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Distributed & Interactive Systems Group


Our research group focuses on facilitating and improving the way people use interactive systems and how people communicate with each other. We combine data science with a strong human-centric, empirical approach to understand the experience of users. This enables us to design and develop next generation intelligent and empathic systems. We base our results on realistic testing grounds and data sets, and embrace areas such as ubiquitous computing, human-centered multimedia systems, and languages.

The group addresses key problems for society and science, following a multi-disciplinary approach. This results in a full-stack methodology that enables us to bridge socio-technical gaps in society and science by instrumenting the appropriate infrastructures and communication protocols using realistic testing grounds.

Distributed and Interactive Systems is an outward-looking research group, that enjoys a number of fruitful partnerships with companies and organizations in the areas of creative industries, smart cities, automotive industry and wellbeing. 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.


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Master's Thesis Topics available at DIS

Publication date: 22-07-2019

The Distributed & Interactive Systems group at CWI has new open positions for motivated students who would like to work on their Master’s thesis as an internship in the group. Topics include smart textiles, activity recognition, physiological sensing, virtual reality, point clouds, Internet of things and web technologies. Keep reading for more information about research topics, requirements and contact information.

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Latest News

Pablo Cesar awarded Dutch Prize for ICT Research 2020

Publication date: 2020-01-23

The 2020 Dutch Prize for ICT Research is to be awarded to Pablo Cesar. The group leader of the Distributive and Interactive Systems (DIS) group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and associate professor at Technical University Delft is given the prize for his research on modelling and controlling complex collections of media objects (including real-time media and sensor data that are distributed in time and space). The prize comes with 50,000 €, that can be freely spent by the winner to support their own research.

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Alina Striner awarded Best Paper Award at ICIDS 2019

Publication date: 2019-12-09

On 22 November, Alina Striner of CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group was awarded the Best Paper Award at ICIDS 2019, the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling. Striner won the award for the paper “A Spectrum of Audience Interactivity for Entertainment Domains”. Coauthors are Sasha Azad and Chris Martens (NC State University).

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Ivan Herman Contributes to Contract for the Web

Publication date: 2019-11-25

On 25 November, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the Web Foundation have published the Contract for the Web. This contract was prepared by a large group of international experts, including Ivan Herman, member of CWI’s DIS research group and W3C Fellow on behalf of CWI.

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Farewell Symposium 'Declarative Amsterdam' for Steven Pemberton

Publication date: 2019-10-07

CWI celebrates the career of Web pioneer and CWI researcher Steven Pemberton on 4 October 2019 with the symposium ‘Declarative Amsterdam’. Pemberton is, among others, well-known for his pioneering work on (X)HTML, CSS and XForms and for the inspiring lectures he gives all over the world. His farewell symposium starts with Pemberton’s own tutorial on XForms – a web language that can possibly speed up programming time 10 times.

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