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Personal Report of
The 13th ETRIA World TRIZ Future Conference (TFC 2013)

Held by ETRIA and ENSAM-ParisTech
on Oct. 29-31, 2013, at Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers of Paris, Paris, France
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ., Japan), 
Nov. 12, 2013  (in Japanese), Dec. 6, 2013 (in English)
Posted on Nov. 17; Dec. 8, 2013

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

ETRIA TFC 2013 was held on Oct. 29-31, 2013 in Paris.  The 3 days conference had 8 invited talks and 72 presentations, with about 150 participants form about 30 different countries.  I attended and presented a paper at the conference. The official Web site of the conference is: 

I am posting my Personal Report of TFC2013 in Japanese (of 5 pages).  I have listed up 37 presentations of interest with brief introduction and categorized them according to their topics.  I am afraid I will not have enough time to make an English version of my report, but I wish to post several selected papers in English and in Japanese translation in near future.

(T. Nakagawa, Dec. 6, 2013)  English translation version is now ready to post here.  I must apologize that I wrote this report at the stage when I did not have time yet to read through most of the papers.

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(1) Outline of the Conference

Name: 13th ETRIA World TRIZ Future Conference 2013 (TFC2013)
Held by: ETRIA (European TRIZ Association) and Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers (ENSAM) of Paris (Arts & Metiers ParisTech)
Sponsored by: CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), LCPI (The Product Design and Innovation Laboratory, ENSAM Paris), and TRIZ-France (The French TRIZ Association)
Date: Oct. 29 (Tue) through Oct. 31 (Thu), 2013
(Note: Tutorials on Oct. 28 (Mon) afternoon
Venue: Ecole Nationale d'Arts et Metiers (ENSAM) of Paris (Arts & Metiers ParisTech), Paris, France
Web site:   

(2) Outline of the Agenda

Oct. 28 (Mon): 3 Basic tutorials and 1 Advanced tutorial (2 hours, in parallel)
Oct. 29 (Tue):

Opening Ceremony, Keynote lecture (Se-Hyun Kim (POSCO, Korea)), Presentations (10 papers in double tracks (Nakagawa presented a paper in this session)), Lunch, Presentations (18 papers in double tracks).

Oct. 30 (Wed): Keynote lecture (Mihai Socoliuc (PSA Peugeot-Citroen, France)), Presentations (3 papers in single track), Presentations (8 papers in double tracks), Lunch, Keynote lecture (Michel Chaux (Michelin, France)), Presentations (16 papers in double tracks), Gala dinner (cruise in the Seine)
Oct. 31 (Thu): Special lecture (Serge Tichkiewitch (EMIRAcle, France)), Presentations (3 papers in single track), Presentations (8 papers in double tracks), Lunch, Presentations (3 papers in single track), Closing ceremony, ETRIA members meeting

(3) Invited speakers and participants

Se-Hyun Kim (POSCO, KATA (Korea Academic TRIZ Association) Chairman, Korea)   Keynote lecture. "Activities of KATA and TRIZ achievements focused on Samsung and POSCO"
Mihai Socoliuc (PSA Peugeot-Citroen, France)   Keynote lecture: "The scientific network of PSA Peugeot-Citroen Open Labs, StelLab, Chairs"
Michel Chaux (Michelin, France)   Keynote lecture: "Michelin- Implementation of a Worldwide Creativity Network to serve innovation"
Serge Tichkiewitch (Professor Emeritus of Grenoble-INP, President of EMIRAcle, France)   Special invited lecture: "Innovation: from idea to industrialization"

About 105-110 registered participants and about 40 invited and organizing persons (according to the announcement at the closing ceremony).
Participants came from various countries in Europe (including Russia), USA, Korea (about 20 including 15 from Samsung), Malaysia, Japan (Nakagawa and 4 from Prof. Sawaguchi's lab), etc.
Many of them came from universities and consulting firms, while not so many from industries.

(4) Organization and management

Just as in the previous conferences, ETRIA takes the responsibility for organizing the conference in the aspects of contents and their quality (including the reviewing of papers, editing the proceedings, and operation of the conference presentations), while the host organization (i.e., LCPI of ENSAM-Paris) is responsible for all other practical preparations and operations (including the venue setting-up, registration of participants, preparation of social events, printing of the Proceedings, operation of the Web site, etc. etc.) and for the financial management.

Host organizations have been changing year by year in different European countries. Nevertheless, hosting the conference seems to be a big event with heavy burden during one year for preparation. Hosting TFC is certainly a difficult job for the organizers, I suppose. We thank all the people who made this conference a success. The lunches and dinner were very delicious, full course of French cuisine.

The schedule for submitting a paper was:
    Submission of the abstract by Mar. 15, then some easy review,
    Submission of the paper manuscript by May 15, and then review process by 2 reviewers,
    Submission of the camera ready paper by Aug. 19.

ETRIA is making much efforts for the TRIZ researches to be recognized by academia; it is trying to keep the qualities of the TFC papers high by a reviewing process.   The review process was carried out in two sections, i.e., Scientific section and Practitioner section, where about 45 and about 25 specialists, respectively, were asked to serve as the referees.  This year 119 abstracts and 112 paper manuscripts were submitted and 72 papers (including 39 Scientific and 33 Practitioner papers) were finally accepted, according to the ETRIA announcement. 

Keynote lectures were given 40 minutes (including Q&A), while contributed papers 20 minutes.  The time length of presentations was rather short, but either coffee break or lunch (for 2 hours) was available for discussions after a session of 4-6 presentations.

Conference Proceedings was handed out at the registration desk in the forms of a book of 822 pages and digital PDF files stored in a USB memory.  Since the abstracts were not posted beforehand, I had some difficulty in choosing which of the double tracks I should attend at. I actually attended at presentations in the two rooms back and forth.

(5) Brief summary of presentations

Even though I have not read the Proceedings, I would like to make a list of papers of my interest, on the basis of the abstracts and presentations which I attended at.  The (#) mark means a presentation which I missed to attend at. The categorized list here covers 37 presentations, i.e. just about a half of all.

A. Methodology of TRIZ

Alexis Bultey et al. (France) "A Proposal of a systematic and consistent Substance-Field Analysis" (#): Substance-field analysis was automatized with a software tool.

Davide Russo et al. (Italy) "From Altshuller's 76 Standard Solutions to a new Set of 111 Standards": The authors reorganized Altshuller's 76 Inventive Standards and classified the solutions in two levels, i.e., Actions in the primary level and Suggestions in the secondary level, to be applied to the Substance-Field models.  -- Listening to the presentation, I was impressed with their systematic categorization. I would like to read the paper closely.

Jian G. Sun et al. (China) "Research on IFR of Technological Evolution Bifurcations" (#): The authors point out that the Ideal Final Results (IFR) should have different nature depending on the four stages of the S-curve. -- I should read this paper closely. We need to pay special attention to this paper coming from China.

Wei Yan, Denis Cavallucci, et al. (France) "Ontology-based Knowledge Modeling for Using Physical Effects" (#): By standardizing the description rule of Physical Contradictions, the solutions are generated with a software tool. -- Need to watch the approaches by the INSA-Strasbourg group.

Aiman Ziout et al. (Canada) "A Novel Hybridized TRIZ-Based Design Approach for Concept Generation" (#): By the integral use of four TRIZ tools (i.e., Patterns of evolution, Substance-field analysis, Technical contradictions, and Physical contradictions) and their associated knowledge bases, the concept generation stage can be guided smoothly.

Thongchai Chinkatham, Denis Cavallucci, et al. (France) "A Software Framework to Support Engineering Analysis for Inventive Solution Concepts" (#):  The authors try to support the step of constructing conceptual solutions from generated ideas by use of a software tool.

Alexander Kynin et al. (Russia) "Evaluation of phases of product lifecycle for the formation of company's product portfolio" (#): The authors have developed a set of queries for judging the stage/age of a product in its lifecycle.

Ivan Masin et al. (Czech Republic) "Inventive principles application in the nano-structures field" (#): The TRIZ 40 Inventive Principles were adapted for the application in the field of nano-structures, and various examples of their applications are shown.  -- Researches of applications of TRIZ principles in a specific field like this serve not only to proliferate TRIZ but also to promote the R&D in the specific field.

Vladimir Petrov (Israel) "Inventive Thinking Components" (#) (absent): A list of a large number of inventive thinking methods in TRIZ.

Valeri Souchkov (Netherlands) "Trend of Functionality Evolution" (#): Trends of evolution of technical systems are characterized in 8 stages especially from the viewpoint of functionality evolution, and their examples are described.

B. Integral use of TRIZ with relevant methods

Sergio Agnoli et al. (Italy) "TRIZ as seen through the DIMAI creative thinking model" (#): Trying to position TRIZ in a general model of creative thinking process.-- This seems to have a similar motive with Nakagawa's CrePS methodology.

Niccolo Becattini, Gaetano Cascini et al. (Italy) "Modelling the dynamics of products and processes requirements" (#): Various methodologies of modeling are discussed elaborately. -- I should read this closely.

Claudia Hentschel et al. (Germany) "Design Thinking as a door-opener for TRIZ -- Paving the way towards systematic innovation --": Before teaching TRIZ to students, we should better teach them a methodology accepted more widely, i.e., Design Thinking (DT). Then many students will be saved from going away from TRIZ because of its huge and complex appearance. -- I would like to learn about DT more.

Chae Moon Lim et al. (SK Hynix, Korea) "Using MindMap with TRIZ in the problem solving process" (#): In typical R&D processes, the divergent and convergent thinking with MindMap is introduced in the TRIZ process.

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University) "General methodology for creative problem solving and task achieving: Its vision" : We should integrate various methods for creative thinking and problem solving including TRIZ and establish a general and universal methodology for creative problem solving. I am proposing to introduce the Six-box Scheme for the paradigm enabling such a methodology.

Christian M. Thurnes et al. (Germany) "Lean-TRIZ instead of TRIZ-Lean": It is observed that the industries using the Lean engineering (i.e., Toyota methods) actively have not accepted TRIZ so far. We need to think why? and what should we do?  "TRIZ-Lean" tries to introduce the Lean engineering knowledge into TRIZ.   Whereas "Lean-TRIZ" tries to make TRIZ contribute to Lean engineering in their weak points of processes and methods. The authors recommend the latter ways. -- It is certainly a big question why the automobile industries do not accept TRIZ much in the global scale. We should learn this paper closely.

C. Case studies in industries

Kyoun Whan Oh et al. (Samsung Electrics, Korea) "Enhanced Unlatch Operation of Disk Drive for Low Temperature Environment":   Technical details are described well as a case study.

Vladimir Dostal, Bohuslav Busov et al. (Czech Republic) "TRIZ used for improvement of active hinge of the car bonnet":   When a pedestrian is hit by a car (in a crossing, etc.), the person often gets seriously injured in the head by bumping against the car bonnet. For avoiding such an injury, there is an idea to raise the bonnet quickly to reduce the shock of the person. The paper tries to improve the hinge mechanism for this purpose.  Technical solutions are described concretely and in detail. -- An excellent case study.

Petr Lepsik et al. (Czech Republic) "Increasing of car seat safety using TRIZplus-FOS method" (#): A method of using pre-stressed metal is known for improving the safety of car seats, but if the pre-processing is insufficient it has a risk of danger during an accident.  A number of new solutions were obtained with the FOS (Function-Oriented Search) method which refers various techniques in different areas. -- This seems to be an elaborate case study.

Francis Roy, Claude Gazo et al. (France) "TRIZ methodology adapted to hybrid powertrains performances evaluation" (#): The paper examines to optimize the powertrains of hybrid cars from the viewpoints of TRIZ IFR and contradictions.

Davide Russo et al. (Italy) "Supporting ECO-innovation in SMEs by TRIZ Eco-guidelines" (#): Guidelines for eco-designing

Alain Riwan (France) "TRIZ helps blind people to find their way in subway stations" (#): Trials to help blind people to find their way under the situations where GPS is not available, such as in the subway stations.   The authors try to build a method to record and use the walking direction and distance in real time. They discuss a solution of installing a sensor in a shoe. -- This seems to be a difficult problem. I would like to read this paper closely.

N.R. Bogatyrev et al. (UK) "Permaculture and TRIZ -- methodologies for cross-pollination between biology and engineering" (#): 'Permaculture' is the word made of Permanent + Agriculture. The paper discusses that TRIZ serves as the mediator of knowledge transfer from biology to engineering and vice versa.

D.  Promotion of TRIZ in industries

Kyeongwon Lee (Korea and France) "Effective strategy to introduce and propagate TRIZ into companies based on the bad and good experiences in Korea": The paper examines the global situations where TRIZ is not proliferating smoothly. By reflecting different cases (including bad as well as good experiences) in the initial stage in Korea, the author describes the current successful strategies of TRIZ proliferation in big industries in Korea. -- I find this an excellent presentation with a modest attitude. I wish to learn this paper closely.

Paul Bouteiller et al. (France) "Feedback on using STEPS software in an industrial context" (#): Describes the results of training in industries where the software tool STEPS developed by INSA-Strasbourg was applied to real problems.

Malte Schoefer et al. (France) "The value of TRIZ and its derivatives for interdisciplinary group problem solving": The paper discusses on the results of group problem solving using TRIZ and its derivatives (i.e., USIT). -- I myself need to read this paper closely.

Bernard Monnier (France) "R2B to B2C: from Research to Innovation process" (#): In the knowledge transfer from research (based on science) to innovation (i.e., innovative products and services), there is an area where creativity based on technology should serve positively.  Between the two extremes of seeds-driven and needs-driven approaches, one should pursue an approach where the seeds and needs are both satisfied, the author says. -- Worthy of reading and thinking over.

Andreas Riel, Serge Tichkiewitch, et al. (France) "Preparing Researchers for Entrepreneurship based on Systematic Innovation Training" (#): Education of entrepreneurial spirits.

E. Usage of TRIZ in education and in academia

Jeongho Shin et al. (Korea) "TRIZ education using Pictographs and Music": In order to teach (or to convey) TRIZ to beginners in an easy manner, the 40 inventive principles are shown in a much simplified pictographs and made into cards.  And "The Invention Song" was newly composed in place of using the Do-Re-Mi song.  These are useful for TRIZ training of engineers and for children education. -- Pictograms and cards of inventive principles have been used in Japan since several years ago, and we heard Dr. Shin's Invention Song (with the melody of Do-Re-Mi song) in TFC2011 and Japan TRIZ Symposium 2012. Nevertheless, Dr. Jeongho Shin's presentation was convincing, enjoyable, and wonderful. Pictograms and cards were designed after the intuitive screening by a child. Showing them without any explanation to Dr. Shin's boy (of age 7 or so), the boy judges OK only if he easily understand the meaning; else they have to be re-designed, the author says.

Gaetano Cascini, Sara Saliminamin, et al. (Italy and Iran) "OTSM-TRIZ Games: Enhancing Creativity of Engineering Students": The OTSM-TRIZ games developed by Tatiana Sidorchuk and Nikolai Khomenko for children were applied to 12-year-old children in Iran and to students of Milan Polytechnic in Italy.

Sara Saliminamin et al. (Iran and Italy) "Integrating Fundamentals about Physics and TRIZ: A Case Course for Iranian High School Students": A case study where TRIZ and physics are tried to be taught together at a highschool in Iran. The paper describes the difficulties and their possible solutions. -- I am wondering whether the situations can be similar in other countries.  We should note about this paper in relation to the highschool TRIZ education in France.

Paul Bonsema (Netherlands) "Design the future":  Engineering students in an university were requested to draw future scenario of any theme of his/her own choice.

Pavel Livotov (Germany) "Measuring Motivation and Innovation Skills in Advanced Course in New Product Development and Inventive Problem Solving with TRIZ for Mechanical Engineering Students" (#):  The TRIZ education of master course students for 150 hours in a semester was evaluated. -- I am interested in the contents taught in the 150 hour course.

F.  Patent studies

T.H.J. Vaneker et al. (Netherlands) "TRIZ as an enabler for intellectual property protection during product development" (#): How to use TRIZ for protecting the results of product development with intellectual properties.

G.   Application to soft & non-technological areas

Timothy Brewer, Ellen Domb, et al. (USA) "Crowdsourced and crowdfunded business models viewed as complete (technical) systems": Recent new business models of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are examined from the viewpoint of system completeness in TRIZ.

Minkyoung Kwon et al. (POSCO, Korea) "Case-study in business field using TRIZ: Sales strategy planning of slag powder for high profits" (#): Report of results of an 8-weeks training project. Many useful solutions were obtained in the business field, the authors say.

Eric Prevost (France) "Business Transformation Workshop using TRIZ tools" (#): Process of a TRIZ workshop for business area problem solving is described vividly and in detail. -- Seems to be very interesting to read.

H.   Miscellaneous

Ido Lapidot (Israel) et al. "TRIZ is Dying, "Now, Mostly Dead Is Slightly Alive"": The percentage of TRIZ-related keyword search in the global scale was examined by use of Google Trends. It has been found that 'TRIZ' is gradually decreasing for these years. And hence TRIZ is apparently 'dying' without becoming a major method, the authors speculate. For recovering TRIZ from such a situation, we should make TRIZ more open and connect TRIZ to the trends of open innovation, the authors propose. -- Since the results of Google Tends are macroscopic objective facts, the recognition in the present study is very convincing.   We, leaders and promoters of TRIZ, must think over our future directions.

(6)  Miscellaneous

The Proceedings of ETRIA TFC2013 was handed out to the participants in books and in USB memory. It will be posted in the ETRIA Web site, in the ETRIA members-only page. (Note: ETRIA membership is very cheap: only 25 Euro per year (+ 25 Euro for entry) and accessible to all the proceedings of previous ETRIA TFCs. See ETRIA Web site .)  Presentation slides may not be posted in the Web, I suppose, because no announcement has been made so far by the organizers.

As reviewed briefly above, ETRIA TFC has a very rich contents of many, divergent, and high-quality papers; it is the most important international conference in TRIZ. We can learn a lot from it.

I wish to post several papers selected from the above list in this Web site in English and/or in Japanese translation.   (I am asking some of my colleagues to volunteer for the Japanese translation.)

In Paris, it was about 13-15 ℃ (highest) to 6-10 ℃ (lowest) and cooler than in Tokyo.  Yellow leaves of trees were beautiful (see photo below).   I enjoyed with my wife Masako in Paris for three more days after the conference, watching opera and Monet's masterpieces of water lilies.




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