Dr Paul Filmore
Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Education)
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Postgraduate Programme Manager
FRSA, MInstPhys, CPhys, FHEA
Innovation, creativity, systematic problem solving, TRIZ.
Problem solving and creativity are often considered to just happen. Recent research has given us a lot of information about how we can improve in these areas and use systematic techniques. This is important for everyday life as the world becomes more complex. An example is in the area of disruptive innovation, where a new product, change in service etc. can totally disrupt the market/ organisation. TRIZ is one approach which gives us a tool box of systematic problem solving techniques, which can be used to find win-win solutions, identify disruptive threats, change perceptions and mindsets etc. My recent research has been on how to introduce these ideas (particularly TRIZ) to organisations and individuals, through workshops and teaching.
Grants & contracts
PhD studentship 'Computer-Aided Innovation for ICT', GWR, Systematic Innovation Ltd. & University of Bath, September 2008- September 2011. Lead HEI: Dr P. Filmore, University of Plymouth.
1) Chivers R. C., Bosselar, L., & Filmore, P.R., (1980) "Effective area to be used in diffraction corrections", J.Acoust. Soc.Am. Vol 68 No.1, May 1980.
2) Chivers, R.C., Smith, A.D., & Filmore, P.R. (1981) "Broadband measurements on ultrasonic tank lining Materials", Ultrasonics, 19, 125-135, May 1981.
3) Chivers, R.C., Filmore, P.R., Culhum, I.D., & Foster, (1980) "Spectroscopic Ultrasonic computer assisted tomography - a pilot study", J. Proc. IOA, Bedford, April 1980.
4) Filmore, P.R., & Chivers, R.C. (1980) "Hydrophone Calibration for real-time scanner field assessment", HPA/BES meeting on "The assessment of real-time scanners", St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 29/10/80.
5) Filmore, P.R., Aindow, J.D., & Chivers, R.C. (1981) "On the directivity of miniature ultrasonic ceramic hydrophones", Proc. Ultrasonics International, Brighton 1981.
6) Filmore, P.R., & Chivers, R.C. (1981) "A Flexible high precision microprocessor controlled ultrasonic test tank", Ultrasonics International, Poster Session, Brighton.
7) Bacon, R., & Filmore, P.R., (1981) "Ultrasonic Experimentation under Microprocessor Control", Microprocessor and Microsystems, Vol.5, No.8, October 1981.
8) Filmore, P.R., & Chivers, R.C., (1981) "Procedures for the control of miniature ceramic element production", J.Phys.E.Sci.Instrum., Vol.15, No.8, October 1981.
9) Filmore, P.R., & Chivers, R.C., (1982) "Time Delay Spectrometry", Proc.Inst. of Acoustics meeting, Surrey University, April 1982.
10) Filmore, P.R., Crockers, A.G. & Taylor, D.G., (1984) "Eddy Current Inspection of Cracks, Aircraft Structures", RAE contract A91a/1015, Dept of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford, pp70.
11) Chivers, R.C., Adach J. & Filmore P.R., (1986) "Ultrasonic Doppler probe assessment by scanned hydrophone", Clin, Phys. and Physiol. Med., 7, 161-178.
12) Filmore, P.R. & Chivers R.C., (1986) "Measurements on batch produced miniature ceramic ultrasonic hydrophones", Ultrasonics, 24, 216-229.
13) Filmore, P.R., (1986) “On the Construction, Calibration and use of piezoelectric ceramic hydrophones”, PhD thesis, University of Surrey.
14) Filmore, P.R., (1987) "Measurements on Miniature Ceramic Ultrasonic Hydrophones", Proc. Inst. of Acoustics, Portsmouth, April 1987.
15) Chivers, R.C., Adach, J. & Filmore P.R. (1986) "Hydrophone Investigation of Ultrasonic Doppler probes", Meeting - Physics in Doppler Ultrasound, Leicester (H.P.A.) 28th April 1986.
16) Filmore, P., Author/Co-author of 11 published Ultrasonics Reports, Physics Dept., University of Surrey.
17) Donnelly, T., Filmore, P., Kaler, J. & Thomas, B. (1991) "An interdisciplinary group-project module for an undergraduate course in Electrical Engineering", Int. J. Elect Engineering Educ., Vol. 28, pp 204-211.
18) deWinter Hebron D., Bashore R., Burke D., Cowan B., Filmore P., et al, (1991) "Management/ Leadership Development", Final Report, 10th Int. Sem. on Staff and Ed. Dev., Skalsky Dvur, Czech. Published by Documentation and Info. Centre of the European Communities, Charles University, Prague, pp. 27-33.
19) Filmore, P., (1996) “Objective tests”, Ethos, University of Plymouth, 12, 3-4.
20) Fuchs, F., Kocybik, P., Filmore, P. & Simpson, A., (1997) “Development of tests for use alongside engineering CAL”, Proc. Integrated Learning Technologies (ILT’97), University of Plymouth, 30/1/97, ISBN No. 0905227786.
21) Filmore, P., (1998) “Promoting Readiness for Change in a Higher Education Academic (Engineering) Department”, MBA dissertation, Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth.
22) Filmore, P. (2003) The Medicine Wheel with Electronic Engineering students, in Baillie, C. (Ed.) (2003) The Traveling Case: How to foster creative thinking in higher education, UK Centre for Materials Education, UK, ISBN 1-904190-45-6.
23) Ricketts, C., Filmore, P., Lowry, R., & Wilks, S. (2003) How should we measure the costs (and benefits?) of computer aided assessment?, 7th CAA Conference: Learning & Teaching Development, Online at: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/bitstream/2134/1924/1/ricketts03.pdf
24) Furnell, S.M. & Filmore, P.R. (eds.) (2004) Advances in Network and Communications Engineering, Proc. of MSc NSE & MSc CE&SP 2002 - 2003, University of Plymouth, UK, ISBN 1-84102-118-0.
25) Filmore, P. (2004) Transferable Skills for Students, LTSN Workshop: Teaching Materials: Group Work and Project Learning, UK Centre for Materials Education, 17 March 2004, Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Online at: http://www.materials.ac.uk/events/regionalsth.asp
26) Filmore, P. & Thomond, P. (2005) Why Reinvent the Wheel? The Efficacy of Systematic Problem Solving Method TRIZ and its Value for Innovation in Engineering and its Implications for Engineering Management, Hong Kong Institute of Value Management, 7th International Conference, June 2005, http://www.hkivm.com.hk. Reprinted: The TRIZ Journal, August 2006, http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/2006/08/04.pdf. Also at: http://www.imeche.org.uk/manufacturing/triz.asp.
27) Filmore, P. (2006) The Real World: TRIZ in two hours for undergraduate and masters level students!, Proceedings of TRIZCON2006, Milwaukee USA, 29/4/06-1/5/06, http://www.aitriz.org/ai/index.php?page=2006/trizcon2006&article=abstracts. Reprinted: The TRIZ Journal, Sept.2006, http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/2006/09/02.pdf. Also at: http://www.imeche.org.uk/manufacturing/triz.asp.
28) Filmore, P. (2006) Why re-invent the wheel? Bringing innovation to the world of tires, Tire Technology International, Oct./Nov. 2006, pp 50-53. Also reprinted in The Tire Technology International Annual Review 2006 English and Chinese versions.
29) Filmore, P. (2007) Why re-invent the wheel? Bringing innovation to the world of tires (Invited talk), Tire Technology International Expo 2007, Cologne 13-15March 2007.
30) Filmore, P. (2007) Teaching TRIZ as a systematic problem solving method: breaking mindsets, Proceedings of TRIZCON2007, Louisville, Kentucky USA, 23-25th April 2007.
31) Filmore, P. (2007) Developing Highly Effective Engineers, Proceedings of the Third TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2007, Yokohama, 30/8/07-1/9/07.
32) Mann, D. & Filmore, P. (2007) Tools for Systematic Innovation: The Road Ahead for the Lean Enterprise, Workshop: Product Development & Innovation, SIFU (www.sifu.se), 4-6 December 2007, Stockholm.
33) Filmore, P. (2008) Key to Teaching TRIZ: Breaking Mindsets, The TRIZ Journal, February, http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/2008/02/05/#authors.
34) Filmore, P. (2008) Breakthrough problem solving for engineers, Invited workshop, Tire Technology International Expo 2008, Cologne 19-22 February 2008.
35) Filmore, P. (2008) Developing Highly Effective Engineers: The Significance of TRIZ, Proceedings of TRIZCON2008, Kent State University, Ohio, USA, 13-15th April 2008.
36) Filmore, P. (2008) A Comparison of the Problem Solving and Creativity Potential of Engineers between using TRIZ and Lean/ Six Sigma, Proceedings of the Fourth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2008, 10-12 September 2008, Laforet Biwako, Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
37) Ayub, N., Filmore, P. (2008) Early Experiences Employing the Matrix Principles Modified for the Communications and Electronics Domain, Proceedings of TRIZ-Future Conference ‘08, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 5-7 November 2008.
38) Filmore, P. (2009) Innovation Breakthrough: why Six Sigma and Lean thinking may not get you there, but TRIZ will!, (Invited paper), Tire Technology International Expo 2009, Hamburg 17-19 March 2008.
39) Filmore, P., Crust, G. (2009) Myers-Briggs Type and TRIZ in Engineering Innovation, Proceedings of TRIZCON2009, Conoga Park, California, USA, 16-18th March 2009 and Proceedings of UK TRIZ Symposium 1, 14/5/09, Clevedon, UK, ISBN 978-1-906769-12-13.
40) Mann, D., Shadad, A., Filmore, P., Dekoninck, E. (2009) From Computer-Aided Invention To Computer-Aided Innovation, Proceedings of TRIZCON2009, Conoga Park, California, USA, 16-18th March 2009.
41) Shadad, A., Filmore, P., Mann, D., Dekoninck, E. (2009) Automating the Innovation Process using Computer-Aided Innovation, Proceedings of the 2nd ISPIM Innovation Symposium: Stimulating Recovery – The Role of Innovation Management, Huizingh, Torkkeli, Conn, Bitran (Eds.), New York City USA, 6-9th Dec 2009, ISBN 978-952-214-864-3 (2009).
42) Filmore, P. (2010) Why Lean and Six Sigma Thinking is Unlikely to Solely Help Beat the Recession, The 1st International Conference on Systematic Innovation, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 21-25th Jan 2010, The Society of Systematic Innovation, http://www.systematic-innovation.org/icsi2010.
43) Filmore, P., Cole, A. (2010) The Online Learning Portal, SI:Online, poster, The 1st International Conference on Systematic Innovation, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 21-25th Jan 2010, The Society of Systematic Innovation, http://www.systematic-innovation.org/icsi2010.
44) Filmore, P. & Crust, G. (2010) Breakthrough Innovation: Breaking the Habit of Incremental Improvement, Proceedings of UK TRIZ Symposium 2, 13/5/10, Clevedon, UK, ISBN 978-1-906769-23-9.
45) Filmore, P., Mann, D., Shahdad, A. (2010) Computer-Aided (Systematic) Innovation – new tools and new ways of thinking, Proceedings of the Sixth TRIZ Symposium in Japan 2010, 9-11 September 2010, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan.
46) Filmore, P., Baudry, P. (2011) Development of TRIZ Podcast, UK TRIZ Forum #3, Clevedon, Nr. Bristol, 12th May 2011, ISBN 978-1-906769-16-1.
47) Yang, H., Filmore, P. (2011) The Interface Between Industry and Universities, With Specific Focus on Problems that Exist at the Interface: A Review, The 2nd International Conference on Systematic Innovation, May 26-28, 2011, Shanghai, China.
48) Filmore, P., Baudry, P. (2011) Developing Podcasts to Introduce TRIZ, The 2nd International Conference on Systematic Innovation, May 26-28, 2011, Shanghai, China.
49) Care, I., Filmore, P., Wall, T. (2012) How to Identify and Grow Good Innovators, Proceedings of UK TRIZ Symposium 4, 15-16/5/11, Clevedon, UK, ISBN 978-1-906769-40-6.
50) Filmore, P. (2012) Can the 40 Principles (and Other TRIZ Tools) Be Applied To Life? Proceedings of UK TRIZ Symposium 4, 15-16/5/11, Clevedon, UK, ISBN 978-1-906769-40-6.
51) Filmore, P. (2012) Can TRIZ Improve Personal Effectiveness by Answering Life Questions? The 3rd International Conference on Systematic Innovation & Global TRIZCON, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 10-12 July 2012.
Reports & invited lectures
1) Filmore, P. (2008) Breakthrough problem solving for engineers, Invited workshop, Tire Technology International Expo 2008, Cologne 19-22 February 2008.
2) Breakthrough Thinking: The Efficacy of TRIZ, public talk to the IET, 23/10/08, UoP, http://www.theiet.org/local/uk/southwest/devon-cornwall/breakthrough.cfm
Other academic activities
TRIZ Journal Editor, http://www.triz-journal.com/content/triz-journal_editorial_panel.asp