Thursday, November 01, 2012

TRIZ Future 2012: Brief Report

Last week I participated at the 12th ETRIA World TRIZ Future Conference in Lisbon, organized jointly by ETRIA, New University of Lisbon, and sponsored by a number of organizations. The conference was chaired by Dr. Cruz Machado and Prof. Helena Navas from the New University of Lisbon, and Dr. Tom Vaneker from ETRIA and the University of Twente.

The event went on October 24-26, 2012. The venue of the conference was at the university campus Caparica, located near the ocean which was really inspiring and provided naturally “fresh” atmosphere.

This time the conference gathered about 90 participants from 27 countries. About 60% of the conference participants represented Europe, 30% Asia Pacific, and 10% other parts of the world, including USA and Australia. The conference featured 4 keynote talks, 2 tutorials, and 60 presentations from 135 authors and co-authors: 28 scientific contributions, 23 practitioner contributions, and 9 short talks. Thanks to the introduction of “short paper” format several years ago, the conference allows short papers to be presented in 10 minutes that extends a number of live presentations at the event. Other papers were presented in a usual, 30 minutes format.

About 50% of the participants represented scientific and research institutions, and about 50% private and industrial organizations.

A full conference program is available. 698-page conference proceedings are available from the organizers. So far it has been the largest volume of the TRIZ Future conference proceedings.

I provided the introductory TRIZ tutorial for the conference participants at the first conference day and later presented a paper on "Functional Value Map" written by my colleagues Ives de Saeger and Kim Rutten.

Social events included the conference dinner, and a dinner with fados, traditional Portuguese style of music and singing. And there was really a lot of informal communication among the conference participants to exchange comments, opinions, ideas, and discussing future collaborations.

The official conference closing was followed by the ETRIA Members meeting where a new President of ETRIA was elected: Prof. Dr. Ir. Joost Duflou, from the K.U. Leuven, Belgium. Many thanks were expressed to Dr. Tom Vaneker, who served as ETRIA President in 2009-2012.

As usual, Ellen Domb, a former editor of the online TRIZ Journal, provided a live coverage of the event with many details, including comments on a number of presentations and keynote talks. See her blog posts about the conference.

The next edition of the conference will be held in Paris, France at the end of October – beginning of November 2013. See the forthcoming news at the ETRIA website.


Ives De Saeger said...

Hi Valerie,

Thanks for the great job of presenting our mutual paper. I heard you were fantastic!

See you soon,

Valeri Souchkov said...

Thanks, Ives. I just did my job. :)