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Personal Report of
The Nineth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2013

Held by the Japan TRIZ Society, NPO,
on Sept. 5-6, 2013, at Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ., Japan), 
Nov. 7, 2013  (in Japanese); Nov. 30, 2013 (in English translation)
Posted on Nov. 17, 2013; Updated: Dec. 9; Dec. 23, 2013; Jan. 26, 2014

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Nov. 17, 2013)

Japan TRIZ Symposium 2013 was held on Sept. 5-6, 2013 in Tokyo.  The 2 days conference had 6 invited talks and 23 presentations, with about 140 participants.  I attended and presented a paper at the symposium, as just one of the participants this year without getting involved in the organization. 

In the official home page of Japan TRIZ Society, you can read the slides of invited talks and 5 commended presentations both in English and in Japanese [On Jan. 14, 2014, presentation slides of all the contributed papers were posted publicly in the Official Web site of the Japan TRIZ Society both in Japanese and in English. (Jan. 26, 2014)]

I am posting my Personal Report of the Symposium in Japanese (of 3 pages).  Its English version will be posted here some time later.

(Toru Nakagawa, Dec. 9, 2013) English translation of the present page is ready.


(1) Outline of the Symposium

Name:               The 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2013
Held by:            The Japan TRIZ Society (NPO
Sponsored by:     Research Organization of Information and Systems  The Institute of Statistical Mathematics; Intellectual Property Association of Japan
Supported by:     Japan Creativity Society, Japan Society for Design Engineering, Society of Japanese Value Engineering, Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers

Date:               Sept. 5 (Thu.) and 6 (Fri.), 2013
Venue:             The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Tachikawa City, Tokyo)
Main theme:    Change Risk to Chance with TRIZ!
Web site:         Japan TRIZ Society: 

(2) Outline of Agenda

Sept. 5 (Thu):  Tutorial (Yoshihisa Konishi), Opening ceremony, Special invited talk (Hiroe Tsubaki (IMS)), Presentations (8 papers in double tracks), Special invited talk (Jeongho Shin (Korea)), Buffet dinner & communications
Sept. 6 (Fri): General assembly of JTS, Keynote lecture (Gaetano Cascini (Italy)), Special sessions (Kazuyuki Suzuki (University of Electro-Communications) and Shusaku Tsumoto (Shimane University)), Poster presentations (3 posters), Presentations (12 papers in double tracks), Closing ceremony

(3) Invited talks and participants:

Dr. Yoshihisa Konishi (Japan TRIZ Society): Tutorial:  "TRIZ Technology for Innovation"
Prof. Hiroe Tsubaki (Vice Director-General, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics): Special Invited Lecture: "The Grammar of Technology Development for Value Creation"
Dr. Jeongho Shin (Korea Academic TRIZ Association (KATA) (Korea)): Special Invited Lecture: "What makes Korea so enthusiastic about TRIZ?"
Prof. Gaetano Cascini (Politecnico di Milano): Keynote Lecture: "Risk Reduction and Opportunity Exploitation through TRIZ-based Technology Forecast"
Prof. Kazuyuki Suzuki (University of Electro-Communications): Special session: "System Science for Risk Prevention focusing on Top Events Mode and Failure Modes"
Prof. Shusaku Tsumoto (Shimane University): Special session: "Risk Mining: Data Mining for Risk Management"

According to the Communications of JTS (Nov. 4), 127 registered participants + 15 researchers from IMS, including several (about 6) participants from overseas.
(Note: 127 participants (including about 20 from overseas) for the last year Symposium.)

(4) Organization and management

Two-days Symposium this year (half-day basic tutorial + 1.5 days of lectures and presentations). (Note: three-days Symposium last year (1-day basic & advanced tutorials + 2 days of lectures and presentations.)   The Symposium period was shortened to reflect the opinions of (domestic) participants.

The Symposium was organized according to the time table:
     Announcement of the plan and Call for papers (in February);
     Submission due of abstracts (in May);
     Announcement of the first advance agenda and posting the abstracts (in June);
     Submission due of the presentation slides (late July); and
     Due of registration (in August).
All the announcements were posted in Japanese and in English, and the Symposium was organized smoothly just as the previous ones.  The Symposium was operated smoothly during the two days, too. Such a smooth way of organizing and operating the Symposium is quite remarkable in comparison with the TRIZ conferences in various other countries.

It was also nice that a number of institutions and associations in Japan joined to support the Symposium and that several invited speakers were from such organizations related to the main theme.   The two speakers invited from abroad gave important and impressive lectures.

As for the contributed presentations, 20 papers (including 1 from overseas) were given in oral sessions while 3 more in poster sessions. (Note: Last year we had 28 oral papers (including 5 from overseas) and 7 poster presentations (including 4 from overseas). Thus the number of contributed presentations has reduced into 2/3 of the Symposium 2012.)

The policy about the international nature of the Symposium was not clear this year among the leaders of Japan TRIZ Society.  At the start of the year, the policy was "to reduce the international nature of the Symposium". Thus, even though the Symposium invited two speakers from overseas for the keynote and special lectures, it did not make the promise of supporting the translation of Japanese slides into English. (Actually, some members of the program committee served to help translate all the Japanese slides into English.)   As the result, the Symposium had only 1 presentation contributed from overseas and only a few participants coming from abroad.

Up to the 8th Symposium 2012, JTS had been making much efforts for steadily expanding the international nature of the Symposium. Thus it was a big withdrawal of JTS this year in this aspect.   Looking at the TRIZ communities in the world, the contrast is remarkable this year between the increasing international participation and TRIZ promotion by Korea and the decreasing international nature in TRIZ by Japan, to my regret.

(5) Brief summary of presentations:

A list of contributed presentations which I am interested in is shown here after categorization.  The titles are written in " ", while topics without brackets.  The mark (#) shows that I did not attended at the presentation due to the double-track sessions. The parts following "--" are my personal impressions.

A. Methodology of TRIZ

Shinsuke Kurosawa: "Three stages of classical TRIZ".
The contents of the algorithms of TRIZ (ARIZ) by Altshuller were studied in the three stages (i.e., in 1956, 1971, and 1985) for understanding the evolution of TRIZ. -- A valuable summary.

TriZit Benjaboonyazit (Thailand): Examining the methods of distinguishing males from females of arowana.
Arowana is precious ornamental fish. It is difficult to distinguish males from females of arowana, just like many other kinds of fish, by their appearances.  By using ARIZ the author tried to generate different methods of distinguishing, and obtained 32 methods. -- He intends to demonstrate how to use ARIZ. However, if we want to generate such distinguishing methods exhaustively, we may use some other ways of thinking in a more straightforward manner.

Hideaki Kosha (USIT Monodukuri Technical Support) "Training seminars of young engineers on the basis of 'separation in time' method".
Problems are solved by the close examination of the problem phenomena along the time.

Yui Kato et al. (Waseda University): "Research on Process Improvement of Design Service of Character Goods".
For the specific purpose mentioned in the title, the authors tried to reorganize the parameters of the Contradiction Matrix. -- A good presentation.  I feel the parameters should better be categorized into the ones universal for good designing and the others specific for promoting the character goods.

B. Integral Use of TRIZ with Relevant Methods

Hajime Kasai (IDEA Inc.) "Now, Once again "There is no TRIZ that doesn't Work" - As a core technology for solution -".
The author presents a discussion by summarizing his consultation experiences of 119 projects of applying TRIZ.   The author classifies problems into 6 categories according to their purposes and nature, and recommends how to use TRIZ and other relevant techniques depending on the 6 categories of problems. -- This is an excellent presentation.
-- Presentation slides are posted in Japanese and in English . (Dec. 9, 2013)

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University) "General methodology of creative problem solving and task achieving - Its plan" -- Presentation slides are posted in Japanese and in English . (Dec. 9, 2013)

C.   Case Studies in Industries

Kazutaka Tajima (Meltex Inc.) "QFD and TRIZ Case Study in Developing Surface Treatment Chemicals" (#)
-- A valuable case study containing concrete technological information.

D.   Promotion of TRIZ in Industries

Takashi Ogata et al. (Olympus Corp.)
The authors have introduced QFD, TRIZ, and Taguchi Methods in their company since 2009. Recently they have developed 7 different patterns of applying such methods depending on the purposes and needs and are deploying them in their company.
-- The authors' group have given presentations at Japan TRIZ Symposia every year for these 4 years. Their experiences of deploying TRIZ and relevant methods in their company are worthy of learning.
-- Presentation slides are posted in Japanese and in English . (Jan. 26, 2014)

Shigeru Hisanaga (DENSO Corp.) "In-house promotion of TRIZ usage through practice" (#)
In DENSO, they have been introducing TRIZ since 2003 and have applied TRIZ to about 200 themes for these 10 years. -- It is remarkable that the activities of applying TRIZ have been carried out for many years in an automobile industry, especially in a TOYOTA group company, without prior disclosure.
-- Presentation slides are posted in Japanese and in English . (Jan. 26, 2014)

E.   Usage of TRIZ in Education and in Academia

Takayoshi Ohtsu (Suzuka National College of Technology) "Intellectual property education activity in Suzuka Technical College" (#)
The author reports the college-wide activities of intellectual property education. A variety of activities and events are described vividly. -- A very interesting presentation.  (I was not able to attend at the presentation because it was scheduled at the same time with mine, to my pity.)

F.  Patent Studies

Ken Ota (Asahi Patent Firm) "Possibility of application of TRIZ technique to IT technical field - Business Model Patents -" (#)
A case of patent is demonstrated in detail.

G.  Applications to Soft & Non-technical Areas

Ikuo Yoshizawa (SANNO Institute of Management) et al. (Business & Management TRIZ Application Sub-Team, Japan TRIZ Society) "Scheme of 'New Product and Service' System Creation Using TRIZ"
On the basis of 4-year subteam activities in JTS, the authors propose a scheme of process for creating a 'new product/service' system by solving contradictions and applying trends of evolution. -- This is a good and elaborate presentation based on a steady study.
-- Presentation slides are posted in Japanese and in English . (Dec. 23, 2013)

It is a pity that Japanese big businesses gave very few contributions to the presentations this year, in spite of their presentations in previous years.   We should expect their presentations in the next Symposium.

(6) Miscellaneous

On Nov. 8, JTS has posted in its Web site a formal report of the Symposium. Presentation slides of the Keynote Lecture and 5 invited lectures are posted publicly both in Japanese and in English. Five more presentations commended by the participants' votes are announced, and their slides are also posted publicly.  Slides of other contributed presentations are posted in the pages for 'JTS Members' Only' in the JTS site.
[On Jan. 14, 2014, presentation slides of all the contributed papers were posted publicly in the Official Web site of the Japan TRIZ Society both in Japanese and in English. (Jan. 26, 2014)]

I am going to post presentations slides of some selected papers publicly in this "TRIZ Home Page in Japan", under the agreement with the authors.  [Presentations slides posted in this Web site "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" are shown with the links in the above review. (Jan. 26, 2014) ]



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