steering committee

Peter Gloor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA)

Peter is happily juggling different hats, studying Collaborative Innovation Networks at MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence, developing the social networking and data visualization software Condor with startup galaxyadvisors, and occasionally writing books, most recently ”Coolfarming – Turn your great idea into the next big thing”, Coolhunting – Chasing Down the Next Big Thing” (jointly with Scott Cooper) and ”Swarm Creativity – Competitive Advantage through Collaborative Innovation Networks”.







Julia Gluesing (Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., USA)

Julia Gluesing is a business anthropologist in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to joining Wayne, she was a business manager and consultant in the hospitality and automotive industries, and in the information technology sector. Her work and her research interests are focused on applying the theories and methods of anthropology to global virtual teams and collaboration, especially for innovation, across cultural, organizational, and geographic boundaries in all types of networks.






Chris Miller (Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., USA)

Chris Miller completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Management from Wayne State University where she conducted an ethnographic study on the relationship between innovation and formalization at a Tier One automotive supplier. Her research interests include how sociality and culture influence the design of new products, processes, and technologies. She also studies technology-mediated communication within groups, teams, and networks and the emergence of technology-enabled collaborative innovation networks (COINs). Chris is a professor of Design Management at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She works with multiple professional organizing and working groups that foster interdisciplinary practice and is a founding member of the COINs conference.



Ken Riopelle (Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., USA)

Dr. Ken Riopelle is a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. He also serves at the Evaluation Director for the Michigan Alliance of Clinical and Translation Science. Dr. Riopelle’s professional career spans over 40 years in both the auto industry and academia.

His primary research interests include: 1.) Accelerating the Diffusion of Innovations in Globally Networked Organizations, which was funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from 2005-2010; 2. The study of Collaborative Innovation Networks or COINs; and 3. The Science of Team Science using co-author and co-citation analysis as a method to visualize, measure and understand scientific collaboration.

logo_COINs The coins11 conference, Sept. 8–10, 2011 is presented in collaboration by Hyperwerk Institute of Postindustrial Design and the COINs Collaborative, an initiative of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wayne State University College of Engineering-Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Collective Intelligence. The collaborative builds open knowledge networks to advance the emerging science of collaboration for design, research and industry competitive advantage. For more information on the COINs conference, visit