Irina Livshits was born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 1951. She graduated in Optical Devices and Spectroscopy from National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (former named as Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics) with master degree, and got her Doctor of Science degree in 1980. Since 1974 she has been a researcher at the same University at the department of Theory of Optical Devices. She is presently the Research Director of the Engineering Center OPTICA and the head of Laboratory of CAD of Opto-information and Energy saving Systems at the same university. At the same time she is the Director of Russian-Korean Optical Design Center ITMO-KPU since 2010. Her research interests include imaging and non-imaging optical systems, expert systems and genetic algorithms for optical design, optical design software and opto-electronic computing. Her publications include some total number of 180 articles, including 70 patents, and in 2009 she was one of co-authors of the book “Design of opto-information systems for underwater applications”. She has taught courses on optical design, geometrical optics, optical modeling, optics in computing and applied optics at National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics and other institutions. Irina Livshits serves as the vice-chair of the International Committee for Rozdestvensky Optical Society, Russia since 1994, member of Advisory Committee for European Optical Society EOS since 2009 and a Program Committee Chair of the International Optical Design Seminar IODS since 2009. She also serves as a Program Committee Member for Optics-Photonics Design and Fabrication Conference since 2000.