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An Award Is Presented
to Mr. Nikolai Khomenko
for His Contributions to TRIZ and OTSM-TRIZ

The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation
Toru Nakagawa
Posted on Sept. 7, 2010; Updated on Nov. 28, 2010
Mr. Nikolai Khomenko Passed Away on Mar. 27, 2011
Toru Nakagawa
    (Apr. 2, 2011)

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Announcement (Toru Nakagawa, Sept. 7, 2010)

The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation (Editor: Toru Nakagawa) is going to present its Award to Mr. Nikolai Khomenko for appreciating and thanking for his many years of contributions to TRIZ and OTSM-TRIZ.

The "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation was established last year .  The present Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" was established voluntarily on November 1, 1998 as a public Web site for information exchange for better understanding and usage of TRIZ.  Since then for nearly 12 years, the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has posted a large number of articles and papers useful for promoting the penetration and application of TRIZ, thanks to the contributions and supports by many authors and readers in Japan and in the World.  So last year I deposited a part of the income obtained from my activities based on the present Web site to the Foundation for utilizing it for the purpose of further penetration and development of TRIZ in Japan and in the World.  Last year the Foundation presented its Award to Mr. Darrell L. Mann, UK.   This is the second year of the Awards.

Mr. Khomenko is originally come from Belarus, studied electric engineering, and attended at Mr. Altshuller’s one-month TRIZ seminar for the first time in 1980. He became much interested in TRIZ and since 1985 he started the research of OTSM (i.e., General Theory of Powerful Thinking) under the supervision by Mr. Altshuller. In 1986-1999 he was the leader of the Minsk TRIZ School, and meanwhile he was involved in the Invention Machine Project as one of the leaders and worked for the system design of its software tool, and also worked as the leader of a project for children's education. Since 1997 he has been invited as the OTSM-TRIZ expert by many industries and academic institutes in different countries in the world for training people and guiding projects. Especially, at INSA-Strasbourg in France, he joined establishing the Advanced Graduate OTSM-TRIZ Course (Master course) and has been serving as an Adjunct Professor.

OTSM is a theory initialized by Mr. Altshuller in 1975 with the intention of generalizing TRIZ further and later developed/extended by Nikolai under the supervision by Mr. Altshuller. OTSM intends to improve the Classical TRIZ in its entire scope, so as to make it applicable in a wider range of areas not limited to technologies but extendable to society and businesses, and particularly to handle complex large-scale problems effectively.

OTSM is still not known yet in Japan.  But recognizing its importance, the Japan TRIZ Society has invited Mr. Nikolai Khomenko as the Keynote Lecturer on OTSM-TRIZ at the Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 and also for holding OTSM-TRIZ Introduction Seminar on the previous day of the Symposium. 

Mr. Nikolai Khomenko is very kind for everybody.  I was much helped by him as early as in Spring 1999.  At that time the history and situations of TRIZ in the former USSR counties were in the mist in Japan, so I wanted to make a research trip there.  The late Lev Shulyak, President of Altshuller Institute, introduced me to Nikolai Khomenko via email, and Nikolai helped me to meet over 20 TRIZ people in Belarus and in Russia (See my "Report of A Personal Trip to TRIZ Mother Countries (Russia & Belarus, Aug. 1999)").  I met Nikolai personally for the fist time 5 or 6 years later in an ETRIA TFC.

The Award Certificate (originally in Japanese) and its English translation are shown below:   



(Click the Certificate (left) for a bigger image.)

         The profile of Mr. Nikolai Khomenko and the references of his work will be posted later.

Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Nov. 24, 2010)

During the Reception Party of the Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010 (Sept. 9, 2010), the Ceremony of Presentation of this Award to Mr. Nikolai Khomenko was held in front of over 100 participants.  The Award Certificate and the Award Money (200,000 yen) were handed by Toru Nakagawa.  Here are two photos.

(From left) Mahmoud Karimi, Nikolai Khomenko, Toru Nakagawa, and Yuji Mihara

Nikolai Khomenko and Toru Nakagawa

I have just written the Keynote Lecture part (Part A) of my 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010'.  Please refer there to my introduction to Nikolai Khomenko's Keynote Lecture on OTSM (General Theory of Powerful Thinking) .  It is a lecture on the advanced theory talked in an abstract manner; but I hope it a nice introduction to OTSM and Nikolai Khomenko. 

The profile of Mr. Nikolai Khomenko is shown below, by borrowing his slide for the above-mentioned Keynote Lecture:

First acquaintance with TRIZ –in 1979-80 First teacher – Val Tsourikov.

Research about ARIZ that have finished up with new notion of Classical TRIZ – Resources. 1982-1984. Invitation from Altshuller for his training.

Individual education from Genrich Altshuller 1983-1998. Subject: Why TRIZ named a theory? That is why my perception of TRIZ is so different.

OTSM Research and Development since 1985.

Leader of Minsk TRIZ school 1986-1998.

Co-founder of Invention Machine Laboratory 1989. Member of the board and System architect for versions of IM 1.0 and IM 1.5.

Founder and leader of the Jonathan Livingston Project since 1991.

First Russian TRIZ expert invited to South Korea in 1997 by LG Production Research Center (LG-PRC). In 2000 invited by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (Samsung SAIT).

Founder of Insight Technologies Lab, 1999, Toronto, Canada.

Scientific Director of an unique educational program Advanced Master in Innovative Design. INSA Strasbourg, France, 2004-2009.

Part time OTSM coach at European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) 2004-2009, Karlsruhe, Germany.

He writes his reference as:

You can connect me at social networks: &

Download some of my papers and animations from my Web site:

A list of references of his recent works (non-exhaustive):

[1] "OTSM-TRIZ Problem solving process: Solutions and their classifications."
Nikolai Khomenko, Dmitry Kucharavy, ETRIA TFC 2002.  Paper => Khomenko

[2] "OTSM-TRIZ Problem Network technique: Application to the history of German High-speed trains".
Nikolai Khomenko, Erick Shenk, Igor Kaikov, ETRIA TFC 2006.  Paper => Khomenko   Slides => Khomenko

[3] "A framework for OTSM-TRIZ-based computer support to be used in complex problem management ".
Nikolai Khomenko, Roland De Guio, Laurent Lelait, and Igor Kaikov, Int. J. Computer Applications in Technology, Vol. 30, Nos. 1/2, 2007. pp. 88-104

[4] "Classical TRIZ and OTSM as a scientific theoretical background for nontypical problem solving instruments"
Nikolai Khomenko1, Mansour Ashtiani, ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference, held at Frankfurt am Main, Nov. , 2007.  Paper => Khomenko ,  Slides => Khomenko .

[5] "The development of inventive thinking skills in the upper secondary language classroom",
Alexander Sokol, David Oget, Michel Sonntag, Nikolai Khomenko, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Vol. 3, pp. 34-46 (2008).

[6] "Enhancing ECN's abilities to address inventive strategies using OTSM-TRIZ",
Nikolai Khomenko, Roland De Guio, and Denis Cavallucci, Int. J. Collaborative Engineering, Vol. 1, Nos. 1/2, 2009, pp. 98-113.

[7] "General Theory on Powerful Thinking (OTSM): digest of evolution, theoretical background, tools for practice and some domains of application"
Nikolai Khomenko, OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar, Sept. 8, 2010, Tokyo. (Slides)

[8] "General Theory on Powerful Thinking (OTSM): digest of evolution, theoretical background, tools for practice and some domains of application"
Nikolai Khomenko, Keynote Lecture at 6th TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, Sept. 9-11, 2010, Kanagawa Inst. of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa. Slides => JTS ; (Nakagawa's Introduction => )

[9] "Inventive problem solving using the OTSM-TRIZ "TONGS" model",
Nikolai Khomenko, John Cooke, ETRIA TRIZ Future Conference, Nov. 3-5, 2010.



  Mr. Nikolai Khomenko Passed Away on Mar. 27, 2011 (Toru Nakagawa)     (Apr. 2, 2011)

We received the sad news on Mar. 30.    Nikolai Nikolaevich Khomenko (Dec. 9, 1954 Ukraine - Mar. 27, 2011 Canada).

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 Mr. Nikolai Khomenko giving the Keynote Lecture.  (Photo by Osamu Ikeda on Sept. 11, 2010)

Mr. Nikolai Khomenko giving the Keynote Lecture on Sept. 11, 2010.  (Photo by Osamu Ikeda)

Please refer his activities at the page announcing the Award presented to him by the "TRIZ Home Page in Japan"  Foundation. (This page)  

We deeply miss him forever.


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