Ronald Mies received his Masters’ degree in Electrotechnical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven. In August 1992 he joined the Multimedia Technology group of KPN Research, later TNO Telecom (Delft, the Netherlands), where he specialised in various aspects of audio-visual communication and (interactive) multimedia services, working as co-ordinator of the group and as senior project leader for various multimedia projects. For KPN he has led the participation in many EU projects (e.g. ACTS Custom TV, IST NexTV, IST SAMBITS, IST SAVANT) as KPN-project leader and work package leader. Early 2004 he joined IRT, where he manages the IRT participation in several research projects on German and European level. As a member of the Department Production Systems Television he has been active in the German CONTENTUS project, recently coordinated the system integration activities in TOSCA-MP (Task-oriented search and content annotation for media production) and currently coordinates IRT’s activities in the European HBB4ALL (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband for All) project, in which he is also leading the work package "Alternative audio production and distribution".