Curriculum Vitae (Summary)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz is a full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as at the Dept. of Computer Science at the Techn. Univ. Darmstadt, Germany; see Since 1996, there he is managing director of the “Multimedia Communications Lab”; until end of 2001, he directed a Fraunhofer Institute. In 1999, he founded the Hessian Telemedia Technology Competence Center httc; there he holds a chair position.

For more than 10 years he has served as Hessian’s advisor for information and communications technology. He is a member of the Scientific Council and president of the Board of Trustees of the international research institute IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain. He was awarded with a Chair of Excellence at the Univ. Carlos III de Madrid. In 2016 he was awarded with the first Athene Award for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the TU Darmstadt for his visionary and successful establishment of start-up activities.

Together with more than 30 researchers, he works towards his vision of “seamless adaptive multimedia communications”. With his team he has contributed to over 900 refereed publications. He has edited and co-authored a set of multimedia books which reflected the major issues; the initial version was the worldwide first in-depth technical book on multimedia technology. He has served as editor-in-chief, editor of various IEEE, ACM, and other journals. In 2017 he was among the first three scientists being awarded a fellowship of the VDE ITG. As first German scientist, he was awarded the honors of Fellow of both, the IEEE and the ACM.

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Prof. Dr. Steinmetz is head of the TECHNOLOGY Research Subcluster, together with Dr. Stefan Göbel, and a member of the IDS LOEWE Research Cluster management board.


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