Member of the Advisory Committee
Ms. Jivka Ovtcharova, born 1957 in Bulgaria, has since 2003 the position of C4 Professor of Computer Applications in Planning and Construction. She is also head of the Institute of Information Management in Engineering (IMI) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Furthermore, she is Director for Process and Data Management in Engineering in the field of Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering at the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) in Karlsruhe. Ms. Ovtcharova studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Sofia as well as thermal energy at the Institute of Energy in Moscow. She passed the diploma of engineering with distinction. In 1982 she started working as research associate at the Bulgarian Academy of Science in Sofia. 1987 she moved with a doctoral studies grant to Darmstadt where she worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (Fraunhofer IGD) until 1996. During that time she was project manager in the field of industrial applications with the focus on CAD and feature-based design. In 1992 she received the doctor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, and in 1996 she received the doctor’s degree in computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt. From 1996 to 1998 she was responsible for the individual production in the field of human modelling at Tecmath in Kaiserslautern/Germany and from 1998 to 2003 she headed the Process and Integration Center of General Motors Europe at the International Technical Development Center of Adam Opel GmbH in Rüsselsheim/Germany.