Awards, prizes and appointments 2021 – a selection

🏆 AES Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award

Thomas Robotham, Dr. Andreas Silzle and Prof. Jürgen Herre received the AES Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award for their publication “Perceptual Evaluation of Interior Panning Algorithms Using Static Auditory Events.”

🏆 AES President’s Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

Alessandro Travaglini, an employee in the Audio for Broadcast Applications research group, received the award for his contributions to Technical Document TD1008 “Recommendations for Loudness of Internet Audio Streaming and On-Demand Distribution” as a member of the TC-BOD drafting group.

🏆 ARD/ZDF Prize for Women in Media Technology

The second prize of 3000 euros went to sound engineer Daniela Rieger for her master’s thesis “Object-Based Music Production – Development of a Combined Workflow for Dolby Atmos Music and 360 Reality Audio Based on an Existing Stereo Mix,” submitted to Stuttgart Media University.

🏆 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award

Prof. Jürgen Herre received the IEEE Industrial Innovation Award in conjunction with Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg and James D. Johnston for contributions to the standardization of audio coding technology.

🏆 Innovation competition: “Electronics for Energy-Saving Information and Communications Technology”

Fraunhofer IIS and Fraunhofer IAF, together with the University of Freiburg / INATECH, took second place in the innovation competition organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with their joint project “EdgeLimit – Evaluation of Power Electronics in Modern Edge Cloud Systems.” The project consortium has been awarded funding to implement their solution for energy-saving mobile radio base stations.

🏆 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2021

A team of researchers led by Prof. (Univ. Navarra) Michael Schlicht, Josef Bernhard and Dr. Gerd Kilian received a 2021 Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the new wireless transmission technology mioty® for massive IoT, which has been developed to market readiness. The prize is awarded to employees of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for outstanding scientific achievement in solving application-oriented problems (see p. 6).

🏆 Pilot innovation competition: “Energy-Efficient AI System”

“What kind of chip is capable of detecting cardiac arrythmias and atrial fibrillation in ECG data with an accuracy of at least 90 percent while consuming the least amount of energy?” This challenge was answered with aplomb by a team from Fraunhofer IIS and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, whose energy-saving AI chip took first place in the pilot innovation competition organized by the German research ministry.


🎓 Prof. Bernhard Grill, Institute Director of Fraunhofer IIS with responsibility for audio and media technologies since 2016, has been appointed honorary professor in the School of Business, Economics and Society at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg as of January 21, 2021 (see p. 10).

🎓 Prof. Stefan Kasperl has been Professor of Physics at Nuremberg Institute of Technology since the winter semester 2021/22. At Fraunhofer IIS, he is Chief Scientist in the Development Center for X-ray Technology at the institute’s Fürth location.

🎓 In appointing Prof. Simon Zabler, Deggendorf Institute of Technology has acquired an expert in imaging methods with a special focus on computed tomography. Professor Zabler will continue to head up the Fraunhofer Application Center for CT in Metrology within the Development Center for X-ray Technology, with locations in Deggendorf and Passau.

🎓Prof. Jörg Robert has been Professor for Dependable Machine-to-Machine Communication in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TU Ilmenau as of February 1, 2021. At Fraunhofer IIS, he heads the Reliable M2M Communication research group.

🏆 Ron Halmshaw Award

Andreas Michael Stock received the award for his paper “Edge-preserving compression of CT scans using wavelets,” published in the UK journal Insight. Together with his colleagues, Stock investigated how certain compression algorithms that use so-called wavelets behave in the case of industrial data.