Welcome to Brandenburg Labs!

Bild: Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau

The Company

Brandenburg Labs GmbH was founded in 2019, initiated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg, co-inventor of the mp3 format. The company relies on a respective network and an extensive knowledge in the fields of basic and applied research.

Early development work at Brandenburg Labs focuses on the continuation of the work on “Personalized Auditory Realities (PARty)”, a concept developed at Technische Universität Ilmenau.

Brandenburg Labs GmbH conducts applied research and the further development of audio technologies up to the point where they are ready for licensing and - together with partners - is particularly active in the following business areas:

  1. Technology development and consulting
  2. IP-development, -exploitation, consulting and licensing
  3. Prototype and small series production

Before his current positions as CEO of the Brandenburg Labs GmbH and as a senior professor at the institute of media technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau, company-founder Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg successfully worked as a scientist and researcher, as the institute director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) and as a full professor and head of the Electronic Media Technologies lab at Technische Universität Ilmenau. Building on his experience and expertise, the whole field of audio technologies, from consulting to application development and finally production as well as IP licensing is covered by Brandenburg Labs GmbH and its partners.

. . . We are looking forward to working with you!

Brandenburg Labs GmbH is a subsidiary company of the Brandenburg Ventures GmbH. Brandenburg Ventures GmbH (www.brandenburg-ventures.com) is an early-stage oriented management and venture capital company, founded by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg - best known as the co-inventor of MP3.

We actively help innovative IPR-centric companies with early-stage funding and with our global network within the digital media ecosystem. To learn more about the current portfolio, the investment process & criteria and the added value of Brandenburg Ventures GmbH as investor or supporter for your start-up, please feel free to contact us: www.brandenburg-ventures.com

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technologies, notably the mp3 and MPEG audio standards. He is acclaimed for his pioneering work in digital audio coding and immersive audio. During his career Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been granted about 100 patents. He has published numerous articles for scientific journals and conferences. Together with Mark Kahrs he published the book “Applications of Digital Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics“.

As a full professor he was the Head of the Electronic Media Technology lab at Technische Universität Ilmenau from 2000 to 2020. He became the founding director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany, in 2004. To bundle all his business activities, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg founded the Brandenburg Ventures GmbH in 2009 as a privately-held investment and management company. He has also been the director of the crossfaculty Institute for Media and Mobile Communications at Technische Universität Ilmenau since 2012. In 2019, Brandenburg Labs GmbH was founded, which he heads as CEO. Since April 2020, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been continuing to supervise research projects and graduate researchers at the Institute for Media Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau as a Senior Professor.

Prof.Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg

Bild: Fraunhofer IDMT, Ilmenau


As experts in the field of audio technology, we are happy to contribute our knowledge, our experience and our networks to cooperation’s. In addition to our own research, Brandenburg Labs GmbH also participates in tenders for research projects with universities and research institutes, for example, and looks forward to working with other companies. We are also happy to assist you with the licensing of industrial property rights in the audio sector, as well as the procurement, consultation and sublicensing of industrial property rights. We look forward to your ideas and messages.

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