Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Steinmetz is a full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as adjunct faculty member at the Dept. of Computer Science at the Techn. Univ. Darmstadt, Germany, since 1996; see www.kom.tu-darmstadt.de.
He holds a chair position as Managing Director of the "Multimedia Communications Lab". From late 1996 until late 2001, he directed the Fraunhofer (former GMD) Integrated Publications and Information Institute IPSI. In 1999, he founded the Hessian Telemedia Technology Competence Center httc; until today there he has served as chair. From 2002 to 2004, he managed the department as its dean. Since 2010 he has been the head of the research cluster "Future Internet"; one out of five leading comprehensive scientific networks at Techn. Univ. Darmstadt.
For nearly 10 years he has served as Hessian's advisor for information and communications technology; until 2014 as founding member he contributed to the political executive board of the Hessian program LOEWE (funding excellence in science and economy). He is a member of the Scientific Council and president of the Board of Trustees of the international research institute IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain. Currently he has been awarded with a Chair of Excellence at the Univ. Carlos III de Madrid.
He is an expert in the field of adaptive seamless multimedia communications. Together with more than 30 researchers, he works towards his vision of "seamless adaptive multimedia communications". With his team he has contributed to over 800 refereed publications.
A well understood adaptiveness of seamless multimedia communications has the potential to create a future where people from all over the world are able to collaborate and communicate independently regardless of geographical constraints and heterogeneity of technology. His research interests covers scalable quality of service (e.g. in network engineering, communication services and service oriented architectures), content distribution networks (e.g. peer-to-peer and overlay mechanism), context aware communications (e.g. ubiquitous computing), adaptive mobile networking (e.g. of nodes and protocols for ad hoc networking), knowledge media (e.g. semantic enrichment), and serious games. At Darmstadt he often links these research issues very closely to key issues in disaster scenarios, personal mobility, networked future automobiles and e-finance.
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 is the editor-in-chief of ACM TOMM; he has served as chair, vice-chair and member of numerous program and steering committees of communications and multimedia conferences. He is a member of the GI and VDE-ITG; where he also served in the board and as vice chairman until 2014. He was awarded as ICCC Governor, the honors of Fellow of both, the IEEE and the ACM.
Last update: 9th March 2015