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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 19 June 2015

Updated:19 June 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated Jun. 19. 25) in the English and Japanese pages.

[1] TRIZ Good News!! The TRIZ Journal has been restarted

     on Jun. 11, 2015 by BMGI.

[2] Conference Announcements (updated ones only)

[2A] GTC 2015 (Korea): To be postponed due to MERS.

[2B} ICSI 2015 (Hong Kong) Jul. 15-17, 2015

       Keynote & Tutorial by: Darrell Mann, Toru Nakagawa,

         D. Daniel Sheu

[2C] Japan TRIZ Symposium, Sept. 3-4, 2015, Tokyo

       Agenda and Abstracts are posted.

[1]CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Documents:  

   USIT Manual, USIT Case Studies, and some more Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)



[1] TRIZ News:

   The TRIZ Journal has been restarted on Jun. 11, 2015 by BMGI.  

   The TRIZ Journal has been restarted under the operation by BMGI (USA)!!

   Congratulations !!!

   All the archived contents of the original TRIZ Journal (founded and edited mainly by Dr. Ellen Domb in 1996) are

   kept active, while new papers and articles are published from now on.

   Web site:

   The new editorial policy has been announced:

     to accept contributions widely and openly;

     to ensure the original author's copyrights;

     to be unbiased and fair;

     to edit only for clarity, not for content;

     to be of high quality and professional; etc.

   I feel it a nice policy for making The TRIZ Journal an active global-hub Public Web site in TRIZ.

   Hope many of you be active contributors of articles and frequent readers of the new TRIZ Journal, for

   proliferating TRIZ and related methods over the world.

   On the new top page, Nakagawa's paper is reposted: "General Methodology for Creative Problem Solving and

     Task Achieving: Its Vision", Toru Nakagawa, originally presented at ETRIA TFC2013 (Oct. 2013, Paris)

   and posted in "TRIZ Home Page in Japan" (Oct. 3, 2013)

[2] Conference Announcements (Updated ones only)

[2A] 6th Global TRIZ Conference 2015 in Korea

   To be held by: KATA (Korean Academic TRIZ Association) Venue: KAIST, Seoul, Korea

   Date:   Jul. 7 (Tue.) - 9 (Thur.), 2015 ******* Due to the recent outbreak of MERS in South Korea,

   GTC2015 was decided to be postponed. Reschedule will be announced sometime later. (Jun. 19)

[2B] ICSI 2015

     (6th Intern'l Conference on Systematic Innovation)

   To be held by: Society of Systematic Innovation (SSI)

   Date: Jul. 15, 2015 (Wed.) -- Jul. 17, 2015 (Fri.)

   Venue: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,

           Hong Kong, China

   Agenda: 3 day Agenda is posted (Jun. 17)

   Keynote & Tutorial Speakers (rescheduled):

     Darrell Mann:

     (K) "Systematic Innovation: Past, Present, Future"

     (T) "Getting More Out-of Systematic Innovation:

           Retraining Problem Solving Instinct"

     Toru Nakagawa:

     (K) "Six-Box Scheme: New Paradigm for Creative Problem


     (T) "USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking)

           in the Six-Box Scheme"

     D. Daniel Sheu:

     (T) "Parameter Manipulatons: Effective Unified New

           Approaches to SOlve Physical Contradictions"

[2C] 11th TRIZ Symposium in Japan

   To be held by Japan TRIZ Society (JTS)

   Date: Sept. 3 (Thu.) - Sept. 4, 2015 (Fri.) 2 days

   Venue: Tokyo;

           National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (NYC)

   Call for Participants (PDF), Agenda sheet (PDF),

   Abstract of all presentations (PDF) are posted.


Best wishes,

Toru Nakagawa


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 25 May 2015

Updated: 25 May 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated May 25. 25) in the Japanese pages.

   English translation of them is under the way.

[1]CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Documents:  

   USIT Manual, USIT Case Studies, and some more Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)



[1] CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Documents:  

   USIT Manual, USIT Case Studies, and some more Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)


   USIT ('Unified Structured Inventive Thinking') was originally developed by Dr. Ed Sickafus (1995) as a

   concise and consistent problem solving process and has been extended further in Japan by integrating

   and unifying various TRIZ methods into USIT.

   By recognizing the Six-Box Scheme (of USIT) as a new paradigm of creative problem solving, USIT is now

   established as a concise overall process for the real practice of the General Methodology of Creative Problem

   Solving (CrePS), which can include/unify TRIZ, USIT, and many other creative problem solving methods.

   Manual of the USIT process has been described in the form of 31 slides along its steps.

   And over 10 examples of creative problem solving (originally using USIT, TRIZ, and some other methods) have

   been described according to the USIT Manual, and form a Collection of USIT Case Studies.

   A new page of the USIT Process contains the indexes of USIT Manual, USIT Operators, USIT Case Studies, and

   USIT References.

   All these new pages are posted in Japanese (May 25, 2015);

   their English pages are under the way.


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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6th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI)



The Society of Systematic Innovation
The 6th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI)
& The 5th Global Competition on Systematic Innovation (GCSI)
July 15-17, 2015, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsored by: The Society of Systematic Innovation (SSI)
Co-organized by: Institute of Systematic Innovation, Hong Kong,
The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers-Manufacturing and Industrial Division
Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology, International TRIZ Association, and Altshuller Institute of TRIZ Studies.


Call For Project Competition/Exhibition
Your outstanding innovation deserves Global Recognitions in the International Arena!
Innovation maybe accidental, systematic innovation is destined! E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Multiple gold/silver/bronze medals awards available
First place award: USD 3,000 + platinum medal award + certificate
Up to USD 8,000 awards+medals+certificates awaiting you.
Author’s live presentation is NOT required to win, though encouraged.


Both events are high impact and energy with lots to see and lots to learn. All AI members can enjoy the same discount as the SSI member. Just indicate the AI membership on the registration.

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Romulo Garza Award



Romulo Garza Award: Professor Inventor Category - February 2013

This last February of 2013 Dr. Noel Leon, Emeritus Professor of the School of Engineering and Information Technology of Tecnologico de Monterrey, was granted with the Rómulo Garza award in the category of Professor Inventor.

Dr. Leon graduated as DiplomEngineer in Agricultural Machine Design in 1969 from the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the same University in 1976.

He is recognized as the first Latin American certified in the TRIZ innovation methodology in 1996, and he is one of the leading international experts in this methodology for the development and innovation of products, processes and services. He has trained and educated engineers, technicians and managers from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, France and Germany in this methodology. He practices also the methodology of Quality Function Deployment, QFD. He was the president Latin American QFD Association. Dr. León is a prominent member of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ studies and serves on the Publications Committee.

In his courses, he uses the Project-based learning technique, and together with his students he has achieved the development and innovation of more than 50 industrial products.


Among some of the patents that have been granted in his name are:

  • US6739438Brake Rigging System,
  • MX261228 Portable device for self-diagnostic tests of cervical uterine cancer through simultaneous optical and electrical measurements.
  • NL/a/2005/000066 Saving Energy with an electronic sweeping circuit
    • NL/a/2005/000072 /MX 288055 Improved system of slope protection with whole or halved waste tires
    • NL/a/2006/000003 Centrifugal Filter of Reverse Osmosis with increased flow by vortex
    • Mx/a/2007/002577 Electro-thermal device for controlling the temperature in Textiles
    • NL/a/2005/000021 Axial reciprocating engine.
    • Mx/a/2008/016474Solar concentrating lens by refraction with high efficiency
    • Mx/a/2007/015520 Wall structure with thermal insulation.
    • NL/a/2005/000016 Sampling of endocervical and ectocervixcells


Dr. Leon is founder and Honorary President of the TRIZ Mexico Association (AMETRIZ), which has developed six international conferences in Technological Innovation. Currently,

he is director of the Research Chair "Engineering Design and Innovation" at ITESM, Campus Monterrey.



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What Makes Samsung Such An Innovative Company?

By Haydn Shaughnessy, Contributor,

“I write about enterprise innovation”

Tech 3/07/2013 @ 6:32AM |50,392 views Forbes Magazine

Full article at:

Samsung is a global leader in screen technology, TVs, batteries, and chip design. So in terms of innovation it is doing a lot right. But we know very little about how.

Two developments convinced the company in the late 1990s and early 2000s that they could adopt a systematic approach to innovation and that is what seems to underpin their current success.

The first development provides a broader explanation for Samsung’s innovation capacity. In the late 1990s they were able to tap into a source of cheap scientific expertise in the former Soviet Union.

In 2009 BusinessWeek reported that Samsung relied on its relationships with Russian experts for its smartphone software development, adding: “Russian brains helped Samsung develop the image-processing chips in its digital TVs and refine its frequency-filtering technology that significantly reduced noise on its now-ubiquitous handsets.”

But a second effect of the relationship with Russian science was the introduction of TRIZ, an innovation method that Samsung adopted from 2000 onwards but which only reached American companies from the mid-2000s onwards (Intel is a user).

TRIZ is a methodology for systematic problem solving. Typical of its origins in Russia, it asks users to seek the contradictions in current technological conditions and customer needs and to imagine an ideal state that innovation should drive towards.

Samsung had early successes with TRIZ, saving over $100 million in its first few projects. It was also adopting Six Sigma at the time.

But it was TRIZ that became the bedrock of innovation at Samsung. And it was introduced at Samsung by Russian engineers whom Samsung had hired into its Seoul Labs in the early 2000s.

In 2003 TRIZ led to 50 new patents for Samsung and in 2004 one project alone, a DVD pick-up innovation, saved Samsung over $100 million. TRIZ is now an obligatory skill set if you want to advance within Samsung.

At the Samsung Advanced Institute for Technology, Hyo June Kim, who wrote The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, a foundation text on TRIZ published in Korean, trained over 1,000 engineers across Samsung companies in 2004 alone.                  

What we know from this is how Samsung approaches innovation. Rather it is based on developing a creative elite. This explains how Samsung used TRIZ to get to its Super AMOLED displays.

Samsung Electronics has a sense of crisis that we have been a fast follower and we can not survive anymore in this position. Instead of leading the industry by developing innovative products, we have followed fast what the leading companies had developed. Top management pointed out this and asked employee not to be a fast follower, but to be an innovative leader.

At Samsung even the subsidiary CEO has to take TRIZ training. From looking at the various presentations I estimate that engineers get about 15 days of training plus 7 days specific project work. That’s quite an investment in method and people.

So the answer to why Samsung is so innovative – with at least two major product announcements this month – is that it is heavily invested in its people, it goes in search of special talent wherever it can find it, but specifically made astute moves into Russia early on; it targets its innovations towards specific competitors and patents that it wants to overhaul (as Apple did under Jobs); and it has an innovation culture based on extensive training, repeatable methodology and creative elite formation, backed by the highest levels of management.

To read the full article, click the link above.

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