Fraunhofer IIS gets a second director

Institute directors Professor Albert Heuberger (right) and Dr. Bernhard Grill.
© Photo Fraunhofer IIS/David Hartfiel

Institute directors Professor Albert Heuberger (right) and Dr. Bernhard Grill.

Professor Albert Heuberger and Dr. Bernhard Grill to share the helm.

Professor Albert Heuberger has been director of the FraunhoferIISsince 2011. As of November 1, 2016, he will lead the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s largest institute side by side with his former deputy Dr. Bernhard Grill. Under the new arrangement, Heuberger is the institute’s executive director, while Grill is in charge of the Audio and Media Technologies division. Director of administration Dr. Peter Dittrich takes on the role of deputy director alongside existing deputy director Professor Randolf Hanke.

Bernhard Grill studied electrical engineering at the FriedrichAlexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, and played a key role in the development of mp3 and AAC technology in the years following 1988. In 2000, Grill and his colleagues Karlheinz Brandenburg and Harald Popp were awarded the German Future Prize by the President of Germany, on behalf of their team at the Fraunhofer IIS, for the invention of the mp3 format. Other distinctions awarded to Grill include the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize and the Eduard Rhein Prize. Since 2000, Bernhard Grill has led the Audio department. In 2011, he was appointed director of the Audio and Media Technologies division, which by then had grown to an institution with over 200 employees. Today it is hailed as a scientific and technological trailblazer in many fields of audio signal processing.