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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza

Director of Production Systems
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza is member of the management board at the Institute of Production Science (wbk) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). She heads the Production Systems division dealing with the topics of global production strategies, production system planning, and quality assurance in research and industrial practice. 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 she was awarded in 2016 with the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon. She is an active member of the scientific advisory board of the Germany 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, Mrs. 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.

Areas of research:

  • Global Production Strategies:
    • Strategic planning of production networks
    • Site-specific production using Industry 4.0
    • Information and quality management in supply chain networks
    • Order-based production and logistics planning in networks
  • Production System Planning:
    • Adaptive production systems
    • Industry 4.0 methods
    • Digitalization strategies
    • Machine learning and data mining
    • Agile factory planning
    • Robust, intelligent production control
    • Cost evaluation and simulative validation
    • Technology planning
  • Quality Assurance:
    • In-line measurement technology for immature processes
    • Soft sensors for intelligent data analysis
    • Function-oriented measurements
    • Autonomous measurement technology
    • Measurement uncertainty evaluation
    • Process control based on quality data
  • Industry 4.0:
    • Data-driven services and business models
    • Customer integration during order fulfillment
    • Real-time adapting, customer-oriented production networks
    • Intelligent assistance systems
    • Working environment 4.0
    • “Plug-and-Work” of technical systems
    • Real-time evaluation of sensor data and autonomous process control



Doctoral Thesis: Simulative Anlaufunterstützung auf Basis der Qualitätsfähigkeiten von Produktionsprozessen



Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza
1993 - 1999 Studies of economics and business engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany
Specialization: Corporate planning
1998 Research visit at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA
2003 CIRP Best Paper Award of the 36th CIRP International Seminar on Manufacturing Systems with the publication “Quality Simulation for Fast Ramp-up”
2003 - 2008 Director of Production Systems division at Institute of Production Science (wbk), University of Karlsruhe (TH)
2004 Doctorate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe (TH); passed with distinction (summa cum laude)
2005 Erna-Scheffler-Foerderpreis of the Soroptimist Club Karlsruhe: PhD sponsorship for an outstanding piece of work by women academics of the University of Karlsruhe (TH)
2005 - 2007 Sponsorship from the elite sponsorship program of Landesstiftung Baden Wuerttemberg for postdoctoral candidates
2008 - 2011 First Shared Professorship “Global Production Engineering and Quality” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with Daimler AG
since 2008 Member of the cooperative board of management at Institute of Production Science (wbk), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
since 2008

Academic self-administration:

since 2008: China delegate of KIT and member of Faculty council, director of working group “Doctoral Researcher Survey”, member of numerous appointment committees

2009-2014: member of strategy board of department

2011-2012: member of ethics committee of KIT

since 2015: member of Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS)
2009 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz award: Recognition by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for superior postdoctoral scientific performance
since 2009 Director of “Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI)” in Suzhou, China
since 2009

Member of CIRP - International Academy for Production Engineering

since 2012: Associate Member

since 2020: Chairman of Scientific Group “STC O - Production Systems and Organization”
2010 - 2013 Member of the Industry-Science Research Alliance of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Mobility working group
2012 - 2017 Member of the Senate and DFG Grants Committee on Research Training Groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
since 2012 Professorship “Production System and Quality Management” at Institute of Production Science (wbk), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
since 2013

Member of the scientific advisory board of the German “Plattformn Industrie 4.0”

Reviewer of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF)

since 2014: vice chair of reviewer group 3 - Business Administration and Organization
since 2014 Member of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP)
2014 - 2019 Associate Editor of Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS)
2015 - 2018 Associate Editor of Precision Engineering Journal
since 2015 Member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

Member of the Jury of Erwin Schroedinger Award of “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft”

Member of scientific commission of Lower Saxony

Member of the board of the Industrie 4.0 Alliance of Badem Wuerttemberg
2016 Awarded the “Bundesverdienstkreuz” (Cross of the Order of the Merit) for her research in the area of production technology and her commitment to the promotion of young scientists