Departement Head Technology
After studying electrical engineering, Fößel completed his doctorate at Erlangen‘s Friedrich Alexander University. He simultaneously served as the head of automation and industrial sensor systems in the electronic systems department of Fraunhofer IIS (Erlangen). In 2002, still at IIS, Fößel was appointed group manager for digital cinema within their electronic imaging department – making a significant contribution to the introduction of digital cinema through his involvement in such diverse organizations as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), the German Federal Film Board (FFA), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Since 2010, he serves as head of IIS’s motion picture technologies department, in charge of strategic technology and innovation planning, among other duties. Fößel holds around ten patent families and other patents pending, and has authored more than 60 publications. Alongside his professional work, he is active in numerous networks, serving as the speaker of the Fraunhofer Digital Media Alliance, as a regular guest of both the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), as the chairman of the Fernseh- and Kinotechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (FKTG/German Association of Television and Film Technology), as well as as a board member and regional governor of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers SMPTE. For his outstanding work with digital image technology, as well as his innovative solutions for the media industry, Fößel was honored with the 2014 Joseph-von-Fraunhofer Award; and, in 2015, was named an SMPTE Fellow.