Director Fraunhofer IDMT

Karlheinz Brandenburg

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

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. h.c. mult. Karlheinz Brandenburg
  • Director of the 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 the 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
  • 2000 - 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 Studies of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, University 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)
  • Member of the scientific advisory council of Jenoptik AG, Jena, Germany
  • 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 his colleagues Bernhard Grill, Jürgen Herre
  • 2014 IMTC Leadership Award together with Prof. Dr. Bernd Edler
  • 2014 Honorary Ph.D. degree of the Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • 2014 Member of the »Internet Hall of Fame«, 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
  • 2009 Election into the “German Research Hall of Fame” initiated by the German business journal "manager magazin“
  • 2009 Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009
  • 2008 Honorary Ph.D. degree of the University Koblenz-Landau
  • 2007 Election into the “CE Hall of Fame” of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) together with Professor Heinz Gerhäuser
  • 2006 Election into the “Hall of Fame” eaturing the leading inventors, scientists and standardizers initiated by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • 2006 Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
  • 2004 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award
  • 2004 Thuringian Research Award (Thüringer Forschungspreis) 2003, category “Applied Research” together with Dr.-Ing. Sandra Brix, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sporer
  • 2004 Sputnik Innovator Award
  • 2003 Publications Award of the Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • 2002 ISO/IEC 13818-7: 1997-Award / Information Technology
  • 2001 German Internet Award NEO
  • 2000 IEEE Engineering Excellence Award
  • 2000 AES Board of Governors Award for co-chairmanship of the AES 17th International Conference
  • 2000 German Future Award 2000 together with Bernhard Grill, Harald Popp
  • 1998 AES silver medal award
  • 1994 AES Fellowship Award