals
- the names, contact information and background of the organizer(s)
- the maximum number of participants you'd like to attend the workshop
- anticipated A/V requirements.
Please be as specific as possible as it helps us in selection, and in helping you plan the workshop. Workshop participants will be registered on a first come first served basis by the conference committee, so the workshop organizers will not be able to select their participants. Accepted workshops will be publicized via the COINS11 website within a month after organizers are notified. Workshop organizers will also be encouraged to promote COINS11 and their workshops to potential attendees. Abstracts of accepted Workshop proposals will be published in the COINs 2011 Proceedings.
Please send proposals to: [log in to unmask] In the email subject please write “COINS11 Workshops.”
Notification of acceptance by June 15, 2011.

COINS11: Call for Artifacts:
Proposals Submission Deadline June 15, 2011
The artifacts category seeks to provide participants with an opportunity to present work in a forum that facilitates open discussion and enables direct interaction with conference attendees. A dedicated session will be held during the conference to present the artifacts. Artifacts can be anything from design sketchbooks to reformed organizational processes, advertisements, products, short films, conceptual objects, etc. We encourage submissions that are thought provoking and visually engaging, and which cover exploratory/speculative work, smaller projects, unusual representations of ethnographic work, and so on. The form of the presented materials is open. In keeping with the category title “artifacts”, we encourage submissions based on some material installation that can be exhibited at the conference. Our hope is that the tangible quality will, in part, prompt interaction with and between conference attendees.
Artifact proposals must include:
- a single page describing or illustrating the proposed submission (include any and all figures and references, where appropriate)
- a paragraph and image (no more that 150 words) that can be displayed on the conference website
- the names, contact information and background of the organizer(s)
Descriptions (including images) of accepted artifacts will be published in the COINS11 Proceedings. Accepted submissions will have their 150 word descriptions posted on the COINS11 website. It is up to the attendee to arrange transporation of the accepted artifact to Basel.
Please send proposals to: [log in to unmask] In the email subject please write “COINS11 Artifacts.”
Notification of acceptance by July 15, 2011.

COINS11: Call for Pecha Kucha:
Proposals Submission Deadline June 15, 2011
This is the first year COINs is introducing Pecha Kucha (pronounced: "peh-cha-ku-cha'') presentations. An informal, engaging and highly visual presentation of 10 slides, each one exactly 30 seconds, for a total presentation time of 5 minutes,. Pecha Kucha presentations at COINS11 are intended to communicate quickly and efficiently various ideas related to social network analysis, group dynamics, design and visualization, information systems and the psychology and sociality of collaboration. We encourage submissions that are visually engaging, loaded with thought provoking content and provide a strong point of view on a specific topic related to the conference theme.
Pecha Kucha proposals must include:
- a single page describing the proposed Pecha Kucha concept
- a brief 150-word description of the concept
- at least five slides which you intend to use as visuals in the presentation. 
Once accepted, the presenter will be required to submit all 10 slides prior to the conference. This information should convey to reviewers what is the main point to be communicated and how it will be communicated. Accepted submissions will have their 150 word descriptions posted on the COINS11 website. In case of acceptance, you will be required to present live to all COINS11 attendees.
Please send proposals  to [log in to unmask] In the email subject please write “COINS11 Pecha Kucha.”
Notification of acceptance by July 15, 2011.

Organizing Committee:
Amit Bapat, SCAD  (Co-Chair)
Hauke Fuehres, U. Cologne (Program Chair)
Peter A. Gloor, MIT
Julia Gluesing, Wayne State
Leslie Marticke, SCAD (Co-Chair) 
Christine Miller, SCAD
Ken Riopelle, Wayne State
Mischa Schaub, Hyperwerk FHNW Basel (Chair)

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