Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. h.c. mult. Karlheinz Brandenburg

  • Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT
  • Chair of Electronic Media Technology at the Institute of Media Technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • Director of Institute for Media and Mobile Communications at the Technische Universität Ilmenau

Studies/academic and professional milestones

  • since 2012 Director of the Institute for Media and Mobile Communications at the Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • since 2004 Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT
  • since 2000 Chair of Electronic Media Technology at the Institute of Media Technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • 2001 – 2005 Director of the Institute of Media Technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • 2000 – 2003 Head of Fraunhofer Working Group for Electronic Media AEMT, Ilmenau (since 2004 Fraunhofer IDMT)
  • 1993 Head of Audio/Multimedia department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Erlangen
  • 1990 Scientific assistant at the Chair of Electronic Engineering at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 1989 AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill (USA)
  • 1989 Received Ph.D. from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Electrical Engineering for his work on digital audio coding and perceptual measurement techniques
  • 1982 – 1989 Research associate at the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen and studies of electrical engineering and mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Main Research

  • audio coding
  • perceptual measurement techniques
  • wave field synthesis
  • psychoacoustics
  • analysis of audio- and video signals

Memberships

  • Fellow of Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP)
  • Member of "Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft e.V." (FKTG)
  • Member of "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik e.V." (DEGA)
  • Faculty Advisor of AES Student Section Ilmenau e.V.
  • Member of "Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig"
  • Member of the committee of investment of Private Equity Thüringen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering "acatech"
  • Member of the Academia Europaea

Awards

  • 2015 Technology Award of the Eduard Rhein Foundation (together with Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Grill and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Herre)
  • 2014 IMTC Leadership Award for his contribution to audio coding and the standardization of the mp3 format (together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Edler)
  • 2014 Honorary Ph.D. degree of the Polytechnic University of Valencia for the introduction and establishment of modern methods of audio coding, aural perception measurement and psychoacoustics
  • 2014 Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as an innovator because of his important role in developing the mp3 format and the impact on this development to advance the Internet´s reach by the Internet Society (ISOC)
  • 2014 AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of his co-chairing the 53rd AES International Conference
  • 2011 "Distinguished Heyser Memorial Lecturer" at AES 130th Convention
  • 2011 AES Board of Governors Award in recognition of co-chairing the AES 42nd International Conference
  • 2009 Honorary Ph.D. degree of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg for the co-development of the mp3 format and his work in the field of audio coding
  • 2009 Election into the "German Research Hall of Fame" initiated by business journal "manager magazin" for his outstanding contribution to the further development of Germany as a research location
  • 2009 Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009
  • 2008 Honorary Ph.D. degree of the University Koblenz-Landau for outstanding research achievements in the field of audio coding
  • 2007 Election into the "CE Hall of Fame" of the Consumer Electronics Association CEA for the development and dissemination of the mp3 format (together with Prof. Dieter Seitzer and Prof. Heinz Gerhäuser)
  • 2006 Election into the "Hall of Fame" of the 120 most important inventors and masterminds in the field of electrical engineering featuring the leading inventors, scientists and standardizers by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • 2006 Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2004 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award for major contributions to digital audio source coding
  • 2004 Thuringian Research Prize 2003, category "Applied Research" (together with Dr.-Ing. Sandra Brix and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sporer)
  • 2004 Sputnik Innovator Award – Award for visionaries of digital transformation in the entertainment industry
  • 2003 Publications Award of the Audio Engineering Society AES for the best paper of the year 2000/2001; "PEAQ – the ITU Standard for the Objective Measurement of Perceived Audio Quality", (together with John G. Beerends, Roland Bitto, Catherine Colomes, Bernhard Feiten, Michael Keyhl, Christian Schmidmer, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sporer, Gerhard Stoll, Thilo Thiede, William C. Treurniet)
  • 2002 ISO/IEC 13818-7: 1997-Award / Information Technology – Generic coding of moving pictures and associated audio information – Part 7: Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) (together with Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Grill, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Herre, Ralph Sperschneider), ISO/IEC Certificate of Appreciation (Project Editor in the development of International Standard) for works on MPEG-2 AAC
  • 2001 German Internet Award NEO for the decisive development, standardization and successful marketing of the data format MPEG Layer-3 (mp3)
  • 2000 IEEE Engineering Excellence Award – The Region 10th Chapters of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
  • 2000 AES Board of Governors Award for co-chairmanship of the AES 17th International Conference
  • 2000 Deutscher Zukunftspreis, Preis des Bundespräsidenten für Technik und Innovation (together with Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Grill and Harald Popp)
  • 1998 AES silver medal award for continued contributions and leadership to the art and science of perceptual audio coding
  • 1996 Bavarian Innovation Award: Recognition by the Bavarian State Government
  • 1994 AES Fellowship Award for significant work in perceptual audio coders and psychoacoustics