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Detail Page of the Fifth TRIZ Symposium in Japan, 2009

Message, Keynote Abstracts, Discussion session, Call for Papers, Latest Notes to Presenters

Web Master:  Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)
Posted: Jun. 12, 2009; Updated: Aug. 3; Sept. 5, 2009

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Abstract of Keynote by Boris Zlotin

Abstract of Keynote by Darrell Mann

Styles of Sessions Oral session, Poster session => Styles
Group Discussion "Free and Group Discussions":   Intention, topics, etc.  Topics ****   (Updated Sept. 5, 2009) => Discussion

Call for Papers


Call for contributed papers for Oral and Poster presentations

Send us an Application (Form A) and Extende Abstract (Form B) via email
Due date:  May 18, 2009 (Mon.)  18:00 JST
Extended due date: May 27, 2009 (Wed) 24:00 JST

A very limited number of contributed papers may still be accepted for presentation.  Please write an email to us. (Jun. 12, 2009)  Alread closed (Aug. 3, 2009)

Details in PDF (Updated Apr. 6, 2009), Items of Final Manuscripts (Excel, Updated Apr. 6, 2009) , Form A template , Form B template

=> Call  for Papers
Latest Notes to Presenters Latest Notes to Preseners (Sept. 5, 2009) => Notes to Presenters


 Keynote Lecture by Zlotin   (Jun. 12, 2009)

Use of TRIZ for Prediction of the Future of Technological Systems

Boris Zlotin and Alla Zusman
(Ideation International Inc., USA)

The first successful attempts to apply TRIZ for forecasting of technology were made by TRIZ originator Genrich Altshuller in the end of 1960s. Since 1975 when Altshuller introduced the first system of patterns of technological evolution, Boris Zlotin has been involved in TRIZ forecasting, including development and further improvement of methods for TRIZ forecasting and managing evolution. For over last three decades, TRIZ forecasting projects for various systems from the majority of the areas of human activities have been conducted. This work has resulted in development of Directed Evolution methodology for the purpose of studying the given system evolution, predicting possible positive and negative events and solving inventive problems ensuring realization of preferable outcome.

Directed Evolution methodology includes analytical (DE questionnaires, algorithms for cause-effect analysis and failure prediction, etc.) and knowledge base (over 600 patterns and lines of evolution, Bank of Prognostic Scenarios, Operators for solving inventive problems, etc.) instruments that could be applied manually for relatively simple systems or educational purposes. For full scale projects, Directed Evolution software is recommended.

The presentation will also include the brief history of TRIZ forecasting, several examples of completed projects in various areas and selected utilized instruments.

 Keynote Lecture by Mann   (Jun. 12, 2009)

TRIZ: Necessary but Not Sufficient:
Customers and Theories of Everything

Darrell Mann
(Systematic Innovation Ltd, UK)

As suggested by the TRIZ trend, all systems pass through successive phases of increasing and decreasing complexity. Mankind’s understanding of the world has likewise followed a similar pattern; sometimes, as through the 20th Century, the dominant paradigm was increasing specialisation and fragmentation of knowledge. At other times, during the Renaissance for example, synthesis and integration of knowledge fragments has occurred.

Thanks at least in part to the work of the TRIZ researchers, it looks again as though a period of consolidation has again begun. What TRIZ has done to map and integrate the world of technology, others have been doing in the worlds of biology (Margulis), physics (Einstein), social history (Strauss & Howe), psychology (Graves), literature (Brooker), religion (Wilbur) and economics (Mandelbrot, Gilmore & Pine).

The paper examines the various compatibilities and contradictions between the numerous different domain-specific ‘Theories Of Everything’ and explores the possibility that we may soon be entering a period where a synthesis of these domains into a higher-level Unifying Theory becomes feasible.

Given the apparent lack of successfully commercialised innovations with a clear TRIZ start point, the paper will pay particular attention to, what the author believes to be the biggest single missing-piece in the TRIZ toolkit, that being the anthropological study of populations in general and ‘customers’ in particular. We show that the majority of attempted innovations fail not because the chosen solution was necessarily ‘wrong’, but rather because it was either the ‘right’ solution to the ‘wrong’ problem, or that it was the ‘right’ solution at the wrong time.

In discussing this failure to properly understand the tangible and, particularly, intangible motivations and timing-drivers of ‘customers’, the paper summarises some of the key findings of an eight-year programme of research to uncover the DNA of what motivates people to spend their money on something new. A final section of the paper draws a few tentative conclusions and recommendations aimed at helping companies to increase their innovation success rate.

  Styles of Sessions    

Oral presentation (Contributed papers)

30 min. talk + 10 min. discussion.
Presentation either in Japanese or in English. 
Slides are projected in English and in Japanese in parallel. 
Interpreter service: No during the presentation, but Yes during discussion in both directions. 
In double track sessions in two rooms. 
The two sessions will be synchronized, having at least 5 minutes of break for moving to the other room.
There can be a limited number of domestic sessions where slides are projected only in Japanese.

Poster introduction session Plenary session.  All the presenters of Posters give brief introduction, one after another, of the Poster for 3 minutes each.  25-30 min. in total.  Presentation either in Japanese or in English.  Slides are projected in English and in Japnese in parallel.  No interpreter service, no discussion.
Poster session In the Poster rooms, several (7 or 8) presentations are given in parallel in corners.  Presentation and discussion either in Japanese or in English, no interpreter service available.  About 65-70 minutes each session. Paticipants visit posters of their own choices for listening and discussing with the presenter.  The first round of talk and discussion is quited in 20 minutes and then the second round is started simultaneously.  Talks and discussions after that will be carried out without any further time regulations.  The posters will be posted in the Poster rooms all through the Symposium period. 

  Free and Group Discussions   (Jun. 12; Aug. 3; Sept. 5, 2009)

One of the unique features of the coming Symposium is the setting of time slots for "Free & Group Discussions", 4 times in the mornings and evenings having 6 hours in total.

This setting comes from the somewhat unfortunate fact that the venue is rather far from Tokyo, i.e., about 2 hours trip from Tokyo Station by train. Thus, for the convenience of a number of people living in the Tokyo metropolitan area, the main part of the Agenda starts at 10:00 and finishes at 18:00.  This leaves free time in the morning and in the evening for the people staying at the venue.

We wish you to use these time slots for "Free and Group Discussions" in effective ways. Could you please suggest some topics and styles for the "Free and Group Discussions"?

Japanese participants would like to talk with you, in order to learn TRIZ history, to discuss new ways of applying TRIZ, to share experiences of promoting TRIZ, to make good personal relationships, etc. What do you want to talk with Japanese and overseas TRIZ people?

It may be a good idea to have some voluntary coordinators in some topics.   At moment we will not have any formal target like a wrap-up meeting, a summary talk during the Symposium, a report to the Symposium organizer, etc., except for the cases people of any group do such an activity voluntarily.

We may have various choices of styles, e.g. with or without drinks in the evenings, with no/short/long presentations for the specified topic, either individual or a few sequential sessions of a topic, etc. 

Your suggestions are welcome via email at:   sympo@triz-japan.org (Toru Nakagawa)    or
                                                                   KUROSAWA_Shinsuke@hj.sanno.ac.jp  (Shinsuke Kurosawa)

Proposal on the "Free & Group Discussions"

                                            Sept. 4, 2009   Coordinators:  Shinsuke Kurosawa and Toru Nakagawa  

With the aim to make maximum use of the opportunity when TRIZniks gather together, we plan optional "Free Group Discussions" in the evenings of the First (Thursday) and Second (Friday) days and, also, in the morning of the Third day (Saturday).

We have chosen following themes for the discussion
Unfortunately, we can not guarantee that there are English speaking participants in every group, which is the reason why we prepare the Group 5 where you can exchange information and opinions in English. As shown below, there will be (a) Japanese coordinator(s) in every group.  Ask them if you want to join a group other than group 5.

Group 1. How to organize TRIZ dissemination in your company? Different challenges and different ways to overcome them. [Teruyuki Kamimura (Willfort Internationl Patent Attorneys)]

Group 2. Simple and powerful way of using TRIZ that helps make outside people accept TRIZ. [Narumi Nagase (SONY)  and Katsuya Miyanishi ]

Group 3. Using TRIZ for solving Software and/or IT problems.  [Yojiro Fukushima (Panasonic) and Toru Shonai (Hitachi)]

Group 4. Discussion with a TRIZ Master. With Boris Zlotin, our Keynote Speaker. [Shinsuke Kurosawa (SANNO Institute of Management)]

Group 5. Discussion in English.  [Yoshihisa Konishi ]

Group 6. TRIZ in Education at Schools and Universties and its Penetration in Society.  [Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)]

The "Free Group Discussions" will be carried out in several places in parallel, e.g.
Meeting Room ("RE") (Residence A Bldg., 2nd Floor), Lounge (Residence A Bldg., 1st Floor), Communication Room (Residence B Bldg.), etc. in the evenings.
Conference Room (Seminar Hall, 2nd Floor), Seminar Rooms 110 ("RC") and 101 ("RD") (Seminar Hall, 1st Floor), etc. in the mornings.

Details of the time and rooms for the "Free Group Discussions" will be proposed during the Preliminary Session for "Self-Introduction and Preliminary Discussion" in the first-day morning, and, after some adjustment, will be posted at the Symposium site.  .

Please take part in the discussions. 

 Latest Notes to Presenters  (Sept. 5, 2009)     

                                                                       Sept. 4, 2009
                                                                       Program Chairperson: Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)

Dear All the Presenters,

The 5th TRIZ Symposium in Japan will start soon on Sept. 10, Thursday.  Thanks to your cooperation, we have already finished the final adjustment of the Agenda and the arrangement of printing the Proceedings.  Now we would like you to note the followings, even though almost all of them are just confirming you our previous messages.

Besides, please refer to the separate announcements to all the Participants concerning to the Symposium site, accommodation, Group Discussion, etc.

(1) Proceedings

- We are going to print and hand out two editions of Proceedings, i.e., one for Japanese participants and the other for overseas participants, as we have announced beforehand.

- In the Proceedings of Japanese Edition, your presentation slides are printed both in English and in Japanese translation.  In the Proceedings which you obtain, almost all the presentations are printed in English, but a few presentations in Japanese.  (We suppose you can guess them, or have them translated later if necessary.)

(2) Oral presentations

- Please bring your presentation slides in a USB memory, and install them in the PC of the presentation room in the morning of your presentation.  (The slides you submitted as the final manuscripts will be installed in the PC by the Symposium Office.  Thus you may use them.  Nevertheless, we would recommend you to bring them for making things sure.)  If you use particular software or movie, etc., please bring and use your own PC. 

- For all the Oral presentations given by overseas authors, Japanese-translation slides will be projected in parallel to your English slides.  Japanese slides will be operated by the Symposium staff by following your operation of the English slides.

- During the official discussion time in the Oral session, questions and answers will be interpreted between English and Japanese.  Besides two Organizing members, i.e. Shinsuke Kurosawa and Yoshihisa Konishi, two people, i.e. Masao Ishihama (Kanagawa Inst. of Tech.) and Teruyuki Kamimura (Willfort International Patent Attorneys), will voluntarily serve as the interpreters.  Similarly, in some Oral presentations given by Japanese authors (with Language code JE), questions and answers will be interpreted between English and Japanese.

- An Oral session is given 30 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.  The bell will be rung at 25 minutes (*), at 30 minutes (* *), and at 40 minutes (*******).  Please try to reserve 10 minutes of discussion and to finish in 40 minutes.  To operate the Symposium smoothly in double tracks, please keep the time as shown in the Agenda.

(3) Poster presentation

- Please bring in the prints of your Poster presentation slides (of size A4 or B4, max. 16 slides).  The Japanese translation versions will be provided by the Symposium Office. 

- Post your Poster slides on big sheets of paper in the morning of the First day (starting around 9:20) in the Poster presentation rooms.  Stationary, e.g. big sheets of paper, glue, mending tapes, etc., will be provided by the Symposium Office.  Places of Posters will be specified by the Symposium staff, i.e., Kazuyasu Ikeda, Mamoru Zenko, and Toshiaki Masaki.  The Posters will be posted for three days throughout the Symposium.

- In the Poster Introduction Session, each author is requested to introduce the presentation by using 2 to 4 Introduction slides in 3 minutes by turn.  The Introduction slides submitted already will be projected, together with their Japanese translation.  Please talk smoothly according to the order shown in the Agenda.

- In the Poster Presentation Session, the authors are requested to present at the specified places in parallel.  At first you are requested to present and discuss in 20 minutes; then quitting the 1st round following the order of the staff, start the 2nd round to new audience.  After that you may present and discuss without any formal time regulation. 

- Interpreter services will not be available for the Poster presentations.

- After closing the Symposium, please take away your own Poster slides.

(4) Copyrights and Web Posting after the Symposium.

- Copyrights of your presentations are to be handled as described in our Call for Papers .  Please refer to it again.  

- Japan TRIZ Society is planning to post your presentations in the Official Web Site of Japan TRIZ Society after the Symposium.  Some of the presentations will be posted publicly, while some others in the Members-only area.  We will notice you later on the timing and publicity of posting. 

- In our Symposium, any participant is not allowed to take audio record, photos, or video of any presentation.  This is our policy for making presentations and discussions active and frank.  The assigned Symposium staff will wear an arm belt as photo-staff. 

We wish you to provide nice presentations and to have active, frank, and friendly discussions in the Symposium.  Please enjoy it.

 Call for Papers   (Feb. 23, 2009)     

Application to Contributed Papers (for both Oral and Poster presentations)

Please send us the followings via email
(A) Application in Form A  (including brief profile of the presenter) and
(B) Extended Abstract in Form B (containing Title, Author(s), Affiliation(s), Abstract of about 100-150 words, and Extended description) in one page in A4.

Due date: May 18, 2009 (Mon.) 18:00 JST   
Extended due date: May 27, 2009 (Wed) 24:00 JST

30 Contributed papers have been accepted by May 18, including 11 from overseas (including Germany, Italy, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Korea).   (May 19, 2009)
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 it around Jun. 12 (Fri).  (May 31, 2009)

Send email to:   sympo@triz-japan.org             

See more details:    

"Call for Papers"  in PDF    (132 KB, 11 pages) (Updated: Apr. 6, 2009)

"Table of Items of Manuscripts, Presentations, and Proceedings" in Excel (Updated: Apr. 6, 2009)

Form A (Application of Presentation):  A template in MS Word

Form B (Extended Abstract of Presentation):  A template in MS Word



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