Karlheinz Brandenburg

Professor, researcher in information and communication technology

Head of Research Area "Electronic Media Techniques", and Director of Fraunhofer Institut for Digital Media Technology (IDMT)

He studied electrotechnics and mathematics at the University of Erlangen, then wrote his dissertation titled "A contribution to the process and quality control for high quality music coding." The technology described in the dissertation has served as a basis for the development of MPEG Layer-3 (MP3), MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and many other modern audio-coding methods.

In 1989-1990 he worked at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, USA on the further development of MPEG processes. In 1990 he returned to the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he taught "digital processing of audio signals." From 1993 he worked at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

In 2000 he moved to Ilmenau Technical University, where he became the Head of the Chair for Electronic Media Techniques and Director of the Institute for Media Techniques. Since May 2000 he has been the Head of the Fraunhofer Working Group on Electronic Media Techniques AEMT in Ilmenau (from 1st January 2004: Fraunhofer-Institut for Digital Media Technology IDMT).

He is member of the AES (Audio Engineering Society) and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers).

Prof. Brandenburg has ca. 25 patents in audio coding, and is the author of many scientific articles. Together with Mark Kahrs (Rutgers University) he has published the volume "Applications of Digital Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics".

His hobbies include trekking and reading science-fiction.

My professional / business address

Technische Universität Ilmenau
Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
Institut für Medientechnik
Postfach 10 05 65
98684 Ilmenau, Germany

e-mail address



+03677 692676


+03677 691255



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Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg