Karlheinz Brandenburg on MP3 and the future of audio technology @ MAGNET, 2 Metrotech Center, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY

10/16/2013 2:00 pm – 10/16/2013 3:30 pm From MP3 to Serious Games: Research on Digital Media at Fraunhofer 25 years ago, standardization of audio coding started in MPEG. Now ubiquitous, audio coding at that time took many hours per track of music and often the result sounded horribly. Using knowledge from psychoacoustics, advancing signal processing algorithms and many hours of listening we got where we are today. Still there remain unsolved questions: We can reach fidelity defined as the faithful reproduction of one or more channels of music signals. We still learn how to plausibly reproduce audio in real rooms, especially if the recording situation and the listening room are very different. The talk will introduce some newer research in this area. Current challenges in digital media include not just reproduction of audio and video., The task of teaching and learning has to be redefined in the age of digital natives. E-learning is the “next year will be the big break-through” topic for many years. Again, we have to adapt to the way the human brain works: Serious games, gamification, concepts of adaptivity are the key words. The talk will introduce some work of researchers in Ilmenau and Erfurt on these topics. About the speaker
Karlheinz Brandenburg

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

Dr. 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. Dr. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Ilmenau University of Technology and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany.