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The Institute for Information Management in Engineering (IMI) has many cooperative relationships with commercial enterprises such as ART, Dassault Systemes, Hewlett Packard, IWOfurn Service Gmbh, Tech Viz as well as with German and international universities such as the Hochschule Karlsruhe, Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Hector School, Technical Univerity Sofia , Kangwon National University Korea. Furthermore, there are research relations between the IMI and institutions in the cultural and research field, such as the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe, CAD-CAM-Association, WiPeG, IFIP SIG "Computer Aided Innovation," Cooperation Virtual Engineering between Bulgaria and Germany (CoVEs), Prostep IFIP (International Association for information Processing), PULSE (Initiative on Education, economy and Trade - Bulgaria).


In 1988, the scientific society „Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für CAD/CAM-Technologie Karlsruhe e.V.“ was founded with the goal to promote research, development, and scientific exchange of ideas within the field of CAD/CAM technologies. The society focuses on supporting IMI's scientific work in these areas.
The close collaboration with the CAD-CAM-association is witnessed by the fact that IMI's manager is also vice chairperson of this society. Due to the rotation of the institute’s management, full Professor Dr. Dr.-Ing. Jivka Ovtcharova became the new vice chairperson of the CAD-CAM-association in 2004. At the same time, full Professor em. Dr.-Ing. Prof. E.h. Dr. h.c. Hans Grabowski has been announced honorary chairman of the CAD-CAM-association.


FDIBA was established in 1990 under an agreement between the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Bulgaria. The Faculty of the Technical University of Sofia collaborated with the University of Karlsruhe in two bachelor's degree programs in engineering and computer science. In collaboration with the Technical University of Braunschweig a postgraduate Master of Business Studies (MBA) is offered. The Coordinator of the University of Karlsruhe (TH) for the FDIBA programme is professor Dr. Dr.- Ing. Jivka Ovtcharova. The educational programme of the FDIBA is strongly supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Furthermore, it is the largest and most successful DAAD project for Eastern Europe. The studies are based on the educational model and the curricula of the German partner universities in German language.

The courses are conducted in Sofia by Bulgarian and German teachers. After the completion of all courses, students will receive the following degrees:

  • Engineering: Bachelor and Bachelor TU Sofia University of Karlsruhe
  • Computer science : Bachelor TU Sofia
  • Business Administration: MBA TU Braunschweig and Master of Business Administration University of Sofia 

In the past, student exchanges were primarily characterized by students of the FDIBA doing their internships, thesises or studies abroad in Germany. In return, there are recently more engineering students of our university interested in a semester abroad at the FDIBA in Sofia.


The Scientific Society for Product Development (WiGeP) was created in 2011 by the merge of the Berlin Circle with the Scientific Society of Machine Elements, Design Engineering and Product Development (WGMK) and has now more than 75 university professor and two female professor members who significantly contribute to the areas of product development/developing methods and Information Technology in production development processes. The WiGeP focuses on the development of high-technology industrial products, especially in the sectors of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and vehicle technology as well as corresponding engineering services. It is the aim of the "WiGeP" to adjust research and education to the distinctly apparent challenges of the industry and to support companies in the product development for tomorrow's markets. For this reason, the "WiGeP" closely collaborates with senior representatives of the German industry.

The economy, science and politics are to view product innovation as a main concern of a highly developed society. Therefore, the "WiGeP" propagates the “Vision of a creative nation” which expresses the higher goal to develop and realize promising ideas.

IFIP SIG "Computer Aided Innovation"

International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Technical Committee 5 “Computer Applications in Technology”, Special Interest Group „Computer Aided Innovation“

IFIP is a non-governmental, friendly umbrella association for national communities, and concerns itself with information processing.  IFIP was founded in 1960 under the patronage of UNESCO, in the time after the 1st World Computer Congress in Paris (1959).


The heart of the IFIP forms the Technical Committees (TC), in which over 2000 members worldwide actively participate. There are 13 such TC’s, each of which is responsible for a certain topic and the respective activities of its work group. These groups function in different ways in order to exchange and further their special experiences.  “Experiences” in this sense means conferences, small work conferences, seminary, current work papers, and more often, in agreement with IFIPs theme, video conferences and mailing lists.

The goal of TC5 is the advancement of research and development of basic principles, models, and theories, in order to support information technology usage. The work of this TC is concentrated on a multi-disciplinary exploration of information technology usage and of methods for information management. In other words, the work should enlighten people to the fact that current, flexible, and adaptable knowledge is available at their disposal. Some of the concrete themes are:

  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Virtual Product creation, Visualization and Verification of Products and Processes 
  • Virtual collaborations

The special interest group, „Computer Aided Innovation“ (CAI) was founded in 2004.  At the present, its goal is to identify the basic underlying influencing factors that characterize the novel CAI-methods and tools, which should support the creative phases of development and process configuration. 
In line with work, the SIG CAI joins the IMI with the 

Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. 

The 1st IFIP Working Conference on Computer Aided Innovation took place from November 14-15, 2005, in Ulm.