Science Advisory Panel


Rich Corken heads data science and IP analytics in the UK's Intellectual Property Office's Informatics team, providing expert advice within Government, acaedmia and in industry. Rich has a background in physics and was formerly a research scientist before joining the IPO as a patent examiner, specializing in computer hardware and software.

Jan L. Youtie, Ph.D., is Director of policy services and Principal Research Associate in Innovation Partners, a unit of the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She also is an adjunct professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, teaches in the School of City and Regional Planning, and is a co-founder of the program in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. Dr. Youtie’s research focuses on technology-based economic development, emerging-technology assessment, manufacturing competitiveness, regional innovation clusters, and innovation and knowledge measurement and evaluation.
Rainer Frietsch, Ph.D, is Deputy Head of the Competence Center Policy and Regions
Coordinator of Business Unit Innovation Indicators at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. He is visiting professor at the Institutes of Science and Development of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. ). His work focuses on patent statistics, bibliometrics, traditional and new innovation indicators, science-industry-linkage, globalization of R&D, and innovation policy analyses.
Scott Cunningham, Ph.D.,co-authored the 2005 book on Tech Mining with Alan Porter. He previously contributed to VantagePoint software, and is the holder of six national and international patents in data mining. His Ph.D. is in the field of research evaluation, awarded by the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex.  He is currently an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology

Lili Wang, Ph.D., currently works at UNU-MERIT. Her research interests cover two main strands: a) S&T economics, scientometrics, publications and patents, emerging technologies, innovation systems and policy, and b) economic growth and structural change in developing countries.


Ying Huang, PhD., is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, Hunan University. He was a visiting scholar in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2014 to 2015. His specialty is bibliometrics, patentmetrics and Science & Technology policy, particularly for the study of emerging technology. He has published more than 30 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.

José M. Vicente Gomila, is co-founder of Triz XXI, a consultancy firm dedicated to innovation, competitive intelligence and knowledge management, and Associate Professor of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Dept. of Engineering Projects. For 10 years he has been vice-president of Technology Transfer (official Expert nº E-70712 of the European Union in technology Transfer) in the Institute of Small and medium sized Industries of the Regional Government of Valencia.

Yi Zhang, Dual Ph.D. in Management Science & Engineering and Software Engineering. His expertise aligns with bibliometrics and management of technology, and he has published over 40 high-quality papers in related top-level journals and conferences. He served/serves as Managing Guest Editor for special issues in Scientometrics and Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Program Committee Member for KDIR 2016-2018, and Reviewer for over 20 high-quality journals. He is a Member of ISSI, ASIS&T, and IEEE.

Jos Winnink started his professional career at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) and in 1998 he joined the Netherlands Patent Office (NPO). He is currently a PhD researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University, where he is conducting research on the interface of science and technology. His PhD research focuses on the interface of science and technology. Currently his main focus is on early stage detection of breakthroughs using bibliometric information. On these subjects he published several (conference) papers. Given his history in the world of patents Jos has a special interest in patent information and is within CWTS one of the experts on this subject. Currently Jos’ focus is on linking patent databases with other data sources to create multidimensional data infrastructures to be used for the study the science-technology linkages.  Currently, 2nd quarter 2016, he is finalizing his PhD Thesis.

Alejandro Sanz, Ph.D., is an innovation excellence strategist passionate about advancing entrepreneurial business rethinking in corporate environments and private practice. Alejandro is a guest professor Chinese Academy of Industry and Information Technology Integration created by the Chinese Ministry of Industry & information and the Beijing Institute of Technology and is a UK & European chartered engineer as well an international Certified Management Consultant (CMC). His activities in tech-mining are aimed at successfully identifying and implementing transformation opportunities. His assessment approach of seeing the big picture while connecting the dots involves multisource data management/manipulation (patents, publications, web-data, metadata) combined with new ways of communication/visualization to support decision making & knowledge diffusion.


Kevin Boyak, Ph.D., has been with SciTech Strategies since July 2007. Previously he worked at Sandia National Labs in areas of combustion, transport processes, socio-economic war gaming, and science mapping. His recent work and current interests include detailed mapping of the structure and dynamics of science and technology, accuracy of maps and classifications, merging of multiple data types and sources, identification and prediction of emerging topics, and development of advanced metrics.


Lothar Walter, Ph.D., is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Project Management and Innovation, University of Bremen (Germany). Before this he filled a position as project and sales manager for a German medical engineering enterprise. He is a physicist with research interests comprising methodical inventing, intellectual property management, semantic patent analysis, and teaching in these areas.


Arho Suominen, Ph.D., is Senior Scientist at the Innovation and Knowledge Economy unit at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, also lecturing at the Department of Information Technology at the University of Turku. Dr. Suominen’s research focuses on qualitative and quantitative assessment of emerging technologies and innovation management with a special focus on bibliometric methods. His research has been funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology, Turku University Foundation and the Fulbright Center Finland. Through the Fulbright program, he worked as Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Suominen has published work in several journals such as Futures, International Journal of Technology Policy and Management, and Chemical Engineering Science. Dr. Suominen has a Doctor of Science (Tech.) degree from the University of Turku and holds an Officers basic degree from the National Defence University of Finland.


Chris Harrison is Head of IP Analytics and Data Science at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), leading the informatics team in providing expert advice within UK Government, academia and in industry. With a systems engineering background, Chris joined the IPO as a patent examiner specialising in televisions and image processing technologies before moving into patent analytics in 2010. His previous research includes inventor gender inference to assess the proportion of female inventors on patent applications worldwide. Currently his main focus is in combining traditional text analysis with machine learning techniques to understand how emerging technologies develop and if patent data can really be used for early stage detection of ground-breaking technologies.


Martin G. Möhrle, Ph.D., is Head of Chair for ‘Competence Transfer and Innovation’ and Director of the Institute of Project Management and Innovation (IPMI), University of Bremen, Germany. Areas of research interest include intellectual property management, particularly in the field of business method patents; semantic patent analysis (combining data mining and text mining); technology management, especially technology roadmapping, evolutionary pattern analyses, and systematic invention with TRIZ; and
innovation management, especially innovation processes, multi cross industry innovation and future studies.


Ad Notten is an information specialist and researcher at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His current research deals mainly with indicator development for the measurement and evaluation of basic science output.  His personal research interests focus on the diffusion of knowledge in information-rich environments.