I was honor to be invited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) – MI division as guest speaker for the seminar named “Quality Innovation – Introduction of Extenics” on 20 Mar 2017. Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) was supporting organization. In the beginning, I introduced the definition of Innovation, Innovation Tool development history and compared with Quality Tool development path.
Then I briefed the history of the Extenics. From 1976, Prof. Cai Wen (Father of Extenics) started to study the law, theory and method for dealing with incompatible problems. The paper "Extension Set and Incompatible Problem", which was published in 1983, marked the birth of new science Extenics (originally called Matter-element Analysis) in China. Extenics is using formal model to research the extension possibility of things, the rules and methods of innovation, and applying all of them to solve contradictory problems. The Extenics included three parts and they were Extension Theory, Extension Method and Extension Engineering.
And then I only introduced the Extension Theory in which included Basic-element Theory, Extension Set Theory and Extension Logic. Basic-element (基元) included three key elements (三要素) and they were Object, Characteristic and Value. Moreover, Basic-element constituted by Matter-element (物元) , Affair-element (事元) and Relation-element (關係元).
After that I briefed the Extensible Analysis, Conjugate Analysis and Extension Transformation. I used a young people would like to buy a house as an example and using Extension Innovation Method to analysis his need. The contradiction problem was identified that he was not enough money to pay the first installation. The different analysis methods and transformation were employed to generate some ideas.
Finally, I mentioned the last step “Selection” using Superiority Evaluation Method. I briefed how to use 1 dimension (1D) Dependent Function (關聯函數) as evaluation measurement. It was the most difficult part in the whole theory.
Before finish of the seminar, we took a group photo with about 40 participants in the venue. Dr. Samuel Fung (who is my EngD cohort) went to support me (Central Right)
At the end, Ir. Richard Tse (Former chairman of HKIE-MI Division) presented a souvenir to me.
The next seminar named “Extenics: Education and Application” co-organized by HKSQ, SEEM Dept., CityU and International Academy of Extenics. It will be held on 28 April 2017 in CityU. We invited Prof. Cai Wen to introduced his original science in China to us.
HKIE-MI Division – http://mi.hkie.org.hk/