Former Head of the Department

Wolfgang Effelsberg

Titel: Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Name: Wolfgang Effelsberg

Phone: +49 6151 423225

Email: effelsberg(at)







Computer networks, multimedia systems and e-learning


Curriculum vitae

I received my Diploma in electrical engineering in 1976 and my Dr.-Ing. degree in computer science in 1981 from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. From 1981-1984 I worked in the United States: I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, then a Post-Doctoral Fellow at IBM Research in San Jose, California. In 1984 I returned to Germany where I joined IBM's newly founded European Networking Center in Heidelberg. From 1984-1989 I led a research group working on the design and implementation of communication protocols and applications for the emerging OSI networks. In 1989 I joined the University of Mannheim as a full professor of computer science where I taught courses on computer networks and multimedia technology

I am the co-author of a book on multimedia communications, a book on video compression techniques, editor/co-editor of six other books, and I have published a number of papers in national and international journals and conferences.

I have been a member of the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, IEEE Multimedia, Springer Multimedia Systems and Springer (formerly Kluwer) Multimedia Tools and Applications, and I have served on the program committee for many ACM, IEEE and GI conferences on multimedia, computer communications and e-learning.

I am a member of ACM, IEEE and Gesellschaft für Informatik.

Since February 2017 I am retired.