1st Call for Papers

The 20th Edition

ETRIA World Conference TRIZ Future 2020

“Systematic Complex Problem Solving in the Age of Digitalization and Open Innovation”


The ETRIA World Conference “TRIZ Future” 2020 will take place in the university city Cluj-Napoca (located in Romania, in the hearth of Transylvania land), during 14-16 October 2020. The Conference is organized by The European TRIZ Association (ETRIA) together with Cluj IT Cluster (www.clujit.ro) and five partner universities (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (www.utcluj.ro), University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca (www.usamvcluj.ro), Babes-Bolyai University (www.ubbcluj.ro), University of Medicine and Farmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu” (www.umfcluj.ro) and University of Fine Arts and Design from Cluj-Napoca (www.uad.ro). The conference is sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).

The 20th edition of ETRIA World Conference “TRIZ Future” invites original papers and best practices that combine systematic invention generation, design and creative thinking, digital technologies and open innovation frameworks to solve complex problems in any field of human activity.

The Conference aims at linking industrial companies, research centers, educational organizations and individuals to share their experience on systematic innovation and promote TRIZ-based tools worldwide. It will provide an international forum for exchanging new ideas on knowledge-based innovation, presenting recent achievements in this area and enabling further advances and collaboration also between the academic and industrial communities.

and deadlines

Submission of abstractFebruary 28
Notification of abstract acceptanceMarch 15
Full paper submissionMay 15
Notification of paper acceptanceJuly 10
Camera ready paperJuly 30


Prof. Stelian Brad, PhD (eng.), PhD (ec.)
Department of Engineering Design and Robotics
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
President Cluj IT Cluster
stelian.brad@staff.utcluj.ro or stelian.brad@clujit.ro


We welcome equally scientific and best practice papers. Thus, both researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit original contributions to TRIZ Future 2020 conference (note: TRIZ is the acronym for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving).

Scientific papers deal with fundamental and applied research in systematic innovation, inventive problemsolving tools and methodologies, new theories and developments in approaching the resolution of complex problems we are facing in any field of activity. The length of a scientific paper will be between 8 and 12 pages for publication in the conference proceedings. Scientific papers will be indexed in SCOPUS and ISI Web of Science.

Practitioner papers deal with exemplification of TRIZrelated tools application in real life projects. The length of a practitioner paper will be between 4 and 6 pages for publication in the conference proceedings

Abstract templates:

Please use Easy Chair for managing your abstract upload. If you don’t already have an Easy Chair account, you may have to create one.

For the call for papers:

For registering and uploading your abstract :

This website will be regularly updated according to the latest news regarding the conference. Thus, we recommend participants to periodically visit the website for news.

of papers

Proceedings of the conference will be published in cooperation with an international publishing house (e.g. Springer) and indexed in SCOPUS. For the scientific papers we will have the alternative to publish in journals indexed in ISI Web of Science. Details about these aspects will be provided in the second call for paper. In this respect, abstracts and the final manuscripts should adhere to the conference templates.


At the 20th edition of TRIZ Future conference we would like to structure contributions on several clusters. In this respect, we invite people to apply for the position of track coordinator.

A track consists of at least 4-5 papers in a specific area (e.g. eco-inventive problem solving; systematic innovation in software engineering; integration of TRIZ in open innovation, AI in systematic innovation, etc.). Track coordinators can propose names of their tracks and must invite at least 4-5 contributors in relation with the subject of the track. Those who are interested to approach this role are invited to contact the conference organizers not later than February 28, 2020 (see the section “Contact Information”). For their contribution to the success of the conference, track coordinators will benefit of a registration fee discount.

Invitation for dedicated tracks:

  • artificial intelligence and systematic innovation
  • ecological issues and systematic innovation
  • TRIZ and related tools in design thinking and open innovation
  • knowledge-based innovation
  • digitalization in systematic innovation
  • science of inventive problem solving, systematic invention and conflict resolution
  • advanced tools for complex problem solving
  • novel approaches in patent valuation, technology transfer and intellectual property management
  • TRIZ for X: application of TRIZ and related systematic innovation tools and methodologies in the X-field (e.g. robotics and, smart connected products, telecommunications, civil engineering, electro-mechanics, electronics, medicine and pharmacy, biotechnology, software, renewable energy, mobility and transportation, economics, strategy, politics, business and entrepreneurship, organizational processes, administration, etc.)
  • TRIZ for science and fundamental research (e.g. physics, chemistry, other natural sciences) to tackle breakthrough innovations
  • TRIZ and disruptive innovation
  • Other areas where systematic innovation is present and were not explicitly mentioned


We welcome to the conference not only authors of papers, but also any person who is interested to find out more about systematic innovation. Sponsors are involved such as to reduce the fees for participants. Thus, the participation fee is structured as follows.

Category**Before September 15After September 15
ETRIA member400 €450 €
Track coordinator300 €350 €
Non-ETRIA member450 €500 €
PhD student contribuitor*150 €200 €
PhD student participant200 €250 €
Accompany person300 €350 €

* this category is applicable for papers where only PhD students are authors, co-authors

** all individual members of IFIP member societies (over 40 national IT societies plus ACM and others) plus all members of IFIP Technical Committees and Working Groups are entitled to a discount of 10% on all registration fees

Gala dinner: additional fee of 50 € / person


General Chair

  • Stelian BRAD, Cluj IT Cluster, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Scientific Chair

  • Denis CAVALLUCCI, ICube, INSA Strasbourg, France

International Advisory Committee

  • Pavel LIVOTOV, PPI, Offenburg University, Germany
  • Sebastian KOZIOLEK, Wrocław University, Poland

Scientific Committee

Scientific Papers

  • Roland DEGUIO, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Sébastien DUBOIS, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Hicham CHIBANE, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Iouri BELSKI, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
  • Barbara GRONAUER, StrategieInnovation, Germany
  • Christian M. THURNES, Hochschule Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Karl KOLTZE, Krefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Stelian BRAD, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Denis CAVALLUCCI, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Amadou COULIBALY, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Amir NAFI, L’École Nationale du Génie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement de Strasbourg, France
  • Yuri BORGIANNI, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Stéphanie BUISINE, Campus CESI Nanterre – Paris, France
  • Cecilia ZANNI-MERK, INSA Rouen, France
  • Christian SPREAFICO, University of Bergamo, Italy
  • Davide RUSSO, University of Bergamo, Italy
  • Donald COATES, Kent State University, USA
  • Amira ESSAID-FARHAT, Campus CESI Nanterre – Paris, France
  • Fatima Zahra BEN MOUSSA, Marrakech Prefecture, Morocco
  • Federico ROTINI, University of Florence, Italy
  • Hans-Gert GRÄBE, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Camille JEAN, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers Paris, France
  • Jean RENAUD, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Jerzy CHRZĄSZCZ, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Justus SCHOLLMEYER, Leibniz Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Germany
  • Kalle ELFVENGREN, LUT School of Engineering Science, Finland
  • Fabrice MANTELET, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers Paris, France
  • Nicolas MARANZANA, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers Paris, France
  • Marco A. DE CARVALHO, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná , Brazil
  • Kai HILTMANN, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
  • Claudia HENTSCHEL, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany
  • Pei ZHANG, INSA Graduate School of Science and Technology of Strasbourg, France
  • Rachid BENMOUSSA, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Remy HOUSSIN, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Sebastian KOZIOLEK, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Pavel LIVOTOV, PPI, Offenburg University, Germany
  • Leonid CHECHURIN, LUT School of Engineering Science, Finland
  • Stephane NEGNY, Toulouse Graduate School of Chemical, Materials, and Industrial Engineering, France
  • Toru NAKAGAWA, Osaka Gakuin University, Japan
  • Yongwon SONG, Korea Polytechnic University, Korea
  • Sungjoo LEE, Ajou University, Korea

Practitioner Papers

  • Oliver MAYER, Bayern Innovativ GmbH, Germany
  • Joerg VETTER, Oerlikon Balzers Coating Germany GmbH, Germany
  • Vladimir SIZIKOV, ROBERT THOMAS Metall- und Elektrowerke GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
  • Thomas FUHRMANN, Schaeffler AG, Germany
  • Bert MIECZNIK, Wittenstein AG, Germany
  • Bruno SCHERB, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Germany
  • Horst NÄHLER, c4pi – Center for Product-Innovation, Germany
  • Oleg Y. ABRAMOV, Algorithm, Ltd., Russia
  • Christoph DOBRUSSKIN, Philips, Netherlands
  • Gerard GRIFFAY, ArcelorMittal, France
  • Michael OHLER, Michael Ohler Consulting, Germany
  • Pierre-Emmanuel FAYEMI, IKOS Consulting Group, France
  • Oleg FEYGENSON, International TRIZ Association, Korea
  • Philip SAMUEL, Lean Methods Group, USA
  • Alain RIWAN, Centre d’intégration Nano-INNOV, France
  • Valeri SOUCHKOV, ICG Training & Consulting, Netherlands
  • Viesturs TAMUZS, Altshuller Institute Worcester, USA
  • Giacomo BERSANO, IKOS Consulting Group, France

Local Honorary Committee

  • Daniela POPESCU, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Dan VODNAR, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
  • Mihaela LUTAS, “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca
  • Ioana NEAGOE, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu” Cluj-Napoca
  • Mara RATIU, University of Fine Arts and Design Cluj-Napoca

Local Organizing Committee

  • Andrei KELEMEN, Cluj IT Cluster, Romania
  • Daniel HOMORODEAN, Cluj IT Cluster, Arxia, Romania
  • Andreea APOSTU, Cluj IT Cluster, Romania
  • Roxana Dorina POP, Arxia, Romania
  • Anca STAN, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Sanda TIMOFTEI, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Emilia BRAD, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Calin NEAMTU, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Mihai DRAGOMIR, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Dragos BARTOS, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Ionut CHIS, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Stefan CRACIUN, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Local Assistance Team

  • Department of Engineering Design and Robotics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Basic information
about location

Cluj-Napoca city:

Flight connections: 

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GRANT: We are happy to announce that IFIP will grant a sum of 1500 € to be spent on travel expenses for TFC2020 participants having the following profile :

1. Being a PhD student

2. Living (and doing his PhD and flying from) a developing country (https://tldrify.com/xad) .



Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Life Science Institute “King Mihai I of Romania” of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, located in a nice park, at a walking distance from the center of the city.



We invite experts to apply for delivering masterclasses on basic and advanced TRIZ in the sectorial fields: TRIZ-for-engineering, TRIZ-for-design, TRIZ-for-medicine, TRIZ-for-software, TRIZ-for-business, TRIZ-for-biotechnologies. For every sector, dedicated invitations of attendance will be addressed to students and industry members. The selected trainers will have gratuity for registration fee.