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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer.nat. h.c. mult.Karlheinz Brandenburg

Recent Progress in Audio and Acoustic Communication: What can video learn from it?

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While audio coding for music distribution in two channel stereo is a mature field, audio signal processing both for 3D audio and other special applications is alive with a lot of current research going on. The talk will introduce three fields:

- Object based audio coding: 20 years ago MPEG-4 introduced these ideas into coding standards. In audio, we now see first commercial applications. Will we see a revival of object based video?

- Inverse coding for forensic applications: Manipulation of media data is common these days. In audio, we can find traces of the format (mp3, AAC or others) and use this to verify whether the sound has been manipulated. Can video do the same?

- New psychoacoustic models trying to include more knowledge about cognitive effects. As it has been known for a long time, video influences what we hear. What about the reverse direction?


Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the mp3 and MPEG audio standards. He is acclaimed for pioneering work in digital audio coding.
His honors include the AES Silver Medal, the “IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronic Award”, the German Future Award, which he shared with his colleagues and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Furthermore he is member in the “Hall of Fame” of the Consumer Electronics Association and of the International Electrotechnical Commission. In 2009, he was appointed as Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. In April 2014, Brandenburg was inducted as an innovator into the Internet Hall of Fame. He holds three honorary Ph.D. degrees.
Prof. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is a professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany.