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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: 11-04-2019

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

Jie Li selected to participate in the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Publication date: 2019-04-18

Jie Li of the DIS group has been selected to participate in the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), to be held from September 22 to 27, 2019, in Heidelberg, Germany. The annual HLF event selects a small group of 200 most qualified Young Researchers worldwide to meet pre-eminent scientists from the fields of mathematics and computer science.

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DIS Group Releases Open Source Software Platform for Object-based Broadcasting Production

Publication date: 2019-04-15

H2020 EU-funded project 2-IMMERSE, of which CWI’s Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) group is a member had, a successful final review meeting with the reviewers from the EU commission. The goal of the 2-IMMERSE project was to allow TV service providers to break free from the constraints of rendering a broadcast stream onto a single 16x9 frame. The final objective was to enable professionals to develop and deploy customizable interactive and multi-screen experiences that can adapt to the context of use. The results have been successfully demonstrated across multiple number of screens, multiple content genres (sports and drama), and multiple situations (home, schools and in public venues).

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DIS at CHI 2019

Publication date: 2019-04-15

The Distributed and Interactive Systems group from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) will be present at CHI 2019 presenting three full papers: (1) a paper on measuring photo sharing experiences in social virtual reality (2) a paper that provides a comparison of unimodal navigation cues for child cyclists, and (3) a paper on sustained spatial relationships between hands and surfaces reveal anticipated action. We will additionally showcase our research on two case-studies, one on object-based broadcasting at the FA Cup in Wembley Stadium, and the other on a model-driven design approach for video-comparisons. CHI is the flagship conference of ACM SIGCHI, the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology & human-computer interaction.

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Postdoc on the Subject of QoE for 3D Immersive Media and Volumetric Videos

Publication date: 26-03-2019

We are looking for excellent postdoctoral researchers to complement our team in Amsterdam. Applicants should be interested and have experience in doing research on Quality of Experience for 3D immersive media and volumetric videos. The appointment is for one year, with a possibility of extension.

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