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 2009 she received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz award of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 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, Mrs. Lanza deals with the development of analytical methods for the identification and improvement of given weak points of a production system.