Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, 1980. Master of Science in Mathematics, Friedrich-Alexander University, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineer, Friedrich-Alexander University, 1989.
Research associate Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, 1982—1989, Germany, 1990—1993. Postdoctoral member technical staff American Telephone & Telegraph Company Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, 1989—1990. Head of audio/multimedia department Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Erlangen, Germany, 1993—1999.
Professor Institute for Media Technology, Ilmenau Technology University, since 2000. Director Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Germany, since 2000.
Visionary chair committee Midem Net, Cannes, France, 2008. Fellow: Audio Engineering Society (governor since 2008, Silver medal 1998), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Engineering Excellence award 2000, Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics award 2004).
Married Ines Rein-Brandenburg.