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 www.kom.tu-darmstadt.de Since 1996, there he is managing director of the “Multimedia Communications Lab”; until end of 2001, he directed a Fraunhofer Institute. He founded the Hessian Telemedia Technology Competence Center httc and he acted for approx. 20 years as the chair.
In 2013 together with leading scientists in the area of adaptive networking and distributed systems he established the DFG funded collaborative research center MAKI - “Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet”. In the last period of funding together with more than 40 researchers, he works towards the vision of transitions enabling highly adaptive communications.
Over the course of his career, he has supervised over 105 successful PhD students. 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.
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.
Ralf Steinmetz has been widely recognized for his contributions to the field, including the receipt of prestigious accolades such as an Honorary Doctorate from RWTH Aachen University. He was awarded with a Chair of Excellence at the Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. Since 2019 he is a member of the Academia Europaea. In 2017 he was among the first three scientists being awarded a fellowship of the VDE ITG and he is a fellow of the GI. As first German scientist, he was awarded the honors of Fellow of both, the IEEE and the ACM.