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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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Pablo Cesar awarded Dutch Prize for ICT Research

Publication date: 2020-09-17

Last week Pablo Cesar was awarded the Dutch Prize for ICT research during a festive ceremony at the Hodshon House in Haarlem. NWO released a video in honor of Cesar’s work, in which he explains the focus of his research.

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PhD Position on User-Centered Optimisation for Immersive Media

Publication date: 2020-12-10

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the Distributed and Interactive Systems research group for a talented PhD student, on the subject of User-centered optimization for immersive multimedia systems

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Master's Thesis Topics 2021

Publication date: 2020-09-23

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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Pablo Cesar Named ACM Distinguished Member

Publication date: 2020-12-17

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Pablo Cesar as one of the 64 Distinguished Members 2020. ACM distinguished members are recognized for their individual contributions to the field of computing. Successful candidates must have achieved a significant level of accomplishment or made a significant impact in the field of computing, computer science, and/or information technology. “The active participation of ACM members, in our organization, and in the field more broadly, is the foundation of a global scientific society,” explains ACM President Gabriele Kotsis. “With the Distinguished Member designation, ACM celebrates specific contributions of these members and their career growth as reflected in a long-term commitment to the field, as well as their collaboration with peers in supporting a global professional association for the benefit of all.”

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Irene Viola Awarded NWO WISE Grant

Publication date: 2020-12-15

Distributed and Interactive System (DIS) tenure-track researcher Irene Viola has been awarded a NWO Women In Science Excel (WISE) grant, which will be used to fund a PhD position on the topic of User-centered optimization for immersive multimedia systems.

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DIS Group Realises World's First Volumetric Video Conference Over Public 5G Network

Publication date: 2020-11-10

VRTogether was present at VRDays Europe 2020, showcasing the world’s first live 3D video conference, using point clouds, over a commercial 5G network. VRTogether partners CWI and Sound presented a live demo to demonstrate the potential of the platform for emergency healthcare services. The demo showcased volumetric video conferencing (based on point clouds) between a doctor, in a medical examination room, and an (acting) injured patient outside in the street.

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Modeling and Optimization of Network Assisted Video Streaming

Publication date: 2020-10-21

Computer networks are shared by multiple users and devices. Traffic from multiple applications is combined on a single network link, dividing the bandwidth between these applications. Video streaming, one of the most popular applications on the Internet, requires a relatively large and stable share of the bandwidth to be able to deliver high quality video. The architecture and protocols used by the dominant streaming technology, HTTP Adaptive Streaming (HAS), have enabled the massive scale of video content delivery as we know it today. Yet they are not suitable for meeting the demanding bandwidth requirements in shared networks.

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