Lotto Lai, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Advance Design and System Engineering (ADSE), The City University of Hong Kong.

Title: Introduction of Extension Innovation Method and its Application



The quality and innovation become critical success strategy for business sustainable development.  Therefore, many quality professionals have extended their capability from quality to “Quality Innovation”. Many innovation experts would like to employ TRIZ as systematic innovation tools or approach for implementation of innovation project.  Apart from TRIZ, we also find that another innovation method developed in China named “Extenics”.  Extenics is defined as “a science which studies the possibility of extending things and rules and methods of developing innovation with formalized patterns, and is used to resolve contradictory problems.”  


The founder Prof. Wen Cai started his research on Extenics (originally called Matter-element Analysis) since 1976.  Extension innovation method is to bridge the Extenics theory in various practical fields especially suitable for proposal of new product and service, creativity in new projects and strategies, as well as, the solution for contradictory problems.  In order to simplify the method for commercial / industrial application, four steps of extension innovation method is proposed.  This talk aims to introduce the Extension Innovation Method and share some applications in Hong Kong.



Dr. Lotto Lai has more than 20 years working experience in a position of executive level, especially in the area of quality & innovation management, testing and certification (T&C) industry.   He has serviced the Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) since 1997.  As a Chairman and Fellow, he promotes Quality, Testing and Certification, as well as, Innovation Methods to different industries and to further facilitate cooperation with international organizations such as America Society for Quality (ASQ) and Asian Network for Quality (ANQ), as well as World Alliance for Chinese Quality (WACQ). 


Furthermore, he has been appointed as a member of the Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry Training Advisory Committee (ITAC) by Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF), Education Bureau, HKSAR, since 2010.  He has nominated by Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), HKSAR to be the 1st Hong Kong observer in ISO/TC 279 Innovation Management since 2016.  Dr. Lai achieved MATRIZ certification Level 1 and 2 through The International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ) and the first scholar in Hong Kong achieved Extenics Innovation Method Level 1, 2 & 3 by Extenics Specialized Committee, Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence (CAAI). He is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Advance Design and System Engineering (ADSE), The City University of Hong Kong.