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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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CWI and the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision Gave a Sneak Peek into the Future of Cultural Heritage

Publication date: 2021-12-10

Imagine you are in London while your friend is in Paris - how can you visit a museum located in Amsterdam together? The MediaScape Extended Reality (XR) application might be a promising solution. From November 15th to 17th, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision gave a sneak peek into the future of shared, remote access to cultural heritage with the demonstration of a pioneering application, MediaScape XR.

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Master's Thesis Topics available at DIS

Publication date: 2021-10-28

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 ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and machine learning. Keep reading for more information about research topics, requirements and contact information.

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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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CWI and Sound and Vision Open Virtual Museum During VR Days Amsterdam

Publication date: 2021-10-29

Will 3D video change the way we experience cultural heritage? From November 15th to 17th, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision will give a sneak peek into the future of shared, remote access to cultural heritage with a demonstration of the pioneering work MediaScape Extended Reality (XR). MediaScape XR is the first demonstration where visitors can interact with the collection of Sound and Vision in a virtual space shared with other remote visitors. The event will take place during the VRDays - Immersive Tech Week - in OBA Oosterdok Amsterdam. The virtual demo is open to all visitors of OBA Oosterdok for free.

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Future Computer Systems and Networking Research in the Netherlands: A Manifesto

Publication date: 2021-10-05

Computer systems and networks (CompSys) are the backbone of the digital infrastructure and, thus, are essential for all critical economic sectors and societal aspects of the Netherlands. Every bit of stored data and every computational task rely on a computer system to run on and, increasingly, on a network to reach it.

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DIS Group Releases the CWIPC-SXR Dataset and Software Suite: Advancing Research on Social VR and Dynamic Point Clouds

Publication date: 2021-09-27

Real-time, immersive telecommunication systems are quickly becoming a reality, thanks to the advances in acquisition, transmission, and rendering technologies. Point clouds in particular serve as a promising representation in these types of systems, offering photorealistic rendering capabilities with low complexity. Further development of transmission, coding, and quality evaluation algorithms, though, is currently hindered by the lack of publicly available datasets that represent realistic scenarios of remote communication between people in real-time.

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AI, Media & Democracy Lab Receives ELSA Lab Status

Publication date: 2021-07-15

The Dutch AI Coalition (NL AIC) has awarded ELSA Lab status to the AI, Media & Democracy Lab, a collaboration between the UvA, HvA, CWI, media partners, social partners and the municipality of Amsterdam. ELSA Lab status is a formal recognition of the quality of a given undertaking which is in line with the ambitions and strategic goals of the Dutch AI Coalition.

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