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
Nov 24, 2005Das Web der Zukunft RotaryDarmstadt, Germany
Nov 22, 2005Context is Ubiquitous CAMPUS Research GroupTU BerlinBerlin, Germany
Nov 17, 2005Learning Objects, Learning Object Reposiotories and Beyond Konferenz Lornet 2005Vancouver, Canada
Nov 16, 2005Paradigms of Research Panel Discussion: Paradigms of Research Konferenz Lornet 2005Vancouver, Canada
Nov 06, 2005Emerging Peer-to-Peer Technology TutorialKonferenz ACM MM 05Singapore
Nov 04, 2005Advanced Issues in Multimedia Networking Tongji UniversitätShanghai, China
Nov 03, 2005The Vision and Reality of E-Learning Tongji UniversitätShanghai, China
Oct 27, 2005Context Centric Communications Panel: From Network Centric Past to Content Centric FutureKonferenz CoNext 2005Toulouse, France
Oct 20, 2005Peer-to-Peer Technology . Towards Quality Aware Protocols LucentHolmdel, New Jersey, USA
Oct 10, 2005Das e-learning center an der TU Darmstadt 2. hessenweites eLearning SymposiumHMWKGiessen, Germany
Jul 28, 2005Trends in Technology Overlay Networks Campus ProjektmeetingSiemensMunich, Germany
Jul 26, 2005Mobile Networking at TUD Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijing, China
Jul 26, 2005Perspectives in Multimedia Communications Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijing, China
Jul 15, 2005Multimedia Communications Telemedia Technology towards Ubiquitous Seamless Multimedia Communications Tsinghua UniversityTsinghua, China
Jul 15, 2005Technology Trends in Media Commucications Beijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijing, China
Jun 28, 2005Chancen der Innovation in der Bildung und Forschung in Deutschland PodiumsdiskussionEconomic FormDarmstadt, Germany
Jun 27, 2005Qualitätskriterien und Konstruktionsprinzipien von Overlay-Netzen für die P2P- Kommunikation RingvorlesungUni FreiburgFreiburg, Germany
May 17, 2005Kommunikative Visionen Interfakultatives SymposiumTUD, FB 15Darmstadt, Germany
Apr 25, 2005Entwicklung einer gemeinsamen E-Learning Plattform für Hessische Universitäten 1. Wiesbadener Konferenz zum Lebensbegleitenden Lernen hessen-mediaWiesbaden, Germany
Apr 08, 2005Dual Mode TU Darmstadt -Eine Vision wird Realität CiL-EröffnungsveranstaltungRWTH Aachen CiLBern, Schweiz
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