Audio and Media Technologies – Dr. Bernhard Grill
"Application is our strength"
Whether in the cinema or at home, media entertainment often involves technology from Erlangen. In the field of digital cinema, for example, AI algorithms are helping to continuously improve the post-production software easyDCP. In home theaters, on smartphones or in VR glasses, the successors of mp3 or AAC – which put Fraunhofer IIS on the international map – provide interactive and immersive 3D sound in streaming applications and the broadcasting systems of today and tomorrow. AI methods will also play a role in this environment in the future; for example, to better recognize dialogue even amid background noise and, depending on the user’s preferences, to turn the volume up or down.
“Application is our strength,” says Bernhard Grill, Director of the Audio and Media Technologies division. And where AI is used, sophisticated data compression during recording and transmission also reduces the growing audio and image data rates without compromising quality.
Since Fraunhofer IIS is a world leader in the field of acoustic signal processing, it’s no surprise that its scientists recently announced another success: the planned voice assistant platform SPEAKER, designed for B2B applications, received an award in the AI innovation competition held by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Fraunhofer IIS is taking a further step toward the future with the KISS project, which is being realized in cooperation with the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. The project seeks to ramp up research in the field of machine learning by establishing a practice-oriented AI laboratory for system-level design of signal processing applications based on machine learning