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Detail Page of the Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2010

Keynote by Khomenko, Pre-Symposium OTSM Seminar, Keynote by Karimi, Group Discussion, etc.

Editor:  Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)

Posted: Feb. 22, 2010; Update: Mar. 13; May 3; Jun. 14; Jul. 25 #, Aug. 1 ##; Aug. 16**; Sept. 3***, 2010

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Introduction to Keynote Lecture by Nikolai Khomenko (Canada)

Pre-Symposium Seminar on OTSM-TRIZ  (by Nikolai Khomenko)

Introduction to Keynote Lecture by Mahmoud Karimi (Iran)

Plan of Group Discussions

The Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, to be held on Sept. 9-11, 2010 at Kanagawa Institute of Technology near Tokyo, has invited the following two prominent people as the Keynote Lectures.

Mr. Nikolai Khomenko (TRIZ Master certified by Mr. G.S. Altshuller, Canada)
Mr. Mahmoud Karimi (IIITS, Iran)

We are very much honored and excited by their acceptance and are now preparing to make the Symposium as active and fruitful as ever. (Feb. 22, 2010)

We have already received the Extended Abstracts (of one page) of the Keynote Lectures, and are going to post them here soon both in English and in Japanese translation.  On the previous day of the Symposium we are going to hold a one-day "OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar" by Nikolai Khomenko.  Please join us in it, too! (Jun. 14, 2010)

 Keynote Lecture by Mr. Nikolai Khomenko    (Feb. 22; Jun. 14; Jun. 18, 2010)

Introduction to Keynote Lecture by Mr. Nikolai Khomenko  (Written by TN on Feb. 22, 2010)

Mr. Nikolai Khomenko is TRIZ Master certified by Mr. Altshuller.  Currently based in Canada and working actively as an OTSM-TRIZ consultant globally, especially in Europe.

Title of the Keynote Lecture: “Overview of OTSM” (tentative)

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. 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. [See, e.g., TRIZ History written by Valeri Souchkov .]  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.

Last year in our Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009, A. Mirakyan, N. Khomenko, et al. presented a paper on the OTSM-based framework and case study of an integrated regional energy planning; the presentation has impressed us with the significance of the OTSM approach. [See Nakagawa's 'Personal Report of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2009 (Part E)' .]

Thus in the Keynote Lecture in our coming Symposium, we asked Mr. Khomenko to give us the overview of OTSM, especially on its basic concepts and its effective application to large-scale complex problems.

It is noteworthy that Mr. Khomenko has been working for many years also in the field of TRIZ-based creativity education of children; he has been the leader of ‘Jonathan Livingston Project’ (http://www.jlproj.org/ )for children education, and has trained a large number of teachers, and made various teaching materials. He is one of the leaders in the world in this field.

Title and Abstract by Nikolai Khomenko   (received on Jun. 6, 2010)  (posted: Jun. 14, 2010)

General Theory on Powerful Thinking (OTSM):
Digest of Evolution, Theoretical Background, Tools for Practice and Some Domain of Application.
Nikolai Khomenko (Insight Technologies Lab, Canada)

OTSM is a Russian acronym proposed by Genrich Altshuller to describe the next evolution of Classical TRIZ. The acronym can be translated into English as the “General Theory on Powerful Thinking” Mr. Altshuller proposed the idea to transition from Classical TRIZ to OTSM in the mid 1970‘s. Some background ideas for this transition were developed in the 1980‘s, initiating the formal development of OTSM. Altshuller considered Classical TRIZ had matured as a theory about creating tools for solving technical creative (non-typical) problems. When people began using a TRIZ-based toolbox for non-technical applications, Altshuller posed the question: “How should TRIZ be transformed from a theory for solving technical problems into a domain-free theory for solving complex generic problems?” In this paper the results of 25 years of OTSM research are summarized with proposed directions for further development.

Extended Abstract  in PDF   (Jun. 18, 2010)

Extended Abstract in Japanese (translated by Shinsuke Kurosawa) in PDF (Jun. 18, 2010)

Profile of Mr. Nikolai Khomenko (as is provided by the speaker)

TRIZ-Master Certified by Genrich Altshuller. OTSM-TRIZ Author and Developer. Leader of Educational Project Jonathan Livingston. OTSM-TRIZ Consultant at European Institute for Energy Research (2004-2009), Part time Associate Professor at INSA Strasbourg (2000-2009). Head of TRIZ School in Minsk (1986-2003), System architect fro Invention Machine Software for Versions 1.0 and 1.5. (1987-1994). Researcher in several research Centers (1977-1987). Independent Researcher (1980-2010),

Note:  "The TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation (Editor: Toru Nakagawa) has decided to present its Award for Contributions to TRIZ to Mr. Nikolai Khomenko on the occasion of Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 for the second year of the Award.  (Jun. 14, 2010) ==> (Sept. 7, 2010)  (To be announced later in more detail.) 

 Pre-Symposium "OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar" Mr. Nikolai Khomenko    (Jun. 14, 2010)

Japan TRIZ Society is going to hold "Nikolai Khomenko: OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar" on Sept. 8, 2010, i.e. the previous day of the Symposium. 

Date:              Sept. 8, 2010 (Wed) 10:00 - 17:00
Place:             SANNO Institute's Satellite Office (Sapia Tower 9th Floor; Building next to JR Tokyo Station, Tokyo)
Lecturer:        Mr. Nikolai Khomenko (TRIZ Master Certified by Mr. G.S. Altshuller)
Held by:         Japan TRIZ Society
Sponsored by:   SANNO Institute of Management and "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" Foundation,
Language:      English  (No interpreter service in Japanese is planned.) 

Flyer of the OTSM-TRIZ Introductory Seminar:  

Venue of the Seminar:   Sapia Tower, the red rectangle in the map below.  See also (provided by SANNO) (Aug. 16, 2010)



Note: North is to the right in this map.



Registration:   State your desire of Seminar participation in the Symposium Registration & Fees Form for Overseas Participants and send the Form to the Symposium Office at info@triz-japan.org .  Due date: Aug. 25, 2010 (Wed.) ==> Symposium Registration   (Aug 1, 2010)##
(In case you sent the Symposium Registration & Fees Form already, you should just write to us via email about your desire of the Seminar participation.)

Guide to the Seminar Participants:  At the SAPIA Tower entrance, please take an escalator to the Office Lobby, 3F.  To the receptionist, there, please tell (a) your name, (b) your affiliation, and that (c) you want to go to SANNO Institute of Management (9th Floor), (d) for attending at the Seminar held by the Japan TRIZ Society.  Then you get a visitor card and take an elevator to the 9th floor.  The route to the Seminar Room will be posted. 
In case you need any help on the Seminar day, please call SANNO's TRIZ Center at the phone: 03-5758-5115 .

At the lunch time we are going to have box lunch together at the Seminar Room.  (Aug. 16, 2010)

  Keynote Lecture by Mr. Mahmoud Karimi    (Feb. 22; Jun. 14; Jul. 25#, 2010)

Introduction to Keynote Lecture by Mr. Mahmoud Karimi   (Written by TN on Feb. 22, 2010)

Mr. Mahmoud Karimi is currently Vice-President of Iranian Institute of Innovation & Technological Studies (IIITS) (http://www.iiits.org/ ), and the representative of Iran for ETRIA.

Title of the Keynote Lecture: “TRIZ Activities in Iran for Social Penetration” (tentative)

You may be perplexed to see the second Keynote Speaker is invited from Iran. The most active country that makes Google searches with the keyword ‘TRIZ’ is Iran, to our surprise. In Iran TRIZ has been made very familiar at the social level. Mr. Karimi is one of the young leaders who have achieved this movement.

The introduction of TRIZ in Iran started in 1999 when a QFD research group in a university met TRIZ. In 2001 IIITS was established as a not-for-profit, non-governmental institute for promoting innovation and technological studies. They have invited a number of TRIZ leaders from various countries and have gradually mastered the basic philosophy and problem solving methods of TRIZ. In 2007 they held an international conference on PSST (Problem Solving Strategies and Techniques) with the participants of nearly 1000.

They are unique in effectively utilizing mass media, e.g. TV and radio broadcasting. They made a TRIZ course material for TV and broadcast it several times on the national education TV channel. In the morning and evening programs, the topics related to TRIZ have been broadcast from time to time. Mr. Karimi told me, for example, that he showed the ‘Son & Father ’s TRIZ Study of Water Striders’ (presented by T. & K. Miyanishi at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2008) several times in his TV talks and in his training courses, resulting very good reactions from Iranian people.

Thus in the Keynote Lecture in our coming Symposium, we have asked Mr. Karimi to talk how they have successfully raised the social recognition of TRIZ in Iran. He is much excited in planning his talk and preparing it like a visual documentary, he says.

See a new article contributed by Mr. Mahmoud Karimi to "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" describing "TRIZ Activities in Iran". ==> 
In this article, 7 photos provided by Mr. Karimi are inserted.  (Mar. 13, 2010)
Second article "TRIZ Activities in Iran (2)" by Mr. Karimi is posted. => (Mar. 24, 2010)

Title and Abstract by Mahmoud Karimi   (received on Jun. 16, 2010)  (posted: Jun. 17, 2010)

TRIZ Activities in Iran: Transfer to a new nationwide paradigm
by TRIZ application and promotion
Mahmoud Karimi and Sara Salimi
(Iranian Institute of Innovation & Technological Studies (IIITS), Iran)

A multidisciplinary group of educated people interested in TRIZ as a new strange term and focused on it since then. What have done in Iran about TRIZ and why Media like TV, Radio and newspapers are used for TRIZ promotion has explained in this paper. The paper is about how people has attracted to ask “What is TRIZ?” and guided to understand its philosophy, methodology and applications in different areas of daily activities to technical problems and business. In the country of motivated people for learning and thinking, they want to understand the core of philosophy of knowledge before applying any tools. So it was important to explore how a new radical approach of thinking like TRIZ could be believed, accepted, developed and applied. TRIZ has used for solving different problems of its application and promotion nationwide. Several problems at strategic level of Ministry of Education and also simple problems of students in school have experienced TRIZ.

Extended Abstract  in PDF   (Jul. 25, 2010)#

Extended Abstract in Japanese (translated by Toru Nakagawa) in PDF (Jul. 25, 2010)#

Profile of Mr. Mahmoud Karimi (as is provided by the speaker)

Vice president and Co founder of Iranian Institute of Innovation & Technological Studies (IIITS). Auditor of Iranian Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIIE) since 2001. Started to learn and apply TRIZ since 2000. Leader of promotion of TRIZ in Iran. Representative of ETRIA (European TRIZ Association) in Iran. Author and translator of books, articles and texts about creativity, Innovation and TRIZ for Media. Researcher, trainer and facilitator of systematic innovation.


  Group Discussions    (Feb. 22; Jun. 14, 2010) (Newly described: Aug. 16**; Sept. 3***, 2010)

Besides the ordinary presentation sessions on one hand and informal intermissions, lunch, and dinnertime on the other hand, we are going to have the following occasions of communications and discussions:

(a) First-day morning 10:00 - 12:00 : "Self-introduction and Preliminary Discussions" Session.

For getting acquainted with one another, all the participants are invited to join this Pre-session (to be held in parallel to the Tutorial Session in Japanese) and introduce yourself and your thoughts briefly one after another. This will make the Symposium effective for personal discussions with people whom you are interested in. Will be coordinated by Shinsuke Kurosawa.

(b) First-day evening 19:00 - 21:00 : "Buffet Dinner and Communications".

At the Cafeteria on the same floor of the Main Lecture Room, we will have buffet dinner and drinks without seating. This is a reception party for free communications and discussions. You will be able to meet and talk with all the participants.

(c) Second-day evening 19:20 - 21:00 : "Group Discussions" Session.

Voluntary and informal discussions in several groups will be carried out on some topics, at various places in and around the Cafeteria.

The last-year experiences of Group Discussions gave us the following lessons:

Thus, this year, we are going to specify the following points for each Group:

(1) Group name: Symbol (A)(B)... and topics in short.
(2) Topics: Topics or areas to discuss. (Should not be specific too much.)
(3) Coordinator(s): One or two (or three) persons who organize and coordinate the group.
(4) Speaker(s): Persons who want to contribute to the discussion actively by contributing some material or some ideas. Any person should not nominate in more than one Group.
(5) Member(s): Persons who want to join this Group. Most participants may make up their mind on the second day of the Symposium.
(6) Language: Main language (either English or Japanese) to be used and the possibility of interpretation service (English → Japanese, and Japanese → English).
(7) Place: To be decided on the second day of the Symposium.

Currently we have a tentative plan of the following 6 Discussion Groups, around the topics chosen in the "Special Interest Lectures" (and Tutorial) given by the five (and one) invited Japanese speakers (Aug. 16, 2010)**.  This plan has been confirmed recently and shown below in the updated form. (Sept.3, 2010)***

Group Topics Coordinator(s) Speaker(s) Language
(A) Education and TRIZ Education and research of TRIZ at universities, Creativity education at schools, Penetration of TRIZ in society, Understanding the essence of TRIZ Toru Nakagawa,
Nikolai Khomenko
Mahmoud Karimi


(B) Technical & Industrial TRIZ How to apply TRIZ to technical problems, How to promote TRIZ in industries, How to persuade managers with TRIZ, ... Shinsuke Kurosawa,
Gaetano Cascini,
SeHo Cheong
(C) Product planning and TRIZ Prediction of market, Prediction of technologies, How to develop new products, ... Manabu Sawaguchi   English & Japanese
(D) IP Strategies and TRIZ Usage of TRIZ in IP, Business, and R&D strategies Toshimitsu Kataoka   English & Japanese
(E) IT/Software and TRIZ How to apply TRIZ in IT/software problems, Toru Shonai, Yojiro Fukushima;   English & Japanese
(F) Introducing TRIZ How to introduce TRIZ in my own organization? Understanding TRIZ in its essence, Q&A for beginners, ... Mamoru Zenko   Japanese

[Note:  ?:  Just tentative; under negotiation with the person. ]

We should appreciate it very much if presenters and participants of the Symposium would join us in preparing for these Discussion Groups and contribute actively by taking the role of coordinators/speakers. 
Please send us your ideas and suggestions to Toru Nakagawa at sympo@triz-japan.org . (Aug. 16, 2010)**

See some more note on the Detailed page C  (Sept. 3, 2010)***

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