Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Jivka Ovtcharova
Head of Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) & Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) & Forschungszentrums Informatik (FZI)
Jivka Ovtcharova is Head of the Institute for Information Management in Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Director for Process and Data Management in Engineering in the field of Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering at the Research Center for Computer Science (FZI) in Karlsruhe. Born in Bulgaria, she studied mechanical engineering at the Sofia University of Technology and thermal energy and automation at the Moscow Institute of Energy. With her diploma of Dipl.-Ing in 1982, she began her career as a research associate at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. In 1987 she moved to Germany with a doctoral scholarship, where she worked in the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the automotive industry. The professor with a double doctoral degree in mechanical engineering and computer science is one of the 25 women for the digital future in Germany and with her research aims at the inspiring interplay between engineering and computer science. In the virtual age, she draws a line between the liberation of the human spirit during the Renaissance and the Internet of Things, which she believes should be understood as an "Internet of the senses". At the center of her work is the Resourceful Human and its role in the all-encompassing digital transformation of the economy and society. In one of her Lifecycle Engineering Solutions Centers (LESC), new ideas in virtual worlds can be implemented quickly and underpinned by far-reaching publicity measures. Building on this, Prof. Ovtcharova has been running the "Industry 4.0 Collaboration Lab at KIT" for more than four years - an open platform for action on digitization, education and qualification, and one of the 100 places for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg.