Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckehard Steinbach


Media Technology

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Steinbach (b. 1969) and his team research fundamental methods for and applications of audio-visual-haptic information processing and transmission. The current focus of his activities are mobile multimedia communication, haptic data compression, indoor localization, and machine learning-based analysis of visual and haptic information.

After studying electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, the University of Essex and 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 associate professor of Media Technology at TUM. Since 2009, he holds the Chair of Media Technology there. As Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, he was responsible for the study programs of his faculty from October 2017 until September 2020. Professor Steinbach is a Fellow of the IEEE. 


  • IEEE Fellow for contributions to visual and haptic communications (2015)
  • Recipient of the Research Award Technical Communications of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation (2011)
  • ERC Starting Grant (2011-2015)
  • Recipient of the VDE-ITG Publication Award (2009)
  • Best Technology Paper Award auf der IEEE World Haptics (2009)

Steinbach E, Strese M, Eid M, Liu X, Bhardwaj A, Liu Q, Mahmoodi T, Hassen R, El Saddik A, Holland O: "Haptic Codecs for the Tactile Internet". Proceedings of the IEEE, Special Issue on Tactile Internet. (Early Access). 2018; 1 - 24.


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. 


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


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.


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.