call for papers

Where: Basel, Switzerland | HyperWerk Institute for Postindustrial Design

Papers: The call has been closed. Notification of acceptance July 28, 2011

Workshops: The call has been closed. Notification of acceptance July 28, 2011

Artifacts: The call has been closed. Notification of acceptance July 28, 2011

Pecha Kucha: The call has been closed. Notification of acceptance July 28, 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.

Last year’s conference in Savannah, Georgia followed the success of the inaugural COINs Conference consecutively 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.

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 nhanced 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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Abstract Submission Deadline June 30, 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.

Paper submissions must include:
-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 by June 30, 2011 to: In the email subject please write “COINS11 Papers.”
Notification of acceptance by July 15, 2011.


Important Dates:

June 30, 2011 | Deadline for Paper Submissions

July 28, 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