Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza is member of management board at the Institute for Production Technology (wbk) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and heads the Production Systems division. The area focuses on global production strategies, production system planning and quality assurance. In 2009 she received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz award of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements after the doctorate and was awarded in 2016 with the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon. She is an active member of the scientific advisory board of the German Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) and the national platform Industrie 4.0, as well as of the Steering Committee of the Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg. In numerous basic and collaborative projects, Ms. Lanza deals with the development of analytical methods for the identification and improvement of given weak points of a production system. The close interaction with numerous companies primarily from the automotive, mechanical and plant engineering secures the practical applicability and the industrial added value of their research work.