Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz

Phone: +49-6151-16-29101
Location: S3|20 120

8 Private Questions (in german)

The facts are: "In the next few decades, a tremendous number of autonomous and networked systems will provide the most relevant (and usually hidden) computing capabilities for living and working together. In our global village, the heterogeneity of such ubiquitous communications devices and protocols would even increase. We as humans, must be able to make use of these new possibilities comfortably and really easily."

The challenges include: "Innovative quality of service mechanisms must be made available at access networks and at the edge of networks. Communication protocols should make use of the knowledge of data transmitted within their context of use. A plethora of networks results in the need for self organization mechanisms and context aware communications."

My Opinion is ...

Hence, let us bridge heterogeneity and invent full fletched seamless multimedia communications!

Professional Experience in Research Institutes, Foundations & Professional Societies



since 2009

Member of the Board, ITG Information Technology Society of the VDE, (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies), Frankfurt

since 2007

President of the Board of Trustees, IMDEA Networks (Research Institute on Networks and Telematics Services), Madrid, Spain

since 2006

Member of IT-council, member of the Technology Advisory Board of the state of Hessen and advisor for information and communications technology of the state (province) of Hessen, Hessen Agentur, Wiesbaden

since 2002

Member of the Board of Directors, E-Finance Lab Frankfurt am Main e.V.

since 1998

Chairman of the Board, Hessian Telemedia Technology CompetenceCenter (httc), Darmstadt

1996 – 2001

Director, Fraunhofer Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute former GMD – National Research Center for Information Technology, Darmstadt

Professional career



since Oct. 2001

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Multimedia Communications Lab, Darmstadt Full Professor and Director (among other responsibilities: dean for 2.5 yr)

since Aug. 1997

Adjunct Professorship, Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt

1996 – 2001

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Volkswagen Endowed Chair of Industrial Process and System Communications, Darmstadt

1988 – 1996

IBM European Networking Center, Heidelberg, Manager of the WT Multimedia Department (also known as the European IBM Multimedia Center Heidelberg)

1987 – 1988

Philips Communications Industry Corp., Advanced Development, Siegen




Habilitation in Computer Science at Frankfurt University


Doctoral Degree (Dr.-Ing) in Electrical Engineering, Communications

Awards (Including awards of the scientists and students at the KOM lab)

  • Chair of Excellence, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, 2014
  • E-Teaching Award, Best Practice at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (from the foundation “Carlo und Karin Giersch-Stiftung“), 2008
  • First ACM SIGMM Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, 2008
  • Siemens Excellence Award 2008 (for supervised student master thesis), 2008
  • Best Presentation Award, IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies 2008 (supervised thesis), 2008
  • 2nd Best Student Thesis Award in Security from the Competence Center for Applied Security Technology CAST (supervised thesis), 2007
  • Best Student Paper Award, European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning ECTEL, 2007
  • Award for Excellent Master Thesis from the Finnish Society of Computer Science (supervised thesis), 2006
  • Roger Needham EuroSys 2006 Award for Best European Thesis in Computer Science from European ACM SIGOPS (supervised thesis), 2006
  • Best Paper Award GI/ITG KiVS, 2005
  • 50.000 EUR award (to post doctoral researcher at the lab) from Adolf Messer Stiftung (foundation) for outstanding research in mobile networking, 2005
  • Best Dissertation Award of the "Gesellschaft für Informatik" (German Computer Science Association), (supervised thesis) 2004
  • Best Diploma Thesis (supervised thesis) GI/ITG-Fachgruppe KuVS, 2004
  • "National Leader Award" Economic Forum Deutschland, 2004
  • Best Paper Award MIPS 2003 (International Workshop on Multimedia Interactive Protocols and Systems) MIPS 2003 (now known as CoNext)
  • ACM Fellow, 2002
  • Best Paper Award SPECTS 2001 (International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems), 2001
  • IBM Research "Award for Excellence in Internet Research" (approx. USD 100.000), 1999
  • IEEE Fellow, 1999
  • Outstanding Paper Award, 11th Annual ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, 1999
  • Governor at the "International Council for Computer Communication" ICCC, 1999-2005
  • “Recognition of Service Award”, ACM, contribution as General Co-Chair during the Sixth ACM International Multimedia Conference, 1998
  • “Best Teaching Award” in the Computer Science Department of the TU Darmstadt, 1997/1998
  • “Certificate of Appreciation” Award, IEEE Computer Society, Organization of the “IEEE Multimedia Systems 96”, 1996
  • “Certificate of Appreciation” Award, IEEE Computer Society, for developing the concept and initiating a new IEEE magazine within the multimedia area, 1994
  • “Certificate of Appreciation” Award, IEEE Computer Society, for contributing to the International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, 1993
  • “First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award” by IBM, 1992


Wolfgang Effelsberg, Ralf Steinmetz, Thorsten Strufe (Eds.)
Benchmarking Peer-to-Peer Systems
Springer Verlag
ISBN 978-3-642-38672-5

Ralf Steinmetz, Klaus Wehrle (Eds.)
Peer-to-Peer Systems and Applications
Springer Verlag
ISBN 3-540-29192-X

Ralf Steinmetz und Klaus Wehrle (Hrsg.)
Peer-to-Peer Systems and Applications
China Machine Press
ISBN  9787111236474

Ralf Steinmetz, Klara Nahrstedt
Multimedia Systems (chin)
Auflage 2007

Max Mühlhäuser, Guido Rößling und Ralf Steinmetz (Hrsg.)
DeLFI 2006: Die 4. e-Learning Fachtagung Informatik der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
GI-Edition-Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), P-87
Köllen Verlag
September 2006
ISBN 978-3-88579-181-2

Ralf Steinmetz und Klaus Wehrle (Hrsg.)
Peer-to-Peer Systems and Applications
Springer Verlag
September 2005
ISBN 354029192-X

Ralf Steinmetz und Klara Nahrstedt
Multimedia Applications
Springer Verlag
April 2004
ISBN 3540408495

Ralf Steinmetz und Klara Nahrstedt
Multimedia Systems
Springer Verlag
April 2004
ISBN 3540408673

Ralf Steinmetz und Klara Nahrstedt
Multimedia Fundamentals Volume 1, 2nd Edition
Prentice Hall
Januar 2002
ISBN 0130313998

Lars Wolf, David Hutchison, Ralf Steinmetz
Quality of Service - IWQoS 2001. 9th International Workshop Karlsruhe, Germany, June 6-8, 2001. Proceedings
Springer Verlag
Mai 2001
ISBN 354042217X

Ralf Steinmetz:
Multimedia-Technologie: Grundlagen, Komponenten und Systeme
3. Auflage mit CD
Springer Verlag
Oktober 2000
ISBN 3540673326

Stephan Fischer, Achim Steinacker, Reinhard Bertram, Ralf Steinmetz
Open Security
Springer Verlag
Juli 1998
ISBN 354064654X

Ralf Steinmetz und Wolfgang Effelsberg
Video Compression Techniques
August 1998
ISBN 3920993136

Ralf Steinmetz, Klara Nahrstedt
Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications
Prentice Hall
ISBN 0133244350

Ralf Steinmetz
Occam 2
Hüthig Verlag
ISBN 3-7785-1437-7

Selected Talks and Presentations

Date Title Name of the event Organiser Location
May 17, 2007Perspectives of Multimedia Communications driven by Sensor Networks PresentationHarvard UniversityBoston, USA
May 11, 2007Research Perspectives in e-Government Kuratoriumssitzung SAP KuratoriumSt. Gallen, Schweiz
Apr 12, 2007Vorstellung des Fachgebietes und des E-Finance Lab e.V. E-Finance-Lab WorkshopDeutsche BörseFrankfurt (Main), Germany
Mar 19, 2007SOA Competenz Center (SCC) im httc e.V. CeBITCeBITHannover, Germany
Mar 16, 2007Technology Transfer Opportunities - Darmstadt Networking PresentationAHK Santiago de ChileSantiago de Chile, Chile
Mar 16, 2007Technology Transfer Opportunities - Darmstadt Networking PresentationAHK Santiago de ChileSantiago de Chile, Chile
Mar 16, 2007Towards Ubiquitous Seamless Multimedia Communications at Darmstadt PräsentationAHK Santiago de ChileSantiago de Chile, Chile
Mar 13, 2007Perspectives of Multimedia Communications in Hessen and Darmstadt PresentationAHK Sao PaoloSao Paolo, Brasil
Mar 13, 2007Technology Transfer Opportunities - Darmstadt Networking PresentationAHK Sao PaoloSao Paolo, Brasil
Mar 12, 2007Perspectives of Multimedia Communications & Telemedia Technology PresentationNational Laboratory for Scientific ComputationPetropolis, Brasil
Mar 12, 2007The Technische Universität Darmstadt - Scientific Excellence for the Next Generation of Information and Communication Technology PräsentationReunion at Federacao das Industrias do Estado do Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro, Brasilien
Feb 28, 2007Research Challenges in Quality Enhancement of P2P Technology KiVSInformationstechnischen Gesellschaft (ITG) unter Beteiligung der Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) im VDEBern, Schweiz
Jan 29, 2007Service-oriented Architectures - Current Research and Future Directions WorkshopDeutsche BankEschborn, Germany
Jan 23, 2007Begrüßung und Moderation anlässlich der Frühjahrstagung des E-Finance Labs Frühjahrstagung 2007E-Finance LabFrankfurt (Main), Germany
Jan 17, 2007Begrüßung und Moderation anlässlich der Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde an Herrn Dipl.-Math. Hartmut Raffler FestveranstaltungTU DarmstadtDarmstadt, Germany
Jan 11, 2007Globase - A Peer-to-Peer Overlay for High Quality Location-based Search KolloquiumRWTH AachenBern, Schweiz
Nov 30, 2006Keynote: Trends und Entwicklungen innovativer IT-Architekturen hessen-it Kongress 2006Hess. Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und LandesentwicklungWiesbaden, Germany
Nov 23, 2006Grenzenlose Innovation durch das Internet?! 25-jähriges JubiläumDanet GmbHDarmstadt, Germany
Nov 16, 2006Die Bedeutung der Serviceorientierung für die Entwicklungen in der IT-Branche Vortrag ArbeitskreisIHKDarmstadt, Germany
Nov 15, 2006Swarm technologies: Co-operative Systems ExperteninterviewVDI/VDEDarmstadt, Germany
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