Testimonials of our students


Adhithyan R., with a Bachelor’s degree from Anna University, Chennai, India: “CME builds up a basic understanding of Signal Processing and Communications and follows it up with an opportunity for the students to specialize in topics of their interest. In addition to the various signal processing lectures, I enjoyed my research internship. I had my Master’s thesis and a full-time role in Fraunhofer IIS in the field of Natural Language Processing. The basics I built up on speech and audio signal processing and Deep Learning are handy in my current role at Sensory Inc.“ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adhithyan-ramadoss-bb7b8873/
Katharina A:, with a Bachelor’s degree from FAU Erlangen: “After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in mathematics majoring in information and communications technology, I was looking for a master program, which was closely related to my background. Since I was interested in communication technology, the master program CME was just the right option. Recently, I’m working at the department of digital communication, where particularly the theoretical aspects of communication systems are appreciated.”
Shahmeer Shahnawaz, with a Bachelor’s degree from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan:
“What I love the most about CME is that it offers a diverse range of courses that enable the student to not only shape their academic journey to their liking but also pursue courses that will help them in their careers. I, for one, had always been interested in Audio Signal Processing. Therefore, I attended all available audio courses which, not only led to an internship and a Master Thesis at the International Audio Labs Erlangen, but also a full-time job upon graduation. Today, the projects I work on are a natural extension of the concepts I learned in class and I feel that CME has helped lay down the foundations for a promising professional career.”
Huajian Fang, with a Bachelor’s degree from Anhui Polytechnic University, China: “CME offers a variety of interesting courses in the areas of audio, video, and communications. This provided a great opportunity to explore which topic I wanted to specialize in. During my stay in Erlangen, I discovered my interest in speech signal processing, which led me to pursue my current research at the University of Hamburg. CME opened up a new field for me and the knowledge and skills I acquired during my master studies are very helpful in my current work.”
Gerardo Tadeo de la Garza Mora, with a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Monterrey, Mexico: “Some of the lectures that I thought were the most interesting and that I enjoyed the most were all the ones related to the multimedia side of the program, especially DSP, both image processing lectures and Music Processing-Synthesis. I currently work for Texas Instruments as an Analog Fields Applications Engineer. Although I am a bit far from what I learned in the program, the knowledge I acquired there still helps me every day, as I have a good understanding of how signals are treated once they go through the analog front-end that every device has. “
Sebastian R., with a Bachelor’s degree from Ilmenau University of Technology , Germany: “After my bachelor’s studies in Media Technology I was looking for a master’s program that would allow me to broaden my knowledge in the areas of multimedia and communications, while also giving me the chance to specialize on audio signal processing. Due to the wide range of subjects that are offered, including various audio-related lectures, as well as the excellent reputation of the FAU, CME was my number one choice. During my master’s, I discovered a passion for music signal processing, which is now the subject of my research as a PhD student at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen.“
Gleni Lamani, with a Bachelor’s degree from a joint program of Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania: “I am glad to say that CME was my best choice. I highly value its international spirit, the variety of topics offered and the freedom that students have in choosing a vast majority of lectures based on their interests. In November 2015, I joined Bragi as a graduate Engineer. I am happy to say that I am constantly applying my theoretical and practical knowledge gained during my studies, particularly in the field of signal processing and communications, in bringing to life future products. Thanks to CME, I have also made a lot of good friends from around the world with whom I spent a really nice time.”
Sanu P., with a Bachelor’s degree from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India: “My favorite subjects during my CME studies have been Visual Computing for Communication, Image and Video Compression, Music Processing – Analysis, and Convex Optimization. At present, I work for CD-LAB Nürnberg as Algorithm/Software developer for various projects related to Image Processing. CME course helped me a lot to truly comprehend the nuances of this subject. The course also gave me a great motivation to go into the direction of research.”
Anamaria Moldovan, with a Bachelor’s degree from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania: “Since college my dream has been to pursue a career as a telecommunications engineer. Currently I am doing a PhD at the Institute of Digital Communications, FAU. Most certainly, the CME study Program has been the first step to the PhD degree. Everyday, I am using the knowledge I achieved during this master course especially in subjects like: Digital Communications, Digital Signal Processing and Statistical Signal Processing.”
Shubhangi B., with a Bachelor’s degree from Bhilai Institute of Technology, India: “The best thing about CME was its multidimensionality and the research based course structure. I enjoy mathematics and learning different algorithm and CME gave me a perfect blend of both. It was interesting to learn the industrial application and hardware point of view from the courses of RF as well as Architecture of Digital Signal Processing. I particularly liked the concept of tutorial exercises as it helped in understanding the theoretical concepts with ease. I currently work as Jr. RF system engineer at Novero. CME has given me a strong theoretical foundation in Signal Processing and Wireless Communication and that is one of the major aspects the company liked about the course work.”
Boris Belousov, with a Bachelor’s degree from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia: “CME is a rich program with a wide choice of topics. I took a great pleasure in learning digital signal processing, which underlies music production, speech recognition and mobile communications. I attended advanced courses in machine learning, computer vision, and computer graphics, which cover the hottest research topics of the day. With such a variety of choices, everyone can find something to one’s liking. I am currently working towards my PhD at University of Darmstadt, where I apply the knowledge of information theory, stochastic processes, and convex optimization, that I acquired during my master’s studies, to challenging problems of reinforcement learning in robotics.”
Hebatallah S., Egyptian, with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida, USA: “Courses of CME program are very interesting, they cover a wide range of different topics. Some courses have also experimental labs that complement and support theoretical concepts taught in lectures. Personally, I have enjoyed studying relaying and MIMO networks, speech, audio and image processing and Information theory. Holding a master degree in CME program have enriched my scientific knowledge and significantly advanced my academic career. Currently I am a PhD student in Heriot-Watt University, UK, studying the performance of the upcoming 5G wireless communication networks.”
Arman, A., with a Bachelor’s degree from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran: “CME provides me with the advanced and necessary knowledge required for my current position in IDC (Institute of Digital Communications) as an academic researcher. I found the diversity of the offering courses in CME interesting: students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in both the area of communications and in multimedia technologies.”
Maryna Ch., with a Bachelor’s degree from Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, Ukraine: “CME gave me the opportunity to study new amazingly interesting subjects and select a further specialization based on these experiences. Most of all I liked the part of the program related to the communications field, including the offered seminars on massive MIMO and green communications with RF energy harvesting. But I also was fond of lectures, tutorials and labs on images and video processing. And there was always an option of doing a small student research project! Currently I am working as an LTE PHY firmware system engineer at Intel corporation. I really learned a lot during my CME studies and now with that knowledge I pursue my dream career.”
Rajadurai K., with a Bachelor’s degree from Anna University, India: “I found various contents and topics of CME really interesting. Especially Signal Analysis, Audio Signal Processing, Statistical Signal processing, Pattern Recognition and all courses offered in Audio labs (Perceptual audio coding, Music signal processing, audio coding, etc..). The close collaboration of CME with the Audio labs is a big advantage for students who are interesting in Audio Signal Processing. Currently I am employed by RBI GmbH – a company that offers innovative solutions for complex technical terms of reference.”
Hazem Sulaiman, Syrian, with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Aleppo, Syria: “While searching for a master program that fits my background, the word “Multimedia” immediately caught my attention. It was very compelling to study in a program that balances the communication aspects with the multimedia aspects while letting the students choose which one is intriguing for them. Currently I am working as a system test engineer for industrial networks at Siemens. CME has equipped me with the right tools for my current job in terms of both technical knowledge and soft skills.” LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/sulaimanh
Muhammad Salman N., with a Bachelor’s degree from National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan: My favorite subjects in CME were Speech and Audio Signal Processing, Transforms in Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, Image & Video Compression and of course the German language courses. Language courses are really helpful as they give us the platform to improve our language skills which is very useful for our future careers as well. Currently, I am working as an IoT Engineer (Internet of Things) for Osram GmbH, München, being involved with the software and communication part of embedded IoT devices. For the communication part, the subjects studied in CME related to communication and signal processing were helpful and my Master’s Thesis was also already closely related to my current job responsibilities. “
Ali Arslan, with a Bachelor’€™s degree from University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Taxila, Pakistan: “While the contents of the entire CME program are quite promising, I found Statistical Signal Processing as the most interesting, important and a practical course out of the whole Program. The applications of the course are not only limited to the area where the Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing itself is working on, like in the field of audio signal processing, but, in addition, it finds various applications in the area of wireless communications (the main area of my research). Since January 2015, I have been working as a Research Assistant for making my Ph.D. at the Institute for Electronics Engineering (LTE) of FAU Erlangen – Nürnberg.”
Wei Zhou, with a Bachelor’s degree from a joint program of FH Lübeck, Germany, and Shanghai East China University of Science & Technology, China: “My work at EML European Media Laboratory GmbH is focusing on speech recognition. Many CME lectures have granted me a sound background of signal processing which is important for speech recognition (as a front-end). Also these elective lectures involving machine learning have provided me with most essential knowledge for speech recognition algorithms. In short, CME is a great support for my current employment.”

Meysam Goodarzi, with bachelor’s degree from K.N.Toosi University of technology, Tehran, Iran: “CME combines two complementary fields which are well-matched. Basically one can easily specialize himself in either of the fields (Communications or Multimedia) while still acquiring the basic knowledge of another one. This is extremely important due to tight relation of signal processing and communications in new-fashioned industry. I realized it once I started working in Leibniz-Institute for innovative microelectronic (IHP GmbH) as a scientist where I need deep knowledge of Statistical/Digital Signal Processing and Digital/Mobile Communications in order to work on industrial research projects.”

Srivatsa P.V., with a Bachelor’s degree from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India: “CME is a very well structured program. Not only did it strengthen my core skills in signal processing and communications, but I also had the opportunity to specialize in the subjects of my interest from a large palette of subjects within FAU. In short, you can take one or take it all. The theoretical aspects endued me with a set of tools that helps in problem solving and made me research oriented. The professors created interest in the subjects by their great passion and vast knowledge. Since the course is international, I have also made friends from various parts of the world. Overall, it was a wonderful experience – professionally and personally.”
Deepth Pilakeezhu, with a Bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology Calicut, India: “CME is a tailor-made course for students who are interested in tele-communications and signal processing studies. The course gives your very fundamental basics of the both branches and later as time moves on, you get deeper and deeper into your favourite topics. With background as digital signal processing engineer from India, I found the topics such as Speech and Audio signal processing, Speech enhancement, Auditory models etc. quite exciting. These lectures and the associated labs helped me to tune my knowledge and skills to become a Communication Acoustics engineer. FAU with their special association with Fraunhofer (where the MP3 was invented) and International Audiolabs offers unparalleled opportunities and mentoring for students in pursuing their dream. Erlangen being a student friendly and international city offers ample social life for students.”
Modar Halimeh, with a Bachelor’s degree from University of Damascus, Syria: “As an international student, what attracted me to CME was its research-oriented nature and its diversity with respect to the offered courses. As a PhD student at the LMS (Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing), I am using the knowledge and skills gathered during my master studies on a daily basis. In hindsight, CME was the right choice and it provided me with a rich experience, both academically and personally. “
Vikrant Chauhan, with a Bachelor’s degree from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, India: “I was especially attracted to all the mandatory electives subjects related to radio frequency technology, microelectro-mechanical systems, and mobile communications. These RF-related subjects have really shaped my career prospects. It also proves that the CME program not just supporta candidates who are interested in signal processing or machine learning-related topics, but you can pursue your career in microwave engineering. It not just allowed me to complete a PhD with Qualcomm from 2015 to 2018 and to join Qualcomm as a full-time employee afterwards, but also to return as an adjunct lecturer to teach an MSc-level course at FAU.”
Ivine Kuruvila, with a Bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology Calicut, India: “What attracted me to CME was its well-structured program that included fundamental courses from both signal processing and telecommunication, as well as the international reputation of FAU. With a choice of a plethora of electives, students can widen their horizon into other fields such as application of machine learning and artificial intelligence. As time progresses, the CME program ensures that the students are well equipped technically to choose the domain they want to specialize in their future. I can confidently say that the foundation laid during my masters helped me to navigate the intricacies of my PhD work in the inter-disciplinary topic of computational auditory neuroscience. With the presence of a vibrant international community as well as the cozy landscape and nature offered by Middle Franconia, I will certainly cherish my time in Erlangen throughout my life.”