Nitrides Seminar - Dr. Kazuhiko Itaya (PhD), from Kagawa University, Japan

3/12/2019 12:30PM ESB 1001

Idea Generation in Material Research

-A case study of idea generation in III-V compounds and
an empirical study on promotion of serendipity-


In the first half of this talk, the speaker will reflect on his research and development of lasers and LEDs using InGaAlP materials during his work at Toshiba (1990’s). The relationship between materials and generation of ideas is discussed from the viewpoint of technology management.  In addition, through comparison with other III-V materials such as InP and GaN, the fact that every material has its own innate features and therefore the importance of developing idea generation while understanding those features are shown. 

Some materials need serendipity, or chance discovery, for their breakthrough.  In the second half of this talk, empirical research that promotes serendipity in the field of technology management is discussed.  Based on the findings from more than 100 researchers in the industry of functional food, the potential factors important for idea generation and the paths of their impact are clarified. This research promotes a management style that encourages the generation of ideas in the research fields of materials, drugs, etc.

BIO: Dr. Itaya received his MS in coordinated sciences from the University of Tokyo, and received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Tokyo. He joined Toshiba Corporation in 1986 and engaged in research and development of visible light from lasers and LEDs.  After being a visiting researcher at UCSB (1993-95), he returned to Toshiba and became a research group leader and a senior manager in the field of MEMS and heterogeneous device integration technology. He also received his Ph.D. in arts and sciences (2010), finishing the Ph.D. program of technology management at the University of Tokyo. From 2013-17, he assumed a position as a professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture. He mainly engaged in research on promoting creativity and serendipity. In 2017, he became a professor at the Graduate School of Regional Management, Kagawa University.