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Thomas Wiegand

Fraunhofer HHI & TU Berlin

Thomas Wiegand is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin chairing the Image Communication laboratory and is jointly heading the Image Processing department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications – Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, in 1995 and the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2000. He joined the Heinrich Hertz Institute in 2000 as the head of the Image Communication group in the Image Processing department and remains also active in this role. His research interests include video processing and coding, multimedia transmission, semantic image representation, as well as computer vision and graphics.

In 1998, he received the SPIE VCIP Best Student Paper Award. In 2004, he received the Fraunhofer Award for outstanding scientific achievements in solving application related problems and the ITG Award of the German Soci-ety for Information Technology. In 2009, he received the Innovations Award of the Vodafone Foundation, the EURASIP Group Technical Achievement Award, and the Best Paper Award of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Sys-tems for Video Technology.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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