Seminar on Design and Simulation Tools Event Series: Problem Solving and Patent Search

Date: 26 May 2010 - 26 May 2010

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Co-organised by CAD-IT Consultants (Asia), NUS and SIMTech, this seminar aims to introduce creative problem-solving methodology and patent search techniques as well as to create greater awareness of the importance of innovation protection and the use of tools for the industry community. Different methodologies for problem definition, creative problem solving and idea generation will be introduced.  Participants will gain a clear understanding of the key concepts of creativity. They will also learn how to do an effective patent search before embarking on their design or technology commercialisation activities.

Presentation 1:  Creative Problem-Solving
Associate Professor Marcelo H Ang, Jr, Deputy Head, Division of Engineering and Technology Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore

This talk attempts to take a fresh look at problem solving by re-defining it and relating it to everyday life. Creativity is reviewed by examining how our mind works and what influences our behaviours. Different methodologies for problem definition, creative problem solving, and idea generation will be reviewed. This includes the “theory of inventive problem solving” (TRIZ) which will be briefly covered. 

Presentation 2:  Design and Development with Goldfire
Mr Timothy Kwan, Regional Business Manager, CAD-IT Consultants

Goldfire is a comprehensive innovation software platform that empowers innovators to transform ideas into commercial solutions.  The objective of this presentation is to introduce the capabilities and advantages of using Goldfire to address challenges in driving sustainable innovation.  The speaker will illustrate how Goldfire achieves this through a unique integration of proven methods for generating ideas, along with advanced technologies for accessing precise concepts from corporate and worldwide knowledge sources. The result is that engineers, scientists and researchers are empowered with a reliable and repeatable process for driving sustainable innovation. 

About the Speakers
Marcelo H Ang, Jr received the BSc degrees (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in 1981; MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1985; and the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, in 1986 and 1988, respectively.  He was Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in the University of Rochester from 1988-1989. In 1989, Dr Ang joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He also holds a joint appointment with the Division of Engineering and Technology Management as its Deputy Head. His research interests span the areas of robotics, mechatronics, and  applications of intelligent systems methodologies. He teaches both at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the following areas: robotics; creativity and innovation, applied electronics and instrumentation; advanced computing; product design and realisation, and special topics in mechatronics. He is also active in consulting work in these areas. 

Timothy Kwan holds a Graduate Diploma in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Kolej Damansara Utama. Prior to joining CAD-IT, he had varied work experience; from survey interviewer, accounts assistant, warehouse EDP clerk to PC technician. He joined CAD-IT Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd in 1996 and was responsible for applications software pre- and post-sales support in Malaysia. He is trained in numerous softwares; including ANSYS, in Singapore and USA. He has trained staff in companies such as UTP, IIUM, USM, AMD, Carsem, Fairchild and Intel. Currently, he is the regional business manager responsible for ANSYS business opportunities and technical support in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. He is also pursuing a Master of Engineering Science degree from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. 

2.00pm    Opening Address by Ms Wan Siew Ping, Section Head,
              Equipment Innovation & Development Section, SIMTech

2.15pm    Creative Problem Solving 
               A/P Marcelo H. Ang, Jr., Deputy Head,
               Division of Engineering and Technology Management, NUS

2.45pm    Design and Development with Goldfire 
               Mr Timothy Kwan, CAD-IT Consultants

3.30pm    Hands-on Session for Goldfire Software / Tea Break

4.30pm    End

Who Should Attend
- Personnel involved in engineering design activities
- Product design / equipment design engineering managers
- Researchers working on various engineering and scientific problems
- Managers, engineers and executives in charge of companies patent portfolios
- Anyone who is keen to explore creative problem-solving tools

Please click here for a copy of the pamphlet.

Pre-registration for the seminar is free of charge. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, please register online.

For technical enquiries:

Ms Wan Siew Ping
Section Head

Equipment Innovation and Development
Mobile: 9624 6282

Dr Li Wei
Assistant Research Scientist
Precision Measurements Group
Tel: 6793 8352

For general enquiries:
Alice Koh
Tel: 6793 8249