brief summary of the CV

Ralf Steinmetz, a Professor and Doctor of Engineering, serves as a full professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, where he leads the Multimedia Communications lab. Over the course of his career, he has supervised over 105 successful PhD students and remains committed to his vision of achieving "seamless adaptive multimedia communications." 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 and a Chair of Excellence at the University Carlos III de Madrid. He is also fellow of several esteemed professional organizations, including the IEEE, the ACM, the GI, and the VDE ITG.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Ralf Steinmetz

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Curriculum Vitae

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Some outstanding Awards and Honors

2022 RWTH Aachen awards Honorary Doctorate (Dr. h.c.) to Ralf Steinmetz
2019 Academia Europaea, member
2018 GI Fellow
2017 VDE ITG Fellow
2014 Chair of Excellence („catedra de excelencia”), Universidad Carlos III, Madrid
2008 Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, ACM SIGMM 1st award, for ”pioneering work in multimedia communications and the fundamentals of multimedia synchronization"
2002 Fellow of the ACM
1999 Fellow of the IEEE
1992 First Patent Application Invention Achievement Award, IBM


Professional Experience in Research Institutes, Foundations & Professional Societies

Member of the Scientic Advisory Board (Wissenschaftsrat) at TU Darmstadt
since 2007 President of the Board of Trustees, IMDEA Networks (Research Institute on Networks and Telematics Services), Member of the IMDEA Scientific Council, Madrid, Spain
since 2006 Hessian’s advisor for information and communications technology to the governor of the state; former Member of IT-council and former member of the Technology Advisory Board of the state of Hessen
since 2011 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT
1998 - 2022 Chairman of the Board and Founder, 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 2013 Head and Spokesperson of DFG CRC "Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet" MAKI
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



1994 Habilitation in Computer Science at Frankfurt University
1986 Doctoral Degree (Dr.-Ing) in Electrical Engineering, Communications



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