Science Advisory Panel

GTM2015 is pleased to benefit from the perspective and guidance of our 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.

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 Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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
Henri Dou, Ph.D.,  is the Director of Atelis, a strategic intelligence work-room at ESCEM Business School (France), and comes with extensive experience both in academic and non-academic positions around the world. Former University Professor In France he is presently Research Professor at Peking University, Professor Advisor OUM Open University of Malaysia and Honorary Professor University Zao-Zhuang, China and Member of the IAB (International Advisory Board) of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Viet Nam. He is one of the pioneers of competitive intelligence in France and in Brazil, and has put his experience to the benefit of such prestigious organizations as the European Commission, World Intellectual Property Organization, UNESO, NATO and CNRS, the national French center for scientific research.

Ying Guo, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology of China.  She is the author of some 70 articles. She is also the reviewer and guest editor for several technology management journals, including R&D Management and Technology Forecasting & Social Change.   Her current specialty is technology management and assessment, in particular forecasting the likely innovation pathways for new and emerging technologies.

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, Ph.D., holds dual PhD degrees in Management Science & Engineering (from Beijing Institute of Technology, China) and Information Systems (from University of Technology Sydney, Australia), and was a visiting scholar at School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, from 2011 to 2012. His main research interest lies in the areas of information systems, bibliometrics, and management of technology. He has published more than 40 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters in the fields of Comupter Science & Information Systems, Information Science & Library Science and Planning & Development, e.g., Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Informetrics, and Scientometrics.
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.
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.

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.


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.

Conference Chairs  

Denise Chiavetta
Academic Coordinator
Search Technology, Inc.

Alan L. Porter
Technology Policy & Assessment Center
Georgia Institute of Technology
Professor Emeritus
Schools of Industrial & Systems Engineering and of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology