Thomas Schierl received the Diplom-Ingenieur degree (passed with
distinction) in Computer Engineering from the Berlin University of
Technology (TUB), Germany in December 2003 and the Doktor der
Ingenieurwissenschaften (Dr.-Ing.) degree in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science (passed with distinction) from Berlin University of
Technology (TUB) in October 2010.
Since 2010, Thomas is head of the research group Multimedia
Communications in the Image Processing Department at Fraunhofer Heinrich
Hertz Institute (HHI), Berlin. Before Thomas was responsible as Senior
Researcher for various scientific as well as Industry-funded research
projects in the Image Processing department of Dr. Ralf Schäfer and
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wiegand at HHI.
Since 2015, Thomas is heading together with Detlev Marpe the new
department Video Coding & Analytics at Fraunhofer HHI. The new
department is covering all research groups of the former Image
Processing Department with a relation to video coding, communications
Thomas is the co-author of various IETF RFCs, beside others he is author
of the IETF RTP Payload Formats for H.264 SVC as well as for High
Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC aka H.265).
In the ISO/IEC MPEG group, Thomas is as co-editor responsible for e.g.
the MPEG-2 Transport Stream standards on transport of H.264 SVC, MVC and
MPEG-HEVC / ITU-T Rec. H.265. Thomas is also a co-editor of the AVC File
Typically, he is participating standardization meetings such as JCT,
MPEG, IETF, 3GPP or DVB meetings.
Thomas and his team – as part of JCT-VC – also contributed to the
standardization process of MPEG - HEVC / ITU-T Rec. H.265, mainly in the
area of high level parallelism and high level syntax.
In 2007, Thomas visited the Image, Video, and Multimedia Systems group
of Prof. Bernd Girod at Stanford University, CA, USA for different
Thomas' research interests include system integration of video codecs as
well as delivery of real-time media over mobile IP networks such as
mobile media content delivery over HTTP.
In 2014, Thomas received together with the ISO/IEC JCT1/SC29/WG11 Moving
Picture Experts Group (MPEG) the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award
by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the
Development of the MPEG-2 Transport Stream.