Sen. Engineer IRT Institut für Rundfunktechnik (Munich, Germany)
Alexander Erk, born 1971, studied Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg. He completed his diploma thesis at IRT in the area of virtual studio technology. Since 1998 he has been active at IRT for projects such as CustomTV (ACTS), which developed interactive TV services based on MPEG-4 scene description. With the advent of MHP, Alexander Erk was involved in development of IRT's MHP implementation, in MHP application development for the German public broadcasters and in the MHP standardisation process. Since 2008, he is leading the Department of Media Services and Applications He was actively involved in the specification process of HbbTV and was the chair of the HbbTV testing group until 2011. The department of Media Services and Applications at IRT is furthermore developing use-cases and technologies for purely IP based content delivery as well as the hybrid provision of broadcast and on demand services esp. in the area of digital radio. Alexander Erk is representing IRT in WorldDAB Technical Committee and is member of the RadioDNS Steering Board.