Dr. Tech. h. c. Jens Blauert
Blauert was born in 1938. He studied communication engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, where he received a Doctor-of-Engineering degree in 1969. In 1973, he delivered an inaugural dissertation to the Technical University of Berlin (habilitation), and in 1994 he was awarded an honorary degree (Dr. Tech.) by the University of Aalborg, Denmark. In 1974 he became chair professor at the Ruhr-University of Bochum where he founded the Institute of Communication Acoustics (IKA) and headed it until 2003. Subsequently, he was assigned emeritus professor. He has been visiting professor in various countries worldwide. He is currently a distinguished visiting professor of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY – adjunct to its program on architectural acoustics. He was a professional acoustical consultant for more than 40 years, chartered in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Prof. Blauert is the author/coauthor of more than 160 papers and monographies, supervisor of 52 successful PhD projects and has been awarded several patents. He has received several reputable scientific medals and awards – most recently the award of the European Acoustics Association, EAA. His major scientific fields of interest are spatial hearing, binaural technology, aural architectur, perceptual quality, speech technology, virtual environments, telepresence and quality of experience.
He has also provided services to the science community in positions such as chairman of the ITG committee on electroacoustics, dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Information Technologies and senator of the Ruhr-University of Bochum, chairman of the board (and cofounder) of the European Acoustics Association, EAA, president and vice president of the German Acoustical Society, DEGA, associate board member of the International Commission for Acoustics, ICA, member of the Environmental-Protection Council of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, board member (and cofounder) of the European Speech-Communication Association, now ISCA, and board member (and cofounder) of the section on noise and vibration, NALS, of the German Standard Association, DIN.
Prof. Blauert was elected fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, ASA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, IEEE, the Institute of Acoustics, IoA, and the Audio Engineering Society, AES, He is an honorary member of the German audiological society, DGA, and the Polish acoustical society, PAS.