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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 (extended) May 30, 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.  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.

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
Abstract Submission Deadline June 15, 2011
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.
Besides being published in the conference proceedings, selected papers will also be published by Springer in an edited volume on "Collaborative Innovation Networks".

Proposals Submission Deadline EXTENDED May 30, 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.

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.

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.

Program Committee:
John Bucuvalas (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
James A. Danowski (University of Chicago, Il., USA)
Jana Diesner (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA)
Kai Fischbach (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)
Hauke Fuehres, Program Chair (University of Cologne, Germany)
Cristobal Garcia (University of Cattolica, Chile)
Peter Gloor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA)
Julia Gluesing (Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., USA)
Francesca Grippa (Northeastern University, Boston, MA)
Takashi Iba (Keio University, Tokyo, Japan)
Casper Lassenius (Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland)
Hong Joo Lee (The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, South Korea)
Chris Miller (Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., USA)
Maria Paasivaara (Aalto University, Espoo, Finland)
Sung Joo Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea)
Johannes Putzke (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)
Ken Riopelle (Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., USA)
Mischa Schaub (Hyperwerk Institute of Post Industrial Design, Basel, Switzerland)
Detlef Schoder (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)
Tsvi Vinig (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Manfred Vogel (University of Applied Sciences, Brugg, Switzerland)

This year’s conference in Basel, Switzerland, hosted by HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design from September 8-10, 201 follows the last two successful conferences in Savannah, Georgia hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, in coordination with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective Intelligence and Wayne State University for Applied Science and Engineering

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