Susumu Kunifuji is currently Vice-president of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), and Professor of the School of Knowledge Science of JAIST. He was the former President of the Japan Creativity Society, and known for pioneering Knowledge-based Systems and Creativity Support Systems. He is now the editor of the Journal of the Japan Creativity Society, the International Journal of Knowledge-based Intelligent Engineering Systems, and New Generation Computing. He is the author of many AI books on the Japanese Fifth Generation Computer Project.
David Cropley is Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation, and Deputy Director of the Defence and Systems Institute, at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. David joined the university in 1990 after serving in the United Kingdom's Royal Navy for four years. David's interests in creativity include creativity in an engineering and technological context, the measurement of creativity, the factors that influence creativity and innovation in organisations, and the dark side of creativity.
I became involved in creativity research by accident. As a young lecturer in an engineering department, I was given the task of helping to develop a new, first-year course that, among other things, focused on engineering creativity and innovation. My first reaction was to seek some input from a real creativity researcher, and I was fortunate that my father, Professor Arthur Cropley, happened to fit that category. I was vaguely aware that he had been active in this field since before I was born, so I felt that he would be in a good position to steer me in the right direction. To cut a long story short, and with 15 years of hindsight, it proved to be a fruitful collaboration.
What do you get if you pack the 02 Arena three times, sell-out the Albert Hall ten times over and fill White Hart Lane with young people? The number of people who were entertained and inspired by their attendance at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in its third and record year.
On 15 - 17 March The Fair burst into life at The NEC, Birmingham, making the programme’s flagship national event its biggest and best yet. With over three days of wall-to-wall science and engineering shows, activities and workshops, The Fair attracted 56,000 visitors, with young people, their teachers and parents totaling 49,000 – almost doubling last year’s impressive numbers.