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Success for Chemnitz Media Scientist

Dr. Stefanie Müller from Chemnitz University of Technology took first prize in the annual ARD/ZDF-sponsored “Women + Media Technology 2019” awards

Dr. Stefanie Müller, research fellow and television studio manager at the Chair of Media Informatics (Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl) at Chemnitz University of Technology, has taken home first place at the annual ARD/ZDF-sponsored “Women + Media Technology” awards, and was awarded a prize of 5,000 euros. This was announced by the ARD.ZDF medienakademie on 6 September 2019. Müller is one of a total of three award winners, and received the award for her dissertation on “Systemization and identification of sources of interference and disturbance in archived video documents, as shown by the digitized video library of local Saxon television stations”, which she wrote at Chemnitz University of Technology. Her dissertation has been published at Chemnitz University of Technology. Müller is the first winner of this prize from the university. The award ceremony took place at the IFA in Berlin, in front of around 150 guests from the media industry, science, politics and trade associations.

“There were so many exciting works by other women this year that I honestly did not expect this. I am very thankful for the nomination and the award. It is great that there are committed people who make this award possible, and I wholeheartedly encourage anybody to apply for it,” says Dr. Müller.

Background: The ARD/ZDF “Women + Media Technology” Award

The ARD/ZDF “Women + Media Technology” Award is a sponsored prize for women that has been given annually to graduates of universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 2009. The award recognises talented women in the field of media technology who have worked in the areas of audio-visual media production and distribution as a part of their studies and research. The selection panel is made up of members of public broadcasters, colleges and universities, and industry trade associations. The main criteria for the award are thematic quality and potential for innovation, practical relevance, strategic importance of the work for public broadcasting, and professional competence. Applications for the 2020 award will open as of 1 November 2019. More information can be found at

Multimedia: Highlights of the award ceremony can be found on the Facebook page of the “Women + Media Technology” ARD/ZDF Award. A feature on award winner Dr. Stefanie Müller and her work can be found here.

Publication information: Müller, Stefanie: Störquellen und Störerscheinungen in zeithistorischen Videodokumenten am Beispiel digitalisierter Videobestände sächsischer Lokalfernsehsender . - Chemnitz : Universitätsverlag Chemnitz . - 2018 . - XXIV, 406 Seiten : Illustrationen. - (Wissenschaftliche Schriftenreihe Dissertationen der Medieninformatik ; Band 8). - ISBN 978-3-96100-052-4

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Jeffrey Karnitz)

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