Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Steinbach

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Steinbach (b. 1969) and his team research fundamental methods for audio-visual-haptic information processing and transmission. The current focuses of his activities are mobile multimedia communication, distributed multimedia systems, haptic data compression and 3D image analysis and synthesis.  

After studying electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, the University of Essex and the ESIEE in Paris, he was awarded a doctorate in 1999 at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. From 2000 to 2002, he conducted research at Stanford University, initially as a post-doc and later as a consulting assistant professor. In 2002, he was appointed to the position of assistant professor in the newly created Department of Media Technology at TUM. Since 2009, he has held the Chair of Media Technology there. As the Foreign Affairs Officer of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, he is responsible for the international relations, university partnerships and exchange program of his faculty. Professor Steinbach is an IEEE Fellow.


  • IEEE Fellow for contributions to visual and haptic communications (2015)
  • Forschungspreis Technische Kommunikation der Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung für Kommunikationsforschung  (2011)
  • ERC Starting Grant (2011-2015)
  • Preis der Informationstechnischen Gesellschaft im VDE (ITG) (2009)

Key Publications (all publications)

Steinbach E, Hirche S, Ernst M, Brandi F, Chaudhari R, Kammerl J, Vittorias I: "Haptic Communications." Proceedings of the IEEE. Special Issue on Frontiers of Audiovisual Communications: New Convergences of Broadband Communications, Computing, and Rich Media. 2012; 100(4): 937-956. 

Schroth G, Huitl R, Chen D, Abu-Alqumsan M, Al-Nuaimi A, Steinbach E: "Mobile Visual Location Recognition." IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Special Issue on Mobile Media Search. 2011; 28(4): 77-89.

Steinbach E, Hirche S, Kammerl J, Vittorias I, Chaudhari R: "Haptic Data Compression and Communication." IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. 2011; 28(1): 87-96.

Hinterseer P, Hirche S, Chaudhuri S, Steinbach E, Buss M: “Perception-based data reduction and transmission of haptic data in telepresence and teleaction systems”. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. 2008; 56(2): 588-597.


Khan S, Sgroi M, Peng Y, Steinbach E, Kellerer W: “Application-driven cross layer optimization for video streaming over wireless networks”.  IEEE Communications Magazine. 2006; 44(1): 122-130.