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Posted in 2011

TRIZ Forum: Contributed article: From Encountering TRIZ to Deeper Understanding (My TRIZ Learning History): Towards a Unified Methodology of Problem Solving for Resolving Various Contradictions (Dec. 5, 2011)

Youichi Hasegawa (An engineer living in Kanagawa Prefecture), Nov. 27, 2011
Nowadays, especially after the disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant accident, we have many and complex contradictions in Japan in its social, economical, and political aspects.  For solving such contradictions, methodologies for problem solving should be penetrated and applied widely in some unified and simple-to-learn forms of techniques, Youichi Hasegawa says.  For a step toward such a unified methodology, Hasegawa has contributed to this Web site an article which introduces his personal history of learning TRIZ.  He encountered TRIZ and USIT in 2006 through his colleagues in his company and learned various TRIZ references, especially the ones posted and introduced in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", for himself step by step.  Reading such references, he tried to understand them with digesting and examining and to incorporate them in his understanding of problem-solving methodologies.  He now has a hope of unifying currently-different methodologies, e.g., QFD, TRIZ/USIT, TOC, Hatamura's method, Breakthrough Thinking, etc., into a much simpler and universal one.  This article is an excellent case study of learning TRIZ/USIT step by step and obtaining a much wider vision of problem-solving methodology.  We thank Youichi Hasegawa for his contribution.  In Japanese, only.

TRIZ Forum: Interview to Ayano Sato: First-time Experience of Participating and Presenting in English at International Conference, ETRIA TFC 2011, Ireland (Dec. 5, 2011)

Ayano Sato (2nd year Graduate Student, Shibaura Inst. Tech.); Interviewer: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 2, 2011
As reported in a separate page, Ms. Ayano Sato attended at ETRIA TFC 2011, held on Nov 2-4, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  She gave a very nice presentation.  So Nakagawa interviewed her just after her presentation and also communicated with her via emails later.  She says:  She wanted (without being pushed) to give the presentation.  She used to be very shy and did not like studying English language, but at her 2nd year of high school her parents arranged her to go and study at an English language school in USA for 2 weeks.  During the stay she realized the necessity of communicating in English, and started to learn English for herself.  She met much difficulty to pass the review process of TFC.  The keyword 'Kando' in Japanese was especially difficult for her to present to the reviewer and to the audience.  ('Kando' is a very deep and strong impression which moves the person later even for years.)  When a number of audience said 'Nice talk!' to her, she felt much relieved and delighted.  She found people at TFC talked about TRIZ much positively and widely than she learned so far in Japan, and she was impressed by aggressive TRIZ activities in Korea. -- I wish that Ayano's young and fresh heart/mind gives 'Kando' to readers of this TRIZ site in Japan.  (Only in Japanese.)

TRIZ Forum: From Readers: Participation Reports of ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference 2011 (by 6 Japanese Participants)  (Dec. 5, 2011)

Koichi Makino, Heikan Izumi, Manabu Sawaguchi (Waseda Univ.), Ayano Sato, Hiroshi Hasegawa (Shibaura Inst. Tech.) and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 12, 2011.
The ETRIA TFC2011 was held on Nov 2-4, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  Six people from Japan attended at it and delivered 5 presentations.  Here are the reports written by all the members individually.  Four members who attended at TFC for the first time report their strong, positive impressions.  In Japanese.

TRIZ News: TRIZ Conferences in the World: Reports and Plans (Nov. 18, 2011)

USA:  Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies is going to hold TRIZCON2011 on Nov. 28-29, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan (Nov. 18, 2011)

Europe:  ETRIA TFC 2011 was held on Nov. 2-4, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (about 120 participants)    (Nov. 18, 2011)
          Next: ETRIA TFC 2012 will be held in Nov., 2012 at Lisbon, Portugal. 

Korea: 3rd Global TRIZ Conference 2012 in Korea (KoreaTRIZCON2012) is to be held by KATA (Korea Academic TRIZ Association), jointly with ICSI2012 (3rd International Conference of Systematic Innovation) to be held by Systematic Innovation Society (based in Taiwan), on Jul. 10-12, 2012 in Seoul. (Nov. 18, 2011)

  TRIZ Case Study: "Problem Solving in Everyday Life: On Methods and Tools for Weeding (or Removing Weeds)" (Nov. 18, 2011)

Takahisa Miyake, Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), 7th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 8-10, 2011 at Toshiba Kenshu Center, Yokohama, Japan; and also Toru Nakagawa, Takahisa Miyake (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference, on Nov. 2-4, 2011, at Inst. Tech. Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland.  Extended Abstract: , Presentation slides
'Removing weeds' has been a much labor work since ancient days.  It appears to be a simple problem at first sight, but actually is a complex problem containing a diversity of requirements.  Thus in the present study we have considered to reveal the problem in various aspects, such as purposes, goals of finishing, problem situations (e.g., ground, sorts of weeds, distributions of crops and weeds, etc.) and have thought of a variety of methods in the aspects of their intentions, tools, mechanisms, etc. and have evaluated the methods.  The paper stress that before trying to solve a specific problem, we need to understand the structure of the problem from such a variety of aspects, regardless of using TRIZ or not. 

Forum: From the Readers: Congratulations to the 13th Anniversary of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" (Nov. 13, 2011)

Messages, photos, and an article received from the readers are posted here, with my thanks.

  Congratulations from Iran (Messages and Photos):  from Mahmoud Karimi (IIITS, Iran)
Karimi writes: 'In my institute in Iran, we have celebrated the 13th Anniversary of your "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" with our home made Birthday Cake, as shown in the attached photos'.  I feel so much honored.  Thanks.

  Message and Article from China: "TRIZ Situations in China" by Xian-yong Zhou (Southwest Jiaotong Univ., China) and
A brief but valuable report from mainland China:  'TRIZ was introduced into China about 1998, but was known to only limited number of academic people for next 9 years.  In 2007, the TRIZ situation has greatly changed when the Ministry of Science and Technology recognized TRIZ as the Innovation Method and started its promotion actively.  Two provinces, Heilongjiang and Sichuan, became the 'Pilot Provinces' of innovation methods, and Innovation Method Society (IMS) was established under the Ministry for the purpose of research, development, and penetration of Innovation Method (i.e., TRIZ).  At least three conferences/seminars in China are operated for high level communications on TRIZ, though not yet international.'  PDF in English , in Chinese , and in Japanese translation . We need to watch the rapid progress of TRIZ in China.
Attached: “The Research and Popularization of TRIZ in Mainland China: the Situation and Problems” by Prof. Guang Chen (Southwest Jiaotong University, China), 2009. (in Chinese)

  On the 13th Anniversary of  "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":  Toru Nakagawa (Oct. 28, 2011)

      This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates on Nov. 1 its 13th Anniversary together with readers in Japan and over the world.  This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on a not-for-profit basis.  Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal site but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already.  Most pages are published in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.  After the March 11 Japan Disaster, many people overseas sent us kind messages of prayers and encouragements, which were posted here both in Japanese and in English pages , with thanks.  I envisage that Pubic Web Sites built in different TRIZ Communities will form A Global TRIZ Community with much reduced language barriers .  The number of visits since November 2005 is at moment 157,252 to the top page in Japanese and 26,319 to that in English.  Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.

Forum: Conference Report (24): "Personal Report of The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011 (Held by the Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 8-10, 2011, at Toshiba Kenshu Center, Yokohama, Japan)" (Oct. 28, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Oct. 24, 2011
The Japan TRIZ Symposium 2011 was held with the participation of 115 people (including 11 from overseas countries) and 40 presentations.  The Symposium is reported here personally in English (and its brief summary in Japanese).  I am going to post my reports in about 10 categories step by step from now on to review all the presentations.  This Parent page reports the outline of the Symposium and its organizing policies.  I wish that my Personal Report convey you how TRIZ is understood, applied, and promoted in Japan and in the World.  I sincerely thank you, all the TRIZ people in the world, for your prayers, encouragements, and support especially after the March 11 Japan Disaster.

Report:  Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011 was held with success.(Oct. 28; Oct. 30*, 2011)

Held by Japan TRIZ Society, NPO; 
Date:   Sept. 8 (Thu) - 10 (Sat), 2011 
Place: Toshiba Kenshu Center, Yokohama
Main theme: Creative Person, Innovative Organization!

Planning page:

Results page:  

The Symposium was participated by 115 people (consisting of 104 from Japan and 11 from overseas countries) and resulted in a big success with active and fruitful presentations, discussions, and communications.  On the first day we had Seminars in Japanese and in English, while on the second and third days Conferences containing of Keynote/Invited Lectures and Oral/Poster presentations.  It is our greatest pleasure to have achieved this by overcoming the Japan Disaster caused by March 11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident.  We are grateful to all the presenters, participants, and management/voluntary people who have made this event a success and to all people in the world for their prayers and encouragements.  

Agenda outline , Agenda in a sheet , Agenda in detail ,  Abstracts by Japanese authors (in English) , Abstracts by Overseas authors ,

On the ProceedingsOpening Address (Toshihiro Hayashi) ,  Participants Votes for 'Best Presentations for Me'Plan of postings (Updated: Oct. 30*, 2011) PhotoEvaluations by the participants ,

Plan of the Next Symposium (Sept. 6-8, 2012, Tokyo)

Personal Report by Toru Nakagawa (OGU)   (Posted: Oct. 28, 2011).

Documents at the planning and preparation stages are available at separate pages: see

Previous TRIZ Symposia in Japan.  First (2005) to Sixth (2010)

Forum: Conference Report (23-12): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010" Summary (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Sept. 25, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Sept. 25, 2011
Among the presentations at the 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium last year, 24 presentations have been selected and posted publicly in this Web site both in English and in Japanese.  Links to such pages are inserted in the tables of presentations in my "Personal Reports". 

  TRIZ papers:  Selected 7 Japanese Papers presented at The 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Among the papers presented last year at the 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010, the following 7 papers by Japanese authors are selected and posted here.  Japan TRIZ Society has posted the presentation slides of all the authors in the Members-only pages of its Official Web site since last March.  For the purpose of wider circulation, I have prepared individual pages of these 7 papers both in English and in Japanese under the permissions of the authors.  Each page contains (Extended) Abstract, PDF file of the presentation slides, and Nakagawa's introduction excerpt from his "Personal Report" of the Symposium. 

Case Study: Application of USIT to Useful Paper Fastener   (Sept. 25, 2011)

MPUF (Microsoft Project Users Forum) USIT/TRIZ Study Group: Kouichi Nakamura (USIT/TRIZ Study Member), Noritaka Nakayama (Konica Minolta Technology Center, Inc.), Hirotake Makino, Hideki Ohmori, Kazushige Aoki (Yokogawa Electric Corp.), Kazunori Aoki(Tokyo Keiki Kogyo Co.), Etsuo Yamada (USIT/TRIZ Study Member), Minoru Takimoto (Fuji Xerox Corp.), and Yuji Mihara (Creative Technology Institute Co.), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
A study group of engineers voluntary coming from different industries worked to develop various concepts for improving simple paper fasteners. They used their 'USIT Workbook' step by step for proving its effectiveness. Processes of analyses and idea generation are recorded fully with a large number of illustrations. 

Case Study: Guiding Noise and Vibration Design along General TRIZ Process by Misunderstanding Case List   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa Institute of Technology), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
The Author previously developed a TRIZ-based standard process for guiding engineers to work on the Noise and Vibration Design, especially for vehicles. However, in addition to such a normal guidance, he has found the importance of showing them negative lessons, i.e., cases of misunderstanding. So he built up a knowledgebase of misunderstanding cases of Noise and Vibration design.

Case Study: Concept Design of a Child-Seat by TRIZ Style Problem Identification (Second Report)   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Minami Hamada (Kanagawa Institute of Technology), Poster presentation at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of Poster Introduction slides , PDF of Poster slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
The Author's previous idea of 'swing child seat on a spherical swivel' had a problem of no control and no damping of motion. Using TRIZ tools she found solutions of introducing an oval swivel to suppress yaw motion and a magnet for damping with the Eddy current. 

: Japan-oriented Creative Monozukuri (manufacturing and production) with TRIZ   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Takuo Maeda (Takumi System Architects, Ltd.), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 2, 2011
This is an intensive and bird-view presentation on the future directions of Japanese industry, especially software industry, with a keen sense of crisis. The Author proposes a basic framework of monozukuri and has strived to integrated the TRIZ/USIT thinking into the whole process of business and technology innovation. He recently made "Workbook to Innovate Business and Technology". Onto the workbook, users write down their specific thoughts/ideas step by step under the guidance of the Workbook.

Case Study: An Application of TRIZ Way of Thinking and Its Tools to Develop a New Business Model   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Business & Management TRIZ Application Sub-Team, Japan TRIZ Society: Ikuo Yoshizawa (The SANNO Institute of Management), Kimihiko Hasegawa (Ideation Japan Inc. ), Akira Sato (Keio University), Shigeru Kuno (NKN Consulting Co.), Yasuo Moriya (Fujitsu Advanced Technologies), Takuo Maeda (Takumi System Architects), Teruyuki Kamimura (Willfort International Patent Attorneys), Fumiko Kikuchi (Pioneer Corp.), Osamu Ikeda (NIKON Corp.), Hisataka Izawa (Sony Corp.), Poster presentation at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of Poster Introduction slides , PDF of Poster slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 14, 2011
This is the third report of the Study Group.  Selecting a specific case of 'Large-Screen Television System' as an example, the Authors developed and discussed how to develop a new business model.  They focus on the phase of 'drawing the scheme' (or building the viewpoints for defining/differentiating) of the new business model.

TRIZ Paper: A Practical-type Approach Applying TRIZ to the Mind Field - Toward the Establishment of a TRIZ Mind Training -   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Hideto Sanjou (DOCOMO Systems, Inc.), Yukie Hanaoka (Wisdom, Inc.), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 30, 2011
The Authors working for 'Mind Training', e.g., employee training in companies, eliminating individual’s worries, etc., have met TRIZ and incorporated it well. They have rephrased TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles into Mind Principles, and applied them to the training of people to overcome their psychological inertia. Further interesting extension of this work was presented in a Poster Session by Y. Hanaoka and H. Sanjou .

TRIZ Paper : The Ideal of TRIZ: TRIZ as the Way of Life? Part 2   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Toshio Takahara ( ), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; PDF of Full paper ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 14, 2011
This is a philosophical and sophisticated paper. The Author wants to explain/describe everything not only in technology, but also in human and society world, in a systematic manner. He expanded the concept of 'Objects' to be 'Everything we can recognize', thus containing not only substances, systems, ideas, etc. but also movements, changes, processes, etc. With these widened concepts, he tries to describe the 'Ideal of TRIZ' in a formal way as the transformation from the problem situations to the solutions. He suggests the importance of Radical Thinking for Enumeration as the basis for theoretical thinking. A much elaborated paper, I believe.

** Note: The following Poster presentation at the Symposium has been posted already:

  Case Study: A Large Variety of Writing Instruments: Studying the Evolution of Technologies in Familiar Items
                       Kurumi Nakatani and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University),   Posted: Nov. 12, 2010

  TRIZ papers:  Four Award Winning Japanese Papers presented at The 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010   (Sept. 25, 2011)

At the 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium, participants voted for "The Best Presentations for Me" among the contributed papers, and the following four won the Awards. Japan TRIZ Society has posted the presentation slides of the four papers publicly in its Official Web site since last December.  For the purpose of wider circulation, I have prepared individual pages of these papers both in English and in Japanese under the permissions of the authors.  Each page contains (Extended) Abstract, PDF file of the presentation slides, and Nakagawa's introduction excerpt from his "Personal Report" of the Symposium. 

TRIZ Promotion: Approach of Reverse TRIZ Using Industry System Newspaper Articles   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Hisataka Izawa, Narumi Nagase, Shusei Kunitomo (Sony Corporation), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 18, 2011
For promoting TRIZ in the company, the Authors found the up-to-date technological/business articles in industry-oriented newspapers are useful. They reviewed and analyzed such articles from the TRIZ viewpoint and introduced/distributed them regularly with the intranet Web site and in training seminars. 

Education with TRIZ : Let's think in Little People’s and Person's Worlds! : A Summer Homework by Son and Father with TRIZ (2nd Time)   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Kai Miyanishi (2nd Grader, Kenroku Junior High School /Son), [Presenter:] Katsuya Miyanishi ( /Father), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 2, 2011
This presentation is Miyanishi Family's 2nd report, done by Kai (13 years old) with the guidance by his Father. They try to understand how a screw nail is magnetized with a magnet, in the words familiar for the son; thus they used the personalization, or animation. Human relationships, such as getting good friends with or giving an influence on other, are considered as the hints for designing physical experiments. 

TRIZ Case Study: Practice of Creative Thinking through TRIZ Mind Cards - Everywhere with Essence of TRIZ -   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Yukie Hanaoka (Wisdom, Inc.), Hideto Sanjou (DOCOMO Systems, Inc.), Poster presentation at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of Poster Introduction slides [English translation by Toru Shonai (Hitachi)] , PDF of Poster slides ; Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 30, 2011
This is an extension of the Oral presentation by H. Sanjou and Y. Hanaoka .  Combining 40 Mind Principles (coming from TRIZ, as shown in the oral presentation) and 12 patterns of mental conflict, the Authors made a set of 'Mind Cards'.  Using them just like playing cards, the Authors have built a new model of Mind Training for the trainees to help themselves overcome their mental conflicts.

TRIZ Paper: The Techniques to Detect and Solve Innovative Problems - The Proposal regarding “Two types of Redesigned Contradiction Matrix” for TRIZ Beginners -   (Sept. 25, 2011)

Yuji Mihara(Creative Technology Institute Co.), Masahiro Kuwahara(IDEA Ltd.), Yojiro Fukushima(), Manabu Sawaguchi(Waseda Univ.), Tetsuya Hamaguchi(The Univ. of Tokyo), Hiroshi Osada(Tokyo Inst. of Tech.), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ; PDF of full paper ;Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 8, 2010
This paper is an excellent result of discussions by six coauthors having quite different specialties besides TRIZ. Their main framework adopted here is the 'Expansion of Thoughts Diagram' well-known in the field of design engineering. They have placed the role of the TRIZ Contradiction methods in this framework. They have proposed to divide the Contradiction-Matrix parameters into two groups; one group to be considered in relation to mechanism, and the other structure. Thus, they have derived two Revised Contradiction Matrices, neglecting the cross terms between the parameter groups.

** For the following 4 'Special Interest Lectures', the PDF files of presentation slides have been posted publicly in the Official Web site of Japan TRIZ Society since last December.  When I made individual pages of these lectures last December, I made outward links to such files.  Now, for an easier access, I have restored the PDF files of the 4 lectures inside the present site, under the permissions of authors, and have made direct links.  Excerpts from my "Personal Report" are also reposted in each page for easier access.

  Lecture 1: Application of TRIZ for Product Planning - Development of Innovation-oriented TRIZ
                        Manabu Sawaguchi (Waseda University),   Posted: Dec. 30, 2010

  Lecture 2: TRIZ for Managers -- Approach and Management Using Scientific Methods --
                        Kazuya Yamaguchi (MOST, LLC),   Posted: Dec. 30, 2010

  Lecture 3: Intellectual Property Strategy of TRIZ Usage and Practice
                        Toshimitsu Kataoka (Patbrain, Co., Ltd.),   Posted: Dec. 30, 2010

  Lecture 4: Education with TRIZ: For New Perspectives
                        Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University),   Posted: Dec. 30, 2010

  TRIZ Lecture: "USIT: A New Paradigm for Creative Problem Solving -- Its Concepts and Usage --" (Sept. 19, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University, Japan), The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 8-10, 2011 at Toshiba Kenshu Center, Yokohama, Japan; Presentation slides in PDF
This was given as a Special-Interest Lecture of Seminar (A) at the TRIZ Symposium this year, for beginners and experienced people in TRIZ/USIT.  Being given 70 minutes, I could talk on USIT in its full length (in Japanese).  Following the recommendation of the TRIZ Symposium, I have prepared the English slides as well for the digital edition of the Proceedings.  Outline is: From TRIZ to USIT; A simple case study of USIT; The whole process of problem solving with USIT; Understanding USIT as a 'New Paradigm' for Creative Problem Solving:'Six-box Scheme of USIT'; For Practices of USIT; Ref. Information Sources of USIT/TRIZ; Appendix: Conventional TRIZ Paradigm vs. New USIT Paradigm.  I wish the present lecture of some help for you to understand USIT and to reconsider about TRIZ.  . 

  TRIZ papers: Six Selected Overseas Papers presented at The 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010   (Sept. 19, 2011)

Among the papers presented last year at the 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010, the following 6 papers by overseas authors are selected and posted here.  Japan TRIZ Society has posted the presentation slides of all the authors in the Members-only pages of its Official Web site since last March.  For the purpose of wider circulation, I have prepared individual pages of these 6 papers both in English and in Japanese under the permissions of the authors.  Each page contains (Extended) Abstract, PDF file of the presentation slides, and Nakagawa's introduction excerpt from his "Personal Report" of the Symposium. 

TRIZ Case Study: From Technical to Business Contradiction : Example of a New Crane   (Sept. 19, 2011)

Seung-Hyun Yoo, Manyop Han, and Ung-Rak Jeong (Ajou University, Korea), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ,  (Japanese translation by Toshiaki Masaki (Nitto Denko)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
The Authors have developed a nice technical solution of Gantry Crane which can improve the throughput of loading/unloading containers with a vertical rotating system of the trolleys.  The solution is demonstrated well in the simulation.  However, the Authors has faced with a new contradiction in business because no one wants to take the risk of installing the idea for the first time.

TRIZ Case Study: Concept Development of a Variable Compression Ratio Engine Using TRIZ (Sept. 19, 2011)

Hong-Wook Lee, Won Gyu Kim, Myung Rae Cho, Jin Woo Cho, Sang Hee Lee (Hyundai-Kia Motor Company, Korea), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ,  (Japanese translation by Akira Mochizuki (Nissan Motors) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
An excellent record of TRIZ thinking for developing improved solution concepts further and further.  The Authors learned the merits of Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) Engines, which are of course patent protected. Thus they circumvented the patents by use of Trimming, strengthen the resultant idea with 'Antidote', solved a secondary problem with ARIZ, and extended the concept further with the use of Function oriented search.

TRIZ Case Study: Real-Time and Realistic 3D Facial Expression Cloning   (Sept. 19, 2011)

Jung-Bae Kim, Youngkyoo Hwang, Won-Chul Bang and James D.K. Kim (Samsung Electronics, Korea), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ,  (Japanese translation by Osamu Ikeda (Nikon)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
The Authors wanted to develop a software method for cloning the user's facial expression vividly onto his/her avatar in the virtual world. Two methods were known: precise Motion-capture method uses many markers and is expensive; while vision-based method is convenient without markers but in precise. The Authors' solution is to separate various feature parameters by their nature. Parameters different for each user are measured by vision and fixed beforehand, while the parameters dependent on time for a user are traced real time by the vision method. This solution is cheap, convenient, and precise.

TRIZ Case Study: TRIZ at SMD: Unique Situation, Unique Goals, Unique Approaches   (Sept. 19, 2011)

SeHo Cheong, Len Kaplan, Valeriy Prushinskiy (Samsung Mobile Display, South Korea) , The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ,  (Japanese translation by Atsushi Inoue (TOSHIBA)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 21, 2011
An impressive report of the company-wide and advanced approaches for promoting TRIZ.  They set their goals to keep the position of technology leader in the global business of mobile displays.  Thus their main approaches are “How to make things that nobody in industry has made yet?”  For this purpose they have the top-down movement from CEO, TRIZ training to all the employees, bringing up 20 members of 'Creative Elite' a year, etc.

TRIZ Tools: Computer-Aided Problem Solving: A Dialogue-based System to Support the Analysis of Inventive Problems   (Sept. 19, 2011)

Yuri Borgianni 1, Niccolò Becattini 2, Gaetano Cascini 2, Federico Rotini 1 (1 Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy; 2 Politecnico di Milano, Italy), The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ,  (Japanese translation by Fumiko Kikuchi (Pioneer)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 2, 2011
Examining the requirements for Computer Aided Problem Solving, the Authors started to build an intelligent and flexible coating system.  They introduced OTSM as the framework of the algorithm and build a modularized dialogue system. 

TRIZ Tools: Computer-Aided (Systematic) Innovation: New Tools and New Ways of Thinking   (Sept. 19, 2011)

Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation Ltd, UK), Dr Paul Filmore and Mir Abubakr Shadad (University of Plymouth, UK) , The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan; PDF of presentation slides ,  (Japanese translation by Yutaka Watanabe (SONY)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 2, 2011
The Authors have developed interesting software tools. (a) For generating a variety of different images by semi-automatic mutation, (b) for evaluating a (group of) IP(s) from the viewpoints of current and future stages, and (c) for finding the Voice of Customers, the TrenDNA algorithm has been implemented into a software tool.  Logic in each software tool is interesting.

  TRIZ Lecture: "OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar: General Theory on Powerful Thinking (OTSM): Digest of Evolution, Theoretical Background, Tools for Practice and Some Domain of Application" (Sept. 19, 2011)

Nikolai Khomenko (Insight Technologies Lab, Canada), OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 8, 2010 in Tokyo; Sponsored by SANNO Inst. of Management and "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation; Presentation slides in PDF
One-day seminar for full 6 hours in English.  PDF file of his 134 presentation slides is posted here. 

TRIZ papers:  Keynote Lectures delivered at 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010   (Sept. 19, 2011)

The two Keynote Lectures delivered last year at the 6th Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 were introduced by Nakagawa last November in his "Personal Report" in this Web site, with links to their presentation slides posted publicly in the Official Web site of Japan TRIZ Society.  For the purpose of wider circulation, I have now posted separate pages of the Keynotes in this Web site both in English and in Japanese.  Each page is composed of (Extended) Abstract, PDF file of the presentation slides, and Excerpt of Nakagawa's "Personal Report". 

  TRIZ paper: "TRIZ Activities in Iran: Transfer to a new nationwide paradigm by TRIZ application and promotion" (Sept. 19, 2011)

Mahmoud Karimi and Sara Salimi (Iranian Institute of Innovation & Technological Studies (IIITS), Iran), Keynote Lecture presented at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan ; Presentation slides in PDF (Japanese translation of slides: Hiroshi Sakata (Hitachi)); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 28 , 2010. 
Mahmoud Karimi got interested in TRIZ around 1999.  In 2004 he started publishing a column on TRIZ and creativity every week in a newspaper and also in a weekly magazine.  IIITS made a TV lecture series of 5 volumes (35 min. each) and broadcast them several times.  Furthermore, since 2007, he has broadcast live TV Talk Shows more than 160 times (30 min. each) on a few TV channels.  It is really amazing that TRIZ is now widely known among intellectual people in Iran!! Thus he talks about 'transfer to a new nationwide paradigm by TRIZ application and promotion'.

  TRIZ paper: "General Theory on Powerful Thinking (OTSM): Digest of Evolution, Theoretical Background, Tools for Practice and Some Domain of Application" (Sept. 19, 2011)

Nikolai Khomenko (Insight Technologies Lab, Canada), Keynote Lecture presented at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan ; Presentation slides in PDF (Japanese translation of slides: Shinsuke Kurosawa); Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 28 , 2010. 
OTSM was originally envisioned by Altshuller in mid 1970s and has been developed by Nikolai Khomenko since mid 1980s for extending TRIZ out of technology area into a general, area-free theory for developing tools of solving non-typical problems creatively. Khomenko's lecture summarizing his 25 years of research is introduced here with a clear framework of OTSM: (a) Key problems for OTSM, (b) Axioms in OTSM, (c) Main models of OTSM, and (d) OTSM tools.  In the current stage of OTSM, complex and large-scale problems can be handled with OTSM-TRIZ Problem Flow Network (PFN) approach, Khomenko says. He also discussed about the education of creativity. 

TRIZ Forum:  "Current Situations and Information Sources of TRIZ".

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), written for Postscript of the Japanese Edition of Umakant Mishra's Book: "A Collection of Problem Solving Ideas in IT and Software Technologies -- Classified with TRIZ Inventive Principles --" (Aug. 22, 2011)
This article is written for people coming new to TRIZ.  The basics of TRIZ concepts are assumed to be read elsewhere, say the Introduction by Umakant Mishra.  I introduce the current situations of TRIZ in the World and in Japan, and show information sources in TRIZ.  In the latter part several excellent papers of application and promotion case studies are introduced by using recent presentations reported at Japan TRIZ Symposia.

Announcement:  Japanese Translation Project of Umakant Mishra's IT & TRIZ Book (3) Japanese Edition Completed!! Will Be Published Soon.

Toru Nakagawa (OGU) and Masatoshi Hotta (SKI) , (Aug. 22, 2011)
The Japanese Translation Project of Umakant Mishra's TRIZ & IT Book has now completed, after 4 years of struggling, its Japanese Edition, including an elaborated hierarchical Index of IT terms. We are now negotiating with the author and preparing for the publication.  "A Collection of Problem Solving Ideas in IT and Software Technologies -- Classified with TRIZ Inventive Principles --".  During the coming Japan TRIZ Symposium, Sept. 8-10, 2011, a sample of the new Japanese Edition will be displayed for sales promotion. 
A wide variety of IT/Software techniques are collected and their essence of ideas are classified with TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles.  A lot of interesting cases are described for IT/SW engineers and users.  If you read this book while having some problems/tasks in your mind, you will find a number of hints.  For readers more or less familiar with TRIZ, the way of adapting/extending TRIZ to the new field, IT/SW, will be helpful for applying TRIZ to your own field of problems.  TRIZ has now certainly covers the IT/SW field.  In this site we posted: Preface (II) by Nakagawa , Introduction to the Index of about 2700 IT terms hierarchically classified , and "Current Situations and Information Sources of TRIZ" (written by Nakagawa in place of Postscript).

Announcement:  An Award Is Presented to Dr. Simon S. Litvin for His Contributions to TRIZ by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation

Toru Nakagawa (The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation), (Aug. 3; Oct. 28, 2011)
The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation was established in 2009 for the purpose of further penetration and development of TRIZ in Japan and in the World.  Its Award for the third year is to be presented to Dr. Simon S. Litvin for his contributions and services over many years in the field of TRIZ.  His contributions through the research, writing, development, and training are highly appreciated and thanked. [A photo at the presentation ceremony during the Japan TRIZ Symposium is posted, together with a photo of the Award Certificate. (Oct. 28, 2011)]

Announcement:  Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011: Advanced Agenda and Call for Participation (Jun 13, Jun. 15; Jun. 27; Aug. 3*; Sept. 1**, 2011)


Having accepted 32 contributed papers (including 8 from overseas), in addition to 8 invited lectures (including 2 from overseas), we have set up and post here the Advanced Agenda of the three-day TRIZ Symposium.  You are welcome to join the active international TRIZ event in Japan, to be held by Japan TRIZ Society overcoming the recent March 11 Disaster.

Advance Agenda has been updated slightly*.  Having obtained the registration of 93 people (including 9 from overseas), we certainly hope another active Symposium this year again.  Please join us. (Aug. 3, 2011)*

Advance Agenda has been posted in its final form.  Registrations by 113 people (including 9 from overseas).  We are ready and excited to hold the Symposium next week.  (Sept. 1, 2011)**

Date:    Sept. 8 (Thu), 9 (Fri), 10 (Sat), 2011   (for 3 days) 
Place:   Toshiba Kenshu Center (Yokohama)  (20 min. walk from JR Shinkansen Shin-Yokohama Station)
Central Theme: Creative Person, Innovative Organization!

Agenda outline:
    (A) First Day, Seminar (in Japanese): Tutorial and 5 Special Interest Lectures
    (B) First Day, Seminar (in English): Advanced seminar by Dr. Simon Litvin (USA)
    (A)(B)(C) Joint: First Day evening: Group Discussions
    (C) Second and Third Days, Conference (in Japanese and in English):
               Opening, Keynote Lecture, Oral and Poster presentations, Buffet Dinner & Communication /
               Invited Lecture, Oral and Poster presentations, Closing

Poster (Call for Participation),  Flyer (Call for Participation), Agenda outline**

Advanced Agenda (in a sheet)**, Advanced Agenda (Detailed table)**, Abstracts (Overseas authors)**, Abstracts (Japanese authors, in English)**

Message to the presenters , Instructions for submitting Final Manuscripts (updated version of Call for Papers) [Due date of final manuscripts: Jul. 25, 2011 (Mon)], Templates (Posted: Jun. 27, 2011), Plan of Proceedings,
-- Limited Additional Call for Papers: Due date of Extended Abstracts: Jul. 5, 2011 (Tue).

Keynote Lecture: "Main Parameters of Value: Connecting Business Challenges to Technical Problems" by Dr. Simon Litvin (TRIZ Master, GEN3 Partners, USA)
Invited Lecture: "Equivalent Transfer Theory: Thinking Process for Creation and Innovation and Its Application" by Shunsuke Suzuki (Keieigihou Inc, ETT Society)

Seminar (A):  Tutorial by Y. Konishi, and 5 Lectures by O.Kumasaka, K. Shikakura, T. Kamimura, M. Hotta, and T. Nakagawa, respectively. 
Seminar (B): Advanced Seminar "GEN3 Innovation Discipline (G3:ID) -- an Advanced, Business-Oriented TRIZ-based Methodology" by Dr. Simon Litvin (USA)   (Full text of outline)

Group Discussions (Aug. 3*; Sept. 1**, 2011)

Venue, Access, Hotels, Fees, Registration ==> Please refer to the Official Web site of Japan TRIZ Society http://www.triz-japan.org/english_top.html
[Due date of Early Registration Discount: Jul. 15, 2011 (Fri), Due date of Registration: Aug. 24, 2011 (Wed).]
Notice to the Participants (Yuji Mihara) (Sept. 2, 2011)**

OrganizersPrevious TRIZ Symposia (2005 - 2010),

Note: On the current situations in Japan, you may refer to a separate page written and kept updated by Toru Nakagawa .

Forum: Current Situations in Japan after the March 11 Disaster: Information Sources and Notes (Posted: May 19, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), May 18, 2011.
This page intends to summarize the Current Situations in Japan after the March 11, 2011 Disaster.  Since there are a large variety of issues you want to know and the situations are changing rapidly, I will show you some references and information sources rather than try to write down the situations in detail.  Recently Japanese Government has posted a report: "Japan’s Challenges Concerning the Domestic and International Implications of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station" (METI, May 12, 2011) .  It is a comprehensive and facts-based report covering most of the issues you would like to know.  Thus I have introduced it and illustrated a map of Japan, for showing the locations of the Quake center, Tsunami area, Fukushima nuclear plant, and Tokyo & Yokohama.  In short, even though the process of cooling down the nuclear plants needs some more months and careful watching, the general situations in Japan are getting recovered and everyday life of people in Japan are safe and active as usual except in the restricted area (20 km range) around Fukushima Nuclear Plant.  Thus we are now almost confident to be able to hold the TRIZ Symposium in September without troubles. 
In the Japanese page , I made a collection of information sources on the topics, e.g., Disaster, Earthquake, Tsunami, Fukushima Nuclear Plant accident, Radioactive contamination, Nuclear power plants, Social life, Energy and ecology, For proposals, etc. 

Forum: Conference Report (23-11): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Miscellaneous and Concluding Remarks " (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Apr. 30, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Apr. 28, 2011
Sections of Miscellaneous and Concluding Remarks are written in the Parent page of my Personal Report.  This finishes the posting of my Personal Report.  See also in PDF (25 pages, 295 KB).

Section of Miscellaneous summarizes several activities in the Symposium other than presentations.
Concluding Remarks review general features including number of presentations, number of participants, contributions by industries, by TRIZ specialists, and by university people, etc.  Several presentations are recommended with brief introduction in each area of the Symposium topics.  Having written this Personal Report to introduce you to all the presentations in some detail, I am very happy to find the presentations have contributed much to better understanding TRIZ and further extending TRIZ in wider fields of applications.  On the basis of big success in TRIZ Symposium 2010, and overcoming the March 11 Earthquake & Tsunami disaster, we are now preparing for holding the 7th TRIZ Symposium in coming September 2011. Why don't you join us!!

Announcement:  Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011: Second Announcement (Apr. 14; May 19, 2011)

For many people suffering from the terrible disaster caused by the March 11 Great Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent Fukushima Nuclear Plant accident, we sincerely pray for comfort and we would like to contribute to the recovery. We have recently decided as follows

"We continue to prepare for holding the Symposium in our original plan, with some possibility of change/reduction/cancellation of the event in case of much worsened situation in the future."  

Plan of the invited lectures are now announced .

Due date of Call for Papers has been extended to May 24 (Tue.) 18:00 JST.  The current situations in Japan has become better. Please see a separate page written by Toru Nakagawa  (May 19, 2011)

Forum: Conference Report (23-10): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part H. Applications to Soft & Non-technical Areas" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Apr. 14; Apr. 30, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 30; Apr. 23, 2011
In Part H of my Personal Report, I have reviewed the following 8 papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (25 pages, 1.8 MB).  [Reviews of 2 papers are extended in detail (Apr. 30, 2011)]

Yojiro Fukushima ( ) et al. : "How to use TRIZ in software and IT problem solving". --- One of five Special Interest Lectures given at the Symposium.  Since the slides are not ready in English translation, only the Abstract is shown at moment.

Satoshi Hasegawa et al. (Konica Minolta Business Technologies) : "Expansion of USIT Operators’ Matrix to Software Technical Domain". --- To understand the USIT Operator System better, the Authors arranged the sub-operators in a tabular form (named as 'USIT Operator Matrix') and have shown frequently used sub-operators after their analysis of 600 patents in their specialty field of electrophotograph technology.  Similar usage pattern has bee observed in the 100 patents in the field of mechanical-control software technology.

Takuo Maeda (Takumi System Architects) : "Japan-oriented Creative Monozukuri (manufacturing and production) with TRIZ". --- This is an intensive and bird-view presentation on the future directions of Japanese industry, especially software industry, with a keen sense of crisis.  The Author proposes a basic framework of monozukuri and has strived to integrated the TRIZ/USIT thinking into the whole process of business and technology innovation.  He recently made "Workbook to Innovate Business and Technology".  Onto the workbook, users write down their specific thoughts/ideas step by step under the guidance of the Workbook.

Ikuo Yoshizawa (SANNO Institute of Management), et al. [Business & Management TRIZ Application Sub-Team, Japan TRIZ Society] : "An Application of TRIZ Way of Thinking and Its Tools to Develop a New Business Model". --- This is the third report of the Study Group.  Selecting a specific case of 'Large-Screen Television System' as an example, the Authors developed and discussed how to develop a new business model.  They focus on the phase of 'drawing the scheme' (or building the viewpoints for defining/differentiating) of the new business model.

Atsuko Ishida (Hitachi Consulting) : "Evaluation of Methods for Creativity by Applying the TRIZ-based Business Idea Database to Business Problem Solving". --- The Author has found that creativity methods should have four essential capabilities; i.e., 'Experiences' for understanding the problem, 'Abstraction' for revealing the essence of the problem system, 'Flexibility' for generating new solution ideas, and 'Comprehensiveness' for relating the solution to the original problem. The Author suggests that improving the 'Comprehensiveness' is important for both business and technology people to remove the barriers against successful innovation.

Hideto Sanjou (DOCOMO Systems) et al. : "A Practical-type Approach Applying TRIZ to the Mind Field – Toward the Establishment of a TRIZ Mind Training –". --- The Authors working for 'Mind Training', e.g., employee training in companies, eliminating individual’s worries, etc., have met TRIZ and incorporated it well.  They have rephrased TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles into Mind Principles, and applied them to the training of people to overcome their psychological inertia. [I have translated their slides into English and described the introduction in detail. (Apr. 30, 2011)]

Yukie Hanaoka (Wisdom, Inc.) et al. : "Practice of Creative Thinking through TRIZ Mind Cards – Everywhere with Essence of TRIZ –".  --- Combining 40 Mind Principles (coming from TRIZ, as shown in the above presentation) and 12 patterns of mental conflict, the Authors made a set of 'Mind Cards'.  Using them just like playing cards, the Authors have built a new model of Mind Training for the trainees to help themselves overcome their mental conflicts. [I have translated their slides into English and described the introduction in detail. (Apr. 30, 2011)]

Toshio Takahara ( ) : "The Ideal of TRIZ: TRIZ as the Way of Life? Part 2". --- This is a philosophical and sophisticated paper.  The Author wants to explain/describe everything not only in technology, but also in human and society world, in a systematic manner.  He expanded the concept of 'Objects' to be 'Everything we can recognize', thus containing not only substances, systems, ideas, etc. but also movements, changes, processes, etc.  With these widened concepts, he tries to describe the 'Ideal of TRIZ' in a formal way as the transformation from the problem situations to the solutions.  He suggests the importance of Radical Thinking for Enumeration as the basis for theoretical thinking.  A much elaborated paper, I believe.

Sad News: Mr. Nikolai Khomenko Passed Away on Mar. 27, 2011  (Apr. 2, 2011)

We received the sad news on Mar. 30.  He was an active TRIZ Master and visited Japan last September to give us a Keynote Lecture and a one-day OTSM Seminar on the occasion of our Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010.  The photo is Nikolai Khomenko giving the Keynote Lecture . Please refer his activities at the page announcing the Award presented to him by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Foundation.  We deeply miss him forever.

Forum: Conference Report (23-9): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part G. Patent Studies and Tools" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Apr. 2, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 20, 2011
In Part G of my Personal Report, I have reviewed in detail the following 3 papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (16 pages, 1.2 MB).

Kimihiko Hasegawa et al. [Intellectual Property Creation Study Group, Japan TRIZ Society] : "Analysis of Inventions in Patent Journals -The 3rd version". --- Nine coauthors of the voluntary study group are reporting their progress in the collection of patent analysis.  They record the analysis of patents in a standard detailed format, from the viewpoints of Technical Contradictions and Trends of Evolution. 

Gaetano Cascini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy) et al.: "Computer-Aided Problem Solving: A Dialogue-based System to Support the Analysis of Inventive Problems". --- Examining the requirements for Computer Aided Problem Solving, the Authors started to build an intelligent and flexible coating system.  They introduced OTSM as the framework of the algorithm and build a modularized dialogue system. 

Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation, UK), Paul Filmore et al. (Univ. of Plymouth, UK) : "Computer-Aided (Systematic) Innovation: New Tools and New Ways of Thinking". --- The Authors have developed interesting software tools. (a) For generating a variety of different images by semi-automatic mutation, (b) for evaluating a (group of) IP(s) from the viewpoints of current and future stages, and (c) for finding the Voice of Customers, the TrenDNA algorithm has been implemented into a software tool.  Logic in each software tool is interesting.

Forum: Conference Report (23-8): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part F. Usage of TRIZ in Education and in Academia" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Apr. 2, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 18, 2011
In Part F of my Personal Report, I have reviewed in detail the following 4 papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (24 pages, 1.4 MB).

Kai Miyanishi (Kenroku Junior High School/Son), Katsuya Miyanishi(/Father) : "Let's think in Little People’s and Person's Worlds! – A Summer Homework by Son and Father with TRIZ (2nd Time)". --- Miyanishi Family's 2nd report, done by Kai (13 years old) with the guidance by his Father.  They try to understand how a screw nail is magnetized with a magnet, in the words familiar for the son; thus they used the personalization, or animation.  Human relationships, such as getting good friends with or giving an influence on other, are considered as the hints for designing physical experiments. 

Seiji Watanabe et al. (Kushiro National College of Technology) : "Present State and Problems in Creative Education at Technical College".--- National College of Tech., or usually called KOSEN in Japanese, accepts graduates of junior high schools and gives engineering education for 5 years.  In the education with emphasis on technical training, new approaches for creative thinking have been introduced.   

Kurumi Nakatani and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) : "A Large Variety of Writing Instruments: Studying the Evolution of Technologies in Familiar Items". --- Nakagawa's Seminar Class for 2nd year students was reported by a student, Ms. Nakatani.  No lectures but group practices facilitated by the teacher.  Students are requested to collect different Writing Instruments, think of their mechanisms, classify them, think of different usage, classify the usage, think how such devices have been evolved, etc.  Introduction to TRIZ, without using TRIZ terms nor tools.

Minami Hamada (Kanagawa Institute of Technology) : "Concept Design of a Child-Seat by TRIZ Style Problem Identification Second Report". --- The Author's previous idea of 'swing child seat on a spherical swivel' had a problem of no control and no damping of motion.  Using TRIZ tools she found solutions of introducing an oval swivel to suppress yaw motion and a magnet for damping with the Eddy current. 

Forum: From the Readers: On The East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Power Plants: Editor's Message; Messages from Overseas  (Posted: Mar. 23; Apr. 2; Apr. 15; May 8, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU) and 52 Readers from Overseas (26 Countries), Mar. 22, 2011.
On March 11, 2011 a huge earthquake (of Magnitude 9.0) and the subsequent tsunami hit Japan in the north-eastern part and caused terrible disasters, including about 30,000 (and still increasing) dead and unfound, and critical difficulty in cooling down the nuclear power plant complex. I sincerely mourn for the victims and pray for comfort for the people in the disaster.  Having received many email messages of condolence and encouragement from our readers overseas, I am posting them in the Japanese page for transferring warm messages and also in the English page for sharing information and warmth of hearts.  We Japanese thank you all so much.  (Mar. 23, 2011)

[4] Short Report on the current situations. (Toru Nakagawa) (Apr. 2, 2011)
[5] Messages from overseas readers  (36 readers from 23 countries) and Nakagawa's replies (Mar. 23 - Apr. 15, 2011) (Apr.15, 2011)
[6] Messages from overseas readers  (22 readers from 14 countries) and Nakagawa's replies (Apr. 16 - May 8, 2011) (May 8, 2011)

TRIZ/USIT Introduction: "Breaking Through the Barriers of Conflict with TRIZ ". (posted: Mar. 21, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Lecture at the Training Seminar "Designing at Up-stream for Winning in the Market: Design Methods and Tools for Connecting Markets with Technologies", held by Design Engineering& Systems Section of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering, on Feb. 23, 2011, at Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (Hongo, Tokyo). 
At the seminar seven lectures were delivered by specialists on the topics of Designing at Up-stream for industrial engineers.  Thus I made an introductory lecture on TRIZ/USIT with special focus on "How can we use TRIZ/USIT for overcoming difficult technical problems in the up-stream designing to generate creative solution concepts".  The main contents are: (0) Introduction, (1) Overview of TRIZ, (2) How to solve technical problems creatively with TRIZ/USIT, (3) TRIZ knowledge bases and their usage, (4) Learning, applying, and promoting TRIZ, (Appendix) New paradigm of creative problem solving (USIT Six-Box Scheme) in comparison with the conventional one.  Presentation slides in PDF (64 slides, 1.4 MB). 

Forum: Conference Report (23-7): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part E. Promotion of TRIZ in Industries" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Mar. 21, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 8, 2011
In Part E of my Personal Report, I have reviewed in detail the following 3 papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (21 pages, 1.2 MB).

Hisataka Izawa et al. (Sony Corp.) : "Approach of Reverse TRIZ Using Industry Newspaper Articles". --- For promoting TRIZ in the company, the Authors found the up-to-date technological/business articles in industry-oriented newspapers are useful.  They reviewed and analyzed such articles from the TRIZ viewpoint and introduced/distributed them regularly with the intranet Web site and in training seminars. 

SeHo Cheong et al. (Samsung Mobile Display, Korea) : "TRIZ at SMD: Unique Situation, Unique Goals, Unique Approaches". --- An impressive report of the company-wide and advanced approaches for promoting TRIZ.  They set their goals to keep the position of technology leader in the global business of mobile displays.  Thus their main approaches are “How to make things that nobody in industry has made yet?”  For this purpose they have the top-down movement from CEO, TRIZ training to all the employees, bringing up 20 members of 'Creative Elite' a year, etc.

Tanasak Pheunghua (Inventor Development Co., Thailand) :  "Implementing TRIZ in Thailand".--- The Author reviews the history of introducing TRIZ in Thailand since around 2002.  On the basis of his experiences of training TRIZ there, the Author describes his basic recommendations for promoting TRIZ in developing countries like Thailand.   

Forum: Conference Report (23-6): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part D. Case Studies in Industries" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Mar. 21, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 5, 2011
In Part D of my Personal Report, I have reviewed in detail the following 8 papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (24 pages, 1.4 MB).

Seung-Hyun Yoo et al. (Ajou University, Korea) : "From Technical to Business Contradiction: An Example of New Gantry Crane". --- The Authors have developed a nice technical solution of Gantry Crane which can improve the throughput of loading/unloading containers with a vertical rotating system of the trolleys.  The solution is demonstrated well in the simulation.  However, the Authors has faced with a new contradiction in business because no one wants to take the risk of installing the idea for the first time. 

JinHa Jeong, Jeong-Su Han, et al. (Samsung Electronics, Korea) : "Development of a New Weight Sensor for a Washing Machine by Using TRIZ Problem Formulation". --- A practical case study achieved by the reconsideration with TRIZ.  An accurate and inexpensive weight sensor has been formed by using an already existing damper. 

Yoshiharu Isaka (IDEA Co.) : "Development of New Products through Concept Mining and TRIZ – Thinking of New Innovations for Golf Course Lawn Mowers –". --- Demonstrating the case of Golf course lawn mower, the Author explains how to develop the targets of new products to match the market needs.  He uses 'Concept Mining Chart' (in a matrix form) having columns of users' personal needs (derived from more general 'common needs') and rows of scenes of usage. 

Kouichi Nakamura et al. [MPUF (Microsoft Project Users Forum) USIT/TRIZ Study Group] : "Application of USIT to Useful Paper Fastener".--- A study group of engineers voluntary coming from different industries worked to develop various concepts for improving simple paper fasteners.  They used their 'USIT Workbook' step by step for proving its effectiveness.  Processes of analyses and idea generation are recorded fully with a large number of illustrations.     

Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa Inst. of Tech.) :"Guiding Noise and Vibration Design along General TRIZ Process by Misunderstanding Case List". --- The Author previously developed a TRIZ-based standard process for guiding engineers to work on the Noise and Vibration Design, especially for vehicles.  However, in addition to such a normal guidance, he has found the importance of showing them negative lessons, i.e., cases of misunderstanding.  So he built up a knowledgebase of misunderstanding cases of Noise and Vibration design.

Hong-Wook Lee (Hyundai-Kia Motor Co., Korea) : "Concept Development of a Variable Compression Ratio Engine Using TRIZ". --- An excellent record of TRIZ thinking for developing improved solution concepts further and further.  The Authors learned the merits of Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) Engines, which are of course patent protected. Thus they circumvented the patents by use of Trimming, strengthen the resultant idea with 'Antidote', solved a secondary problem with ARIZ, and extended the concept further with the use of Function oriented search.

Jung-Bae Kim et al. (Samsung Electronics, Korea) : "Real-Time and Realistic 3D Facial Expression Cloning". --- The Authors wanted to develop a software method for cloning the user's facial expression vividly onto his/her avatar in the virtual world.  Two methods were known: precise Motion-capture method uses many markers and is expensive; while vision-based method is convenient without markers but in precise.  The Authors' solution is to separate various feature parameters by their nature.  Parameters different for each user are measured by vision and fixed beforehand, while the parameters dependent on time for a user are traced real time by the vision method.  This solution is cheap, convenient, and precise.

Song-Kyoo Kim (Samsung Electronics, Korea) : "Design of Regional Code Adaptation for Mobile Advertisement by Using Theory of Inventive Problem Solving". --- Advertisement to mobile phones are effective.  When the user is out of home country, sending advertisements to the mobile phone may cause extra charges to the user.  The Author has proposed to set a Regional Code in the protocol, with which the sender can restrict the regions to send the advertisement.  . 

Forum: Teaching Practices: Nakagawa's Seminar Class of 1st-year Students for Learning with "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey: Part 3: 23 Students' Reports and Nakagawa's Comments (Posted: Mar. 13, 2011)

23 Students and Toru Nakagawa (Faculty of Informatics, OGU), Feb. 16, 2011.
This page reports the results of Nakagawa's Seminar Class at OGU (See the last year documents ).  For the purpose of basic training of 'Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Presenting', the Seminar Class studied with the textbook shown above.  Students were requested to write reports four times with the theme of 'What I learned and thought in the Class'.  A collection of students' reports (excerpts) and Nakagawa's comments is posted in the Japanese page, as a record of communications between the students and their teacher. 

Forum: Conference Report (23-5): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part C. Integral Use of TRIZ with Relevant Methods" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Mar. 13, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 3, 2011
In Part C of my Personal Report, I have reviewed in detail the following paper presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (7 pages, 319 KB).

Yuji Mihara (Creative Technology Institute Co.), Tetsuya Hamaguchi (The University of Tokyo), et al.: "The Techniques to Detect and Solve Innovative Problems - The Proposal regarding “Two types of Redesigned Contradiction Matrix” for TRIZ Beginners -". --- This paper is an excellent result of discussions by six coauthors having quite different specialties besides TRIZ.  Their main framework adopted here is the 'Expansion of Thoughts Diagram' well-known in the field of design engineering. They have placed the role of the TRIZ Contradiction methods in this framework.  They have proposed to divide the Contradiction-Matrix parameters into two groups; one group to be considered in relation to mechanism, and the other structure.  Thus, they have derived two Revised Contradiction Matrices, neglecting the cross terms between the parameter groups. 

Forum: Conference Report (23-4): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part B. Methodologies in TRIZ" (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Mar. 13, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Feb. 28, 2011
In Part B of my Personal Freeport, I have reviewed in detail the following six papers presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  See also in PDF (14 pages, 1.3 MB).  Here I will write brief introduction to them, on the basis of my personal understanding and impression.

Kurosawa, Shinsuke : "What are “The Laws of Systems Evolution” – TRIZ, Phenomenology and the General Systems Theory". --- By examining Altshuller's paper "History of ARIZ Development" (1986) closely, Kurosawa challenges a basic dogma in TRIZ.  Traditional understanding in TRIZ is 'Observed patterns in systems evolution reflect laws of the Objective World', he says.  And he proposes a phenomenological view, i.e., 'Observed laws reflect the common structure of existing Subjects who live in the actual world'.  A valuable paper discussing on the deep basis of TRIZ.

KyeongWon Lee (Korea Polytechnic Univ., Korea) : "Quick TRIZ Process and the Related TRIZ Activities in Korea". --- The Author uses a diagram taken from TOC for representing the Technical and Physical Contradictions together, and says it is easy for beginners to understand and apply it.

Hongyul Yoon (TRIZ Center, Korea) : "OTSM-TRIZ Guide to Increase Effectiveness of Root Conflict Analysis". --- In order to make the Root Cause Analysis (or Root Conflict Analysis) more effective for problem solving, the Author introduces the (Ideal) Cause-Effect Chain Model.  On the basis of the ENV model of OTSM-TRIZ, the Cause-Effect Chain can be expanded into the models of problem solving, he says.

Masahiro Kuwahara (IDEA) : "How to Make Good Concepts from Your Ideas Created by TRIZ". --- The Author explains the 4-step procedure: (1) Find the essence of the problem, (2) Generate ideas from various viewpoints, (3) Make use of ideas for converging into solution concepts, and (4) Decide the strategic development solutions.  Presentation in Japanese.

Shinichi Matsueda (West Japan Railway Co.) et al. [TRIZ Spreading/Use Study Group of Japan VE Association Kansai Branch] : "Study of Development-type TRIZ tool (part 4) – Case Study on Substance-Field Analysis / Standard Inventive Solutions–". --- The Study Group of 20-25 voluntary engineers from different industries have been actively working since 2003.  In Part 4, they report their discussions on their trials of Su-Field Analysis by using typical cord-entangling problem of vacuum cleaners and the improvement in the model representation.

Hideaki Kosha et al. [MPUF-USIT/TRIZ Study team] : "Study on USIT Operators Application Examples (2)". --- This is another voluntary discussion group of multi-company members.  The group analyzes a few hundreds of good inventive products with the eyes of USIT Operators (i.e., a reorganized system of solution generation methods derived from the whole body of TRIZ knowledge).  The problems which those inventions have solved are classified into 16 categories and the USIT Operators which solved the problems are identified in the analysis.  Accumulation of the analyses is represented in the Problem-Viewpoint Index Matrix.  The matrix gives a more general and direct way than the TRIZ Contradiction Matrix.

Announcement:  Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011: Plan and Call for Papers (Feb. 21; Apr. 14; May 19, 2011)

Japan TRIZ Society is going to hold the Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011 as follows: 
Second Announcement after the March 11 Earthquake. (Apr. 14, 2011)

Date:       Sept. 8 (Thu), 9 (Fri), 10 (Sat), 2011   (for 3 days) 
Place:      Toshiba Kenshu Center  (Yokohama)  (20 min. walk from JR Shinkansen Shin-Yokohama Station)

Central Theme: Creative Person, Innovative Organization!
Official Languages: Japanese and English (Parallel projection of slides in the two languages)
Main contents (plan):
    1st day: Tutorial and Lectures (Japanese track) + Advanced seminar (English track)
    2nd day: Opening, Keynote Lecture, Oral and Poster presentations, Buffet Dinner & Communication
    3rd day: Invited Lecture, Oral and Poster presentations
        Poster,   Flyer, Agenda outline

Call for Papers:  Please contribute your thoughts & your organization's activities to the whole TRIZ community!
    Due date of Extended Abstract of one page:  May 17, 2011 (Tue.) => Extended Due Date:  May 24, 2011 (Tue) 18:00 JST  (Posted: May 19, 2011)
    Announcement of Advanced Agenda and Call for Participation:  Jun. 13, 2011 (Mon.)
    Due date of Final Manuscripts:  Jul. 25, 2011 (Mon.)

       Call for PapersDetails of Call for Papers (PDF)
       Application Form (.doc) , Template of Extended Abstract (.doc)
       Plan of the ProceedingsDetail plan of the Proceedings

Keynote Lecture: "Main Parameters of Value: Connecting Business Challenges to Technical Problems" by Dr. Simon Litvin (TRIZ Master, GEN3 Partners, USA)
Invited Lecture: "Introduction to Equivalent Transformal Thinking" by Shunsuke Suzuki (ETT Society)

Seminar Day (Japanese Track):  Tutorial and 3 Special Interest Lectures
Seminar Day (English Track): Advanced Seminar by Dr. Simon Litvin

OrganizersPrevious TRIZ Symposia (2005 - 2010), Official Web Site of Japan TRIZ Society

Note: The current situations in Japan has become better.  Please see a separate page written by Toru Nakagawa   (May 19, 2011).

TRIZ/USIT Introduction: "Introduction to TRIZ: Methodology of Creative Problem Solving for Innovation". (posted: Feb. 3, 2011)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Lecture at 5th Creativity Seminar of the Japan Creativity Society, on Dec. 18, 2010 at Tokyo University of Technology (Kamata, Tokyo)
Two-hour lecture given to the specialists in creativity belonging to Japan Creativity Society.  I explained  about TRIZ in a wide scope together with some examples.  (0) Aims and history of TRIZ, (1) Essence of TRIZ philosophy (in 50 Words), (2) Knowledge bases developed in TRIZ and their usage, (3) Tools and ways of thinking for problem solving, especially by using the USIT process, and (4) on practices of studying and applying TRIZ and current situations of TRIZ in the world.  All the slides are posted in PDF.  No English translation is ready yet.

 


Posted in 2010

TRIZ News: "TRIZ Conferences in the World: Reports (in late 2010) and Plans (in 2011)" (posted: Dec. 30, 2010; )

USA:  Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies held TRIZCON2010 on Oct. 7-8, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio. (90+ participants) (Dec. 30, 2010)
          Next:  TRIZCON2011 is planned in May or June, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Dec. 31, 2010; Mar. 21, 2011)

Europe:  ETRIA TFC 2011 was held on Nov. 3-5, 2010 at Bergamo, Italy.  (99 participants)    -- Short Report by Nakagawa (Dec. 30, 2010)
          Next: ETRIA TFC 2011 will be held in Nov. 2-4, 2011 at Dublin, Ireland   (Dec. 30, 2010; Mar. 21, 2011)

Malaysia:  Malaysia Innovation Conference was held on Oct. 26-28, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur. (about 150 participants) -- Report by the organizer (Dec. 30, 2010)

Mexico:  The 5th Iberoamerican Innovation Conference was held on Dec. 1-3, 2010   (Dec. 30, 2010)

Korea: 2nd Global TRIZ Conference 2011 in Korea (KoreaTRIZCON2011) is to be held on Mar. 10-11, 2011 at Seoul (Dec. 30, 2010); Advanced Agenda and Call for Participation (Feb. 3, 2010)

China & Taiwan: ICSI2011 (2nd International Conference of Systematic Innovation) is to be held on May 26-28, 2011, at Shanghai, P. R. China. (Dec. 30, 2010)

Russia:  TRIZ Developers Summit (on Jul. 20, 2011) and MATRIZ TRIZ fest 2011 (on Jul. 21-23, 2011) will be held at St. Petersburg, Russia (Dec. 30, 2010)

Announcement:  Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Seventh TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2011: Outline of the Plan(Dec. 30, 2010)

Japan TRIZ Society is planning to hold the Seventh TRIZ Sympo sum in Japan, 2011 as follows:

Date:       Sept. 8 (Thu) - 10 (Sat), 2011   (for 3 days) 
Place:      Toshiba Kenshu Center  (Yokohama)  (20 min. walk from JR Shinkansen Shin-Yokohama Station)

Detail of the plan and Call for Papers will be announced on Feb. 21, 2011.  The Symposium preparation schedule will be essentially the same as for the previous one:  Due date of Extended Abstracts: May 17, 2011 (Tue); Due date of Final Manuscripts: Jul. 25, 2011 (Mon.).  You are heartily invited to join us in the Symposium.  Please prepare for your presentation and participation.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2010 Paper (Invited Lecture 4):  "Education with TRIZ: For New Perspectives" (posted: Dec. 30, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Special Interest Lecture 4, presented at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), written on Dec. 25, 2010 in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010.
TRIZ in Japan has been promoted mostly to engineers in industries but it should also be important and useful to introduce TRIZ into the education of younger people including university students to children.  For this purpose, the Japan TRIZ Society recently started the 'Education with TRIZ' Study Group.  The present lecture discusses the perspectives of education with TRIZ.  The first aspect is the introduction of TRIZ into the education (and research) in universities and graduate schools.  I have shown a number of case studies in Japan (including my own) and overseas.  The education of university students should be carried out with the consideration of differences in their background from engineers.  Thus, instead of 'teaching TRIZ', we should better teach the thinking ways with TRIZ and related methodologies in a wider scope.  There are various pioneering case studies available for reference.  The second aspect is the introduction of TRIZ into the secondary/elementary education.  For this purpose, we have to be very thoughtful about the maturing processes of students/children and adapt the contents and styles of teaching to the students/children so as to make them attractive and comprehensible.  Japanese TRIZ community is still poor in the experiences of education at such levels, and hence should collaborate with people/organizations who have been working for creativity and science/technology education outside TRIZ. 
Posted in the English page: Abstract, Presentation slides in PDF (and link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society , and Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (posted in 'Personal Report.  Part F.'); while posted in the Japanese page: Extended Abstract and Presentation slides in PDF (link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society).

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2010 Paper (Invited Lecture 3):  "Intellectual Property Strategy of TRIZ Usage and Practice" (posted: Dec. 30, 2010)

Toshimitsu Kataoka (Patbrain, Co., Ltd.) [English translation by Kyoko Miyashita and Kazushi Tsuwako (Hitachi GST)]], Special Interest Lecture 3, presented at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), written on Dec. 22, 2010 in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010
Since 1970s the Author has been interested in inventive thinking and IP strategies as an engineer and IP member for Anritsu Corp., and after his age-limit retirement as a consultant.  The Author is pointing out the problem that most IP people who know TRIZ more or less regard TRIZ merely as the method for technical problem solving and do not realize the significance of TRIZ as essential means for IP strategies, or even more as the means to unify business strategies, R&D strategies, and IP strategies together, as Prof. Kenichiro Senoo advocates (without mentioning TRIZ). 
The Author presented two case studies of his own IP activities at Anritsu.  One is related to the invention of 'nonlinear numbers and punched holes' for indicating the remaining amount of telephone cards. After 16 years of struggling, this simple idea obtained a very profitable patent.  The second is related to the LCR (Least Cost Routing) device/software invention at the days of deregulation of telecommunication networks in Japan.  It is now well known that Mr. Masayoshi Son, President of Softbank, made LCR inventions in 1986 and succeeded in building up his big business.  As a matter of fact, however, Anritsu applied a fundamental LCR patent in 1985 and obtained the patent approved.  Thus Anritsu started a negotiation of licensing.  But the negotiation was stopped without getting royalty, because Anritsu did not have a plan in the network business, the Author says.  Softbank had a strong mind with business-R&D-IP strategies whereas Anritsu did not have any strategy in business, R&D, and IP in relation to the LCR invention.  The Author discloses these interesting case studies after 20+ years. 
Posted in the English page: Abstract, Presentation slides in PDF (link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society), and Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (posted in 'Personal Report.  Part E.'); while posted in the Japanese page: Extended Abstract , Presentation slides in PDF (link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society) and Author's message.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2010 Paper (Invited Lecture 2):  "TRIZ for Managers -- Approach and Management Using Scientific Methods --" (posted: Dec. 30, 2010)

Kazuya Yamaguchi (MOST, LLC) [English translation by Yoshihisa Konishi], Special Interest Lecture 2, presented at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), written on Dec. 14, 2010 in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010
During 2001-2007, the Author promoted the company-wide introduction and application of 'scientific methods' at Panasonic Communications Co., and after his age-limit retirement he has been working as an consultant.  As the 'scientific methods' for product development, the Author recommends the following four methods:  (a) QFD for revealing the right targets to develop, (b) TRIZ for solving the technical problems which are prohibiting the achievement of the targets and for creating solution concepts, (c) Taguchi Method for implementing the solution concepts by revealing the design parameters which minimize the quality variation, and (d) Computer assistance like CAE/CAD/CAM which makes the whole process of design verification to manufacturing speedy and easy.  The Author puts much stress on the introduction/promotion of not TRIZ alone but these four methods together. Application of TRIZ is effective because we apply it to the right targets and right problems revealed by QFD at the preceding stage; and we are safe in generating new and creative solution concepts because we have Taguchi Method and CAE, etc. at the subsequent stage, the Author says.  "Scientific methods (QFD, TRIZ, Taguchi Method, etc.) are tools for gaining profit, business operation itself, and management itself!", he says.  In more concrete words, he advises managers to tell their members: "Utilize the scientific methods!" in pace of 'Play full out!' or 'Give it your all!'; "Bring me the result of QFD review!" in place of 'Review closely'; "Show me ideas generated with TRIZ!" in place of 'Combine the wisdom of all!'; and "Bring me the data of Taguchi Method review!" in place of 'Reduce defects radically!'. -- This lecture gives us very clear and powerful messages.   
Posted in the English page: Abstract, Presentation slides in PDF (and link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society , and Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (posted in 'Personal Report.  Part E.'); while posted in the Japanese page: Extended Abstract and Presentation slides in PDF (link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society).

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2010 Paper (Invited Lecture 1):  "Application of TRIZ for Product Planning – Development of Innovation-oriented TRIZ –" (posted: Dec. 30, 2010)

Manabu Sawaguchi (Waseda University, Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering), Special Interest Lecture 1, presented at The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), written on Dec. 8, 2010 in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010
The Author moved last April from SANNO Univ. to Waseda Univ.  For Japanese manufacturing industries to run on the leading edge in product development, it is important to develop systematic innovation approach, and to develop and promote 'innovation-oriented TRIZ', the Author says.  He found best three of recent "Big Hit Products" in Japan were E-money, iPod, and Wii, and he studied the innovative nature of them.  He also considers the relationships among mega-trends in contemporary Japanese society and discusses about the method to grasp latent functional requirements and latent contradictions.  On the basis of these discussions the Author temporarily concludes as: "The approach for matching the technology development (or evolution) toward the society evolution is important.  Namely, in the creation stage of innovation, matching the technology toward the trends of near-future society seems to be the key to success, while the technology to be matched may be either application of existing technologies or challenges of new technologies; the origin of the technology may not be so essential in this relation." 
Posted in the English page: Abstract, Presentation slides in PDF (link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society), and Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (posted in 'Personal Report.  Part B.'); while posted in the Japanese page: Extended Abstract and Presentation slides in PDF (link to the Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society).

Forum: Conference Report (23-3): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Four Invited Lectures " (Detail in English) (Brief in Japanese) (Dec. 30, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 8, 14, 22, and 25, 2010
In my Personal Report I am reviewing in English 4 Special Interest Lectures, i.e. invited lectures, presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 .  The review report of each lecture is posted in a different page according to the topic categories.  For the sake of easier access, each lecture is also posted in its own page both in Japanese and in English.  Introduction of each lecture as an new article is posted not here but in the part for individual article.

Introduction to: "Application of TRIZ for Product Planning – Development of Innovation-oriented TRIZ –" by Manabu Sawaguchi (Waseda Univ.) --> Posted in "Personal Report.  Part B. Methodologies in TRIZ"

Introduction to: "TRIZ for Managers -- Approach and Management Using Scientific Methods --" by Kazuya Yamaguchi (MOST LLC) --> Posted in "Personal Report.  Part E. Promotion of TRIZ in Industries"

Introduction to: "Intellectual Property Strategy of TRIZ Usage and Practice" by Toshimitsu Kataoka (Patbrain Co.) --> Posted in "Personal Report.  Part G. Patent Studies and Tools"

Introduction to: "Education with TRIZ: For New Perspectives" by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) --> Posted in "Personal Report.  Part F. Usage of TRIZ in Education and in Academia"

[Note: The fifth lecture: "How to use TRIZ in software and IT problem solving" by Youjiro Fukushima (-) and Toru Shonai (Hitachi) will be reviewed later, because its presentation slides are not available yet in English translation.]

Forum: Conference Report (23-2): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Part A. Part A. Keynote Lectures" (Nov. 28; Dec. 4, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 28, 2010
In my Personal Report I am going to review all the presentations given at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 and introduce them in English to the readers.  Two Keynote Lectures are introduced in Part A
Mahmoud Karimi (IIITS, Iran) talked on "TRIZ Activities in Iran".  He got interested in TRIZ around 1999.  In 2004 he started publishing a column on TRIZ and creativity every week in a newspaper and also in a weekly magazine.  IIITS made a TV lecture series of 5 volumes (35 min. each) and broadcast them several times.  Furthermore, since 2007, he has broadcast live TV Talk Shows more than 160 times (30 min. each) on a few TV channels.  It is really amazing that TRIZ is now widely known among intellectual people in Iran!! Thus he talks about 'transfer to a new nationwide paradigm by TRIZ application and promotion'. See . (In the Official site of Japan TRIZ Society, full presentation has been posted in PDF , and in Japanese translation by Hiroshi Sakata (Hitachi) .) [Thanks to a feedback from Mahmoud Karimi, minor revisions are made in the review of his Keynote Lecture. (Dec. 4, 2010)]
Nikolai Khomenko (Canada) gave a Keynote Lecture on "OTSM (General Theory on Powerful Thinking)". OTSM was originally envisioned by Altshuller in mid 1970s and has been developed by Nikolai Khomenko since mid 1980s for extending TRIZ out of technology area into a general, area-free theory for developing tools of solving non-typical problems creatively. Khomenko's lecture summarizing his 25 years of research is introduced here with a clear framework of OTSM: (a) Key problems for OTSM, (b) Axioms in OTSM, (c) Main models of OTSM, and (d) OTSM tools.  In the current stage of OTSM, complex and large-scale problems can be handled with OTSM-TRIZ Problem Flow Network (PFN) approach, Khomenko says. He also discussed about the education of creativity.  See . Full presentation has been posted in JTS's Official Web site in PDF , and in Japanese translation by Shinsuke Kurosawa  . (An Award was presented to Nikolai Khomenko by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation .)

TRIZ Introduction: "TRIZ: Methodology of Problem Solving for Innovation". (posted: Nov. 12, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Published: "OHM" (Ohmsha), Nov. 2010 Issue, pp. 10-11 (Published: Nov. 5, 2010).
An short introduction of TRIZ written for newcomer engineers.  A 2-page HEADLINE REVIEW article in a commercial journal, which is published monthly by an influential publisher in the field of technology, especially electronics and telecommunications. HTML and PDF (in "OHM") .  English translation is not ready.

TRIZ Case Study: Japan TRIZ Symposium & ETRIA TFC Paper: "A Large Variety of Writing Instruments: Studying the Evolution of Technologies in Familiar Items". (posted: Nov. 12, 2010)

Kurumi Nakatani, Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010 (Sept. 9-11, 2010, Kanagawa Inst. of Tech., Atsugi, Kanagawa, and
Toru Nakagawa, Kurumi Nakatani (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference 2010 (Nov. 3 - 5, 2010, Univ.of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy), pp. 327-328.
This paper reports the activities at Nakagawa's Seminar Class of 2nd year students (of 10 members) at the Faculty of Informatics. The class was designed to study basic TRIZ concepts without using TRIZ terms nor TRIZ tools.  Nakagawa gave no lecture but questions and tasks onto the students, and the students answered them, made exercises and a report together. Students have surveyed a large variety of writing instruments and classified them with respect to their writing mechanisms.  They also listed up various needs/usages of them and evaluated different writing mechanisms with respect to these usages.  This way of learning would be applicable to even younger students (of age over 10). At TRIZ Symposium Nakatani (2nd year student) gave a poster presentation, while at ETRIA TFC Nakagawa gave a Short Paper presentation.
Posted here are: For Japan TRIZ Symposium: Abstract and slides ; and for ETRIA TFC: Short paper  and slides (and their corresponding Japanese versions).

  On the 12th Anniversary of  "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":  Toru Nakagawa (Oct. 27, 2010)

      This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates on Nov. 1 its 12th Anniversary together with readers in Japan and over the world.  This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on not-for-profit basis.  Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal site but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already.  Most pages are published in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.  I envisage that Pubic Web Sites built in different TRIZ Communities will form A Global TRIZ Community with much reduced language barriers .  During last one year we had over 22500 visits to the top page in Japanese and over 4100 visits to that in English.  Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.

Forum: From the Editor: "Global Network of Public Web Sites in TRIZ: A Proposal for Building A Global TRIZ Community (3) " (Oct. 27, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ., Editor of the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"), ETRIA TRIZ Future 2010 Conference, Poster, To be held on Nov. 3-5, 2010, at Univ. of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
This is a vision and proposal for building a Global TRIZ Community effectively. My proposal is: (1) Let's build many Public Web sites in different TRIZ communities, and (2) set both outward-looking and inward-looking windows on them for overcoming the language barriers, and (3) form an autonomous global network of them in the Internet.  I obtained this vision through the 12 years of operation of this Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", and advocating the proposal since 3 years ago.  Slides are revised for the poster presentation at ETRIA TFC 2010.  PDF

Forum: Conference Report (23): "Personal Report of The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010 (Held by the Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 9-11, 2010, at Kanagawa Institute of Technology , Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan)" (Oct. 27, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Oct. 24, 2010
The Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 was held with the participation of 165 people (including 41 from Korea and 5 from other overseas countries) and 40 presentations.  The Symposium is reported here personally in English (and its brief summary in Japanese).  I am going to post my reports in about 10 categories step by step from now on to review all the presentations.  This Parent page reports the outline of the Symposium and its organizing policies.  I wish that my Personal Report convey you how TRIZ is understood, applied, and promoted in Japan and in the World. 

 

Report:  Japan TRIZ Society's Page: The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010 was held with success.(Oct. 10, 2010)

Held by Japan TRIZ Society, NPO; 
Sponsored by Kanagawa Inst. Tech.
Date:   Sept. 9 (Thu) - 11 (Sat), 2010 
Place: Kanagawa Inst. of Tech, Atsugi, Kanagawa
Main theme: New Fields and New Users!

Planning page:

Results page:  

The Symposium was participated by 165 people (consisting of 119 from Japan, 41 from Korea, and 5 from other overseas countries) and resulted in a big success with active and fruitful presentations, discussions, and communications. On the previous day of the Symposium, we also held 'OTSM-TRIZ Introduction Seminar' instructed by Nikolai Khomenko.  We are grateful all the presenters, participants, and management/voluntary people who have made this event a success. 

Agenda outline , Agenda in a sheet , Agenda in detail ,  Abstracts by Japanese authors (in English) , Abstracts by Overseas authors ,

On the Proceedings   
Opening Address (Toshihiro Hayashi)   ,   Photo   (Posted on JTS Official Site: Oct. 19, 2010; Linked: Oct. 19, 2010)

OTSM-TRIZ Introduction Seminar

[Other details of information will be posted/linked to after the posting on the Official Web site of Japan TRIZ Society .

Personal Report by Toru Nakagawa (OGU)   (Posted: Oct. 27, 2010 -- Apr. 30, 2011 (finished)).

Documents at the planning and preparation stages are available at separate pages: see

Previous TRIZ Symposia in Japan.  First (2005) to Fifth (2009)

TRIZ Forum: Discussion: "To make dialectics and TRIZ science"   (Oct. 10, 2010)

Toshio Takahara, May 20, 2010 in Japanese; Oct. 1, 2010 in English translation.
This is a follow-up discussion on "The Journey So Far and the Way Forward for TRIZ" written by S. Saleem Arshad .   The background of Toshio Takahara may be seen in the special page of "A Collection of Papers Written by Toshio Takahara (2003-2007) on 'Theory of Resolving Differences' "  

Lecture Notes: "How to Prepare and Write Reports: Preparation of the Contents, Building the Structure, and then Writing Sentences". (posted: Oct. 10, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Published: "Communications of Osaka Gakuin University", Vol. 41, No. 7, pp. 1-27, Sept. 30, 2010.
In Feb. 2002, I posted a lecture note "How to Write a Report" , as a part of my class of "Creative Problem Solving Methodologies".  It describes how to prepare for and write a report, in a top-down manner.  A manager of a prefectural nurse association happened to hit this article and invited me to give a full 2-day training seminar on this topic to 50 nurse managers.  It was a new experience for me.  I wrote "Practical guidelines for writing documents", describing advices at different levels of words/phrases, sentence, sentence connection, paragraph, section/chapter, and the whole document. In addition I made a one-page summary in a illustrative manner as a sample preferably used in industries. All these parts are published in University magazine.  Whole article ,  one-page summary .

From the Editor: Introduction to the "Collabo Pages": Why don't you visit Kuwahara's Page which posts "Learning TRIZ with Real Examples". (posted: Oct. 10, 2010)

"Collabo Pages" are the pages contributed by promoters of TRIZ and related areas with (relatively) short articles regularly or from time to time.  The following pages are now open:

   -- Masahiro Kuwahara's Page (IDEA, Inc)   (Open: May 9, 2010; Recent update: Sept. 23; Oct. 10; Nov. 12, 2010)    
               "Learning TRIZ with Real Examples" (3)(4) (Sept. 23, 2010); (5)(6) (Oct. 10, 2010); (7) (Nov. 12, 2010)

From the Editor: "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Photo Gallery Is Open (Oct. 4, 2010)

Photo Gallery is now open on the top page of this Web site.  On clicking on a small photo on the top page, its full-size picture (of max. 800 pixels in width) will appear. Contributions of your photos are welcome.
Collection of photos (recently posted: Oct. 4; Oct. 10; Oct. 19; Nov. 12, 2010) 

TRIZ Forum: Personal Statement: "TRIZ Statement Paper" (posted: Sept. 30, 2010)

Wolfgang Sallaberger (congelo, Austria), Aug. 20, 2009.
This article is a personal statement on the Author's position to TRIZ.  The statement is nice and vivid, full of joy of using/thinking with TRIZ.  I am very happy to post this here finally after one year since I received it.  HTML and PDF A brief introduction to the Author is written by Nakagawa.

From the Editor: "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009" Is Enhanced with Links to Individual Papers (Sept. 30, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Sept. 27, 2010
Among the 43 papers presented at the Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009, just a half of them have been selected and posted individually on this Web site with their full documents and introductions.  In the categorized tables of papers, the links to the individual pages are attached.  I hope these pages serve to be a public repository of valuable papers and to covey the Authors' thoughts and wishes to all the people in Japan and in the World whoever have the chances of glancing/reading/learning them.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "The Evolution of Cooking with TRIZ" (posted: Sept. 30, 2010)

Wolfgang Sallaberger (congelo, Austria), Proceedings of The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Fumiko Kikuchi (Pioneer Corp.)) , Full paper in PDF
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 4, 2009
The Author has been an owner chef of a restaurant and has started his new life of invention in the kitchen. This paper describes his vision of new style of cooking at large restaurants where, say in case of banquets, dishes have to be served in a large number in a short time.  He invented a method of preparing side dishes beforehand and heat them with steam just before serving. His images of new business models in cooking are described here. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "TRIZ/USIT Case Study: How to Help Recall Passwords" (posted: Sept. 30, 2010)

Yutaro Ueda, Hiroki Nabeshima, and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Poster Slides (16 slides) in English and in Japanese ;
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Dec. 24, 2009
This paper is a report of Nakagawa's Seminar class in Faculty of Informatics.  The group exercise of problem solving with TRIZ/USIT done in the second semester of the 3rd year class is reported by Yutaro Ueda, the student.  The problem is familiar.  We need some form of hints for recalling the passwords, but the hints must not allow malicious people to guess the passwords.  Using the USIT procedure and TRIZ 40 Principles, the problem was solved to give solution strategies. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Transitions of Japanese manufacturing methods from the viewpoint of constructing and utilizing explicit and tacit knowledge -- The rise of New Empiricism--" (posted: Sept. 30, 2010)

Sachio Matsubara (Niigata University), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Presentation slides in English and in Japanese ; Full paper in English   and in Japanese
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) (An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Feb. 4, 2010)
This paper contain several important and interesting views: (a) On the basis of discussions on the complementing roles of explicit knowledge and tacit knowledge on learning and inheriting culture, the Author tries to characterize education systems. (b) From such a viewpoint, the Author characterizes the education systems in Japanese history, especially in the Edo era, Meiji to Pre-war era, and Post-war era. He finds the weight of explicit knowledge is getting larger. (c) In the era when lessons of drastic historic experiences form a strong basis of tacit knowledge among a nation and new explicit knowledge is introduced later, a big rise of new culture occurs. (d) Viewing TRIZ as a case of western culture, the weight of explicit knowledge typical in its knowledge bases seems large. (e) Lessons of Japanese history suggest that a new rise of experiencism, or putting more emphasis on tacit knowledge in education, is desirable or needed for Japanese culture in near future. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Development of a meeting tool that supports TRIZ leaders -- 9windows board -- " (posted: Sept. 30, 2010)

Rikie Ishii (IDEAPLANT), Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Abstract, Poster Slides (16 slides) in Japanese ; Poster Introduction Slides (4 slides) in English ,
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Nov. 28, 2009
The Author is the leader of 'Miyagi TRIZ Study Group', which has been working to penetrate TRIZ into local industries including SMEs.  For supporting TRIZ beginners to apply newly learnt TRIZ methods to their problems, the Author has developed simple tools.  The most popular one among them is the "9windows" tool to be used in the idea generation meeting for new product development.  It is like a 'white map' of 9 windows, having the framework and simple remarks. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "An Application of TRIZ Way of Thinking and Its Tools to Develop a New Business Model" (posted: Sept. 30, 2010)

[Business & Management TRIZ Application Sub-Team, Japan TRIZ Society]:
Ikuo Yoshizawa (The SANNO Inst. of Management), Kazumasa Yokoyama (Toshiba), Kimihiko Hasegawa (Sano & Associates Intn'l. Patent Firm), Akira Sato (Keio Univ.), Shigeru Kuno (NKN Consulting), Yasuo Moriya (Fujitsu Advanced Technologies), Takuo Maeda (Takumi System Architects), Teruyuki Kamimura (Willfort Intn'l. Patent Attorneys), Fumiko Kikuchi (Pioneer), Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Poster Slides (16 slides) in Japanese ; Poster Introduction Slides (4 slides) in English ,
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Feb 4, 2010
The poster presentation slides in Japanese contain very rich contents of the results of discussions in the Study Group on how to build business models for new products or services and how to apply TRIZ for such a purpose.  Unfortunately, however, only 4 slides are available in English and hence Nakagawa's introduction is brief.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Concept Design of a Child-Seat by TRIZ Style Problem Identification" (posted: Sept. 23, 2010)

Masao Ishihama and Minami Hamada (Kanagawa Institute of Technology), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Presentation slides in Japanese in the revised version  , presentation slides in English in an old version
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) (An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Feb. 4, 2010)
On the first day afternoon of the Symposium, Ms. Minami Hamada, a first year MC student, presented the paper vividly and impressively.  And the presentation won the Award as the results of the voting by Japanese participants. So I wanted to introduce this paper closely in my "Personal Report", but actually my introduction was very brief.  At the stage of submitting the final manuscript, after Professor Ishihama made the English translation, Ms. Hamada further revised the Japanese slides for herself.  Since I found the revised Japanese version much improved, I wrote my Personal Report just briefly so as to be enhanced later by getting the revised English slides.  Unfortunately one year passed while Professor was too busy to revise the English version.  Thus I post the presentation documents as they are. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Customize Picoclock Checkers (Software Program)" (posted: Sept. 23, 2010)

Ragubalan Shanmugam; Cheng, Chiew Shan (Intel Malaysia), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Toshiaki Masaki (Nitto Denko) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU)) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 4, 2009
I believe this case study has given a very interesting and useful solution to a confusing problem in an equipment which tests the performance of electric circuit boards. Unfortunately, however, I do not understand well the problem situations and the achieved solution.  The Authors' solution is called 'Outside in', i.e. a black-box type testing, but I do not understand well how the test is performed and the test information is obtained. In introducing this paper, I have used the Authors' description in Extended Abstract directly (inside ' '), for avoiding from making further confusion.  Someday I would like to make a better introduction with the help by the Authors.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Simplifying Conversion and Enhancing Outgoing Product Quality on the ICOS Vision System with TRIZ" (posted: Sept. 23, 2010)

Darin Moreira, Sushiph Sum Bun, CT Ong (Intel Malaysia), Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Kozo Nakahata (Hitachi)) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 4, 2009
This paper reports a problem solving in making the conversion easier in the ICOS vision system.  The problem and its solution are described clearly with photos of the real equipment.  We are grateful to Intel Corporation for such frankness in disclosing the case.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Innovative Leakage Safety Detection System using TRIZ" (posted: Sept. 23, 2010)

Surendran Selladurai, Tiang Yee Wei , Ng Gim Loon (Intel, Malaysia), Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Katsusuke Ichikawa) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 4, 2009
This paper reports a problem solving in improving the leakage detection of coolant in closed-loop cooling system of a large testing equipment.  Looking at the problem more closely, the team understood the necessity of distinguishing the large and sudden leakage from the small, slow and nearly constant leakage of the coolant.  The problem solving process and the final solution are described clearly and convincingly. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "An Innovative Approach on Module Ionizer Efficiency Management " (posted: Sept. 23, 2010)

Paul Devaraj (Intel, Malaysia), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Tetsuya Ohta (SANNO Inst. of Management)) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 4, 2009
This is one of the four real case study papers presented by Intel Malaysia last year at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009. It reports a problem solving in the ionizer module of a test handler.  It describes the toolbox set regularly used in Intel Malaysia and quite natural use of them in solving real problems.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "TRIZ as the Way of Life?" (posted: Sept. 23, 2010)

Toshio TAKAHARA ( ), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Presentation slides in English and in Japanese ; Full paper in Japanese ; Annotated presentation slides (slides + talk + complement) in English and in Japanese .
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) (An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Feb. 4, 2010)
This is another excellent paper developed by Toshio Takahara.  Since 2002 he has been working to develop his own system of theories on the basis of TRIZ (See ' "Theory of Resolving Differences", A Collection of Papers Written by Toshio Takahara (2003-2007)  with Annotated Bibliography' ). On the basis of his theories on viewing the world and facts, he goes ahead in this paper to consider the ideal of the way of life as suggested by TRIZ.  This is really a big issue, and yet is written concisely and clearly. 

Announcement:  An Award Is Presented to Mr. Nikolai Khomenko for His Contributions to TRIZ and OTSM-TRIZ by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation

Toru Nakagawa (The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation), (Sept. 7, 2010; Nov. 28, 2010)
The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation was established last year for the purpose of further penetration and development of TRIZ in Japan and in the World.  Its Award for the second year is to be presented to Mr. Nikolai Khomenko for his contributions and services over many years in the field of TRIZ and OTSM-TRIZ.  His contributions through the research, writing, development, and training are highly appreciated and thanked.(Sept. 7, 2010)  
Photos at the Award Presentation Ceremony are posted, together with Khomenko's profile and references. (Nov. 28, 2010)

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Study on USIT Operators Application Examples" (posted: Jul. 25, 2010)

[MPUF USIT/TRIZ Study Group] Hideaki Kosha (Fujifilm Corp.), Yuji Mihara, Noritaka Nakayama, Kouichi Nakamura, Hirotake Makino, Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Poster Slides in Japanese ; Poster Introduction Slides in English ,
Introduction (in English) by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Dec. 24, 2009 ; Introduction translated into Japanese by Toru Nakagawa on Jul. 23, 2010
This paper aims at analyzing a number of new technologies familiar to us with the eyes of USIT and accumulating them in a collection of case studies.  The analysis puts much emphasis on the close observation of mechanism/process of the problem system and on the understanding of the root causes.  The Authors classify the problems into 4 classes, i.e., A: Excess of function, B. Insufficiency of function, C: Instability of function, and D: Harmful effects, and further into 16 sub-classes in accordance with the generalized categories of root causes.  In the analysis of case studies, the Authors try to assign the essence of inventors' ideas in terms of the USIT Operators (i.e. a set of 32 sub-operators derived from all the idea generation methods in TRIZ).  In this manner, the Authors are developing an Index Matrix where appropriate frequently-used USIT Operators can be obtained for each type of problems.  In comparison to the Altshuller's Contradiction Matrix, the USIT Index Matrix is much more generalized (i.e. only 16 problem types in place of 39x39) and straightforward. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "TRIZ Activities in Korea and Its Success Factors until 2009" (posted: Jul. 25, 2010)

KyeongWon Lee (Korea Polytechnic University, Korea), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Toru Nakagawa (OGU)) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 24, 2009 ; Introduction translated into Japanese (by Nakagawa)
The paper overviews the history of introducing TRIZ in Korea, and states that TRIZ in Korea is now at the stage of rapid growth of the S-curve.  The most important trigger of the growth was the successful technical case studies achieved in Samsung group companies by the Russian TRIZ experts around (or just before) 2004 and the fact that the managements of the big companies recognized them and promoted TRIZ actively.  Then the needs of training engineers in the companies led to the effective use of on-line training courses.  According to the Author, many books on TRIZ were published in the Korean language, and several universities have started the regular classes on the subject of creative engineering design on the basis of TRIZ.   The Author summarizes 9 main success factors of TRIZ promotion in Korea.
In Nakagawa's Personal Report, I briefly discussed on the current situations of TRIZ activities in Japan from K.W. Lee's 9 viewpoints plus 6 more different ones .  Various ways of TRIZ promotion in countries and in companies should be discussed further.

News overseas: TRIZCON2010 in USA on Oct. 7-8 (Posted: Jul. 25, 2010)

-- TRIZCON2010 is to be held on Oct. 7-8, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio, USA (Posted: Jul. 25, 2010)

Announcement: The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Advanced Agenda Updated. (Jul. 11*; Jul. 25, 2010#) Registration Procedure Updated. (Aug. 1, 2010)##; Advanced Agenda Updated (Aug. 8, 2010)** ; Access to the Venue, On Group Discussions (Aug. 16, 2010)** ; Up-to-date Information: Updated Agenda, Messages to Participants and to Presenters (Sept. 3, 2010) ***

A week before the Symposium, we have adjusted our Agenda, as announced here as the 4th version.  Up-to-date information and instructions are posted for participants and for presenters.  Currently we received the registration of about 170 participants, including about 120 from Japan, about 40 from Korea, and about 10 from other countries  (Sept. 3, 2010)***

Access to the venue (from Airport to Tokyo, to Shinjuku, to Atsugi, and to KIT by bus); Plan of Group Discussions (Aug. 16, 2010)**

Having received the final manuscripts, the Advanced Agenda is updated. (Aug. 8, 2010)**

Details of Fees, Registration Form, and Hotel Reservation Form are uploaded. (Aug. 1, 2010)##

Extended Abstracts of Keynote Lectures (N. Khomenko; M. Karimi) are posted (Jul. 25, 2010)#

Having accepted 7 papers (including 6 from overseas), the Advanced Agenda is updated. (Jul. 11, 2010)*

Click here to see details of the update.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "The Role of TRIZ in the System of Monozukuri Solution Methods" (posted: Jul. 11, 2010)

Osamu Kumasaka, Fumiko Kikuchi, Akio Fukushima (Pioneer Corporation), Poster Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Poster Slides in Japanese ; Poster Introduction Slides in English ,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009' posted on Dec. 6, 2009
This is an excellent work based on an intensive wide-scoped research for many years and has been posted and used in their intranet home page.  'Monozukuri' is the Japanese word for 'making things' in a wide sense, including all the processes of planning, designing, manufacturing, production, etc. The Authors have built an Index Matrix for finding useful methods/tools from the current phases of jobs of Monozukuri.  The key idea of making the Index Matrix is to list up the engineers' intentions/questions along the phases of the whole Monozukuri process.  The table is as big as (37 questions) x (73 methods/sub-methods).  8 methods are listed in TRIZ and another in USIT.  The Index Matrix contains a very rich information about many methods and their effectiveness evaluation.  This presentation obtained the 'Best presentation for myself' Award after the voting by Japanese participants.  It is indeed a valuable contribution, I believe.  We wish that the Authors publicize the full contents of the Index Matrix, so that the contents will be validated and refined by many people. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Network of Evolutionary Trends and Maturity Assessment through Contradictions Analysis" (posted: Jul. 11, 2010)

Niccolò Becattini, Gaetano Cascini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Federico Rotini (Università di Firenze, Italy), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Atsushi Inoue (Toshiba) and Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Aug. 26, 2010) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Nov. 23, 2009
In the 5th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, two presentations were given by an Italian group on the topic of technology forecasting.  The Italian group of Gaetano Cascini, Davide Russo, et al. aims at building a repeatable and objective methodology for technology forecasting.  Their approach is based on the method called 'Network of Evolution Trends'.  In the present paper, Cascini et al. demonstrate the 'Network of Evolution Trends' diagram in the case of tablet production process in pharmaceutical industry.  And they propose an algorithm for evaluating the maturity of a technology on the basis of the correlation between the contradiction evolution and the increase in ideality. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Interconnectivity and White-Space Opportunity: Bringing Together Forecasting and Scenario Planning to find Innovative Opportunities" (posted: Jul. 11, 2010)

Davide Russo, Caterina Rizzi, Tiziano Montecchi (University of Bergamo, Italy), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Kozo Nakahata (Hitachi), Aug. 26, 2010) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Nov. 23, 2009
In the 5th TRIZ Symposium in Japan, two presentations were given by an Italian group on the topic of technology forecasting.  The Italian group of Gaetano Cascini, Davide Russo, et al. aims at building a repeatable and objective methodology for technology forecasting.  Their approach is based on the method called 'Network of Evolution Trends'.  In the present paper, Russo et al. try to provide a visual synthesis of a system in all its evolution steps, design variants and future potential configurations.  They use a framework named 'Knowledge Mapping' for representing existing knowledge and for identifying what should be done in future.

Announcement (Japan TRIZ Society): "Education with TRIZ" Study Group has started (Leader: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)). (Jul. 11, 2010)

Study Group's page  ,  Charter of the Study Group

Announcement: The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Plan, Guide to Presenters, Advanced Agenda, Abstracts, Introduction to Keynote Lectures, Pre-Symposium OTSM Seminar, Call for Participation,Venue, Registration . (Feb. 22; Jun. 14; Jun. 25; Jul. 11*; Jul. 25 #; Aug. 1 ##; Aug. 8**; Aug. 16**; Sept. 3***, 2010)

To be held by Japan TRIZ Society, NPO, on Sept. 9 (Thu) - 11 (Sat), 2010            
at Kanagawa Inst. of Tech, Atsugi, Kanagawa (located in the south-western suburbs of Tokyo), Sponsored by Kanagawa Inst. Tech.

-- Sept. 8, 2010 (Wed), "Nikolai Khomenko: OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar", at SANNO Inst., Tokyo

Having received 37 invited & contributed papers (including 27 from Japan and 10 from overseas), we now post the Advanced Agenda and related documents and have started Call for Participation.  We heartily welcome you to join us in the Japan TRIZ Symposium for active discussions and communications. 
[Note: A limited number of late-submission papers will be accepted by Jun. 30.  Any person interested in submission should make a contact with us immediately. (Jun.14, 2010)

Having accepted 7 papers (including 6 from overseas), the Advanced Agenda is updated.  See the parts with *.  (Jul. 11, 2010)   The Advanced Agenda is updated. (Aug. 8, 2010)**
Just before the Symposium, we have adjusted our Agenda (4th version).  Up-to-date information and instructions are posted for participants and for presenters.  Current registration statistics:  about 170 participants (about 120 from Japan, about 40 from Korea, and about 10 from other countries)  (Sept. 3, 2010)***

Guide to presenters***, Instructions of Final Paper Submission(Due. Jul. 26, 2010),

Advanced Agenda***, Agenda in a sheet*** , Agenda in detail***,  Abstracts by Japanese authors (in English)** , Abstracts by Overseas authors*** ,

Keynote Lecture by Nikolai Khomenko (TRIZ Master certified by G.S. Altshuller, Canada)#,
Keynote Lecture by Mahmoud Karimi (Iran)#. Group Discussions **

Pre-Symposium Seminar: "Nikolai Khomenko: OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar" ##

Call for Participation, Venue, Access** (Jun. 25, 2010), Hotels ##, Fees ## , Registration ## , Japan visa procedure

Message and Instructions to Participants*** , Message to Presenters*** . (Sept. 3, 2010)

Organizers, Previous Symposia (2005 - 2009)             Japan TRIZ Society Official Site:

 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Engineers' Understanding of TRIZ As a Consequence of Questionnaire Survey" (posted: Jun. 9, 2010)

Yojiro Fukushima, Tsutomu Hata (Panasonic Corp.), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 24, 2009 .
The Authors have promoted TRIZ in the Corporate R&D Division of Panasonic Corp. since 2003 and have applied TRIZ to 156 real projects of their jobs in the IT & Software field.  Questionnaires were carried out at the end of each TRIZ application project, and their answers written in a free format have been analyzed in the present paper.  The engineers' answers well address the keypoints and are mostly positive.  The number of patents issued by each employee every year was also examined and demonstrated the fact that the employees who had TRIZ experiences (together with their senior colleagues) in their first year of employment have produced much larger number of patents in the 2nd and 3rd years of employment than those without such TRIZ experiences.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "The potential of OTSM-TRIZ as a frameworking method for modern regional, integrated energy planning and modeling" (posted: Jun. 9, 2010)

Atom Mirakyan, Nikolai Khomenko, Laurent Lelait, Igor Kaikov (European Institute for Energy Research, Karlsruhe, Germany), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Full paper in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Makoto Unno (Kawasaki Heavy Industries), Aug. 26, 2010) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 24, 2009 ; In Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, on Jun. 5, 2010
As the goal of  a regional (i.e. sub-national) integrated energy planning, the project states that the plan must be "environmentally friendly, technically reliable, institutionally sound, socially acceptable, cost-effective, and supporting long-term regional sustainable development".  The project must manage a complex and large-scale task which involves not only technical issues but also social, economic, and many other issues.  The present paper has introduced the OTSM-TRIZ methodology as the framework of planning. OTSM-TRIZ is a further extension of TRIZ, started by Altshuller and later developed mostly by Nikolai Khomenko.  The present paper serves as an nice introduction to the OTSM-TRIZ. 
The methodology aims at understanding the complex, large-scale problem in the framework of Altshuller's powerful thinking, representing the routes from the reality to most desirable solutions with a network flow diagram for revealing the barriers or contradictions, and solving those contradictions with TRIZ.  They also have a practical overall process model for preparing, analyzing, prioritizing & decision-making, and implementing & monitoring, in the cooperation with other groups of people including decision makers. 
This paper may be useful for you to learn about OTSM-TRIZ before the coming lectures by Nikolai Khomenko: Keynote Lecture at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 (on Sept. 9-11) and one-day lecture in "OTSM-TRIZ Introduction Seminar" (on Sept. 8, 2010).

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Keynote Lecture:  "Use of TRIZ for Prediction of the Future of Technological Systems"  (posted: Jun. 9, 2010)

Boris Zlotin, Alla Zusman (Ideation International Inc, USA), Keynote Lecture presented at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
[Links to Official Site of Japan TRIZ Society] Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Shinsuke Kurosawa (SANNO Institute of Management), Aug 21, 2009) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Nov. 23, 2009 .
Mr. Boris Zlotin was a follower and coworker of Mr. Altshuller for many years and is a prominent TRIZ Master.  He has been working on the present topic of technology prediction for over 3 decades and has developed the Directed Evolution methodology.  Here he talks about the problems in technology prediction, the philosophy and methods in the Directed Evolution with some examples.  Technology prediction is still, or ever more, important issue in industries and in TRIZ research. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Practical Use of Scientific Creative Techniques for the Development of Telecommunication Devices"  (posted: May 30, 2010)

Takahiro Shoji and Yosuke Koga (Panasonic Communications Co.), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan,
Slides in PDF , Japanese slides ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 6, 2009 ; In Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, on May 2, 2010
Panasonic Communications Company (PCC) introduced TRIZ since 2001 and has been actively used the integrated set of scientific techniques including QFD-TRIZ-Taguchi Method (as well as CAD/CAE) in a company-wide scale.  It is perhaps the company where TRIZ has been applied most actively and widely in Japan. Nevertheless, engineers in development projects are apt not to use such TRIZ-based scientific techniques because of being too busy to apply them in their orthodox forms.  Thus the Authors made the methods 'scalable' corresponding to the demands of the projects and easier to apply.  The new method has a process of 3 main phases: (1) First, to generate many fundamental (or preliminary, existing) ideas of functions and to make a tree-style Function Map.  (2) Then, to select the areas for addressing the solution efforts and to force the members to create new/inventive ideas in managed brainstorming sessions. (3) Finally, to evaluate various ideas generated so far and to enhance the highly-evaluated ideas by combining subsidiary ideas, thinking deeply, and looking from competitors' eyes, etc. and to make them the solutions for possible implementation and patent filing. This method, though not appearing like a TRIZ any more t first sight, is firmly underlaid by TRIZ.  The industrial TRIZ practitioners have really digested TRIZ into a new form for real applications.   This paper won the Award of 'Best Presentation For Me' as the results of Japanese participants voting at the Symposium.

TRIZ Forum: Follow-up Discussions on "Current Status and Future Directions for TRIZ"   (May 16, 2010)

[From the Editor:] On the article "The Journey So Far and the Way Forward for TRIZ" written by S. Saleem Arshad, comments and responses contributed to this site are posted as follow-up discussions.  This site will be updated every 2-4 weeks.  Check the Index page of discussions   .for keeping track and go ahead to the articles.  In the page for May 2010  , the following articles are posted:

Comments on Arshad's Article by Ellen Domb (USA) (May 12, 2010)    (posted: May 16, 2010)
Comments on Nakagawa's Note by Ellen Domb (USA) (May 12, 2010)   (posted: May 16, 2010)

TRIZ Forum: Issues for TRIZ: "The Journey So Far and the Way Forward for TRIZ"  (posted: May 9, 2010)

S. Saleem Arshad (Applied Innovations, Australia), Contributed on May 6, 2010 ; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (OGU) on May 8, 2010. 
This is a very valuable article containing a lot of important issues which need to be discussed. The Author writes in the Abstract as: "Increasing global emphasis on innovation as an agent of change and recovery from the economic crises, places new demands on the development of advanced tools for technical innovation. Four contributing causes for the apparent lack of success of TRIZ in mainstream usage are identified and examined. Consequently, eleven aspects are presented to highlight a way forward for TRIZ and for the overall field of innovation sciences."
I wish many TRIZ leaders in the world to read this and respond to it if possible. My brief comments on this article are posted at the bottom of the article. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Paper:  "Case Study of Introducing and Applying TRIZ to Real Projects for Obtaining Results (= Profits)  (Part 2): Having Used QFD → TRIZ → TM, What are the Results?"  (posted: May 9, 2010)

Tomohiko Katagiri, Toshiaki Tsuchizawa, and Shuichi Hosaka (Koganei Co., Japan), Oral Presentation at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan. 
Slides in PDF (English translation by Toru Nakagawa, Aug 25, 2009), Japanese slides ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Dec. 24, 2009 ; In Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, on May 7, 2010
The Authors introduced TRIZ together with QFD and TM and applied them to the real project of developing a new product, i.e. a high-speed response pneumatic air valve. They have tried to capture real voices of customers with QFD.  The technical problems thus assigned were challenged by the Authors with TRIZ. Some of the new solution concepts obtained with TRIZ were beyond their experiences and expertise. Thus for minimizing the risks in the new product development, they applied TM (Taguchi Method) in designing the test parameters and used CAD/CAE software for the simulation testing of various design choices. The report describes details of the newly developed product, in its performance, inner structure, cases of applications, etc.
The three methods were all new at first to the Authors and to the company, they report.  They requested only one Japanese consultant to instruct all the three methods and to coach the project throughout the course. This presentation obtained "The best presentation for me" Award by the voting of Japanese participants during the Symposium.  Congratulations!

TRIZ Forum: Collabo:   "Collaboration Pages with the Promoters of TRIZ and Related Areas" Are Started. (posted: May 9, 2010)

From the Editor (Toru Nakagawa):  New categories of pages are now started in Japanese.  Several Japanese promoters of TRIZ and related areas are going to contribute (relatively) short articles regularly or from time to time.  For each contributor an HTML page will be operated for posting his/her articles in a cumulative manner.  The readers who are interested in the articles will visit the contributors' original Web site or Blog site.  Thus a collaborative network of promoters' Web sites will be formed with stronger connections that simple mutual hyperlinks; The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" is going to serve as the Hub.  The following pages are now open:

   -- Masahiro Kuwahara's Page (IDEA, Inc)   (Open: May 9, 2010)    
               "Learning TRIZ with Real Examples" (1) (May 9, 2010); (2) (Jun. 9, 2010)

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2009 Keynote Lecture:  "TRIZ: Necessary But Not Sufficient: Customers And Theories Of Everything"  (posted: Apr. 18, 2010)

Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation Ltd, UK), Keynote Lecture presented at The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center 'NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Hiki-gun, Saitama, Japan. 
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese (translated by Yoshihisa Konishi, Aug 25, 2009) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009', posted on Nov. 23, 2009 ; In Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa, on Apr. 17, 2010
This Keynote starts with the questions 'why more than 90 % of projects fail to deliver their products to the market' and 'why more than 90 % of products fail in the market'.  The Author's main postulates are 'Innovation happens when the Voice of the customer matches with the Voice of the system', and 'Understanding the Voice of the customer is crucial for the innovation, but TRIZ lacks in such a method'.  Thus he proposes a new general scheme for revealing the real Voice of the customer, on the basis of his team's 8 years of research.  It has 3 steps: (1) To identify the desired functionality.  (2) Combination of (a) to understand the change in population, (b) to understand the characteristics of the generation of customers, and (c) to consider the characteristic behaviors of customers.  (3) To understand many relevant trends of the market and the enforcing and conflicting relationships among such trends, and finally to consider the desires of solving the contradictions between trends as the Voice of the customers.  The Author tries to make this scheme general by adopting some 'Theories of Everything'; particularly Generation Cycles in (2b) and Spiral Dynamics in (2c) and by considering 1000 trends in (3).  The Author's endeavor to distill the essences from numerous methods and business books is amazing, and has resulted an interesting presentation of all insights at one place in the form borrowed from the Periodical Table of Atoms.  An excellent lecture from which we can learn a lot. 

Forum: TRIZ Activities in Iran (2) Applying TRIZ for Promotion of TRIZ (Mahmoud Karimi (Iran) ) (Mar. 24, 2010)

Mahmoud Karimi (IIITS, Iran), Mar. 24, 2010; Japanese translation: Toru Nakagawa, Mar. 24, 2010
Following the overall report posted a month ago, Mr. Karimi has written for us about the stories how he introduced TRIZ in Iran.  The initial stage of learning TRIZ in Iran and how he organized the first TRIZ Workshop by Russian specialists (in 2001).  Then, instead of repeating meetings with managers at basic levels, he shifted his efforts for writing a column "Innovation Elixir" weekly in a popular newspaper (in 2004). Vivid stories full of much insights.

Forum: How I Have Been Learning,Applying, and Teaching TRIZ (Mar. 24, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 14, 2006; Video Presentation at PSST 2006 International Conference on Problem Solving Strategies & Techniques Held at Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 26-27, 2006
This presentation was done in video recording 3 and half years ago in Iran, on the request of PSST2006.  8 slides are posted here both in PPT (with animation) and in PDF .  The talk briefly describes my personal history how I got involved in TRIZ since 1997.

Forum: Conference Report (22) (Finish): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009" (Mar. 11, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 9, 2010
I have just finished writing the concluding part, and adding the table of presentations in each category.  For your convenience a set of PDF files are also made.  The whole set of Personal Report in PDF (129 printed pages, 6.2 MB). This report introduces you to the overview of the Symposium and comprehensive detailed reviews of all the 42 presentations. 

Forum: Students Reports: "'What I learned and What I thought in the Seminar Class" (Excerpts): Teaching Practices: Nakagawa's Seminar Class of 1st-year Students for Learning with "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey (Posted: Mar. 11, 2010)

Written by 15 students of Nakagawa's Seminar Class (Osaka Gakuin Univ.); Edited by Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Mar. 11, 2010.
A collection of excerpts of Students' Reports have been posted in Japanese.  All the 15 students who submitted their reports have contributed to the page.  I posted them with the hope that our readers understand what the students learned and thought in the Seminar Class and also some results of the Class. 

Forum: "TRIZ Activities in Iran" (Feb. 22; Mar. 13, 2010)

Mahmoud Karimi (Iranian Institute of Innovation and Technology Studies (IIITS), Iran), Dec. 8, 2009; Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (OGU). Feb. 20, 2010.
This is a two-page communication outlining how TRIZ has been introduced and penetrated into Iran.  The country where people do the most internet search on TRIZ is Iran, to our surprise.  TRIZ has become a known term among educated people in the country, the Author says.  Introduction of TRIZ in Iran started in 1999 by Prof. H. Salimi's group in the university, and led by IIITS (where the Author is the Vice President) since 2001.  They invited a number of TRIZ Masters for training, and they published books, performed consulting and trainings, etc.  It is remarkable that they have used mass media effectively; a series of 5 TV programs were made and broadcast three times already, and interviews and discussions on TRIZ were broadcast in popular TV talk shows. ...  We are very much looking forward to the Author's vivid Keynote Lecture in our coming TRIZ Symposium, in Sept. 2010!!. PDF:
7 photos provided by Mahmoud Karimi are inserted in this page. Most of them are taken from TV programs.  (Mar. 13, 2010).

Announcement: The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010: Plan, Call for Papers, and Introduction to Keynote Lectures. (Feb. 22, 2010)

To be held by Japan TRIZ Society, NPO, on Sept. 9 (Thu) - 11 (Sat), 2010            
at Kanagawa Inst. of Tech, Atsugi, Kanagawa (located in the south-western suburbs of Tokyo).

Call for Papers: Oral or Poster Presentations, in English or in Japanese.  Due of Extended Abstracts: May 17, 2010.
Note: Extended due date: May 24, 2010 (Mon.) 18:00 JST.  If you are interested in submitting a paper, you are advised to make a contact with us immediately. (May 18, 2010)
Note: We have received 37 invited & contributed papers (including 27 from Japan and 10 from overseas), and are going to announce the Advanced Agenda and Call for Participants on Jun. 14.  A limited number of late submission papers may be accepted by Jun. 30.  Any person interested in submission should make a contact with us as soon as possible. (May 30, 2010)

Call for Papers PDF , Application Form (Word) , Abstract Template (Word) , Plan of Proceedings    [Note: Several linkage errors in the Symposium HTML page have been corrected.  (May 3, 2010)]

Keynote Speakers: Nikolai Khomenko (TRIZ Master certified by G.S. Altshuller, Canada) and Mahmoud Karimi (Iran).  See:

Tutorial for newcomers and several lectures on effective use of TRIZ will be organized.  

Pre-Symposium event: Sept. 8, 2010 (Wed.) "OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar" (by Nikolai Khomenko) in Tokyo.  See: (May 3, 2010)


Announcement: "Japan TRIZ Society's Page" has been started (Editor: Toru Nakagawa). (Feb. 22, 2010)

Official information of JTS is posted here inside "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" for facilitating your access especially from overseas in English.  Nakagawa will serve as the Editor of this page, too.  

News & Activities in Japan: Five Voluntary and Multi-company Study Groups Working on TRIZ (Posted: Feb. 22, 2010)

-- IP Creation Study Group of Japan TRIZ Society (Chief: Kimihiko Hasegawa): recent activities  (Feb. 22, 2010)
-- Business & Management TRIZ Study Group of Japan TRIZ Society (Chief: Ikuo Yoshizawa): recent activities  (Feb. 22, 2010)
-- TRIZ Penetration & Usage Study Group of Japan VE Society Kansai Branch (Chief: Makoto Unno): recent activities and invitation   (Feb. 22, 2010)
-- Creativity Study Group (Representative: Hiroto Hayashi): recent activities and invitation   (Feb. 22, 2010)
-- USIT/TRIZ Study Group of MPUF (Microsoft Project Users Forum) (Founding secretary: Toru Nakagawa and Yuji Mihara): recent activities (Feb. 22, 2010)

Forum: Conference Report (22-H): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part H. Non-technological Applications of TRIZ" (Feb. 4, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Jan. 30, 2010
7 Contributed presentations are reviewed. Atsushi Takeuchi is promoting TRIZ/USIT in the R&D of agricultural field, especially on how to grow rice.  Ikuo Yoshizawa reported the discussion and results obtained at the Business & Management Study Group of Japan TRIZ Society for developing a new business model, in case of a large-screen TV system. Atsuko Ishida (Hitachi), Vitali Altholz (Germany), and Shigeru Kasuya gave presentations in the business applications of TRIZ. Toshio Takahara presented his philosophical view of the whole world on the basis of TRIZ theory and proposed the 'Ideal Way of Life', regarding it as 'TRIZ Way of Life'.  Yukio Matsubara (Niigata Univ.) reviewed the education/apprenticeship system in Japanese history and suggested that the balance of tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge is essential for the healthy growth of a country/society. These presentations demonstrate that TRIZ has been extending its application areas steadily in Japan as well. 

Communications: TRIZ World Survey Final Report (D. Cavallucci); TETRIS (TRIZ Education at Schools) Project Materials; Translation Project of U. Mishra's TRIZ & IT Book; Iran TRIZ Activities (M. Karimi). (Posted: Jan. 19; Feb. 22, 2010)

Edited by Toru Nakagawa.  Only in Japanese at moment.

News overseas: New Membership System in ETRIA ; ICSI 2010 Conference in Taiwan (Jan.); KoreaTRIZCON2010 (Mar.).; 1st Israel TRIZ Conference (Nov., 2009) (Posted: Jan. 19; Feb. 22, Apr. 18, 2010)

Edited by Toru Nakagawa.  Only in Japanese at moment. [Partially built in English (Feb. 22, 2010)]

From the Editor: The pages of "TRIZ News and Activities" have been rebuilt and updated in the Japanese pages (and partially in the English pages). (Posted: Jan. 19; Feb. 22, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jan. 19, 2010.
The page of "TRIZ News and Activities" and its 10 children pages have been rebuilt and updated in the Japanese site.  Corresponding rebuilding in the English site is under the way [Built in English  partially, concerning to the news and activities in Japan and in Asia (Feb. 22, 2010)]. 

Forum: Teaching Practices: Nakagawa's Seminar Class of 1st-year Students for Learning with "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey (Posted: Jan. 3, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jan. 2, 2010.
This page intends to describe the background of my writing 'Toru Nakagawa's Mission Statement' posted in a separate page . The Seminar Class is for the basic training of 'Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Presenting'.  Triggered by Paul Filmore's papers, I learned about the books "7Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey and "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey.  I am much impressed with these concepts of '7 Habits' or rather '7 Principles'.  Thus, starting in Oct. 2008, I am learning the Sean Covey's book in the Seminar Class. In the Japanese page, I further describe the way of learning in the class, how I handle students' Reports, and examples of my comments to individual students' Reports.

Forum: Toru Nakagawa's Mission Statement (Posted: Jan. 3, 2010)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Jan. 1, 2010.
First appearance: A Collection of Students' Reports of the Seminar IB S53 & S54 Classes at the Faculty of Informatics of Osaka Gakuin University: 'What I Learned and Thought with Sean Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" ', Dec. 15, 2009
Last December I wrote my own 'Mission Statement' for the first time, during my Seminar Class with 1st-year students. It has 5 items: 1. Be sincere and serious.  2. Move the ego out of the way, and have the open, warm heart.  3. Take care of the health and have a positive mind.  4. Think flexibly and creatively.  5. Serve for people and society.  Further description is written only in Japanese.

 


Posted in 2009

Forum: List of Postings of the Presentations given at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008 (Updated: Dec. 30, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Dec. 30, 2009.
Presentations posted in the Official Web site of Japan TRIZ Society and in the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" are listed.  This will be the final form.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "On Patentability of Inventions Facilitated by TRIZ Methodology"

Tzu-Chang CHEN (Taiwan Textile Research Institute, Taiwan), Proceedings of The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (posted: Dec. 30, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Full Paper in PDF ,
Slides in Japanese (translated by Toshiaki Masaki (Nitto Denko), Aug 25, 2008) ;
Full Paper in Japanese (translated by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 29, 2009) in HTML , in PDF ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
Paper printed in the Proceedings both in English and in Japanese, but not presented because of the author's absence.  This paper poses a question: "TRIZ certainly helps us solve difficult problems containing contradictions.  Such inventive solutions, however, can smoothly pass the prosecution process of patent application?  TRIZ guides us to use various models, especially Inventive Principles and various examples in other fields.  Does this mean we are relying on prior arts?  Is there any risks that IPO examiners regard our inventive solutions obvious with respect to prior arts?" -- The Author demonstrates a case study of an inventive patent application in the field of functional textile design and examines its patentability with respect to the prior arts.  His conclusion is: "Which methodology (e.g. TRIZ) is used during the problem solving is not a matter in the patent prosecution process.  Novelty or unobviousness matters with respect to the prior arts.  Thus (inventive) solutions obtained with TRIZ have to be examined in this viewpoint before the patent application.  You have to search prior arts and limit your claims carefully to obtain patent protection."  Nakagawa has translated this fine paper into Japanese.  

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Usage of TRIZ and USIT in Developing a Novel Duplex Printing Machine"

Hiroshi Kanno (Tohoku RICOH Co., Ltd.), Presented at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (posted: Dec. 30, 2009)
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.; and its Japanese translation (translated: Apr. 18, 2009)
This is an excellent case study paper which reports on the development of a duplex printing machine 'RICOH Satelio Duo 8' with the help of TRIZ and USIT.  The digital duplicator uses the mimeography, which uses the pseudo drying of printer ink due to penetration into the paper fibers.  Thus the paper having printed fresh on a side can not be printed on the other side without making the printer roller dirty.  This problem has long made a dual printer impossible.  On learning basic TRIZ, the Author got the idea of using only one printer drum for printing the both sides and challenged the development of the dual printer.  After various trials, the SLP modeling helped to solve the dirty-ink problem by developing a beads-roller.  Author also learned USIT later and used it for solving many subsequent problems.  The new dual printing machine thus developed with relatively simple modifications has doubled the throughput.  -- This presentation has won the Award by the participants voting.  The Japan TRIZ Society is requesting the company for the permission to post the full set of presentation slides publicly in its Web site, but has not obtained it yet.  Nakagawa has translated his introduction to this paper into Japanese and is posting here.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Application of TRIZ to Noise and Vibration Problem Solving -- Fusion with Traditional Theoretical and Empirical Approach --"

Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa Institute of Technology), Presented at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (posted: Dec. 30, 2009)
Slides in PDF in English    and in Japanese

Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
The Author writes in the Abstract: "Conventional textbooks on noise and vibration (NV) control almost always describe analysis methods only and don’t provide methods of solving problems. On the other hand, handbooks contain solutions of “specific” problems, but they don’t necessary give readers solutions to general problems. In this study, the author tries to connect NV theory with TRIZ idea of solving problems for giving engineers rules of thumb of NV technology. This method converts specific concrete problems into abstract general problems by sorting symptoms by frequency, time dependency, etc. Then these general problems are placed in suitable categories classified by equation of motion in NV theory. Then rules of thumb described with problem solving manner is given."  The paper of this work has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration (IJVNV).  Thus the presentation slides are now posted here in English and in Japanese.

Forum: Conference Report (22-G): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part G. Patent Studies and Tools" (Dec. 24, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 24, 2009
2 Contributed presentations are reviewed. Kimihiko Hasegawa et al. reported their activities at Intellectual Property Creation Study Group, Japan TRIZ Society, and won the Award by participants voting.  They analyzed more than 50 patents with emphasis on the technical contradictions and documented each in the standardized formats. Hideaki Kosha (Fujifilm Co.) et al. also reported on a scheme of analysis of patents/techniques/products from the view point of USIT.  This is a work carried out in a voluntary multi-company group, named MPUF USIT/TRIZ Study Group.  They intend to build a matrix for indexing from (16 generalized) categories of problem to frequently-used USIT sub-operators, by accumulating the analyses.

Forum: Conference Report (22-F): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part F. TRIZ in Education and in Academia" (Dec. 24, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 24, 2009
3 Contributed presentations are reviewed. Masao Ishihama et al. (Kanagawa Inst. Tech.) reported on a conceptual design of child seats for automobiles; Minami Hamada (1st year MC student) gave a vivid presentation and won the Award by the participants' voting. [Introduction to this paper will be enhanced in a couple of weeks.]  Yutaro Ueda et al. (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) reported on 'how to help recall passwords'; Ueda is a 4th year undergraduate student of Nakagawa's Seminar Class.  Toru Nakagawa et al. (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) reported on the systematic classification of various known solutions on 'How to prevent cords/cables from getting entangled'.  Restricting and then expanding the scope of the system step by step was the key to the systematization.  

Forum: Conference Report (22-E): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part E. Promotion of TRIZ in Industries" (Dec. 24, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 24, 2009
7 Contributed presentations are reviewed. Yojiro Fukushima et al. (Panasonic Corp.) has reviewed the acceptance of TRIZ by their engineers through 156 real projects in IT/software field and has shown that the engineers who were in the TRIZ application projects in their freshman-year produced much more patents during their 2nd and 3rd years in comparison with the engineers without TRIZ experiences.  Tomohiko Katagiri et al. (Koganei Co.) introduced and applied QFD-TRIZ-TM (Taguchi Method) in an integral way to the development of new products.  They developed a novel air valve which satisfies the customers' requirement of very high-speed response, is made possible by new design of solenoid achieving good performance and high robustness and reliability [an Award winning paper].  Atom Mirakyan et al. (EIFER, Germany) reported an integrated energy planning project achieved by implementing a methodology supported by OTSM-TRIZ.  This is a useful model for tackling a large-scale complex problem which needs not only technical problem solving but also social/ecological decision making.  KyeongWon Lee (Korea Polytech. Univ.) reported the TRIZ activities in Korea, saying TRIZ is in its rapid growth stage in Korea.  In response to Lee's 'success factors in Korea', Nakagawa evaluates the current TRIZ situations in Japan. 

Forum: Conference Report (22-D): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part D. Case Studies in Industries" (Dec. 6, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 5, 2009
10 Contributed presentations are reviewed. Takahiro Shoji et al. (Panasonic Comm. Co.) has developed a 'scalable' process by unifying QFD-TRIZ-TM methods almost at the 'implicit' level and applied it to a real project of new product development from problem setting to idea generation to patent application.  Intel Malaysia has delivered four real case-study presentations, to our great pleasure.  They solved the problems of (1) stabilizing the ionizer equipment, (2) leakage detection of coolant, (3) making easy to maintain a handler, and (4) testing the S/N ratio of digital devices from outside; they seem to use rather basic TRIZ tools effectively and have achieved useful /beneficial results.  Takuo Maeda et al. (MPUF USIT/TRIZ Study Group) has developed a Workbook of USIT applicable to SW/IT problems; they are going to use the Workbook for generating ideas of new SW/IT systems.

Forum: Conference Report (22-C): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part C. Integral Use of TRIZ with Relevant Methods" (Dec. 6, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Dec. 5, 2009
3 Contributed presentations are reviewed in this category.  Toru Shonai et al. (Hitachi) reported a survey on 'Thinking Methods for Invention and Discovery', with emphasis on Japanese-origin methods. Osamu Kumasaka et al. (Pioneer) also reported an extensive survey and has shown a very useful Index Matrix for referencing from tasks in the Monozukuri (or the whole R&D and manufacturing) process to various methods/tools for engineering and problem solving in a wider sense.  The Matrix is of size 37×73, and has been used in the intranet.

  TRIZ/USIT Case Study: "How to Prevent Cords and Cables from Getting Entangled: A Study of Systematic Classification of Various Solutions" (Nov. 23, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa, Tomoyuki Itoh, and Masanobu Tsukamoto (Osaka Gakuin University), Presented at Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at National Women's Education Center (NWEC), Saitama, Japan; and also presented at ETRIA "TRIZ Future 2009" Conference, Held on November 4-6, 2009 at The Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania.
This paper is an extension of my students' thesis works.  Cords and cables often cause troubles by getting complex and entangled.  Instead of trying to find some specific solutions to this common widely-spread problem, we thought it worthwhile to collect many known solutions and to systematize them.  We collected various solution examples and then tried to classify them in terms of their functions.  A system of solutions achieved by a bottom-up classification, however, was not found convincing, so we needed a more systematic approach.  Introduction and extension of the scope of system was found useful.  The scopes of (A) a single cord/cable, (B) multiple cords/cables, (C) connecting parts between cords/cables and devices, and (D) the whole system with cords/cables and devices were considered step by step.  This approach has provided a consistent system of known solutions, and has given us some clews to think further ahead.   The English page holds the full paper in HTML and in PDF   and the presentation slides in PDF ; the Japanese page also contains the full paper in HTML and in PDF and the slides in PDF

Forum: Conference Report (22-B): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part B. Methodologies in TRIZ" (Nov. 23, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 22, 2009
7 presentations are reviewed in this field.  The Italian group (Gaetano Cascini, Davide Russo, et al.) gave 3 presentations on the basis of their 'Network of Evolutionary Trends (NET)' representation of relevant technologies; they apply it to systematizing the current technologies, maturity assessment, and technology forecasting.  Makoto Unno (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) et al. reported their views on handling Physical Contradictions on the basis of their multi-company discussion activities.  The 24-membered Study Group inside Japan VE Society have been working regularly since 2003 to develop and refine their ways of TRIZ applications.

Forum: Conference Report (22-A): "Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009: Part A. Keynote Lectures" (Nov. 23; Dec. 6, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 22, 2009
Two Keynote Lectures are introduced/reviewed closely. They are: Boris Zlotin (USA): "Use of TRIZ for Prediction of the Future of Technological Systems" and Darrell Mann (UK): "TRIZ: Necessary But Not Sufficient: Customers And Theories Of Everything".  Mann illustrates his amazingly wide-scoped view for us to understand the world.

Forum: Conference Report (22): "Personal Report of The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009 (Held by the Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2009, at NWEC, Saitama, Japan)" (Nov. 23; Dec. 6, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Nov. 22, 2009
The Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009 was held with the participation of 137 people (including 19 from abroad) and 43 presentations.  The Symposium is reported here personally in English.  I am going to post my reports in about 10 categories step by step from now on to review all the presentations.  This Parent page reports the outline of the Symposium and its organizing policies.  I wish that my Personal Report convey you how TRIZ is understood, applied, and promoted in Japan and in the World.  (The Japanese page will be just a brief summary of the English pages.)

  On the 11th Anniversary Day of  "TRIZ Home Page in Japan":  Toru Nakagawa (Nov. 1, 2009)

      This Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" celebrates today its 11th Anniversary together with readers in Japan and over the world.  This site is to promote the understanding and real usage of TRIZ by openly publishing information and communications related to TRIZ on not-for-profit basis.  Though I have been operating this site as a volunteer, this site is not a personal but a public forum to be composed of the contributions by readers, as you see already.  Most pages are published in Japanese and in English in parallel for the purpose of mutual understanding and collaboration between Japanese and overseas TRIZ learners/practitioners.  I envisage that Pubic Web Sites built in different TRIZ Communities will form A Global TRIZ Community with much reduced language barriers .  During last one year we had over 21200 visits to the top page in Japanese and over 4100 visits to that in English.  Readers' contributions either in English or in Japanese are heartily welcome.
       The pages under this directory are the English versions.  Click the hyper-linked keywords or the  buttons.  Pages written in Japanese are accessible by clicking the buttons.

TRIZ Anime:  TRIZ Tales Animation in Japanese: TETRIS Project for TRIZ Education at Schools

Original story: Genrich Altshuller, Story: Gaetano Cascini (Italy), Pictures: Harry Flosser (Germany), Japanese translation: Katsuya Miyanishi and Toru Nakagawa, Oct. 10, 2009. (Oct. 12; Oct. 27, 2009)
TETRIS Project is financially supported by the European Commission's Life Long Learning Program 'Leonardo da Vinci', and aims at building materials to teach TRIZ at schools.  They made animation movies of "TRIZ Tales" on the basis of Altshuller's stories in "And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared".  Being invited by the project, we have translated the movies' texts into Japanese.  Miyanishi's colloquial wordings fit nicely to the pictures.  The Japanese version is now available in the TETRIS Project's Web site.  The present page provides the introduction written by Nakagawa. [The Japanese version is now accessible more smoothly . (Oct. 27, 2009)]

Announcement:  An Award Was Presented to Mr. Darrell L. Mann for His Contributions to TRIZ and Systematic Innovation by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation

Toru Nakagawa (Editor of the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"), (Oct. 12, 2009)
"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" (Editor: Toru Nakagawa) has recently established the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation, for the purpose of further penetration and development of TRIZ in Japan and in the World.  As the first initiative, an Award was presented to Mr. Darrell L. Mann for his contributions and services over many years in the field of TRIZ and Systematic Innovation.  His contributions through the research, writing, development, and training are highly appreciated and thanked. 

Report: "The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009" was held with 137 participants (including 19 from overseas). (Oct. 12; Dec. 6, 2009)

Sept. 10 though Sept. 12, 2009; at NWEC (Saitama)               

Outline, Flyer, Agenda outline, Agenda sheet (1 page)Agenda table (6 pages), Abstracts (from Japan) , Abstracts (from Overseas), Proceedings, Previous Symposia.

Some more details have been/will be posted in the Official Web site of the Japan TRIZ Society . (Dec. 6, 2009)
Opening address, Photo, Participants Profile, Presentation slides of Keynote Lectures, Slides of 5 Award-winning Presentations,

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Advances In The Application of Computational Linguistics for TRIZ Practice"

James Todhunter (Invention Machine Corporation, USA), Kiyoshi Shikakura (Invention Machine Japan, Japan), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Sept. 18, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Full Paper in PDF , Slides in Japanese , Full Paper in Japanese ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
Usage of Computational Linguistics, especially in the form of semantic analysis, is the outstanding strength of Invention Machine Corp.  The present paper reports the current state of the art in such an area, with an application example of solving the problem of se prating sea water from sea weeds. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Tributes to the Work of Victor Schauberger (Austria 1885-1958) with the Eyes of TRIZ"

Wolfgang Sallaberger (congelo, Austria), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Sept. 18, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Full Paper in PDF , Slides in Japanese translation by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) ;
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
The Author of this paper is unique: Wolfgang Sallaberger has long been an owner chef of his restaurant and now becomes an independent inventor. He describes the work of his country's genius Victor Schauberger who created the slogan ”understand and copy nature” with the word "biotechnology" around 1920. The Author reviews Schauberger's work, which is not known well because of historical reasons, with the insights of TRIZ.  The focus is the nature/behavior of water and its energy, especially in the helix of flow.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Updating TRIZ: 2006-2008 Patent Research Findings"

Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation Ltd, UK), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Sept. 18, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Full Paper in PDF , Slides in Japanese translation by Masatoshi Hotta (Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative);
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
The Author, Darrell Mann, has been working on the intensive analysis of all the US (1985 - today) patents since 2000 (initially at CREAX and currently at SI).  The information extracted from the patents are used to enrich an update TRIZ knowledge bases, mostly related to the trends of evolution, functions, and contradictions.  In the present paper the Author summarizes the results of the analysis of patents granted in 2006-2008.  Analyzing 100 patents in the scheme of Contradiction Matrix, he has found the effectiveness (for suggesting appropriate/relevant Inventive Principles) of the Contradiction Matrix to be 18 % for the Classical Matrix while 96 % for Matrix 2003.  Recognizing gradual degradation of the Matrix, he is preparing for an updated version, Matrix 2010.

 

Announcement: "The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009" Second Call for Participation (Aug. 3, 2009) Final Advanced Announcement (Sept. 5, 2009)

Advanced Agenda and Abstracts are finalized (See **** Marks). 132 people (including 18 from abroad) registered for participation. Notes to participants and to presenters are posted for latest information. (Sept. 5, 2009)

Having received the final manuscripts from almost all the presenters, the Advanced Agenda and Abstracts are updated (See *** Marks.)   Registrations of participation have just exceeded 100 (including 10 from abroad).  You are heartily welcome to join us in this active TRIZ event in Japan. (Aug. 3, 2009)

Sept. 10 (Thu.) -- Sept. 12, 2009 (Sat.); at NWEC near Tokyo                

Outline, Flyer, Message, Advanced Agenda****, Agenda sheet (1 page)****Agenda table (6 pages)****, Abstracts (from Japan) *** , Abstracts (from Overseas)****, Key notes, Tutorial, Presentations, Group Discussions****, Venue, Transportation**, Fees**, Registration**, Japan Visa**, Organizers, Previous Symposia, Symposium Site Map****, Notes to Participants****, Notes to Presenters****

Forum: List of Postings of the Presentations given at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008 (Updated: Jul. 10; Sept. 18, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), July 10, 2009.
In the Members' Only area of Japan TRIZ Society's Official Web site, are posted the presentation slides (in Japanese) and optional full papers (in Japanese and in English) of all the presenters (both from Japan and from overseas) in PDF (Jul 1 and 10, 2009). 
In the present site, I have publicly posted 6 more selected presentations as listed below: (Jul. 10, 2009); 3 more presentations are posted. (Sept. 18, 2009).

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Computer-aided Problem-solving Assistant for Su-Field Analysis"

D. Daniel Sheu and David Lee (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Jul. 10, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese translation by Kozo Nakahata (Hitachi),
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
This work has built a software tool which assists the users to input the initial Su-Field Model of the problem and suggests the users possible desirable Su-Field Models along with some examples.  The logic of Inventive Standards is installed in the software.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "TRIZ and innovation culture at Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company"

SeHo Cheong; Vasily A. Lenyashin; Alexander T. Kynin; Naum B. Feygenson; YongKwan Lee; Seungheon Han
(Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company, Korea), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Jul. 10, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Slides in Japanese translation by Makoto Unno (Kawasaki Heavy Industries), Paper in PDF
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
Korea, especially Samsung group, seems to be most active in the world in promoting TRIZ in industries.  This paper was presented by the manger who leads the Corporate R&D Institute of Samsung Electro-mechanical Company and takes care of the innovation methods including TRIZ.  Thus the present paper attracted much attention during the Symposium.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Test Pogo Pin (Gold Pins) Reuse Program"

Paul Devaraj, Si Wai Chiang (Intel, Malaysia), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Jul. 10, 2009)
Slides in PDF Slides in Japanese translation by Kazumasa Yokoyama (Toshiba) ,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
This is one of the four case study presentations given by Intel at the Symposium, besides the Keynote Lecture provided by Amir Roggel (Intel, Israel).  With these presentations you may be able to understand how the global innovation company uses TRIZ for their real projects and businesses.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Creative Problem Solving Process Where We Use Only 12 TRIZ Principles: Generating Ideas and Combining Ideas"

[Creativity Study Group] Hiroto Hayashi (IWEL Co. & Iteq International Co.), Nobuhide Matsuda (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), Hitoshi Kamijo (Iteq International Co. & IWEL Co.), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Jul. 10, 2009)
Slides in PDF (4 slides in English) (32 slides in Japanese) ,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
This presentation was based on the voluntary group activities of over 20 people mostly located in Western Japan area.  In order to make the daily problem solving easier, they tried to concentrate on only 12 Inventive Principles and to build up a streamlined process of problem solving.  The group recently published a book on their method.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "The General Picture of TRIZ From the Viewpoint of Changing Objects
― A Method of Resolving Differences Based on the Concepts of Functions and Process Objects Part 3 ―"

Toshio Takahara ( ), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Jul. 10, 2009)
Slides in PDF , Slides with narration notes in PPT , and Full paper in PDF
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.
"Differences" is the gap between the desire and the reality.  We want to resolve the differences in all the activities of goal setting, problem recognition, designing, problem solving, etc.  The author has been constructing his own theoretical framework to handling the difference resolution and has developed his way of diagrammatic representation of such systems and activities.  His 14 papers written since 2003 were posted last year in this Web site .  The author wants to summarize his work in this presentation of TRIZ Symposium 2008.  The slides with narration notes may be easiest for you to understand the author's thoughts.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Problems to be solved and Technological Evolution of Magnetic Recording Media"

Hiroyuki Suzuki (Hitachi, Ltd., Central Research Laboratory), Poster Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Jul. 10, 2009)
Slides in PDF , and Full paper in PDF
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), An excerpt from 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.; Japanese translation (Jul. 8, 2009)
On the basis of 5 patents which the Author's group developed in the period from 1986 to 2005, the Author describes their intentions and thoughts in the R&D field of magnetic recording media, e.g., what they wanted to solve, what kind of technologies they have developed, and what kind of principles they have found and applied, etc. by reviewing their work with the eyes of TRIZ. 
-- It was our surprise and pity that Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki has passed away two weeks ago.  This paper, fully described both in Japanese and in English, is the description of his life work viewed with TRIZ and is given to us all as his message.  We heartily wish the heavenly peace for him and for his family.

TRIZ Paper & Case Study: "The Super Stream Augmented Approach for TRIZ and its Application to Aviation Safety."  

Shahid Saleem A. Arshad, Ph.D.(Applied Innovations, Sydney, Australia), May 15, 2009.  (Posted: Jun. 16, 2009)
This paper deals with the problems of the speed sensoring system of airplanes. The Author explains the weak points of the current "pitot + static system", whose defects caused several big airplane crash accidents in the history. He suggests 25 concepts for improving and resolving the problem, as a case study for demonstrating his own problem solving method.  Two weeks ago, on June 1, an Airbus A330 of Air France plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, causing 228 victims.  The trouble in the speed sensor 'pitot + static' system is most suspected.as the possible cause of the accident.  Just after such an unfortunate accident, the present paper is timely for you to learn.  Paper: 37 pages in PDF   (1.1 MB).

TRIZ Forum: "Suggestion of Several Activities To Do for TRIZ in the Current Severe Situations"

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), Apr. 6, 2009 (Posted: Jun. 16, 2009)
A suggestion originally sent to the Management members of the Japan TRIZ Society.  Under the current severe economic situations in Japan, the promotion of methodologies like TRIZ has to face difficulties.  In this situation, we should consider some effective/useful activities to be carried our by the Society or by individuals and groups outside the Society. 

Announcement: "The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009" Call for Participation (Jun. 12; Jun. 27, 2009)

The Advanced Agenda and Abstracts are now posted.  You are heartily welcome to join us in this active TRIZ event in Japan.    (Detailed information added **: Jun. 27, 2009)

Sept. 10 (Thu.) -- Sept. 12, 2009 (Sat.),                                                   
at National Women's Education Center (NWEC), Ranzan-machi, Saitama (near Tokyo).

Outline, Flyer, Message, Call for PapersGuide to the Presenters, Detail of the Call for Papers,
Advanced Agenda, Agenda sheet (1 page)Agenda table (6 pages),
Abstracts (from Japan) , Abstracts (from Overseas)
Key notes, Tutorial, Presentations, Group Discussions,
Venue, Transportation**, Fees**, Registration**, Japan Visa**, Organizers, Previous Symposia

 

Announcement: "The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009" Call for Papers (May 19; May 31, 2009)

30 Contributed papers have been accepted by May 18, including 11 from overseas (including Germany, Italy, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Korea). (May 19, 2009) 
Extended due date of Call for Papers: May 27, 2009 (Wed) 24:00 JST   

Having received 41 contributed papers in total (including 28 from Japan and 13 from abroad), we have set up an advanced Agenda for the 3 days and found it quite exciting.  We will announce the Advanced Agenda and Call for Participation around Jun. 12 (Fri).  (May 31, 2009)

TRIZCON2009 Presentation:  "USIT Case Study: A Mom’s Bicycle for Safely Carrying Two Children"

Hiroshi Sakata (Hitachi Research Lab., Hitachi Ltd.), Tetsuya Sudo (Sekisui House Co.), Keiichi Hasegawa (Bridgestone Co.), Katsura Hino and Akira Kato (Kokuyo Furniture Co.), and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ., Japan), Presentation at TRIZCON2009 (The 11th Annual Meeting of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies), Held on Mar. 16-18, 2009 at Hilton Woodland Hills, CA, USA (May 7, 2009)
This is an extension of our Poster Presentation at our Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008 held last September.  In Mar. 2008, the five-membered group worked on this problem in a 2-day USIT Training Seminar instructed by Nakagawa.  The results at the seminar and some further refinement afterwards were presented in the Japan TRIZ Symposium .  Some further discussions were written in Nakagawa's Personal Report of the Symposium.  The work was further refined for TRIZCON2009, resulting a 20 page full paper and 29 slide presentation .  This is a full case study describing the procedure of USIT, i.e., problem definition, analysis of the current system and the ideal system from various angles, and solution generation.  We tried to describe the thinking process in the procedure, reflecting the actual history of extension and refinement.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "A Comparison of the Problem Solving and Creativity Potential Shown in Engineers using TRIZ or Lean/ 6 Sigma"

Paul Filmore (University of Plymouth, UK), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (May 7, 2009)
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008. (May 7, 2009)
The presentation is related to the concepts of 'Highly effective people/engineers'.  'Highly effective engineers' DOES NOT MEAN at all the skillful engineers who can work on a given job with high efficiency without thinking on the problem, on the contrary they mean the people (or engineers) who can break their own mindsets (or Psychological Inertia, in TRIZ terms) flexibly and can creatively solve their problems.  The Author learned the concept of 'Highly effective people' from a large number of references, and applied it to obtain the concept of 'Highly effective engineers'.  In order to be 'highly effective', what kind of attributes are necessary, what kind of tools and methods are useful to cultivate such attributes and to apply to the real problem situations, the Author is discussing.  Many tools in TRIZ can serve to do that, this is one of the main conclusions by the Author.  The Author also sent inquiries to several practitioners of Lean Engineering and Six Sigma.  And he found that these two methodologies have much room to enhance the methods in this sense.

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "USIT Approach for Compact Umbrella"

MPUF (Microsoft Project Users Forum) USIT/TRIZ Study Group: Kouichi Nakamura (SONY Corp.), Etsuo Yamada (MPUF USIT/TRIZ WG), Minoru Takimoto (Fuji Xerox Corp.), Hirofumi Hasaba (MPUF Secretariat), Noritaka Nakayama (Konica Minolta Technology Center, Inc.), Hirotake Makino (Yokogawa Electric Corp.), and Yuji Mihara (Creative Technology Institute Co., Ltd.), Poster Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (May 7, 2009)
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008. (May 7, 2009)
The USIT/TRIZ Study Group was started in Apr. 2007 as one of nearly 20 Groups inside the network-based loose organization MPUF, having over 10,000 voluntary users interested in Project Management methodologies.  Its 7-membered working group worked to apply USIT to a real problem by about 20 times off-line meetings.  The problem is 'how to fold the wet compact umbrella easily'.  By virtue of rich backgrounds of members, they applied USIT and other methods, including QFD and TOC, together to the problem and also generated a lot of ideas stimulated with various products and techniques.  They have demonstrated several interesting prototype models of novel 'compact umbrella' at the Poster Session, attracting much attention by the participants.  Their solutions tend to be unique and not practical to be adapted in the current system, in my feeling.  

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "How to Use TRIZ Quickly and Effectively in Small Companies -- A Challenge with 4 Findings from Inquiries and with 3 Tools under development -- "

Rikie Ishii (Dunamis Co., Ltd.) [Miyagi TRIZ Study Group], Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (May 7, 2009)
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008. (May 7, 2009)
The Author has organized a TRIZ study group in Sendai City and is actively promoting TRIZ to SMEs. On the basis of Inquiries to over 1000 SMEs in Miyagi Prefecture, the Author's group has developed three handy and useful TRIZ tools. They are: (1) Small 8x8 Contradiction Matrix, with the 8 parameters of the top-most concerns by the SMEs; (2) Worksheets for solving problems concerning to the 8 parameters by guiding to three Inventive Principles from each parameter; and (3) 'Guiding Sheet for New Product Development' with the map of 31 Technological Trends grouped into top 11, middle 11, and bottom 9 trends according to the degree of recognition by the SMEs. The vivid presentation attracted much interest of the Symposium participants. 

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Case Study of Introducing and Applying TRIZ to Real Projects for Obtaining Results (= Benefits): Innovating the Product Development Process by use of QFD, TRIZ, and TM together"

Tomohiko Katagiri, Toshiaki Tsuchizawa, and Takeshi Yamanouchi (Koganei Co., Ltd.), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Apr. 21, 2009)
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008. (Apr. 21, 2009)
A page of Introduction is written by Nakagawa to the case study of promoting TRIZ in an SME.  Koganei Co. is a manufacturer of aero pneumatic equipments, having about 800 employees.  Under the severe competitive situations, the Authors were convinced  2 years ago with the needs of innovating their product development process.  Thus the Authors started to introduce and apply the set of QFD, TRIZ and TM (Taguchi Method) to their three pilot projects.  It is interesting that the company requested only one consultant to guide the team in all the three methods.  The users, not the consultant, reported their current activities and achievements vividly.  This presentation has won the Second Place of the Presentation Awards according to the votes by Japanese participants.  Congratulations!! It is a pity that only 4 slides are translated into English from the 28 slides in Japanese (English translation was supported by J. Shigeta (Hitachi)).

Japan TRIZ Symp. 2008 Presentation:  "Why Water Striders can stand and slide on the Water?: A Summer Homework by Son and Father with TRIZ"

Taichiro Miyanishi (2nd Grader, Kenroku Junior High School, Kanazawa /Son), Katsuya Miyanishi ( /Father), Oral Presentation at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan, (Apr. 21, 2009)
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008. (Apr. 21, 2009)
A page of Introduction written by Nakagawa to Miyanishi family's wonderful presentation is posted here in English and in Japanese.  The story presented at the Symposium started when a 12 year boy, Taichiro, talked to his father: 'As a summer homework, I want to learn why water striders can stand and slide on the water surface'.  Father, Katsuya, thought it could be an interesting work by use of TRIZ thinking, which he learned only half a year ago.  With the promise of 'Never to scold', the boy worked on this problem under the Father's guidance.  They tried to think of various ideas for standing on the water surface, with reference to various phenomena and effects.  Then they checked their ideas at the library, and further built toy models of water striders with the materials available at home.  Thus their work is neither a book/internet survey of knowledge, nor observation of the facts, but rather idea generation and verification on the basis of TRIZ thinking.  At the end of the Symposium presentation, the boy made a video talk and said 'I enjoyed the work very much and found the TRIZ thinking process interesting'.  This presentation won the First Place of the Presentation Award according to the votes by the participants.  Congratulations!!  This is a monumental work where TRIZ was actively used by a 12 year boy in Japan. 

Report: "The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2008" Award-winning Presentations (Apr. 21, 2009)

The following 3 Oral and 4 Poster presentations won the "Best Presentation for Me" Awards, according to the votes by Japanese participants to Japanese presentations.  Their presentation slides in PDF are now posted publicly in the Official Pages:   

"Why Water Striders can stand and slide on the Water?: A Summer Homework by Son and Father with TRIZ": Taichiro Miyanishi (2nd Grader, Kenroku Junior High School /Son), Katsuya Miyanishi ( /Father) (Apr. 21, 2009)

"Case Study of Introducing and Applying TRIZ to Real Projects for Obtaining Results (= Benefits): Innovating the Product Development Process by use of QFD, TRIZ, and TM together": Tomohiko Katagiri, Toshiaki Tsuchizawa, and Takeshi Yamanouchi (Koganei Co., Ltd.)  (Apr. 21, 2009)

"Usage of TRIZ and USIT in Developing a Novel Duplex Printing Machine": Hiroshi Kanno (Tohoku RICOH Co., Ltd.) [Waiting for permission, Apr. 21, 2009]

"Contemporary Issues of TRIZ to be a Scientific Method": KUROSAWA, Shinsuke (The SANNO Institute of Management) (Apr. 21, 2009)

"Introduction to ISW (Idea Search Working) Activities: Learning, Applying and Penetrating TRIZ": Fumiko Kikuchi and Akio Fukushima (Pioneer Corp.) (Apr. 21, 2009)

"Practical Application of TRIZ to Novel Electrical Devices Development": Shuji WAKAIKI, Koichirou ADACHI and Hiroshi KOTAKI (SHARP Corporation) (Apr. 21, 2009)

"From Idea Creation to Patent Acquisition by TRIZ: For Improving the Living Situations Just after the Evacuation from Natural Disaster": Toshimitsu Kataoka (Patbrain Co.,LTD), Yuji Mihara (Creative Technology Institute Co., LTD) (Apr. 21, 2009)

 

Japan TRIZ Symp.2008 Invited Talk:  "TRIZ activity in Corporate R&D Division -Application to system, method, and software technology -"

Yojiro Fukushima (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), Invited Talk presented at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.   (Mar. 8, 2009)  
A page of Introduction to Fukushima's Invited Talk is posted both in English and in Japanese.  Fukushima has reported his 5-years experiences of applying TRIZ to 150 real projects in the field of IT and software.  The TRIZ team gives TRIZ trainings to engineers and also guides/supports engineers in real job projects.  In the early stages of planning, problem definition, problem analysis and solution generation, the TRIZ team guides the engineers with TRIZ and some other tools.  Such projects have to pass the interim review and final review by the managers and staff of the division; this scheme makes the TRIZ application serious and practical so as to fit with the organization's policies.  They have applied TRIZ in a flexible manner adopting it into IT/software fields.  The TRIZ team is the first eager readers of Japanese draft version of Umakant Mishra's book "TRIZ Principles for Information Technology". -- Fukushima's presentation is amazing in the new field of TRIZ application, i.e. IT/software. 

Japan TRIZ Symp.2008 Keynote:  "Directions for Future TRIZ Development and Applications"

Sergei Ikovenko (GEN3 Partners / MIT, USA), Keynote Lecture presented at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.   (Mar. 8, 2009)  
A page of Introduction to Ikovenko's Keynote is posted both in English and in Japanese.  Dr. Ikovenko talks about the overview of TRIZ.  In the global scale, TRIZ is still in the Infancy stage in its S-curve.  Any product/service in the Infancy stage should find its proper niche for supporting its growth.  For TRIZ, the proper niche is the problem solving in technologies, without doubt.  Thus we must make TRIZ strong and successful in such an area.  For this purpose we need to have the eyes of business managers in technology.  The concept of Main Strategic Parameters of Value (MSPV) is useful.  There are some more research directions in TRIZ.  All together, TRIZ is proceeding towards 'the Science of Innovation'. -- This Keynote gives a clear view of the future of TRIZ.

Japan TRIZ Symp.2008 Keynote:  "TRIZ Development at Intel Corporation"

Amir Roggel (Intel, Israel), Keynote Lecture presented at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan,
Introduction by Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Originally written in 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008', posted on Oct. 26, 2008.   (Mar. 8, 2009)  
A page of Introduction to Roggel's Keynote is posted both in English and in Japanese.  Amir Roggel presented on the promotion of TRIZ in the manufacturing divisions in Intel since around 2002.  In the field of manufacturing they have 4 main areas of problem: Ramping new products into high volume manufacturing, Yields, Tool productivity, and Cost and agility.  For each area they use proper TRIZ tools.  By training engineers and applying TRIZ in real projects, they have made a lot of accomplishments.  3 case studies were reported by colleagues in Intel Malaysia.  TRIZ is now the indispensable tool for innovation in Intel, Amir Roggel says. 

Forum: List of Postings of the Presentations given at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008 (Mar. 8; Apr. 21, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (OGU), Mar. 8, 2009.
Presentations which are publicly posted either in the Official page (of Japan TRIZ CB) or in the ordinary pages of this "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" will be listed and the links will be provided.  The Policies of Japan TRIZ Society and of "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" are described in the beginning.

Forum: Conference Report (21): "Personal Report of ETRIA "TRIZ Future 2008" Conference (Held by European TRIZ Association (ETRIA) on Nov. 5 - 7, 2008, at University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands)" (Mar. 2, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Mar. 2, 2009
[Annual TRIZ conference in Europe.  80 participants, 4 keynotes, 3 tutorials, 35 papers, and 5 posters presented.  I have closely reviewed all the papers presented at the conference and introduced them here as a personal report for the people who are interested in TRIZ.  A number of universities in Europe are carrying out research in TRIZ and thus there seem to arise successful cases of collaboration among universities, industries, and consultancies for introducing and applying TRIZ.  Presentations and participations from industries are decreasing, to our pity.  There are a number of good presentations especially in the field of furthering TRIZ methodology itself, extending TRIZ for integral use with other relevant methods, penetration of TRIZ in university education, usage of patent databases with the eyes of TRIZ, and non-technology applications of TRIZ, etc.  Report in English in HTML and in PDF (  printed pages, 8.4 MB), and its summary in Japanese . ]  

  TRIZ/USIT Case Study: "Applying TRIZ/USIT to A Social & Technical Problem: Auto-locking Door System of Apartment Building" (Mar. 2, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa and Arata Fujita (Osaka Gakuin University), Presented at ETRIA "TRIZ Future 2008" Conference, held on November 5-7, 2008 at The University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
It is a well-known security problem that unauthorized persons can enter the auto-locking entrance door of apartment buildings just by following the preceding residents.  Students' discussions were facilitated with TRIZ/USIT to tackle this problem.  We found three root causes: the door is closed slowly for safety reasons, residents allow unauthorized persons to enter, and there is no effective social rule to follow when two parties happen to meet at the entrance door.  Solution ideas were generated step by step by discussions.  A concept of an IT-based logical door system was built to monitor the number of persons who were authorized and also the number who entered.  Any group leader has to authenticate himself and to declare the number of accompanied persons whenever the door is open or not.  With the new design choice in technology, all the associated psychological and social problems have been solved, hopefully.  Paper and slides in English.  Note the earlier version (Sept. 2007) in Japanese and in English.

Announcement: "The Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009" To Be Held in September 2009 near Tokyo (Feb. 23, 2009)

Organized by: NPO Japan TRIZ Society      (Announcement in the Official page)    

Date:    Sept. 10 (Thu.) - 12 (Sat.), 2009  (3 days)
Place:   National Women's Education Center (NWEC), Saitama Prefecture (2 hour from Tokyo Station)
Official language:  Japanese and English

Call for Papers:  Contributions are welcome to Oral and Poster presentations.  Please send to us your Extended Abstract (of 1 page of A4) via email.  See detail in PDF (283 KB, 11 pages).  Due: May 18, 2009 (Mon.)  

Keynote Lectures will be given by Boris Zlotin (USA) and by Darrell Mann (UK).  (Apr. 6, 2009)

We wish you to join us and present your works in this annual international TRIZ event in Japan!

  Research Note: "Benefits of Drawing Diagrams (1) Experiences from the USIT Case Study: A Mom’s Bicycle for Safely Carrying Two Children"   (Feb. 22, 2009)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Feb. 22, 2009
Here I have written down my recent experiences that by drawing a diagram we realized some important findings.  In relation to the USIT case study of "A Mom's Bicycle for Safely Carrying Two Children", I have written the following topics: (1) Effect of the height of children's seats: front view figure at the critical timing of falling over. (2) Image of an Ideal system: a figure where no concrete things are drawn.  (3) Functional diagram of a mom's bicycle carrying two children: strength of simpler and clearer diagrams.  (4) Solution concepts coming from the Functional diagrams.  (5) Separating the parent far from the front wheel: Separation of the handlebar shaft and the front fork shaft, carrying two children in front of the parent.  These cases are described with the patterns of: Problem situations, Guideline of the method, Former/conventional drawings, New drawings, New findings from the new drawings, and Lessons learnt.  These articles also serve to record know-hows of USIT. 

Report: "The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2008" Official Documents (Feb. 4, 2009)

The Symposium was held on Sept. 10-12, 2009 at Laforet Biwako, near Kyoto, with the participation of 180 people (including 15 from overseas).  46 papers were presented and discussed.  Sorry for our delay, but official documents are now posted in the Official Page of Japan TRIZ CB. 

OutlineOpening address (Toshihiro Hayashi), Photos , Agenda sheet , Agenda table,
On the Proceedings, Links to Keynotes and invited talks, Participants profiles

Keynote:  "TRIZ Development at Intel Corporation": Amir Roggel (Intel, Israel) (Feb. 4, 2009)

Keynote: "Directions for Future TRIZ Development and Applications": Sergei Ikovenko (GEN3 Partners, USA) (Feb. 4, 2009)

Invited talk: "TRIZ activities in Corporate R&D Division of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. -Applications to system, architecture, and software technologies -": Yojiro Fukushima (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.) (Feb. 4, 2009)

 

  Case Study: "USIT Case Study: A Mom’s Bicycle for Safely Carrying Two Children"   (Jan. 29, 2009)

[USIT Seminar Group (IDEA Co.)] Tetsuya Sudo (Sekisui House Co.), Hiroshi Sakata (Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd.), Keiichi Hasegawa (Bridgestone Co.), Katsura Hino and Akira Kato (Kokuyo Furniture Co.), and Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.), Presented at The Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, Held by Japan TRIZ Society on Sept. 10-12, 2008 at Laforet Biwako, Moriyama, Shiga, Japan
This case study was obtained at the USIT 2-Day Training Seminar held in March 2008 at Tokyo. The Seminar was held by IDEA Co., instructed by Toru Nakagawa under open, multi-company participation. Carrying two young children on a bicycle is currently prohibited by Road Traffic Law in Japan.  In response to strong requests from mothers, however, National Police Agency has recently shown an intention of permitting it if some safe bicycles are developed.  Hearing the news we tried this case study by using USIT.  USIT was applied in the 2-day group practice and the results were further refined later through email discussions.  A new conceptual solution was obtained.  Nakagawa's introduction to this Poster presentation is added as an excerpt of 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008'. 

 

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