Building a Shared Future through COINs

COINs Conference 2018 | Suzhou, China | Sept 26 - Sept 28, 2018

About COINs Conference

Collaborative innovation networks, or COINs, are cyberteams of self-motivated people with a collective vision, to innovatively collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and work enabled by technology. COINs are powered by swarm creativity, wherein people work together in a structure that enables a fluid creation and exchange of ideas. Patterns of collaborative innovation frequently follow an identical path, from creator to COIN to collaborative learning network (CLN) to collaborative interest network (CIN).

The 8th edition of the Collaborative Innovation Networks (COINs) conference will be held at Suzhou, China. COINs will bring together researchers and practitioners from across the world to share the results of their work. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of Social Network Analysis, Online Social Networks, Data Mining, AI & Deep Learning and the impact of those technologies on society and culture.

For more details about individual conferences, see the COINs History Page

Schedule & Program


Opening Reception – Jinke Hotel Suzhou High Speed Rail






Joint program with 2018 Global Future Industrial Innovation Conference


Lunch break


Coffee break


Closing remarks


Conference dinner, joint with Global Future Industrial Innovation Conference






Coffee break


Lunch break


Closing remarks


COINs18 Social Event

Venue & Travel

City: Suzhou

Suzhou (苏州)) is a city in Jiangsu province. It is famous for its beautiful gardens and traditional waterside architecture. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997s. Suzhou has a number of attractions, including at least two that are absolutely world-class - its famous classical Chinese gardens, and the Suzhou Museum designed by a world-renowned architect. Suzhou's gardens and architecture have had influence worldwide. Suzhou Street in Beijing's Summer Palace is a copy of Suzhou's Shangtang Street, and the Chinese Garden Court in New York's Metropolitan Museum is a copy of part of the "Master of the Nets" garden. Both Vancouver's Sun-Yat-Sen Garden and Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden were built by craftsmen imported from Suzhou.


COINs 2018 will be held at the Jinke Hotel Suzhou High Speed ​​Rail. The hotel has over 300 spacious guest rooms, each with free WiFi, flat-screen TV, and more. Within the hotel, enjoy delicious meals at onsite restaurants, indoor pool, health club with fitness center and spa. It features 13 meeting rooms, conference rooms, banquet halls and multi-function halls, which can meet the needs of various conference receptions.The hotel offers easy access to the Suzhou High Speed Rail Station and to the city’s best attractions.

The closest airports are:

  • Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, ~90 km
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport, ~130 km
  • The high speed train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Suzhou Bei (Suzhou North) will take 23-30mins. It is the easiest way. Your accommodation hotel is right across the Suzhou Bei railway station. From 6AM - 8.30 PM. ¥39.5. After 8.30 PM, you may arrive at Suzhou train station and get a taxi to your hotel. If you need assistance to buy train tickets in advance, you can reach Xu Yingdong or Wu Qiong.

    Regular shuttle buses run between Suzhou and both Shanghai airports, taking about an hour to Hongqiao and one hour and forty minutes to Pudong.

    Shanghai-Hongqiao to Suzhou. Departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. On the hour from 10AM-4PM; and one at 5:30PM and 7PM. ¥50.

    Suzhou to Shanghai-Hongqiao. The China Eastern Airlines buses going to Pudong pass through Hongqiao first. A shuttle bus between Pudong and Hongqiao leaves every 10 minutes from 6AM-9PM and costs ¥30.

    Shanghai-Pudong to Suzhou. Departs from the parking lot on the 2nd floor of Terminal 1 building. Almost hourly 10:40AM-7:40PM ¥82.

    Suzhou to Shanghai-Pudong. Departs from the CEAG (China Eastern Airlines Group) ticket office (No.115, Ganjiang West Rd). Almost hourly 6:20AM-2:50PM. ¥80.

    Visa Requirements

    Foreign nationals entering China are generally required to have a valid passport and a Chinese visa assigned by overseas branch of Chinese embassy or consular offices. However, many are now permitted visa-free for a limited period under certain conditions. In order to check whether you’re allowed to enter China without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact the Chinese immigration offices or visit the following websites to confirm:

  • Official web portal of the Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China
  • Embassy of the PR China in the USA
  • Please fill out the registration form. We will then send the invitation letter in 1-2 days via E-mail. If you need any assitance during the visa process, please contact Yang Song.

    Conference Committee

    Local Organizing Chair

    Yang Song
    Jilin University, China

    Program Co-Chairs

    Francesca Grippa
    Northeastern University, USA

    Qi Wen
    Tsinghua University, China

    Steering Committee Members

    Andrea F. Colladon, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy
    Cristobal Garcia, Imperial College and TU Delft
    Peter Gloor, MIT, USA
    Julia Gluesing, Wayne State University, USA
    Francesca Grippa, Northeastern University, USA
    Takashi Iba, Keio University, Japan
    Casper Lassenius, Aalto University, Finland
    Joao Leitao, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
    Christine Miller, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
    Maria Paasivaara, Aalto University, Finland
    Ken Riopelle, Wayne State University, USA
    Yang Song, Jilin University, China
    Matthäus P. Zylka, University of Bamberg, Germany

    Program Committee Members

    Jana Diesner, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Kai Fischbach, University of Bamberg, Germany
    Dariusz Jemielniak, Kozminski University, Poland
    Zheng Li, Jilin University, China
    Gang Lu, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
    I. Lykourentzou, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
    Yoshiaki Matsuzawa, Shizuoka University, Japan
    Takis Metaxas, Wellesley & Harvard, USA
    Keiichi Nemoto, Fuji Xerox, Japan
    Aleksandra Przegalińska-Skierkowska, Kozminski University, Poland
    Detlef Schoder, University of Cologne, Germany
    Yang Song, Jilin University, China
    Xijin Tang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
    Tsvi Vinig, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Xin Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
    Haoxian Xia, Dalian University of Technology, China
    Qiaoyun Yun, South China Normal University, Foshan City, China
    Xue Zhang, National University of Defense Technology, China
    Yuhong Zhou, South China University of Technology, China