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Francesca De Simone awarded with UK Royal Society International Exchanges 2018 Grant

Publication date: 11-09-2018

Distributed and Interactive System (DIS) researcher Francesca De Simone and University College of London (UCL) Assistant Professor Laura Toni have been awarded a Royal Society International exchanges 2018 grant for the project titled “User-centric omnidirectional video streaming for VR”.

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Distributed and Interactive Systems Group at IBC 2018

Publication date: 10-09-2018

CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems group will be present at IBC 2018, from 14th to 18th of September at RAI Amsterdam, showcasing their research. The International Broadcasting Convention is the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology show. In its 50th anniversary, IBC2017 had a record attendance attracting more then 57,000 attendees from 170 countries around the world, exhibiting more than 1,700 of the world’s key technology suppliers and showcasing a debate-leading conference. DIS will be presenting two of their ongoing research projects: 2IMMERSE and VRTogether.

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Jie Li awarded with best paper award at ACM TV 2018

Publication date: 05-07-2018

On 27 June, Jie Li of CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group has been awarded with the Best Paper Award at ACM TVX 2018, the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video. Li won the award for the paper “A New Production Platform for Authoring Object-based Multiscreen TV Viewing Experiences”. Co-authors are Pablo Cesar, Maxine Glancy (BBC), Jack Jansen and Thomas Röggla.

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CWI contributes to trial new broadcasting system FA Cup final at Wembley

Publication date: 25-06-2018

H2020 EU-funded project 2-IMMERSE, of which CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group is a member, passed another milestone at the recent 2018 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium between Chelsea and Manchester United. They tested their prototype end-to-end live production system for object-based broadcasting, which allows viewers to experience television broadcast in a more immersive, personalized and interactive manner. The FA Cup is the world’s oldest football challenge cup with an audience estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. In addition to the on-site achievements and to illustrate the end-to-end nature of the trial, a small number of remote viewers in UK, Sweden and the Netherlands were engaged. They got the chance to experience the interactive, customizable and multi-screen version live broadcast of the 2018 FA Cup Final.

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About the group

Our research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people access media and communicate with others and with the environment. We address key problems for society and science, resulting from the dense connectivity of content, people, and devices. We use recognized scientific methods, following a full-stack, experimental, and human-centered approach.

We base our results on realistic testing grounds and data sets, and embrace areas such as wearable technology and smart textiles, immersive media, and languages and infrastructures. Distributed and Interactive Systems is an outward-looking research group, and we enjoy a number of fruitful partnerships with companies and organizations in the areas of creative industries and smart cities.

Our group transfers knowledge through scientific publications, standards bodies, open-source implementations and consultancy. We pride ourselves on pushing boundaries, leading the way for others to follow.