Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cristina Olaverri-Monreal graduated with a Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science and Phonetics from the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany and received her PhD in cooperation with BMW. After working internationally in the industry and in the academia, in her current position as full professor and holder of the BMK endowed professorship and chair sustainable transport logistics 4.0 at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, in Austria her research aims at studying solutions for an efficient and effective transportation focusing on minimizing the barrier between users and road systems. To this end, she relies on the automation, wireless communication and sensing technologies that pertain to the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

Dr. Olaverri-Monreal is president-elect of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) and chair of the Technical Activities Committee (TAC) on Human Factors in ITS. This TAC was recognized with the award “best TAC of the IEEE ITSS” in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Since 2012, she has been organizing the IEEE ITS Workshop on Human Factors as part of the TAC activities. To commemorate the anniversary of the workshop, she has (co) edited the book “Human Factors in Intelligent Vehicles”, within the River Publishers Series in Transport Technologies. In 2019, she founded the IEEE Austrian ITSS chapter that she is currently chairing.

Dr. Olaverri-Monreal is a member of the single EU-wide platform to coordinate open road testing of Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM). She has served as advisor and project evaluator in the field of ICT and Connected, Cooperative Autonomous Mobility Systems for several European agencies and organizations and she is a European Commission Expert for “Automated Road Transport”.

In addition, she serves as an associate editor and editorial board member of several journals in the field, including the IEEE Transactions on ITS and the IEEE ITS Magazine. She was recently recognized for her dedicated contribution to continuing education in the field of ITS with the 2017 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education.