COINs15: Call for Submissions

Collaborative Innovation Networks Conference (COINs)

When: March 12-14, 2015

Where: Keio University, Japan

Papers: Paper submission deadline Nov 30, 2014

Workshops: Proposal submission deadline Nov 30, 2014

Artifacts: Proposal submission deadline Nov 30, 2014




The Collaborative Innovation Networks Conference (COINS) invites you to submit your papers, workshop proposals, and artifacts to the 5th annual international conference to be held in Japan, hosted by Keio University from March 12 to 14, 2015. COINS15 brings together practitioners, researchers and students of the emerging science of collaboration to share their work, learn from each other, and get inspired through creative new ideas. Conference activities will take place throughout the Tokyo area. 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, design, business and art meet, COINS15 looks at the emerging forces behind the phenomena of open-source, creative, entrepreneurial and social movements. Through interactive workshops, professional presentations, and thought-provoking keynotes, COINS15 combines a wide range of interdisciplinary fields such as social network analysis, group dynamics, design and visualization, information systems, collective action and the psychology and sociality of collaboration.


Last year’s COINS13 conference in Santiago de Chile followed the success of the previous three COINS conferences in Savannah GA (2 times), and Basel Switzerland.


The best papers will be selected for a special issue of the International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering (IJODE;


Conference Chair: Takashi Iba (Keio University)

Program Chair: Keiichi Nemoto (Fuji Xerox)



Creative Networks


The COINS15 conference committee seeks original paper submissions, creative workshop ideas and concepts, unique artifacts or installations, and engaging rapid-fire presentations celebrating the theme “Creative Networks”. 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 global consciousness, and how does the quest for global cooperation affect local networks. We invite both theoretical and practice-based dialogues, case studies, scientific papers, technological solutions, research studies, and interactive artifacts that 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, and artifact demonstrations in the following conference themes:


·       Networks & Collaboration in a Global Context: Optimization through Collaboration | Teamwork through virtually enhanced Collaboration | Measuring the performance of COINs | Patterns of swarm creativity

·       Group Dynamics, Social Movements & Net Activism: Collaborative Learning | Collaborative Leadership  | Design & visualization of interdisciplinary collaboration  | Virtual Teaming

·       Individual & Social Learning: The psychology and sociality of collaboration and collective action  | Social Behavior Modeling | Social Intelligence and Social Cognition

·       Tools and Methods: Social System Design and Architectures  | Dynamic Social Network Analysis  | Semantic Social Network Analysis | Actor Network Theory | Pattern Languages


The increase of online networks 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 & behavioral science as well as 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, challenge the status-quo and innovate by sharing ideas, information, resources 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’ – the discovering, analyzing, and measuring of trends and trendsetters, and ‘Coolfarming’ –supporting trendsetters in making their creative ideas come true – puts COINs to productive use.


Below are the details and deadlines for the submission of Papers, Workshops, and Artifacts sessions.

For up to date information and additional details please visit our website:

To engage with the broader COINs community, follow us on twitter @coinsjapan and join our Facebook page (



We seek 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 collective wisdom. We encourage perspectives from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Format: Papers should be submitted in .doc or .pdf format at a maximal length of two pages, using this template. Authors should indicate if they would like to present their paper as a conventional lecture, or as a poster.

Authors are required to attend the conference to present their work.

Submit papers on EasyChair:


Important Dates:

Nov 30, 2014 | Deadline for Paper Submissions

Jan 15, 2015 | Author(s) will be notified of provisional acceptance of the paper

Feb 28, 2015 | Final copy for conference to publications chair

March 12- 14, 2015 | Paper presentations at COINs15, Keio University, Japan



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. 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 Tokyo.

Workshop proposals should 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 COINS15 website within a month after organizers are notified. Workshop organizers will also be encouraged to promote COINS15 and their workshops to potential attendees.

Submit proposals to:


Important Dates:

Nov 30, 2014 | Deadline for Workshop Submissions

Jan 15, 2015 | Author(s) will be notified of provisional acceptance of the workshop

March 12- 14, 2015 | Workshops held at COINs15, Keio University, Japan




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, to ads you’ve produced, to products you’ve made, to short films, to 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 though, we encourage submissions based on some material instantiation that can be exhibited at the conference. Our hope is that it will be the ‘thinginess’ of the artifacts that will, in part, prompt interaction with and between conference attendees.

Submissions should include a single page describing or illustrating the proposed submission (the one page inclusive of any and all figures and references, where appropriate). This page should convey to reviewers what the artifact being submitted is and how it is hoped to provoke discussion. The page will also be included in the published conference proceedings.

Also included in the submissions should be a paragraph and image (no more that 150 words) that can be displayed on the conference website.

Please submit these materials to:


Important Dates:

Nov 30, 2014 | Deadline for Artifact Submissions

Jan 15, 2015 | Author(s) will be notified of provisional acceptance of the Artifact

March 12-14, 2015 | Artifact shown at COINs15, Keio University, Japan


Program Committee:

Jana Diesner, UIUC, USA

Koichiro Eto, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Kai Fischbach, Bamberg University, Germany

Ville Heikkilä, Aalto University, Finland

Hideyuki Inoue, Claremont Graduate University, USA

Eila Järvenpää, Aalto University, Finland

Ioanna Lykourentzou, CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg

Yutaka Matsuo, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Yoshiaki Matsuzawa, Shizuoka University, Japan

Takis Metaxas, Wellesley & Harvard, USA

Keiichi Nemoto, Fuji Xerox (Chair), Japan

Detlef Schoder, Cologne University, Germany

Yuka Shiratsuchi, Sanno University, Japan

Yang Song, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University, Finland

Tsvi Vinig, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hidenori Watanave, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan



Steering Committee:

Cristobal Garcia, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Peter Gloor, MIT, USA

Julia Gluesing, Wayne State University, USA

Takashi Iba, Keio University, Japan

Casper Lassenius, Aalto University, Finland

Christine Miller, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Maria Paasivaara, Aalto University, Finland

Ken Riopelle, Wayne State University, USA


More information:

Julia C. Gluesing, Ph.D.
Anthropologist and Professor, Global Executive Track Ph.D.
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

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